Basic Site Details

Name: Michael Nairn & Co Office Block and factory
Town, district or village: Kirkcaldy
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Sculpture by Armitage 1938

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Braehead HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Victoria RoadYesUnclear whether Street or Road
Item 2 of 2Victoria Street(?)YesUnclear whether Street or Road


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 419351938  
Item 2 of 41935  Date of competition plans
Item 3 of 41939 Opened 
Item 4 of 4November 1951 AdditionPlans in hand for additions to the Victoria Road linoleum works


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 9James Carruthers Walker A19351938As chief assistant with James Miller
Item 2 of 9James Miller A19351938 
Item 3 of 9Gillespie & Scott B1935 Unsuccessful competition designs
Item 4 of 9James Scott B1935 Unsuccessful competition designs
Item 5 of 9George James Miller Ac. 19361938 
Item 6 of 9James Miller & Son Ac. 19361938 
Item 7 of 9John Wellwood Manson Ac. 19361938As assistant or chief assistant to James Miller & Son
Item 8 of 9Walter Alison & Hutchison  1951 Additions, including new canteen
Item 9 of 9Robert Forbes Hutchison C1951 Additions including new canteen


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Nairn, Michael & Co - linoleum manufacturers 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Armitage, Edward1983Joseph Armitage Craftsman 1880-1945no 3Thirties Society Journal, 1982, pp27, 30 
Item 2 of 3RSA1936   720
Item 3 of 3RSA1943   667

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect and Building News19 July 1935CXLIII p 97
Item 2 of 2Builder9 November 1951  p646

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register36445 
Item 2 of 4RIAS Collection, NMRS, RCAHMSJames Miller, Son & Manson Drawings Collection 45 drawings
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Wellwood Manson: L no5874 (combined box 105); James Forbes Hutchison: A no6335, F no4882 (Combined Box 42)
Item 4 of 4St Andrews University LibraryJames Gillespie and Scott Archive Bundle no 2343