Basic Site Details

Name: Standard Life Assurance Co
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
Grid ref:
Notes: Bryce building demolished. See also no 13 George Street - Listed together but entered separately in dsa.

Michael Laird's work on this building was awarded RSA medal in 1968.

Original drawings framed at 3 George St.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 23, George StreetYes 
Item 2 of 216-17, St Andrew Square Phase 2 extension facade.

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 101838  Bryce's original design
Item 2 of 101853 Alterations and additionsAlterations to nos 5-7 George Street for Standard Life
Item 3 of 101865  Bryce asked to provide designs for additions, unexecuted
Item 4 of 1018961901 New building on same site (some parts of pediment retained from old building). Built in three phases
Item 5 of 101898 Demolition 
Item 6 of 10January 1949 AdditionAdditions proposed to 7 George Square at 75,000, plans by Dicke, Peddie, McKay & Jamieson.
Item 7 of 101964 AdditionExtension Phase 1
Item 8 of 101968 AdditionExtension Phase 2
Item 9 of 101975 AdditionExtension Phase 3.
Item 10 of 1019961999RefurbishmentAlterations and refurbishment of previous Standard Life Head Office, 1 George Street.

People

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 25David BryceArchitectA1838  
Item 2 of 25David BryceArchitectJ1853 Alterations to nos 5-7 George Street for Standard Life
Item 3 of 25David BryceArchitectB1865 Further designs
Item 4 of 25George Washington BrowneArchitectC18961901New building erected
Item 5 of 25John More Dick PeddieArchitectC18961901New building erected
Item 6 of 25Peddie & Washington BrowneArchitectural practiceC18961901New building erected
Item 7 of 25James Forbes SmithArchitectCc. 18971901As assistant to Peddie & Washington Browne
Item 8 of 25Dick Peddie, Todd & JamiesonArchitectural practiceD1939 Plans for extension scheme - halted on declaration of war
Item 9 of 25George Lindsay Auldjo JamiesonArchitectD1939 Plans for extension scheme - halted on declaration of war
Item 10 of 25Robert Edward Thomas StockdaleArchitectD1939 Plans for extension scheme - as assistant to Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson (halted on declaration of war)
Item 11 of 25William James Walker ToddArchitectD1939 Plans for extension scheme - halted on declaration of war
Item 12 of 25Dick Peddie, McKay & JamiesonArchitectural practice 1949 Created plans for proposed addition in 1949.
Item 13 of 25Michael Donald LairdArchitectG1964 Extension Phase I - with R H Matthew
Item 14 of 25Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectG1964 Extension Phase I - with Michael Laird
Item 15 of 25Ian Grant RogersArchitectH1968 As partner with Michael Laird. Extension phase 2 has elevation to St Andrew Square.
Item 16 of 25Michael Donald LairdArchitectH1968 Extension Phase 2 - with R H Matthew. Extension phase 2 has elevation to St Andrew Square.
Item 17 of 25Michael Laird & Partners H1968 Extension phase 2, Extension phase 2 has elevation to St Andrew Square.
Item 18 of 25Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectH1968 Extension Phase 2 - with Michael Laird. Extension phase 2 has elevation to St Andrew Square.
Item 19 of 25Ian Grant RogersArchitectI1975 Extension Phase 3.
Item 20 of 25James ('Jim') AbbotArchitectI1975 Extension phase 3
Item 21 of 25James Richard LatimerArchitectI1975 Extension Phase 3.
Item 22 of 25Michael Donald LairdArchitectI1975 Extension Phase 3.
Item 23 of 25Michael Laird & Partners I1975 Extension Phase 3.
Item 24 of 25Michael Laird & Partners J19961999Alterations and refurbishment of previous Standard Life Head Office, 1 George Street.
Item 25 of 25Roy Stewart MilneArchitectJ19961999Alterations and refurbishment of previous Standard Life Head Office, 1 George Street. Partner in charge.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Standard Life Assurance Directors 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Fiddes, Valerie and Rowan, Alistair1976David Bryce 1803-1876 Exhibition Catalogue, University of Edinburghpp88-9
Item 2 of 8Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp298, 323
Item 3 of 8Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p576
Item 4 of 8Grant, James1883 Old and New Edinburgh vol II, p139
Item 5 of 8McKean, Charles1992Edinburgh: an illustrated architectural guide  pp29809, 323
Item 6 of 8Moss, Michael2000Standard Life 1825-2000   
Item 7 of 8RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 8 of 8Sinclair, Fiona1984Scotstyle, 150 Years of Scottish Architecture  pp104-5

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder27 May 1876XXXIV Obituary of David Bryce
Item 2 of 4Builder21 January 1949  p109
Item 3 of 4Builder1 May 1964  p915-916
Item 4 of 4RIAS Quarterly1922no 4Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Courtesy of Roy S MilneInformation sent to Dictionary sent June 2105
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 1 May 1838
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register28829 
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1890/68/1
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Forbes Smith: L v11 no656 (microfilm reel 33); Robert Edward Thomas Stockdale: L no5050 (combined box 53)