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Basic Site Details

Name: British Home Stores, Princes Street
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: First major store of British Home Stores to be built in Scotland. Incorporates section of a first floor level external pedestrian walkway. Main door could originally be side-stacked to open up shop front in fine weather.

Cost 800,000-900,000. On site of former North British Mercantile Insurance Co.

Services engineers Steensen, Varming, Mulcahy & Partners; Structural engineers: Ove Arup & Partners; QS George Berry & Partners; main contractor Myton ltd. Extension: Structural engineers: Ove Arup & Partners; QS George Berry & Partners; main contrzctor John Laing Ltd.

Additional information from Kenneth Graham (2008). Extension cost 2,000,000

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 164, Princes Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 10 1968Completion 
Item 2 of 1019641968Build/construction 
Item 3 of 1010 April 1964 * ProposedApproval given in principle for new store, subject to submission of satisfactory plans showing buildings worthy of the site and the setting
Item 4 of 1028 August 1964 * ProposedBHS to erect new store on former North British & Mercantile Insurance Company's property
Item 5 of 1015 April 1966 Scheme acceptedAuthorisation to proceed received from Ministry of Public Building and Works
Item 6 of 1015 April 1966 Destruction/demolitionDemolition of original building on site described as 'almost completed'. Construction of new building expected to begin within 6 months
Item 7 of 1026 August 1966 Contract offeredContract awarded to Myton Ltd, 900,000
Item 8 of 1019711972Addition 
Item 9 of 101978 AdditionExtension and energy saving measures
Item 10 of 101982 Won award or awardsScottish Gas Energy Management 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 12Ove Arup & PartnersEngineer   Structural engineers
Item 2 of 12Alexander David GracieArchitectA19641968Project architect
Item 3 of 12Maurice KenfieldArchitectC19641968As British Home Stores Company architect.
Item 4 of 12Kenneth Edward GrahamArchitectA1965 Partner in charge
Item 5 of 12Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practice 19661968 
Item 6 of 12Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19661968In overall charge
Item 7 of 12George BerrySurveyor 26 August 1966 Quantity surveyor
Item 8 of 12Myton LtdBuilder 26 August 1966 Main contractor
Item 9 of 12Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel Architect, Town PlannerF19711972Extensions - architect in charge
Item 10 of 12Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceF19711972Extensions - with Samuel in charge
Item 11 of 12Kenneth Edward GrahamArchitectB19781982Additions and energy conservation measures - partner in charge
Item 12 of 12Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceB19781982Additions and energy conservation measures


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1British Home Stores Ltd 

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 1Car Park for British Home Stores, Rose StMulti-storey car park, 35,000


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp311
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RMJM  RMJM Practice Brochure   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Builder10 April 1964  p792
Item 2 of 7Builder28 August 1964  p454
Item 3 of 7Building15 April 1966  p192
Item 4 of 7Building22 July 1966  p150
Item 5 of 7Building26 August 1966  page number illegible
Item 6 of 7Building18 July 1969  pp29/79 - 29/84 with photos and plans
Item 7 of 7RIAS Quarterly2010SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.111: obituary of Kenneth Graham

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register51249 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersF 6612 (Box 149)Kenfield's Fellowship Nomination paper


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