Basic Site Details

Name: Napier Technical College
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost 1,026,000

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Napier College  
Item 2 of 2Napier University  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 624 April 1959 Scheme accepted1m. plans approved by be submitted to Scottish Education Dept. per Builder p795
Item 2 of 612 May 1961 Build/constructioncontract for building foundations awarded to James Miller & Partners; original est for this phase of scheme was ₤60,000; est total project cost ₤1.5m per Builder p927
Item 3 of 6July 1961September 1964Build/constructionestimated start and completion dates for new college per Builder 28 Apr 1961 p811
Item 4 of 6January 1962 Build/constructionContract granted for 235,697 to Crudens Ltd. for the first stage of the Napier technical College; foundation work and structural work.
Item 5 of 61974 Alterations and additions(?) 
Item 6 of 6Before 1975 Addition 


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 17Alison & Hutchison & PartnersArchitectural practiceD19591964 
Item 2 of 17Robert Forbes HutchisonArchitectD19591964 
Item 3 of 17James Miller & PartnersArchitectural practice, Builders 12 May 1961 contract for building foundations at cost of ₤36,587 awarded by Edinburgh Corp Education Committee per Builder p927
Item 4 of 17Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)Architectural practiceCc. 1961 Restoration of tower - work taken over by Alison & Hutchison. With Harris as Depute City Architect.
Item 5 of 17Stuart Lowe HarrisArchitectCc. 1961 Restoration of tower - work taken over by Alison & Hutchison. As Depute City Architect.
Item 6 of 17Harry Horace Macdonald DFebruary 1962May 1964Partner in charge. Dates given in RIBA Nomination Papers. Perhaps took over the project from 1962 (project proabably begun peior to Macdonald being a partner).
Item 7 of 17Bamber Gray & PartnersArchitectural practiceC1974 Alterations? Additions?
Item 8 of 17Ernest William LovettArchitectC1974 Alterations? Additions?
Item 9 of 17Gilbert Andre GrayArchitectC1974 Alterations? Additions?
Item 10 of 17James Robertson LaidlawArchitectC1974 Alterations? Additions?
Item 11 of 17John William FyfeArchitectural practiceC1974 Alterations? Additions?
Item 12 of 17Thomas WhiteArchitectABefore 1975 Extension
Item 13 of 17Alan William Graham BurnettArchitectEBefore 1975 Extension
Item 14 of 17Colin WalkerArchitectEBefore 1975 Extension
Item 15 of 17George R M Kennedy & PartnersArchitectural practiceEBefore 1975 Extension
Item 16 of 17George Raphael Michael KennedyArchitectEBefore 1975 Extension
Item 17 of 17Crudens LtdBuilder Before 1962  


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


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 Ltdp497
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p551
Item 3 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder24 February 1959  p795
Item 2 of 4Builder28 April 1961  'New Technical Colleges, Scotland' p811
Item 3 of 4Builder12 May 1961  'Edinburgh College Tender' p927
Item 4 of 4Builder16 August 1963  p346

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Alison Blamire, Harris' daughterInformation sent via DSA website Sent August 2009
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of James Robertson LaidlawInformation sent to Dictionary Sent March 2010
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Harry Horace Macdobnald: F no7158 Combined Box 176)