Basic Site Details

Name: Smithycroft Secondary School
Town, district or village: Riddrie
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: School cost £484,155 to build
1030-pupil comprehensive secondary school

Mr Forsyth writes:
'Referring to the name Smithycroft I can assure that it is all one word. It may have been in the past before a housing scheme was added that there was a blacksmith with a croft there and when the authorities decided on a name for a road nearby they decided on Smithycroft. That is my romantic version of events!

The design came about as a result of my Degree Thesis at the Art school which was entitled ‘Post War School Building in Scotland’ and I had just joined the Corporation of Glasgow which had a large school building programme after the war at a time when money was tight and I sought to reduce the circulation to a minimum, thereby saving money but I was also interested in trying this unique shape and it worked out very well. So much so that the school was opened by the then Secretary of State William Ross.'

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Smithy Croft School Sometimes written as such but this is incorrect.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Smithycroft Road  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 3October 1964 Tenders invited 
Item 2 of 3November 1964June 1966Build/construction 
Item 3 of 31 March 1968 Additionschool extended at cost of £163,000


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 4Robert ForsythArchitectA  Project architect for City Architects Department (no date)
Item 2 of 4Angus M. Macdougall Co. LtdBuilderA19641966Main contractor
Item 3 of 4Archibald George JuryArchitectA19641966As City Architect
Item 4 of 4Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation) A19641966 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p569
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp177-8
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p438

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building1 March 1968  p142
Item 2 of 3Building9 August 1968  Feature, p61-64
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Herald3 November 1967   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information supplied by Mr Forsyth
Item 2 of 2Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild GCA DG 1964/382