Basic Site Details

Name: Park 3 West Housing (West View)
Town, district or village: Cumbernauld
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Second project built under Edinburgh University Housing Research Unit comprising 90 houses, 108 three-storey flats, garages and landscape work for 670,000.

The Cumbernauld project, which originally envisaged construction of three low-rise, high-density enclaves in contrasting tenurial patterns, for social-economic comparative purposes, was eventually built in the early 1960s as an exclusively New Town Development Corporation rental development in the Park 3 area (Glendinning, 2008).

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 626 February 1960 Proposedultimately 800 dwellings and associated community buildings; sketch plans expected by the end of 1960 per Builder 26 Feb 1960 p411
Item 2 of 619661969Build/construction 
Item 3 of 611 March 1966 Contract offeredto Atholl Houses Ltd
Item 4 of 611 February 1966 Scheme accepted 
Item 5 of 61970 Won award or awardsAwarded Saltire Society Award for Good House Design
Item 6 of 61971 Won award or awardsCT Award


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 6(Professor) Charles Calthorpe RobertsonArchitectA1960s  
Item 2 of 6Edinburgh University Housing Research Unit (HRU) / Architecture Research Unit (ARU)Architectural Department (New Towns etc)A1960 under Professor Robert Matthew Department of Architecture
Item 3 of 6Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA1960  
Item 4 of 6John Burnet ByromArchitectA1966 Responsible for sociological aspect of layout
Item 5 of 6Robert Angus A1966  
Item 6 of 6Atholl Houses LtdBuilder 11 March 1966  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Cumbernauld Development Corporation 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p566
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp231
Item 3 of 3Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and LondonGazetteer 2, p380

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Architectural ReviewJanuary 1964  p15
Item 2 of 5Builder26 February 1960  'Edinburgh University Housing Research Unit: Appointments to Staff Announced' p411
Item 3 of 5Builder11 February 1966  p320
Item 4 of 5Building11 March 1966  p.165
Item 5 of 5InterbuildMay 1966  p33-4

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor Charles Robertson's CVInformation sent from Professor Charles Robertson to Yvonne Hillyard, October 2010Charles Robertson's CV