Basic Site Details

Name: East Kilbride Town Centre
Town, district or village: East Kilbride
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 4Urban planning  
Item 2 of 4COMMERCIAL  
Item 3 of 4Shopping centre  
Item 4 of 4Office  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 111954 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 2 of 111956 Build/constructionConstruction of Blocks A and B (29 shop units) began in Autumn 1956 (built by Ravenseft Properties Ltd)
Item 3 of 111958 CompletionBlock A completed
Item 4 of 11May 1959 CompletionBlock B completed and opened
Item 5 of 11November 1961 Build/constructionRavenseft Properties Ltd to carry out 600,000 extension of shopping centre including a department store, two supermarkets, showrooms and shops; work to start in December 1961 and is estimated to finish late in 1962 per Builder 10 Nov 1961 p906
Item 6 of 11June 1961 Build/constructionRavenseft Properties Ltd to start 24-shop development in the centre of East Kilbride per Builder p1126
Item 7 of 111965 CompletionTwo blocks of shops and offices (Edinburgh House and Strathmore House) completed in Princes Square (financed by Development Corporation)
Item 8 of 1118 February 1966 Scheme acceptedby burgh council for 1st phase of new town centre costing 788,000 and providing 7432 square metres of covered and air-conditioned shopping facilities
Item 9 of 111967 CompletionAlexandra Arcade (luxury shopping arcade)
Item 10 of 111968 Plans prepared, construction not yet begunConstruction of phase 1 of new town centre to begin in 1968 (not begun as of 31 May 1968). Plans for phase 1 include 3m shopping and commercial centre with multi-storey office blocks and decked car park.
Item 11 of 11Mid 1960s CompletionBlock C (Ravenseft Properties Ltd) and Norfolk House (office tower block with 16 shops under by Norwich Insurance Co) completed by mid-1960s


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 2East Kilbride Development Corporation A1954  
Item 2 of 2Francis Clunie ScottArchitectA1954 As Chief Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p566
Item 2 of 2R Smith1979East Kilbride: the biography of a Scottish new town, 1947-1973 Department of the Environment Building Research Establishmentpp128-130

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder10 November 1961  p906
Item 2 of 4Builder18 February 1966  p.376
Item 3 of 4Building24 February 1967  p83 [images of the town centre]
Item 4 of 4Building31 May 1968  p135