Basic Site Details

Name: Sanitary Chambers
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: New Sanitary Chambers have been erected at Glasgow at the junction of Cochrane Street and Montrose Street. Practically the whole of the ground floor is devoted to the sanitary Inspector and his staff. The only exceptions are at the south-west corner, which is devoted to the vaccination department and comprises rooms for the officers and waiting and operating rooms; and at the north-west corner, where there is a room in which suspect patients may be isolated until examined. On the first floor the Medical Officer of Health and the junior officer have their rooms, and accommodation is also provided for the veterinary surgeon and the other medical assistants. The rest of the storey and the greater part of the second floor is occupied by the inspecting sanitary officers. Those for each district of the city have a room set apart for their use. A caretaker’s house is also provided, and the large square tower which surmounts the building is used as a chemical laboratory. The principal novelty in connection with the chamber is the proposed bacteriological department. Also on the second floor is an exhibition room where it is proposed to show and test all forms of sanitary appliances which might be submitted to the sanitary Inspector for his opinion. The site for the chambers cost £11,000 and the building about £19,000. [Builder 29 May 1897 p490].

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow City Council Environmental Health Dept…Yes 

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 28, Cochrane StreetYes 
Item 2 of 223-25, Montrose StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218951897  
Item 2 of 2May 1897  Opened


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 1Alexander Beith McDonaldArchitect 18951897As City Surveyor


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Stevenson, D M, et al.1914Municipal Glasgow: its evolution and enterprises Glasgow: Corporation of the City of Glasgowp202, 248
Item 2 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p185
Item 3 of Website of 'Glasgow - City of Scultpure', co-produced by Gary Nisbet and Tim Gardner 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder29 May 1897  p490
Item 2 of 2Building News28 September 1895   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32764