Basic Site Details

Name: Drumchapel Housing Development
Town, district or village: Drumchapel
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: This record refers Glasgow Corporation's development of various housing schemes in the satellite town of Drumchapel. See related 'child' buildings for details on individual housing developments.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2DrumchapelYes 
Item 2 of 2Drumchapel Housing Scheme  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Housing scheme  
Item 2 of 2Urban planning  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 19September 1951 Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans in hand for the erection of 813 houses
Item 2 of 1922 February 1952 * ProposedCorporation proposed four-phase development for 30,000 people, with 7,000 houses, baths, school

Road and sewer work has begun on the first phase

Completion of the scheme's first part has been approved by the Corporation
Item 3 of 193 October 1952 * ProposedPlans to be prepared for 108 houses
Item 4 of 1931 October 1952 * Scheme acceptedCorporation to erect for 363 houses
Item 5 of 191 May 1953 * ProposedPlans to be prepared for 20 houses
Item 6 of 1924 July 1953 * Scheme acceptedPlans approved for erection of 1,220 dwellings
Item 7 of 194 September 1953 * Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans in hand for 56 houses
Item 8 of 1911 September 1953 * Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans in hand for new shops and houses
Item 9 of 1924 March 1953 Scheme acceptedPlan to erect 1,800 houses by Crosswell method of construction at Drumchapel approved (Housing Committee minutes, 24/3/1953).
Item 10 of 1930 April 1954 * Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans in hand for 18 houses, est. cost 28,800
Item 11 of 1930 April 1954 * Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans in hand for scheme of 768 houses to be erected at Unit 3 of Drumchapel Housing Site, est. cost 1,307,770
Item 12 of 194 June 1954 * Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans prepared and approved for 40 houses
Item 13 of 1911 October 1957 Build/construction'Glasgow Corporation Housing Committee allocated ...contract for houses to direct labour department,...for 506 houses at Drumchapel, cost ₤862,186.' per Builder p655
Item 14 of 1918 October 1957 Scheme accepted'Housing and Works Department granted permission for 56 houses at Drumchapel, No. 5' per Builder p701
Item 15 of 1916 January 1959 Proposed'independent development of shopping sites on a three-storey basis involving six acres of centrally located ground at Drumchapel [Housing Scheme]'
'four English development companies [invited by Glasgow Town Council] to undertake the development...Healey and Baker; Ravenseft Properties, Ltd.; Boyd, Ridgley and Partners; all of London, and Chippendale and Company, of Bradford.' per Builder p165
Item 16 of 1915 April 1960 Proposed306 houses in 15-storey blocks at a cost of 881,000; Scottish Office approval required per Builder p765
Item 17 of 1919911996Alterations and additionsComprehensive rehabilitation of 80 existing flats in 9 tenement closes on Jedworth Avenue, Pineview (by Simister Monagan Architects).
Item 18 of 1928 November 1997 Destruction/demolition872 houses near Invercanny Drive and Linkwood Road in Drumchapel reported to be scheduled for demolition (per Scotsman)
Item 19 of 196 December 1999 Destruction/demolitionPlans mentioned for the demolition of 1,076 council houses in Drumchapel (per Scotsman)

* 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 5Archibald George JuryArchitectABefore 1951After 1959Various housing schemes as Director of Housing
Item 2 of 5Michael David SimisterArchitectB19911996 
Item 3 of 5Simister MonaghanArchitectural practiceB19911996Rehabilitation work Jedworth Avenue, Pineview
Item 4 of 5William Vernon MonaghanArchitectB19911996 
Item 5 of 5Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation) ABefore 1951After 1959With A G Jury as Director of Housing


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Corporation 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 5Drumchapel Housing Development Unit 1 HousingLocated north of existing Garscadden settlement, north of Garscadden and Drumchapel Roads (later called Stonedyke). New types of standard tenements were first used on a large scale here. The southeast portion of Unit 1, built 1952-4, consisted of 108 dwellings in three-storey tenements, and the northwest portion, built 1952-5, contained 730 dwellings in three-storey tenements plus other shops and flats.
Item 2 of 5Drumchapel Housing Development Unit 2 HousingUnit 2 was a much more ambitious development than Unit 1. Located on a hilly site, it required a water tower and included the first large-scale examples of crosswall construction evolved by Sam Bunton. Unit 2 housing consisted of: 257 dwellings south of Drumry Road (1953-5); 30 dwellings in Heathcot Avenue (1959); 1053 dwellings in tenements and 2000 crosswall dwellings (1953-6); and other shops and flats.
Item 3 of 5Drumchapel Housing Development Unit 3 HousingLocated roughly north of Linkwood Drive/Southdeen Avenue and south of Kinfauns Drive, this section of the development consisted of 1236 dwellings in 1953-6, 768 dwellings in 1954-7, and other shops and dwellings.
Item 4 of 5Drumchapel Housing Development Unit 4 HousingLocated roughly north of Kinfauns Drive and south of Drummore Road. Unit 4 housing contained: 317 dwellings in mainly four-storey tenements (1953-6); 366 Lawrence crosswall dwellings (1954-6); 24 houses (1954); 624 dwellings in a mixture of proprietary non-traditional tenement types (215 Blackburn houses, 170 Atholl houses, and 239 crosswall houses) (1954-7).
Item 5 of 5Drumchapel Housing Development Unit 5 HousingUnit 5 housing consisted of 506 dwellings in three/four-storey tenements (1957-60), 60 dwellings in three-storey tenements (1957), and 216 dwellings (1959-61).


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 16Builder14 September 1951  p367
Item 2 of 16Builder22 February 1952  p313
Item 3 of 16Builder3 October 1952  p488
Item 4 of 16Builder31 October 1952  p640
Item 5 of 16Builder1 May 1953  p700
Item 6 of 16Builder24 July 1953  p156
Item 7 of 16Builder4 September 1953  p373
Item 8 of 16Builder11 September 1953  p413
Item 9 of 16Builder30 April 1954  p786
Item 10 of 16Builder4 June 1954  p1007
Item 11 of 16Builder11 October 1957  p655
Item 12 of 16Builder18 October 1957  p701
Item 13 of 16Builder16 January 1959  'Shopping Sites at Drumchapel' p165
Item 14 of 16Builder15 April 1960  'Glasgow Building Plans' p765
Item 15 of 16Scotsman28 November 1997  'How the Drum rolled down and out'
Item 16 of 16Scotsman6 December 1999  'Glasgow denies covert 'social cleansing' of Drumchapel'

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild Unit 1 (1952/300, 301; 1953/334, 176; 1954/205); Unit 2 (1953/73, 74, 261, 490; 1954/96; 1957/794);
Unit 3 (1953/230; 1954/206, 207);
Unit 4 (1953/489; 1954/26, 322, 393);
Unit 5 (1957/560, 793; 1959/585)