Basic Site Details

Name: Dumbarton Central Area Development
Town, district or village: Dumbarton
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: For details of the competition see under Dunbartonshire County Council Offices.

est. cost 400,000

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Street plan(?)  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2High Street  
Item 2 of 2Town Square  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 426 February 1960 Openeddesign competition, including landscaping, shops, offices, hotel, restaurant, community centre, housing, parking for 300 cars and a new road bridge over the River Leven (site utlities already in place); competitors asked to take account of the architectural character of the town and provide adequate townscape detail; premiums of 1,200, 900 and 500; submission deadline is 30 May 1960 per Builder p403
Item 2 of 48 July 1960 Design exhibitedwinning design by Rae, Preston, Garner and Strebel per Builder p37, 49
Item 3 of 419631970Build/construction 
Item 4 of 41972 Won award or awardsCivic trust Aqward for Town Square


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 11Derek Roxby PrestonArchitectA1960 Won competition
Item 2 of 11John RaeArchitectA1960 Won competition when in partnership with Garner Preston & Strebel.
Item 3 of 11Rae, Garner, Preston & StrebelArchitectural practiceA1960 Competition won when Rae in partnership.
Item 4 of 11Walter StrebelArchitectA1960 Won competition
Item 5 of 11(Professor Sir) James Duncan Dunbar-NasmithArchitectD1960 2nd prize in competition
Item 6 of 11Graham Couper LawArchitectD1960 2nd prize in competition
Item 7 of 11Robert Hogg MatthewArchitect 26 February 1960 assessor of design competition per Builder p403
Item 8 of 11Garner Preston & Strebel  8 July 1960 joint winners, with Mr. John Rae ARIBA, of the design competition per Builder p45 (pic); prize of 1200 per Builder p47
Item 9 of 11Robert William Kelly Cupples RogersonArchitect 8 July 1960 awarded 3rd in competition 500 per Builder p47
Item 10 of 11Law & Dunbar-Nasmith D8 July 1960 awarded 2nd prize in competition 900 per Builder p47
Item 11 of 11Alan ReiachArchitect 20 May 1966  

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 1Dunbartonshire County Council OfficesCost 807,000.

See separate entry for previous County Council Offices.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp414
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p568
Item 3 of 5Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp380 Gazetteer 2
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architect and Building News6 July 1960  p6-12
Item 2 of 8Architects Journal14 July 1960  p60-63 (Introduction to Dumbarton and reasons for competition, discussion of competition entries with extracts from the assessor's [Robert Hogg Mathew] report, plans and drawings)
Item 3 of 8Builder26 February 1960  'Competition News: Dunbartonshire County Offices, Dumbarton Central Development / Dumbarton Central Area Development' p403
Item 4 of 8Builder26 February 1960  'Competitions Open' p403
Item 5 of 8Builder29 April 1960  'Competition News: Competitions Open' p830
Item 6 of 8Builder8 July 1960  p45 (photo of joint winners of competition); 'Dumbarton Redevelopment Award' p47 (list of prizes awarded); 'Dumbarton Central Area Redevelopment' pp48-52 (perspective dwg, p48; town plan and truck road elevation p49; flats and maisonettes (plans and elevations) p50; hotel (plans and elevations) p51; offices and shops (plans, elevations and sections) p52
Item 7 of 8Building20 May 1966  p207
Item 8 of 8Building24 February 1967  p83 [perspective of winning design, and sketch map of the Dumbarton area].