Basic Site Details

Name: Foamslag factory, Amulree Street
Town, district or village: Tollcross
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The Tollcross precasting factory was the centrepiece of the Corporation's attempt to devise its own heavy precast-concrete prefabrication system employing 'foamslag' (steelworks waste) as aggregate. The concrete panels were to be large, storey-height slabs, for the casting of which a factory and mobile cranes would be necessary. The factory was a steel-framed structure, mostly on one storey, with concrete floor, 'Everite' corrugated asbestos cladding and low-pitched roof. It was arranged around two parallel linear flows from east to west, each beginning at an unloading bay and cement store, and proceeding through a mould filling bay (with flanking aggregate bin, and upper-floor section for mixing and pouring), curing ovens, and stacking floor to the outgoing loading bay. Cost of factory, 80,600.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Tollcross precasting factory  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51945 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 51947 * OpenedPlant cost 90,000
Item 3 of 51950 Alteration/conversionFactory converted to production of small-scale precase components such as lintels and sills
Item 4 of 513 June 1952 *  Closure - designed to produce 2,000 houses per year, but reached 1,120 houses over five years. Failure partly attributed to switch to multi-storey construction, which relies less on foam slag. 71,000 written off with closure, with premises to be disposed '... to best advantage.'
Item 5 of 51981 Destruction/demolitionSite demolished and redeveloped with private housing

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 2Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation) A19441945With J H Ferrie as Chief Architect
Item 2 of 2John Hogg FerrieArchitectA1944 Responsible for design as Chief Architect in the Housing Department


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2ed. Nicola Hamilton1981From Spitfire to Microchip: studies in the history of design from 1945  London: Design Councilp59
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Corporation Housing Department1947Report on Foamslag Construction and the Foamslag Factory   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder13 June 1952  p900

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of GuildGCA DG 1944/156