Basic Site Details

Name: Livingston New Town (Glasgow Overspill)
Town, district or village: Livingston
City or county: West Lothian and Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Industrialised housing on Jespersen system.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 315 September 19611981ProposedScotland's fourth new town; to accommodate population of 50,000 to 80,000 with 4/5 of the population coming from Glasgow under overspill arrangements; 20-year project at estimated cost of 50m per Builder p512
Item 2 of 327 October 1961 Proposedconsultant to be appointed by two authorities and development corp per Builder p803
Item 3 of 315 May 1964 * Contract offered3m contract to build 1,000 system-built low-rise houses, components for which are to be produced at a purpose-built factory within the town (also by Laing)

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 4Livingston New Town Development Corporation Architects Department A1960s  
Item 2 of 4Peter Geoffrey DanielArchitectA1960s Chief Architect
Item 3 of 4John Laing Construction LtdContractorA15 May 1964 * Housing and factory
Item 4 of 4James Richard LatimerArchitectAMid 1960s working under Peter Daniel

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Livingston Development Corporation 
Item 2 of 3Midlothian County Council 
Item 3 of 3West Lothian County Council 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Overspillvarious sites both within and without Glasgow, including new towns


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp34

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder15 September 1961  'New 50m. Town' p512
Item 2 of 3Builder27 October 1961  'New Town Scheme' p803
Item 3 of 3Builder15 May 1964  p1035-1036 - article on system-built housing for Livingston

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of James LatimerInterview of James Latimer by Jessica Taylor, 5 March 2009