Basic Site Details

Name: University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Chemistry Building
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Works were phased. The Building News 31 October 1919 noted : The University of Edinburgh will enter on possession of their new site near Blackford Hill at Martinmas, and will proceed at once with the erection there of the first part of a new chemical laboratory, the plans for which have been prepared by the architect, Mr. Balfour Paul, 16, Rutland Square, Edinburgh. To mark this important event in the history of the University, it has been resolved to hold a public ceremony when the foundation stone of the buildings is laid. The estimated cost of the part on now to be commenced is 60,000, and the total would be about 250,000.

Further work in the 1940s by Anderson Kininmonth & Paul.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319191924  
Item 2 of 31949  Extension of 2nd storey
Item 3 of 321 January 1949 AdditionAddition consisting of new first floor building as additional laboratories, 80,000, to the plans of Rowand Anderson & Partners.


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 6Arthur Forman Balfour PaulArchitectA19191924Plans prepared by Balfour Paul by October 1919
Item 2 of 6Rowand Anderson & PaulArchitectural practiceA19191924 
Item 3 of 6(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitectAAfter 1924 Completed - Matthew responsible
Item 4 of 6John Fraser MatthewArchitectAAfter 1924 Responsible for completion, whilst a partner of Lorimer but prior to change of practice title to Lorimer & Matthew
Item 5 of 6(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectB1949 New first floor addition
Item 6 of 6Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & PaulArchitectural practiceB1949 Reported as Rowand Anderson & Partners. New first floor addition.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p487

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder21 January 1949  p109
Item 2 of 2Building News31 October 1919  p372

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild October 1919
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register44228 
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Arthur Forman Balfour Paul: F no3134 (box 17)