Basic Site Details

Name: Cockenzie Power Station
Town, district or village: Cockenzie
City or county: East Lothian
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Contractor A A Stuart & Sons.
The main station includes paired 500ft chimneys; while a substantial five-storey block houses the administrative and ancillary buildings and is linked to the station by a 175ft bridge (Glendinning, 2008).

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 6  Won award or awardsRICA/Times Conservation Award
Item 2 of 625 August 1961 Proposedcoal-fired power station on 344 acres immediately east of Preston Links Colliery; the station will use 10,000 tons of coal each day and provide work for 12,500 miners at Monktonhall and Bilston Glen pit shafts per Builder p369
Item 3 of 619621968Build/construction 
Item 4 of 614 February 1964 * Contract offeredA A Stuart & Sons (Contractors) Ltd have been awarded a 2m contract by South of Scotland Electricity Board for building work and superstructure
Item 5 of 61968 Won award or awardsFinancial Times Industrial Award Commendation
Item 6 of 61971 Won award or awardsCivic Trust Award

* 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 6Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practice 19621968 
Item 2 of 6John Christopher ('Chris') CarterArchitectA19621968Partner in charge
Item 3 of 6Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19621968In overall charge
Item 4 of 6Kennedy & DonkinEngineerB19621968Consulting Engineers
Item 5 of 6Strain & Robertson EngineerC19621968Consulting Engineers
Item 6 of 6James Williamson & PartnersEngineerD19621968Consulting Engineers


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


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp298
Item 3 of 6McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p138
Item 4 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 6RMJM  RMJM Practice Brochure   
Item 6 of 6Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p9, p14

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder25 August 1961  'New 60m Power Station' p369
Item 2 of 2Builder21 February 1964  p374

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Mr LeeInterview with Vernon Lee, 3 February 2010 Additional information sent October 2010