Basic Site Details

Name: Royal Naval Base
Town, district or village: Faslane
City or county: Renfrewshire/Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: 13m. Construction started December 1963 and due to complete in 1968. The base will house 160 officers and 1,300 ratings on 125 acre site sloping towards Gareloch. Up to 1,700 men worked towards construction; majority of structures constructed in concrete including: jetty for berthing submarines, a scheme to supply water from Loch Sloy, mess, recreation building, five 4-storey sleeping blocks for ratings, dining, refreshment and recreation facilities, shopping arcade, administration building, naval store, victualling store, and wardroom block [Building, 26 April 1968].

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Clyde Submarine Base Original name
Item 2 of 2HM Naval Base ClydeYesClyde Submarine Base renamed HM Naval Base Clyde in 1990s

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219631970Build/construction 
Item 2 of 21980s(?) Refurbishment400m refit


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 10George Wimpey & Co LtdBuilder 19631968(?)mess and recreation building, administrative offices and RN polaris school
Item 2 of 10H J M McMasterArchitect 19631968(?)Senior Architect
Item 3 of 10H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practice 19631970By English office
Item 4 of 10Hugh Leggatt (or Leffatt) LtdBuilder 19631968(?)sleeping blocks and workshops
Item 5 of 10Marples Ridgway LtdBuilder 19631968(?)jetty and dolphins
Item 6 of 10Mitchell Construction Co. (Scotland) LtdBuilder 19631968(?)stores complex, medical and dental block, main police buildings and sports centre
Item 7 of 10Whatlings Ltd  19631968(?)A814 road diversion and sewage works, etc.
Item 8 of 10(Miss) Jean Gordon WelshArchitectD1980s(?) 400m refit
Item 9 of 10William ('Bill') NimmoArchitectD1980s(?) 400m refit
Item 10 of 10William Nimmo & PartnersArchitectural practiceD1980s(?) 400m refit

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 11Royal Naval Base, Club Room & Social Hall12,000
Item 2 of 11Royal Naval Base, main police building, fire station, stores & other buildings 
Item 3 of 11Royal Naval Base, Medical & Dental Building and Ancillary Works, Faslane 
Item 4 of 11Royal Naval base, mess, recreation & administration blocks 
Item 5 of 11Royal Naval Base, Navy Army Airforce Institute, Faslane 
Item 6 of 11Royal Naval Base, Shiplift at FaslaneThe Shiplift provides a primary support facility for the Trident submarine fleet.
Item 7 of 11Royal Naval Base, Sports Centre 
Item 8 of 11Royal Naval Base, workshop and offices for mechanical and engineering maintenance 
Item 9 of 11Royal Navy base, Boat Centre, foreshore protection and car parks 
Item 10 of 11Royal Navy Base, Civilian Housing 
Item 11 of 11Royal Navy Base, Married quarters for MPBW 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p590

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder3 May 1963  p909
Item 2 of 3Building26 April 1968  p89-94
Item 3 of 3RIAS Quarterly2010SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.112: obituary of Bill Nimmo