Basic Site Details

Name: Paisley Technical School
Town, district or village: Paisley
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
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Notes: 9 invited entrants in 1896 competition. See also William Barbour wing.

over 500 entrants in 1957 competition; estimated cost of £500,000.

Cost of ecxtension estimated at £1.3m

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Paisley Technical CollegeYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2College  
Item 2 of 2School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2between High Street and George Street 1957 competition buildings
Item 2 of 242, George StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41896 Competition held 
Item 2 of 41957 Competition designs submittedover 500 designs judged by the assessor of the competition, Professor R. Gardner-Medwin, FRIBA, MTPI, of the University of Liverpool, assisted by Mr. T. A. Jeffryes, FRIAS, ARIBA, Chief Architect and Chief Technical Planner to the Department of Health for Scotland, and Mr. Robert Morton, FRIBA, Deputy Chief Architect and Chief Technical Planner - and successful competitors selected as of 26 April 1957, Builder p760
Item 3 of 413 May 1960 Scheme acceptedDean of Guild Court approval for £500,000 extension, incl laboratories, lecture rooms, administrative rooms and a refectory per Builder p938
Item 4 of 4Before 1975 Feasibility study drawn upFeasibility study for extending Technical College

People

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 23William Daniel McLennanArchitect 1896 Fourth premiated competition design
Item 2 of 23Thomas Graham AbercrombieArchitectA1896 Won competition and secured job. With William Kerr as assistant
Item 3 of 23William KerrArchitectA1896 As assistant to T G Abercrombie, who won competition and secured job
Item 4 of 23Honeyman & KeppieArchitectural practiceB1896 Second and third premiated competition designs
Item 5 of 23John HoneymanArchitectB1896 Second and third premiated competition designs
Item 6 of 23John KeppieArchitectB1896 Second and third premiated competition designs
Item 7 of 23Alexander Barr MorrisonArchitectC1896 Competition design
Item 8 of 23Campbell DouglasArchitect, ValuerC1896 Competition design
Item 9 of 23Campbell Douglas & MorrisonArchitectural practiceC1896 Competition design
Item 10 of 23Robert Forbes HutchisonArchitectG1957 won competition (prize ₤1500) and secured job with project numbered 93, per Builder p760
Item 11 of 23Hutchinson, Murta and HallArchitectural practice 19 April 1957 scheme 86 submitted 'designs for the new buildings for the advanced technological or 'Central' Institution at Paisley to serve the West of Scotland and adjacent areas' - shared 2nd and 3rd prizes (₤1,000 and ₤500) resulting from competition with James Cubitt and Partners and Claus Seligmann - per Builder p760
Item 12 of 23Claus SeligmannArchitect 26 April 1957 scheme 27 submitted 'designs for the new buildings for the advanced technological or 'Central' Institution at Paisley to serve the West of Scotland and adjacent areas' - shared 2nd and 3rd prizes (₤1,000 and ₤500) resulting from competition with Hutchinson, Murta and Hall and James Cubitt and Partners - per Builder p760
Item 13 of 23James Cubitt and PartnersArchitectural practice 26 April 1957 submitted scheme 16 'designs for the new buildings for the advanced technological or 'Central' Institution at Paisley to serve the West of Scotland and adjacent areas' - shared 2nd and 3rd prizes (₤1,000 and ₤500) resulting from competition with Hutchinson, Murta and Hall and Claus Seligmann - per Builder p760
Item 14 of 23Alison & Hutchison & PartnersArchitectural practiceG26 April 1957 won competition (prize ₤1500) and secured job with project numbered 93, per Builder p760
Item 15 of 23Architects' Co-partnershipArchitectural practice 31 May 1957 one of the commended designs - scheme 57 - from the 1957 competition per Builder p998
Item 16 of 23D H Lanham, ARIBA & E A BarkerArchitectural practice 31 May 1957 one of the commended designs - scheme 122 - from the 1957 competition per Builder p998
Item 17 of 23Hammett & NortonArchitectural practice 31 May 1957 one of the commended designs - scheme 77 - from the 1957 competition per Builder p998
Item 18 of 23Ian David BurkeArchitect 31 May 1957 one of the commended designs - scheme 43 - from the 1957 competition per Builder p998
Item 19 of 23Ivor Gardiner Menzies Gordon DorwardArchitect 31 May 1957 one of the commended designs - scheme 18 - from 1957 competition per Builder p998
Item 20 of 23Alexander HewardArchitectJBefore 1975 Feasibility study for extending Technical College
Item 21 of 23Miller & BlackArchitectural practiceJBefore 1975 Feasibility study for extending Technical College
Item 22 of 23Neil McLean JackArchitectJBefore 1975 Feasibility study for extending Technical College
Item 23 of 23Peter HallidayArchitectJBefore 1975 Feasibility study for extending Technical College

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Governors of Paisley Technical School 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp18
Item 2 of 8Guide to Paisley1896Guide to Paisley ed. J R Parlanep75
Item 3 of 8Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 4 of 8RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 5 of 8Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1897   298 (Campbell Douglas & Morrison) and 322 (Honeyman & Keppie)
Item 6 of 8Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1898   359 (McLennan)
Item 7 of 8Stark, David2004Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., 1854 to 2004 Glasgow: Stenlake Publishing Ltdp195
Item 8 of 8Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p17

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 10British Architect27 February 1896   
Item 2 of 10British Architect29 May 1896   
Item 3 of 10BuilderEarly 1896LXX p301
Item 4 of 10BuilderLate 1896LXXI p34
Item 5 of 10Builder16 January 1897  p63
Item 6 of 10Builder26 April 1957  pp760-764; images (copies of plans, elevations, section drawings of winning design) pp761-764
Item 7 of 10Builder3 May 1957  extracts from report on winning design and photo of design team (John D. Robertson, assistant architect; Stanley G. Owen (partner); R. Forbes Hutchison (senior partner) and George Bowie (assistant architect); others associated - J. Watson, D. Dorward, G. K. Barr, C. E. McEwan-Waghorn, S. Gilchrist and E. Zalejski), p810; plus images of 2nd and 3rd place finishers, pp811-813
Item 8 of 10Builder17 May 1957  photograph of model of winning design (by Messrs. Alison and Hutchinson and Partners) taken from the north (High Street) side of the site, p889
Item 9 of 10Builder31 May 1957  p998; Professor R. Gardner-Medwin's comments on 5 commended designs / designs worthy of special mention and an image -perspective of winning design p998
Item 10 of 10Builder13 May 1960  'College Extension' p938

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register38992 
Item 2 of 3Keppie Design (David Stark)Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie No 268
Item 3 of 3Swan, Adam (comp) (DMW Archive)William Kerr list of works