Basic Site Details

Name: Wester Hailes development
Town, district or village: Wester Hailes
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: 4000 houses (including medium rise) and landscaping for population of 16,000.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Housing Estate An extensive housing development executed via a number seperate building contracts in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Parts of the development employed the Bison Wallframe System.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 3 After 1967Build/construction 
Item 2 of 31967 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 3 of 3c. 1987c. 2000RedevelopmentIncluding demolition of a number of tower blocks, refurbishment of existing building stock and new build low rise homes. Refer to seperate contract information in "child buldings".


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 5(Sir) Frank Mears & PartnersArchitectural practiceA1967  
Item 2 of 5Horace Arthur Rendel GovanArchitectA1967 Minor role only - mainly Naismith responsible.
Item 3 of 5Robert James NaismithArchitectA1967 Partner in charge
Item 4 of 5Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)Architectural practiceB1967 In conjunction with Sir Frank Mears & Partners
Item 5 of 5Wester Hailes Partnership Cc. 1987c. 2000The Wester Hailes Partnership undertook extensive demolition and refurbishments to the development in the early 1990s, including building new low rise homes on cleared sites. The 12million project was partly funded by Scottish Homes.

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 4Barn Park Crescent, HousingRenamed and rehabilitated, formerly Wester Hailes Drive.
Article 'Pride of the neighbourhood' Carlos Alba
13th August 1996 unknown newspaper*
Item 2 of 4Hailesland  
Item 3 of 4Westburn Gardens 
Item 4 of 4Wester Hailes Park & Drive 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp513
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p583
Item 3 of 4Hague, Cliff1984The development of planning thought: A critical perspective London, Hutchinsonp283?
Item 4 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building27 January 1967  p142

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Margery DobsonInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent May 2012