Basic Site Details

Name: Cumbernauld New Town, preliminary planning proposals (Glasgow Overspill)
Town, district or village: Cumbernauld
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
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Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61958 Proposed 
Item 2 of 628 May 1958 Proposed'Preliminary planning proposals...were given at a Press Conference...General Sir Gordon MacMillan, chairman of the Development Corporation and Mr. L. Hugh Wilson, OBE, ARIBA, Dist.TP, AMTPI, Corporation's chief architect and planning officer, gave information [which is summarised in article]' per Builder 6 June 1958, p1038
Item 3 of 618 September 1959 Scheme acceptedalong with Glenrothes and East Kilbride to supply 14,800 (Cumbernauld supplying 12,000) per Builder p277
Item 4 of 627 August 19607 September 1960Design exhibitedTown and Country Planning Summer School, University of St. Andrews
Item 5 of 61 September 1960 Design exhibited4,150 acre triangular site, 5 miles by 2 miles, was designated in Feb 1956; four main elements: hill with hogsback profile, hillside rising from valley where railway line is located, but cut off from hogsback by deep glen, small hill at Condorrat and a plateau at the northeast end; development to accommodate 50,000 population to be on hilltop area of 2 miles long by 1 mile wide, with houses, shops, schools, public buildings and some industry; main industrial areas to north and south of this; satellite villages around the main hill will accommodate an additional population of 20,000; housing densities will vary between 60 to 120 persons per acre; pedestrians and vehicles will have separate circulation networks per Builder 9 Sept 1960, pp474-476
Item 6 of 625 November 1960 Build/constructionparliamentary debate on 16 November over exemption for CDC to allow them to proceed without permissions from Dumbarton County Council planning - discussion of design and conflict btwn old and new ideas - per Builder p981


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 4Cumbernauld New Town Development Corporation A1958  
Item 2 of 4Leslie Hugh Wilson (known as Hugh Wilson)ArchitectA1958  
Item 3 of 4Roy HunterArchitectA1958  
Item 4 of 4William ('Bill') GillespieLandscape architectA1958  

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Overspillvarious sites both within and without Glasgow, including new towns


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p563
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and LondonGazetteer 2, p380

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 12Builder28 August 1953  p333 - 'Cumbernauld New Town Project', details Clyde Valley Planning Committee's recommendation of Cumbernauld as suitable site for the location of a new town (largely owing to existing infrastructure)
Item 2 of 12Builder6 June 1958  'The New Town of Cumbernauld - Preliminary Planning Proposals' p1038; includes 'basic plan' image with legend
Item 3 of 12Builder18 September 1959  'Glasgow Overspill' p277
Item 4 of 12Builder27 November 1959  'The Scottish New Towns' p783; refers to annual report of Cumbernauld, East Kilbride and Glenrothes Development Corporations, published on Nov 18 (HMSO, price 7s)
Item 5 of 12Builder18 March 1960  'Scottish Architecture Lagging' p581
Item 6 of 12Builder9 September 1960  'The Planning and Development of Cumbernauld: Mr. Hugh Wilson's Paper to the Town and Country Planning Summer School' p474-476; image - Revised Basic Plan p476
Item 7 of 12Builder25 November 1960  'The Week in Parliament - Development of Cumbernauld New Town' p981
Item 8 of 12Builder23 December 1960  'Conclusion of Overspill Agreements' p1187 - mention
Item 9 of 12Builder1 December 1961  'Merging Towns for Overspill' p1068
Item 10 of 12Builder30 November 1962  p1073
Item 11 of 12Surveyor7 June 1958  p577-8
Item 12 of 12Surveyor3 September 1960  p999-1001

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of William GillespieInterview of William Gillespie by Jessica Taylor, 2 February 2009 at ECA