Basic Site Details

Name: Scottish Provident Offices
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: New buildings on the old site in St Andrew Square. Cost 1.5m (1970).
Consulting engineers Blyth and Blyth
Contractor Thorpe Campbell

Cost in 1975 given as 2m.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 27-19 , South St David Street  
Item 2 of 26, 7, St Andrew Square  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31961 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 2 of 319661969Build/construction 
Item 3 of 314 September 1966 Destruction/demolitionDemolition of Scottish Provident Institution due to begin on this date to make way for this new office block. Est. cost of new offices, 600,000


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 5(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectA19611969 
Item 2 of 5Ian Charles GordonArchitectA19611969 
Item 3 of 5Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & PaulArchitectural practiceA19611969 
Item 4 of 5Thomas Hynd DuncanArchitectA19611969 
Item 5 of 5William Gray LeslieArchitectA19611969Partner in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 9Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp323
Item 2 of 9Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p552
Item 3 of 9Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdpp35-6, 150, 164
Item 4 of 9McKean, Charles1992Edinburgh: an illustrated architectural guide  no.159
Item 5 of 9Patrick Harrison1990Civilising the City: Quality or Chaos in Historic Towns Nic Allen, Edinburghp109
Item 6 of 9RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 9RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 8 of 9Sinclair, Fiona1984Scotstyle, 150 Years of Scottish Architecture  pp108-109
Item 9 of 9Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p11, p14

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Building23 September 1966  p166
Item 2 of 6Building IndustriesMarch 1970   
Item 3 of 6Glasgow Herald24 October 1969  "Fitting into a new home" by Robin Todd
Item 4 of 6Scotsman25 August 1966  "New Temporary Head Office of Insurance Company" by W. Grant Liddell
Item 5 of 6Scotsman4 October 1969  Reference from HS - but not entirely clear
Item 6 of 6Scotsman24 October 1969  "New Offices for Scottish Provident Institution" by Leslie Fraser

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register Removed as largely demolished August 2014
Item 2 of 2Personal Post-War Archive (held at ECA)Miles Glendinning edin (misc) articles post 1975 non-hsg

"Archibabble" a collection of press and articles compiled by Graham Harris dated 13/08/1994.

Citing "The Scottish Provident Institution Building at 6 St Andrew Square", unpublished dissertation by Veronica M McMeeking, April 1992