Basic Site Details

Name: Rankin Memorial Maternity and Children's Hospital
Town, district or village: Greenock
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Replaced the earlier Togo House Maternity Hospital.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 719331937 Work overseen by James Watson Ritchie
Item 2 of 717 August 1938 Opened 
Item 3 of 71939 Design exhibited 
Item 4 of 71948 ProposedExtensions and proposed Nurses' Home
Item 5 of 71952 * ProposedIntended extension to provide another 50 beds
Item 6 of 730 April 1954 * AdditionPlans in hand for extensions
Item 7 of 71979 AdditionSpecial Baby Care Unit

* 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 10James Watson RitchieArchitect 19331937Architect in charge
Item 2 of 10Cullen, Lochhead & BrownArchitectural practiceA1938  
Item 3 of 10Lockhart Whiteford HutsonArchitectA1938  
Item 4 of 10Cullen, Lochhead & BrownArchitectural practiceB1948 Extensions and proposed Nurses' Home
Item 5 of 10Lockhart Whiteford HutsonArchitectB1948 Extensions and proposed Nurses' Home
Item 6 of 10Forbes MurisonArchitect 1952 *  
Item 7 of 10Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)Architectural practice 1954 * Plans in hand for extensions
Item 8 of 10Alistair Robertson Whitelaw (or Alexander Robertson Whitelaw)ArchitectC1979 Special Baby Care Unit
Item 9 of 10Archibald Macintosh DoakArchitectC1979 Special Baby Care Unit
Item 10 of 10Ross, Doak & WhitelawArchitectural practiceC1979 Special Baby Care Unit

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Rankin, Miss DDonated 41,000 for construction and equipment
Item 2 of 2Western Regional Hospital BoardProposed extension, 1952


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 
Item 2 of 2Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1939   58

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder23 January 1948  p125 - proposed extensions
Item 2 of 4Builder27 February 1948  p264 - proposed Nurses' Home
Item 3 of 4Builder11 January 1952  p101
Item 4 of 4Builder30 April 1954  p786

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Ayr Local History LibraryAyr Local History Library Minutes 1853-1930
Item 2 of 4Chris DoakInformation via website Sent July 2007
Item 3 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Plans
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Lockhart Whiteford Hutson: F no3785 (combined box 28); James Watson Ritchie: F no5191 (combined box 62)