Basic Site Details

Name: Ashgrove Court housing
Town, district or village: Ashgrove
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Aberdeen's first block of multi-storey flats; 12-storeys - a basement, 10 floors of flats (40 flats: 20 with a double and single bedroom; 18 with two double bedrooms, and 2 with one double bedroom), storey for water tanks, ventilation equip., etc.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Ashgrove VIII  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Flats  
Item 2 of 2Housing  

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 322 May 1959 ProposedCorporation invites tenders, all trades, for 40 flats per Builder p941
Item 2 of 314 August 1959 Scheme accepted'plans approved for multi-storey flats in the Mastrick, Gallowgate and Ashgrove areas...est. cost 722,000' per Builder p39
Item 3 of 324 August 195928 March 1961Build/constructionDept. of Health for Scotland approved 94,000 tender of Alexander Hall & Son, Builders; work to begin this month, flats to be ready for occupation in 12-18 months per Builder 28 Aug 1959 p124


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 4Alexander Hall & Son (Builder) LtdBuilder 1959  
Item 2 of 4George McIntosh KeithArchitectA1959 As City Architect
Item 3 of 4Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)Architectural practiceA8 June 1959 deadline for submission of tender applications to City A per Builder 22 May 1959 p941; CHECK role
Item 4 of 4Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)Architectural practiceA8 June 1959 tender applications to City A by June 8 per Builder 29 May 1959 p978


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p550
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp240
p367 Gazetteer 1

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Aberdeen Evening Express24 March 1986  'The High Life'
Item 2 of 5Builder22 May 1959  p941
Item 3 of 5Builder29 May 1959  p978
Item 4 of 5Builder14 August 1959  p39
Item 5 of 5Builder28 August 1959  'Multi-Storey Flats for Aberdeen' p124