Basic Site Details

Name: Factory for Kosmoid Ltd
Town, district or village: Dumbuck
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Later under the ownership of Babcock & Wilcox.

The company, which had attracted many of Scotland's 'merchant princes', was at the centre of a huge scandal from about 1907, when it was alleged that the directors, or some of them, were colluding with others in secret attempts to manufacture gold from lead and copper from pig-iron!

A number of other buildings on the 54-acre site were designed by an un-named 'internal architect'.

Over the last 20 years, parts of the site have been cleared for housing, and the last building to be demolished, in 2008, was the 'Fireproof Stores'

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2 2008Destruction/demolition 
Item 2 of 219041905Plans drawn up 


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 3Andrew RobertsonArchitectA19041905 
Item 2 of 3T Dykes & RobertsonArchitectural practiceA19041905 
Item 3 of 3Thomas DykesArchitectA19041905 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of David HarvieInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent March 2015
Item 2 of 2Dumbarton District LibraryDumbarton Dean of Guild Nov. 1904, Plans No. 45, 47 and 609 (variously titled 'Works' or 'Works Block Plan') show elevations and cross sections of a building approx. 60' x 250' on two floors which comprised: on the ground floor - machine shop, smithy, brazing shed, acid shed, toilets, stores and offices:
on upper loft floor - machine loft, upper smithy, tool dressing shed, toilets, tool store, drawing office and laboratory.

July 1905, an un-numbered plan showing stone gate-piers and iron gateway (this was never built).

May 1905, 'Block Plan' No 620 with associated constructional details on Plan 619 - showing tube mill, tube store, five smaller store buildings, electric power station, experimental shed.

April 1905, Plans 622, 623 and 624 (all for an associated secretive controlling group, The Metallurgical Syndicate) - a four-storey concrete and steel building, approx. 45' x 210' described as 'Fireproof Stores'. This massively strong building was much more than fireproof . . . .

A number of other buildings on the 54-acre site were designed by an un-named 'internal architect'.