Basic Site Details

Name: National Bank of Scotland and Square of Business Chambers
Town, district or village: Shawlands
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Clarke & Bell scheme in the NMRS Clarke & Bell album may relate to the 1844 competition. It has a similar elevation to that of the City and County Buildings but without corner pavilions. On the left hand side there is an arched link to a block of business chambers as in the John Dick Peddie scheme but the elevation of the latter is only partly drawn. The drawing may relate to the Municipal Buildings proposal of 1873 but the street spanned by arch is too narrow to be Brunswick Street at its existing width.

Rebuilding of 1904 - over 70,000 stones from old building used in the reconstruction. Contractor P & W Anderson, Douglas Street, Glasgow.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Langside Public HallsYesAfter re-erection at Langside Avenue

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 21, Langside AvenueYesAddress after re-erection, 1902-3
Item 2 of 247, Queen Street Original address


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1218441847Construction 
Item 2 of 12June 1844  Ground plans and preliminary sketches by David Rhind
Item 3 of 123 July 1844  Bank decided to advertise for plans
Item 4 of 1218 November 1844  The following competition entries were submitted to the Board for consideration: Fiat nos 1 and 2; Pleiades no5; Pro re Nata V; P D VIII; Bon Accord.
Item 5 of 1221 November 1844  Fiat won (John Gibson and G MacDougall), and Bon Accord took second place (James Collie)
Item 6 of 126 February 1845  Final plans by Gibson approved
Item 7 of 127 June 1855  Plans of proposed alterations approved by Bank
Item 8 of 121858 Design exhibitedGibson design
Item 9 of 1218601861 Various alterations and additions
Item 10 of 121881  Proposed alterations by Burnet, not built
Item 11 of 121901  Bank decided to close office when new premises open
Item 12 of 1219021903 Reconstructed and re-erected in Landside Avenue as Langside Public Hall


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 13David Rhind  1844 Ground plans and sketches
Item 2 of 13James Collie  1844 Placed second in competition
Item 3 of 13John Dick Peddie  1844 Competition design - reached final selection but did not win
Item 4 of 13John Thomas  1844 Competition design - Gibson appointed
Item 5 of 13John Gibson A18441847Won competition to secure commission
Item 6 of 13Clarke & Bell C1844(?) Competition design (probably), though it may relate to Municipal Buildings proposal of 1873
Item 7 of 13William Clarke C1844(?) Competition design (probably), though it may relate to Municipal Buildings proposal of 1873
Item 8 of 13George Bell I S1844(?) Competition design (probably), though it may relate to Municipal Buildings proposal of 1873
Item 9 of 13Gibson & MacDougall Ac. 1846(?)1847Won competition to secure commission
Item 10 of 13James Salmon (senior)  18551861Various alterations
Item 11 of 13(Sir) John James Burnet  1881 Proposed alterations, not built as they were too large and costly for the Bank
Item 12 of 13Alexander Beith McDonald B19021903Reconstruction and reerection (as City Surveyor - but Robert William Horn as assistant mainly responsible)
Item 13 of 13Robert William Horn B19021903Reconstruction and reerection (as assistant to City Surveyor - Robert William Horn mainly responsible)


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1National Bank of Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 6Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1858, no 1024
Item 3 of 6Gunnis, Richard Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851   
Item 4 of 6McKenzie, Ray2002Public sculpture of Glasgow (Public sculpture of Great Britain series) Liverpool University Pressp273
Item 5 of 6Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p548
Item 6 of Website of 'Glasgow - City of Scultpure', co-produced by Gary Nisbet and Tim Gardner 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5British Architect1 January 1904  p17
Item 2 of 5Builder14 November 1846IV p549
Item 3 of 5Civil Engineer and Architects' JournalSeptember 1849   
Item 4 of 5Illustrated London News7 July 1849   
Item 5 of 5The Times25 December 1903   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32369 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Peddie drawing
Item 3 of 3Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesNational Bank Board Minutes 11 June 1844, 21 June 1844, 27 June 1844, 3 July 1844, 11 July 1844, 29 August 1844, 2 September 1844, 18 November 1844, 21 November 1844, 13 December 1844, 6 February 1845, 9 April 1845, 24 July 1845, 30 November 1846, 18 January 1847, 20 January 1847, 7 June 1855, 14 June 1855, 19 September 1860, 30 May 1861, 8 August 1861, 3 October 1861, 11 March 1881, 15 October 1891, 19 November 1896, 14 July 1898, 14 February 1901