Basic Site Details

Name: Springburn & Cowlairs District Halls
Town, district or village: Springburn
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Competition assessed by Alexander Beith McDonald, John James Burnet and Thomas Lennox Watson.

Springburn was one of the districts added to the Glasgow municipal area some years ago, and one of the conditions of annexation was that suitable public halls were to be built. After being under consideration by the authorities for a considerable period, the matter has recently been somewhat hastened by the munificence of a well known local family, who offered to provide a winter garden in Springburn Park on condition that the Corporation agreed to proceed with the erection of the halls without further delay. This offer was at once accepted, and a competition confined to architects in Glasgow was instituted. Although no premiums were offered, nineteen sets of drawings were sent in, and from these the choice just given was made. The site is central, and is situated at the corner of Keppockhill-road and Millarbank-street. The cost is estimated at about £12,000. [Building News 16 June 1899 p828]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Sports Centre  
Item 2 of 2Springburn Public HallsYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 21, 11 Millarbank Street  
Item 2 of 246, Keppochhill RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21899  Competition
Item 2 of 218991902Build/construction 


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 Brown WhitieArchitect 18991902Won competition to secure job; also designed organ case sometime before 1907
Item 2 of 13Conner & MitchellArchitectural practiceA1899 Competition design (Mitchell responsible) - not successful
Item 3 of 13Henry MitchellArchitectA1899 Competition design - not successful
Item 4 of 13David SalmondArchitectB1899 Competition design - placed third
Item 5 of 13John WatsonArchitectB1899 Competition design - placed third
Item 6 of 13Watson & SalmondArchitectural practiceB1899 Competition design - placed third
Item 7 of 13James Corman & R J SomersideArchitectural practiceC1899 Competition design - not successful
Item 8 of 13John ThomsonArchitectD1899 Competition design - placed second
Item 9 of 13Robert Douglas SandilandsArchitectD1899 Competition design - placed second
Item 10 of 13Thomson & SandilandsArchitectural practiceD1899 Competition design - placed second
Item 11 of 13Andrew RobertsonArchitectE1899 Competition design - not successful
Item 12 of 13T Dykes & RobertsonArchitectural practiceE1899 Competition design - not successful
Item 13 of 13Thomas DykesArchitectE1899 Competition design - not successful


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Corporation of Glasgow 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Academy Architecture1899 part 1 p112
Item 2 of 6Academy Architecture1900 part 1 pp110, 111
Item 3 of 6Academy Architecture1902 part 1 p81 (Whitie design)
Item 4 of 6Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 5 of 6Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1900   527 (William B Whitie design); 537 (Mitchell design - under his name alone); 548 (Thomson & Sandilands)
Item 6 of 6Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p428

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5British Architect2 March 1900  p148 and illustrations - plans and elevations
Item 2 of 5Builder17 June 1899LXXVI pp592 & 594
Item 3 of 5Builder20 October 1900LXXIX  
Item 4 of 5Building News16 June 1899  p828 - competition results
Item 5 of 5Building News14 July 1899  Premiated scheme by Watson & Salmond, plan sections, elevations and perspective; selected design by Whitie

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33877Removed from list 2013
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Brown Whitie: F v19 p108 no1406 (microfilm reel 12)