Basic Site Details

Name: Vale of Leven Hospital
Town, district or village: Alexandria
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: near Brock Hospital

'first hospital to be built in Britain after the War. Two-storey blocks of 100 ft. x 40 ft. built of standardised materials...[paired] around a central 'spine'. Wards are arranged in groups of 13 beds round a nurses' station...completed 1955.' per Builder p141

Windows designed to blow out in case of explosion at nearby Faslane naval base.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41951 Proposedplans to be prepared
Item 2 of 41955 Build/construction 
Item 3 of 41955 Completion 
Item 4 of 41978 Alterations and additionsPharmacy Upgradings. Cost 100,000


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 23Joseph Lea Gleave A19511955 
Item 2 of 23Keppie Henderson & J L Gleave A19511955 
Item 3 of 23Richard Rudolphe Chitham De'Ath AAfter 1951Before 1960Working for Keppie Henderson & J L Gleave
Item 4 of 23John Philip Boys AAfter 1953Before 1959As architectural assistant with Keppie Henderson.
Item 5 of 23Thomas Russell Scott AEarly 1950s  
Item 6 of 23Forbes Murison BEarly 1950s As Chief Architect for Western Regional Hospital Board
Item 7 of 23Ronald Thompson Cunningham BEarly 1950s As Deputy Chief Architect for Western Regional Hospital Board
Item 8 of 23Western Regional Hospital Board BEarly 1950s  
Item 9 of 23Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department) CEarly 1950s  
Item 10 of 23James Henderson Davidson CEarly 1950s  
Item 11 of 23(Professor) James Paul D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 12 of 23Alexander John Smith D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 13 of 23Alexander Steele D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 14 of 23Alistair Graham Allan D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 15 of 23Baxter Clark & Paul D1978 Pharmacy Upgradings.
Item 16 of 23David William Baxter (junior) D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 17 of 23George Cruickshank D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 18 of 23George Lindsay Bruce D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 19 of 23Ian Geoffrey Plenderleath D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 20 of 23John Stewart Clark D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 21 of 23Peter Murchie D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 22 of 23Robert Reid Black D1978 Pharmacy upgradings
Item 23 of 23Roy David Clark D1978 Pharmacy upgradings


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Western Regional Hospital Board 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Vale of Leven Hospital, Maternity Unit960,000. 1978 alteration cost 100,000. 80 beds.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp146
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp125
Item 3 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp12, p169

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architects Journal3 November 1955  p587-603 (list of architects, description, photographs, plans)
Item 2 of 3Builder4 September 1959  'Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, near Glasgow' p141, part of 'Planning for the Patient: The British Contribution to Ward Design' beg. on p140; includes floorplan
Item 3 of 3Scotsman19 December 2011  p.42: obituary of Richard De'Ath

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSScottish Survey of Architectural Practices Project MS material  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Richard Rudolphe Chitham De'Ath: F no 5991 (combined box 112)