Basic Site Details

Name: Volunteer Headquarters and Drill Hall
Town, district or village: Yorkhill
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: McNab claims to have 'opened negotiations' for this building.

The new Volunteer Headquarters building situated at the south-east corner of Yorkhill drill ground with a frontage to Gilbert Street has now been completed. It is built of red brick faced with stone and castellated. It also provides headquarters for the Volunteer Medical Corps. Their entrance is from Gilbert Street and comprises a drill hall 70 feet by 40 feet, store for ambulance waggons, armoury, sergeants’ mess etc. The drill hall for the Volunteer Battalion measures 174 feet by 74 feet. Access is provided at both ends, the principal entrance being to the east. On the same level towards Gilbert Street and in direct contact with the drill hall are placed a large reading room for the men, 70 feet by 30 feet; and a sergeants’ mess, 38 feet by 24 feet; with buffet rooms for commissioned officers and adjutant occupying the remainder of the frontage. The officers’ quarters are on the first floor and include mess and billiards rooms, dressing rooms and lavatories, while on the attic storey accommodation is provided for the sergeant major, the resident official. Underneath the drill hall on the basement floor a rifle range has been formed. The building is heated by means of hot water pipes on the low pressure system and is lighted throughout by electricity. Mr William H McNab of West George Street, Glasow, is the architect. [Builder 2 November 1901 Page 391]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Pearson HallYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 31-25, Carfrae StreetYes 
Item 2 of 38-20, Gilbert Street  
Item 3 of 3164 and 172, Yorkhill StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41897  Negotiations begun for work on this extensions and new building
Item 2 of 419001901 Extensions and new building carried out
Item 3 of 41902 Design exhibited 
Item 4 of 41925  Alterations


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 5Leiper & McNabArchitectural practiceB18971901Extensions and new building
Item 2 of 5William Hunter McNabArchitectB18971901Extensions and new building
Item 3 of 5James MillerArchitectA1925 Alterations - with Richard Gunn as chief assistant
Item 4 of 5Richard McLeod Morrison GunnArchitectA1925 Alterations - as chief assistant with James Miller
Item 5 of 5Launcelot Hugh RossArchitectC1940 Proposed reconstruction of McNab building


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 12nd V BHLI 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1902 part 1 p81
Item 2 of 3Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1902   526 (William Hunter McNab)
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p296

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder2 November 1901LXXXI p391

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33024 
Item 2 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSRIAS Collection Launcelot Hugh Ross proposal
Item 3 of 5RIAS Collection, NMRS, RCAHMSJames Miller, Son & Manson Drawings Collection 5 drawings
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Hunter McNab: F v 17 p140 no 1166
Item 5 of 5Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 1/7776