Basic Site Details

Name: Midlothian County Council Buildings
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: New Midlothian County offices on a site fronting the Lawnmarket and Melbourne Place, opposite the existing County headquarters.

Opened by the Queen Mother. Sir Robert Matthew thought this was the practice's best detiaied building.

Approximate cost 1,000,000

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lothian Regional Council Headquarters  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 4Fisher's Close  
Item 2 of 4Lawnmarket  
Item 3 of 4Melbourne Place  
Item 4 of 4Victoria St  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51964 Project commissionedRobert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners asked to take on the commission.
Item 2 of 520 May 1966 Destruction/demolitionDemolition of existing buildings as phase I of works.
Item 3 of 51967 Build/construction 
Item 4 of 5July 1967 AdditionTenders accepted for erection of 8-storey extension to the county buildings, which will be linked to the existing building by a tunnel under the main road [Myton Ltd, 5/6 Park Terrace, Glasgow] for approximately 1 million.
Item 5 of 52007 Destruction/demolitionBuilding demolished after 40 years use.


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 5Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel Architect, Town PlannerA1964(?)1970For Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners. Working in Kenneth Graham's team.
Item 2 of 5Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19641970In overall charge
Item 3 of 5Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19641970 
Item 4 of 5Kenneth Edward GrahamArchitectA20 May 1966 For Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners.
Item 5 of 5Blyth & BlythArchitectural practice 1967  


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

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 1Midlothian County Council Buildings, Lawnmarket and Melbourne PlaceThe 1960 winning entry by Reid & Forbers for new Midlothian County offices on a site fronting the Lawnmarket and Melbourne Place, opposite the existing County headquarters. However, it was never executed as it was rejected as excessively conservative by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland in March 1961. Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners eventually got the job in 1964 after a second competition was held (see separate entry under Midlothian County Council Buildings for the executed RMJM building).


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp183
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 3 of 5Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp25
Item 4 of 5Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp297-8
Item 5 of 5RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building20 May 1966  p.207
Item 2 of 2Building21 July 1967  p167

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 2010