Basic Site Details

Name: Demonstration Housing Project, Experimental Maisonettes and Houses, Muirhouse
Town, district or village: Muirhouse
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: three different house types: two four-storey blocks each containing 12 maisonettes designed for families with young children, and two small groups of houses for older single people or older couples

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Pennywell Gardens  
Item 2 of 2Pennywell Medway  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21956 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 222 February 1957 Opened'A demonstration scheme of new houses is to be opened at Muirhouse, Edinburgh, today by Mr. J. Nixon Brown, MP, Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. The scheme is intended to make a break with 'subtopia' and point the way to new housing developments in Scotland. The scheme consists principally of maisonettes and small groups of houses for old people.' per Builder 22 Feb 1957, p391


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 3Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)Architectural practiceA1956  
Item 2 of 3Thomas Arnold Jeffryes (sometimes misspelt Jeffreys)ArchitectA1956 As Chief Architect of the Department of Health for Scotland
Item 3 of 3Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)Architectural practice 1957 with consulting engineer - T. H. Haddow, AMICE, AMIStructE; quantity surveyors - Phillips, Knox and Arthur; builders - George Wimpey & Co., Ltd. per Builder 14 June 1957, p1078


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p564
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 Londonp380 Gazetteer 2

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Architects Journal3 July 1957  p356-7
Item 2 of 6Architectural DesignApril 1957  p145
Item 3 of 6Builder22 February 1957  p391 (CHECK - see note under 'Events')
Item 4 of 6Builder14 June 1957  pp1078-1079 - article, including images: photo from the SE and garden layout, p1078; plans of single person house, two person house and maisonette, photo from the south, sections and details, p1079
Item 5 of 6Municipal Journal22 March 1957  p645-50
Item 6 of 6Official Architecture and PlanningDecember 1957  p175-9