Basic Site Details

Name: Scottish Widows Head Office
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Replaces earlier building 101122.

Surveyors James D Gibson & Simpson
Structural Engineers Blyth & Blyth
Heating Engineers A F Myers & Partners, Edinburgh
Electrical Engineers Mitchell Dey & Lackie
Lift Engineers British Engine Boiler & Electrical Insurance Co Ltd

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 19-10, St Andrew Square  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 22 May 1958 Proposed'subject to planning [on new 6-storey head office] will begin in 1959.' per Builder p835
Item 2 of 21962 Build/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 8(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectA19581962 
Item 2 of 8Andrew RentonArchitectA19581961Completed in 1962 after Renton had left the practice.
Item 3 of 8Basil Spence & PartnersArchitectural practiceA19581962 
Item 4 of 8David BainArchitectA19581962With Spence practice.
Item 5 of 8John Hardie GloverArchitectA19581962Work supervised by Glover
Item 6 of 8Peter Scott FergusonArchitectA19581962 
Item 7 of 8Richard Ross Forbes CassidyArchitectA19581962Computer building
Item 8 of 8Robert Reid BlackArchitectAAfter 1958Before 1960With Spence practice, probably as assistant.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Edwards, Brian1995Basil Spence 1907-1976  pp86-87
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp323
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder2 May 1958  'Assurance Office, Edinburgh' p835
Item 2 of 2Builder5 February 1960  'Tenders' p299

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Hardie Glover: F no5473 (combined box 81)