Basic Site Details

Name: Carstairs State Institution
Town, district or village: Carstairs
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: '11 separate buildings in the scheme[:] five blocks of living accomodation, a hall/occupational therapy unit, administrative block, boilerhouse, search lodge and two ancillary buildings for staff cycles and gardeners' tools, etc...Facilities for recreation are provided in a bowling green and football the south end of the site.'
'Throughout, the walls are brick cavity construction, roughcast and with stone dressing. The floors and ceilings are of concrete, the former finished with acid-resisting asphalt. The roofs are slated. Oyster, cream and peral-grey colours have been used externally on the various blocks. ...The cost of the scheme was approximately 330,000.' per Builder pp307-310

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 419561958Build/construction 
Item 2 of 422 January 1960 Build/construction'London (MoW).-Contracts for week ended January 22: ...Lanarkshire: ...State Mental Hospital and State Institution, Carstairs, erection, J. Wight & Co. (Edinburgh), Earls Gate-wks., Grangemouth' per Builder p299
Item 3 of 419731976Build/constructionAddition of gatehouse
Item 4 of 4Mid 1990s RehabilitationWest wing revamped (three new wards, seven refurbished and extended wards, five therapy units and a building converted into a church). East wing put up for sale per Scotsman 7 June 1996.


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 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA19561958 
Item 2 of 7Stewart SimArchitectA19561958As senior architect to Ministry of Works; Mr. D. Wilkie of Chief Engineer's Division resp. for mechanical and electrical engineering; Mr. E. A. Mackay resp. for structural engineering
Item 3 of 7James P HoptonArchitectA19731976New gatehouse
Item 4 of 7Robert Yule FergusArchitectA19731976New gatehouse
Item 5 of 7Scott & McIntoshArchitectural practiceA19731976New gatehouse
Item 6 of 7John Malcolm McIntosh (Mackintosh)ArchitectD19731976New gatehouse
Item 7 of 7Walter Scott D19731976New gatehouse


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p589
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp4 Fountainbridge Telephone Exchange
Item 3 of 3RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder22 August 1958  'Carstairs State Institution, Lanarkshire' pp307-310; includes site photos and site plan, photos of individual buildings/details and block floorplans, as well as discussion of layout details
Item 2 of 5Builder5 September 1958  'Carstairs State Institution' p395
Item 3 of 5Builder5 February 1960  'Tenders' p299
Item 4 of 5Builder7 July 1961  'Scottish Ministry Architect Retires' p18
Item 5 of 5Scotsman7 June 1996