Basic Site Details

Name: University of Glasgow Students Union
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: There were 29 entries for this open competition. Only a few survive. The Keppie & Henderson extension has been demolished but the Arthur & MacNaughtan building is still extant.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Men's Union  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Students union  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 132, University AvenueYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41927 Design exhibited 
Item 2 of 41929  Open competition held
Item 3 of 419291931Construction 
Item 4 of 41965 AdditionExtension to east gable


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 13William Beresford InglisArchitect 1929 Competition design - not successful
Item 2 of 13Alan George MacNaughtanArchitectA19291931Won competition and secured job
Item 3 of 13Arthur & MacNaughtanArchitectural practiceA19291931Won competition and secured job
Item 4 of 13John ArthurArchitectA19291931Won competition and secured job - With Alan G McNaughton
Item 5 of 13A N Paterson & StoddartArchitectural practiceB1929 Competition design - not successful
Item 6 of 13Alexander Nisbet PatersonArchitectB1929 Competition design - not successful
Item 7 of 13Donald McKay StoddartArchitectB1929 Competition design - not successful
Item 8 of 13James Maclaren HoneymanArchitectC1929 Competition design - not successful
Item 9 of 13John B Wilson, Son & HoneymanArchitectural practiceC1929 Competition design - not successful
Item 10 of 13Alexander G MacgregorArchitect, Town PlannerDc. 1962 Working with Richard De'Ath on extension?
Item 11 of 13Keppie Henderson & PartnersArchitectural practiceD1965 Extension to E gable
Item 12 of 13Richard Rudolphe Chitham De'AthArchitectD1965 Extension to east gable
Item 13 of 13Thomas Russell ScottArchitectD1965 Extension to E gable


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 8Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp144 (illustration of Wilson & Honeyman design)
Item 2 of 8Hansell, M, Harris, H, Reilly, M and Roxton, G D2009Architectural Treasures of the University of Glasgow  pp9-10
Item 3 of 8McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Presspp125-126
Item 4 of 8McKean, Charles, Walker, David and Walker, Frank1989Central Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh, Rutland Pressp188 - refers to Men's Union
Item 5 of 8Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1927   154 (Paterson & Stoddart design)
Item 6 of 8Shaw, J E1993Ayrshire 1745-1950  p83
Item 7 of 8Urquhart, Gordon R2008Friends of Glasgow West: Hillhead Heritage Trail  Building No 20
Item 8 of 8Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p345

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3BuilderEarly 1935CXLVIII p1110 (illustration)
Item 2 of 3RIAS QuarterlyNovember 195290Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary of Alan G McNaughtan
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal8 November 1937v45London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp48 - obituary of John Arthur

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Alexander MacgregorInformation sent to the Dictionary Sent April 2016
Item 2 of 4Courtesy of Jen Austin of Austin Heritage ConsultantsInformation sent to Dictionary Sent March 2017
Item 3 of 4Glasgow UniversityGlasgow University ArchivesGB 0248 GUA BUL/6/18/1-26Plans
Item 4 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32252