Basic Site Details

Name: Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area B multi-storey flats and housing
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Built on 9-acre site north of Ballater Street at cost of 1.5m, comprising 428 dwellings in four 17-storey towers and several lower blocks, plus garages, public house, and shop.

Laid out at angle to existing street grid, thus articulating rejection of old C19 city (and, more practically, allowing N-S alignment for maximum sunlight). At Paterson's suggestion, the towers had floodlights mounted on top (a first in Scotland), in an effort to encourage night-time social life.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21957 Proposed 
Item 2 of 219581964Build/construction 


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 6John ('Ian') Emslie ArnottArchitect 19581964Project architect
Item 2 of 6John Lamb PatersonArchitect 19581964Job architect on Hutchesontown B scheme
Item 3 of 6Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19581964Acted as design consultant for development of scheme.
Item 4 of 6Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19581961Acted as design consultant for development of scheme (continued under subsequent practice title)
Item 5 of 6Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectA19581964Acted as design consultant for development of scheme.
Item 6 of 6Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19611964Acted as design consultant for development of scheme (begun under previous practice title)

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Hutchesontown / Gorbals RedevelopmentPrototype and showpiece for city's post-war Modernist phase of reconstruction


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp20-22
Item 3 of 4Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp169, p228, p368
Item 4 of 4Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p518

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architect and Building News27 May 1959   
Item 2 of 8Architect and Building News17 May 1961   
Item 3 of 8Architect and Building News18 August 1965   
Item 4 of 8Architects Journal15 April 1964   
Item 5 of 8Architectural ReviewNovember 1967   
Item 6 of 8Builder19 February 1960  p388
Item 7 of 8Builder8 May 1964  p965-966
Item 8 of 8Concrete and Constructional EngineeringNovember 1963   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Mitchell LibraryGlasgow City Archives1958/684Dean of Guild Court