Basic Site Details

Name: Portobello Power Station
Town, district or village: Portobello
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Portobello Super Power Station  

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61926 Contracts advertisedContracts/tenders for foundations and basement of turbine hall
Item 2 of 619271932 MacRae design built, absorbing first section by Williamson
Item 3 of 6Early 1920s  First section built
Item 4 of 61931  Announcement of tenders for workshops and stores
Item 5 of 6c. 1939  Forgie section built? Perhaps only design? Perhaps executed MacRae design?
Item 6 of 619771979Demolition 


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 3Ebenezer James MacRae  19271932MacRae design built, absorbing first section by Williamson. (In 1931 workshops and stores added)
Item 2 of 3James Anderson Williamson  Early 1920s First section built
Item 3 of 3Alexander Garden Forgie  c. 1939 Design only? Not executed?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp655

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder12 November 1926  p799 - contracts open for turbine hall foundations
Item 2 of 5Builder24 December 1926  Tenders for turbine hall foundations etc
Item 3 of 5Builder26 July 1931CXLI p1161 (workshops and stores by MacRae)
Item 4 of 5RIBA Journal13 July 1935v42London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1009 - obituary of James Anderson Williamson
Item 5 of 5RIBA JournalFebruary 1960 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp145 Obituary of Forgie

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Ebenezer James MacRae: F no3192 (box 18)