Basic Site Details

Name: Thurso High School
Town, district or village: Thurso
City or county: Caithness
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: See also entry for this school at

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Ormelie High School  
Item 2 of 4Thurso Academy  
Item 3 of 4Thurso Secondary School  
Item 4 of 4Thurso Technical Secondary School  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Ormlie RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51954After 1959Build/construction 
Item 2 of 518 February 1955 * Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans prepared for submission to Scottish Education Authority
Item 3 of 5February 1958August 1959Build/constructionactual start and end dates for construction of new college per Builder 28 Apr 1961 p811
Item 4 of 5October 1958 OpenedFirst phase
Item 5 of 5May 1959 Build/constructionSecond phase begun

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 7(Professor) Charles Calthorpe RobertsonArchitectA1958c. 1960 
Item 2 of 7(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectA1958c. 1960 
Item 3 of 7Andrew RentonArchitectA1958c. 1960 
Item 4 of 7Basil Spence & PartnersArchitectural practiceA1958c. 1960 
Item 5 of 7John Hardie GloverArchitectA1958c. 1960 
Item 6 of 7Peter Scott FergusonArchitectA1958c. 1960 
Item 7 of 7Ian Gordon CookArchitectAc. 1960 * Working for Basil Spence & Partners

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Caithness County Council 
Item 2 of 2Education Authorityc 1958


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp132
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp97
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder18 February 1955  p316
Item 2 of 2Builder28 April 1961  'New Technical Colleges, Scotland' p811

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Hardie Glover: F no5473 (combined box 81)
Item 2 of 2Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010): information on Ian Cook's involvement.