Basic Site Details

Name: Prestwick International Airport
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Prestwick Airport  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Tower  
Item 2 of 2Airport  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1215 February 1957 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun'plans prepared' per Builder p 344
Item 2 of 1218 April 1958 Proposed'5 million [extension] scheme...announced last week...extension of the main runway to 9,500 ft., the erection of new terminal buildings on the seaward end of the airport and a station on the main rail line to Glasgow.' Estimated completion- early 1960s.
Item 3 of 1228 November 1958 Proposed'development programme...will begin in spring...runway will be ready for the big jet aircraft by 1960. The cost would be more than 2m. and ___ 3m. This was the Commons on November 20.' per Builder p921
Item 4 of 1230 January 1959 Scheme accepted'London (Air Ministry) - New works contracts to value of 500 or over for week ended January 30:-Building work: Prestwick Airport (Raith Hill), Ayrshire, James Laidlaw & Sons, Ltd., Dalmarnock Bridge, Rutherglen, Glasgow.' per Builder 6 Feb 1959 p301
Item 5 of 1219601962Build/constructionControl Tower built
Item 6 of 1229 April 1960 Proposedmodifications to heating system contract awarded to Richard Crittall & Co, Glasgow by Air Ministry per Builder p855
Item 7 of 1219611964Build/constructionPassenger Terminal built
Item 8 of 1210 February 1961 Proposedwork to start on 1m. terminal building in the Spring per Builder p296
Item 9 of 124 August 1961December 1963Build/constructionwork started on new terminal and apron; estimated completion of entire 3m airport and 750,000 private enterprise hotel occupying btwn 50 and 60 acres of the former St Cuthbert's golf course is end of 1963 per Builder p230
Item 10 of 121964 Build/constructionFurther buildings
Item 11 of 12Late 1960s Build/constructionInteriors
Item 12 of 121970s Addition 


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 15Joseph Lea GleaveArchitectF19541957Central (Control) Tower Buildings
Item 2 of 15Keppie Henderson & J L GleaveArchitectural practiceF19541957per Builder, p 344. Central (Control) Tower Buildings
Item 3 of 15Allen ('Mick') Short Matheson B1964 Further buildings
Item 4 of 15Dorward Matheson Gleave & Partners B1964 Further buildings
Item 5 of 15Ivor Gardiner Menzies Gordon DorwardArchitectB1964 Further buildings
Item 6 of 15Joseph Lea GleaveArchitectB1964 Further buildings
Item 7 of 15Notman & LodgeArchitectural practiceALate 1960s Interiors
Item 8 of 15Godfrey Dodgson LodgeArchitectFLate 1960s Interiors
Item 9 of 15John Robertson NotmanArchitectFLate 1960s Interiors
Item 10 of 15George McIntosh KeithArchitectA1970s Extensions
Item 11 of 15Hugh Harold Martin A1970s Extensions
Item 12 of 15Hugh Martin & PartnersArchitectural practiceA1970s Extensions
Item 13 of 15Robert Leiper A1970s Extensions
Item 14 of 15Ronald ('Ron') Scott SutherlandArchitectA1970s Extension
Item 15 of 15William Lamond GallowayArchitectA1970s Extensions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2BAA Olympic Heath StudiosFor Notman interiors
Item 2 of 2Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Scottish Division), Broomhouse Road, Saughton, EdinburghFor 1957 work

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 1Hotel, Prestwick International Airport 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp587
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p570
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Builder15 February 1957  p 344
Item 2 of 7Builder18 April 1958  'Prestwick Extension Plan' p740
Item 3 of 7Builder28 November 1958  'Prestwick Airport' p921
Item 4 of 7Builder6 February 1959  p301
Item 5 of 7Builder29 April 1960  'Tenders' p655
Item 6 of 7Builder10 February 1961  p296
Item 7 of 7Builder4 August 1961  'New Terminal Building, Prestwick' p230