Basic Site Details

Name: Pollokshaws CDA
Town, district or village: Pollokshaws
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Pollokshaws CDA was declared in 1958. It was the only CDA with a housing gain and involved the redevelopment of a derelict industrial area. It was divided into two units: Unit 1, the old burgh centre, and Unit 2, the south section (south of Riverford Road).

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 4December 1957(?) Scheme accepted'Corporation Planning Committee approved redevelopment of Pollokshaws area at est. cost of ₤7 million. Plan includes blocks of flats 17 or 18 storeys high to house 1,000 people. Work to start in six months' time.' per Builder 1957/12/27 p1148
Item 2 of 423 January 1958 Scheme accepted'plan...approved on January 23 by Glasgow Corporation and will now be submitted to the Secretary of State for Scotland for endorsement...density of 150 habitable rooms per acre...increasing the population in the area, at present 5,800, by 950 persons. About half the dwellings to be built will be multi-storey flats some of which will be 17 and 18 storerys.' per Builder 7 February 1958 p289
Item 3 of 412 December 1958 Scheme accepted'approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland...The Pollokshaws plan entails the clearance of about 1,600 houses over an area of 91.5 acres in the next ten years. A feature which distinguishes this plan from the former Gorbals one is that none of the present population of Pollokshaws will be displaced...' per Builder p1062
Item 4 of 412 December 1963 * CompletionFirst 16-storey block of 'Bison' flats completed on Dec 12 [but reported in Builder 13/03/64, p567]

* 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 2Archibald George JuryArchitect 1964  
Item 2 of 2Boswell, Mitchell & JohnstonArchitectural practice 1964 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2Pollokshaws CDA Unit 1 
Item 2 of 2Pollokshaws CDA Unit 2 housing, police station, library, schoolsShopping centre, police station, library, nursery and primary schools, and housing. Also (Campbell's Nomination Paper) public houses and service trades.

Housing comprised 1500 dwellings in a mixutre of 16-23 storeys, low blocks of maisonettes (four-five storeys), and two-storey terrace houses. The site was developed generally from south to north, with later infill around the edges. The first development comprised one 20-storey, three 16-storey, two five-storey, and two-four storey blocks. From 1964, the height of the new towers was stepped up to 23 storeys, and the final multi-storey block (a 17-storey slab at the extreme south-west) was not finished until 1974.

Tall blocks in this development were the first 'factory-made' flats in Scotland. Of Bison construction, they were the first large Bison contract in Scotland and were manufactured by Concrete Scotland Ltd in its Falkirk factory.


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder27 December 1957  p1148
Item 2 of 5Builder7 February 1958  'Pollokshaws Plan Approved,' p289
Item 3 of 5Builder19 December 1958  '7m. Pollokshaws Scheme Approved' p1062
Item 4 of 5Builder13 March 1964  p567
Item 5 of 5Official Architecture and PlanningMarch 1958