Basic Site Details

Name: Turnhouse Airport
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Airport terminal scheme approved by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Scottish Division Aug 1953. Cost 85,000 including apron, roadways and car park

See separate entry for new Edinburgh Airport

Robert Matthew terminal demolished 1995

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1024 October 1952 * ProposedProposal approved for new terminal building, to be used solely for civil aviation purposes.
Item 2 of 108 December 1952 * Project commissionedRobert Matthew accepted commission to prepare designs for proposed new civil terminal building.
Item 3 of 101953 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 4 of 1019541956Build/constructionSupervised by Dunbar-Nasmith and Brown.
Item 5 of 1012 April 1956 OpenedTerminal opened by Harold Watkinson, Minister of Transport.
Item 6 of 101957 Won award or awardsEdinburgh Architectural Association's Centenary Bronze Award for art and architecture.
Item 7 of 1024 April 1959 Proposed'Extension of airport terminal building and apron. Est. cost 180,000.' per Builder p795
Item 8 of 101960s Addition 
Item 9 of 101976 Build/constructionPolice Station, Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh. Cost 80,000. Other Buildings Commissioned by Public Bodies (Information from NMRS)
Item 10 of 101995 Destruction/demolitionMatthew's Terminal demolished

* 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 30Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectA19521956 
Item 2 of 30Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA8 November 19521956 
Item 3 of 30(Professor Sir) James Duncan Dunbar-NasmithArchitectA19531956 
Item 4 of 30Margaret Brown (Mrs Richards)ArchitectA19541956 
Item 5 of 30Harold Alan WightmanArchitectC1960s Extensions
Item 6 of 30John Christopher ('Chris') CarterArchitectC1960s Extensions
Item 7 of 30John Deacon RichardsArchitectC1960s Extensions
Item 8 of 30Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectC1960s Extensions
Item 9 of 30Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceC1960s Extensions
Item 10 of 30Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectC1960s Extensions
Item 11 of 30Robert Kerr MarshallArchitectF1970s Offices for BP
Item 12 of 30Alwyn Brunow WatersArchitectG1970s Offices for BP- perhaps not involved?
Item 13 of 30Geoffrey TaylorArchitectG1970s Offices for BP - perhaps not involved
Item 14 of 30Ian Henry Dodd G1970s Offices for BP
Item 15 of 30Robert Arthur WatersArchitectG1970s Offices for BP - Perhaps not involved?
Item 16 of 30Ronald Jeffrey Clark JamiesonArchitectG1970s Offices for BP
Item 17 of 30Waters Jamieson PartnershipArchitectural practiceG1970s Offices for BP
Item 18 of 30(Professor) James PaulArchitectD19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 19 of 30Alexander John SmithArchitectD19761978Police Station, General Aviation Building and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 20 of 30Alexander Steele D19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 21 of 30Alistair Graham AllanArchitectD19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 22 of 30Baxter Clark & PaulArchitectural practiceD19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 23 of 30David William Baxter (junior)ArchitectD19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 24 of 30George CruickshankArchitectD19761978Police Station, General Aviation Building and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 25 of 30George Lindsay BruceArchitectD19761978Police Station, General Aviation Building and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 26 of 30Ian Geoffrey PlenderleathArchitectD19761978Police Station, General Aviation Building and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 27 of 30John Stewart ClarkArchitectD19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 28 of 30Peter MurchieArchitectD19761978Police Station, General Aviation Building and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 29 of 30Robert Reid BlackArchitectD19761978Police Station, General Aviation Building and Cargo Handling Terminal
Item 30 of 30Roy David Clark D19761978Police Station and Cargo Handling Terminal


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Scottish Aerodrome Board1952, new terminal


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp136
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp18-19, p165
Item 3 of 6Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp159-162 (includes drawings, plans and photographs)
Item 4 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 6 of 6Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p7-8, p15-p16

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Architectural DesignAugust 1953   p236 - with perspective
Item 2 of 5Architectural DesignOctober 1956  p330 - with photos and plan
Item 3 of 5Builder5 December 1952  p852
Item 4 of 5Builder31 July 1953  p188
Item 5 of 5Builder24 April 1959  p795

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSScottish Survey of Architectural Practices Project MS material