Basic Site Details

Name: University of Edinburgh, George Square Redevelopment
City or county: Edinburgh, Midlothian
Country: Scotland
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1University of Edinburgh Central Development Area  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2University  
Item 2 of 2Urban planning  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1George Square east and south sides


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51947 ProposedInitial scheme
Item 2 of 59 October 1959 Scheme acceptedPlanning permission for demolition of buildings on east and south side George Sq. to make way for 6m. development; had been opposed by National Trust for Scotland and Ancient Monuments Society and went before Secretary of State for Scotland per Builder p416
Item 3 of 515 April 1960  master plan for area by Spence & Partners per Builder p727
Item 4 of 51962 ProposedAmendments to earlier schemes
Item 5 of 51980 ProposedAmendments to earlier schemes


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 6Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA   
Item 2 of 6Charles Henry HoldenArchitectA1947 General layout.
Item 3 of 6(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectA1959 Consultant architect to University
Item 4 of 6Basil Spence & PartnersArchitectural practiceA1959 Spence as consultant architect to University
Item 5 of 6Percy Edwin Alan Johnson-MarshallArchitect, Town PlannerC1962 Amendment to earlier schemes.
Item 6 of 6Percy Edwin Alan Johnson-MarshallArchitect, Town PlannerD1980 Amendment to earlier schemes.

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 2University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower (Arts Building) and redevelopment of George Square 
Item 2 of 2University of Edinburgh, Medical Buildings (Pharmacology Department and Hugh Robson Building)Cost 3m


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Fenton, Clive2002A Century of Change in George Square, 1876-1976v5, nsBook of the Old Edinburgh Club, 2002, pp35-81pp48-49
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp244
Item 3 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp17 Sketch perspective of proposed George Square redevelopment c1958
p33 Photograph of Edinburgh University CDA by Percy Johnson-Marshall
Item 4 of 4Miles Glendinning, Diane Watters, David Whitham Docomomo Scotland Leaflet  p226, p229 Edinburgh University redevelopment, George Square

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder9 October 1959  'University Development, Edinburgh' p416
Item 2 of 2Builder15 April 1960  'Edinburgh AA Year Book' p727; year book no 4, 1960 includes full account of George Square project