Basic Site Details

Name: Department Store (House of Fraser rebuild of Arnott Simpson's Department Store)
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The 1959-60 proposals outlined in the Builder appear to be for a new store but ultimately the 1938 building was recast.

1968 work cost 210,000

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1House of Fraser Department Store  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Argyle Street  
Item 2 of 3Jamaica Street  
Item 3 of 3St Enoch Square backs onto the square


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 96 March 1959 Proposed'application [for department store] referred to [Corporation Planning Committee] sub-committee for further consideration' per Builder p478
Item 2 of 912 February 1960 Proposedcontract 'between House of Fraser and Leslie & Co., Ltd., the Kensington building contractors, for the rebuilding of Arnott Simpson's' per Builder p340
Item 3 of 9March 1960 Build/constructionWork expected to start before Easter per Builder 1 Apr 1960 p658
Item 4 of 91 April 1960 Proposedfour-storey building with basement car park; white mosaic cladding except for Enoch Sq end, which will be black granite cladding per Builder p658
Item 5 of 912 August 1960 Proposedplanning permission sought for additional storey to new store at Argyle Street; under consideration by planning sub-committee per Builder p304
Item 6 of 99 September 1960  application for additional storey to new store turned down by Glasgow Planning Committee, as it would increase the plot ratio from 3.5 to 4.8; however, House of Fraser has been given permission to go as high as 4.2 per Builder p498
Item 7 of 92 June 1961 Proposedfourth storey for Arnott Simpson store per Builder p1072
Item 8 of 91968 Addition 
Item 9 of 91970s Alterations and additionsRenovations and management suite


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 11William John Brockie Wright D1938 Original building
Item 2 of 11Cecil William George Eve E1960 Rebuilding
Item 3 of 11George Davie, Crawford & Partners  12 February 1960 consulting structural engineers for rebuilding per Builder p340
Item 4 of 11Stanley Gordon Jeeves E12 February 1960 architects for the contract for rebuilding per Builder p340
Item 5 of 11Alexander Murdoch Buchanan D1968 Extension
Item 6 of 11Stevenson Ferguson & Buchanan D1968 Extension
Item 7 of 11Gordon Alexander Smart C1970s Renovations and management suite
Item 8 of 11Hugh Allen Symmons C1970s Renovations and management suite
Item 9 of 11Jenkins & Marr C1970s Renovations and management suite
Item 10 of 11Thomas ('Tom') Hamilton C1970s Renovations and management suite
Item 11 of 11William ('Bill') Alexander McKimmie C1970s Renovations and management suite


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1House of Fraser 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1979RIBA Directory of Practices 1979   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p171

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Builder6 March 1959  p478
Item 2 of 7Builder12 February 1960  '850,000 Glasgow Department Store' p340
Item 3 of 7Builder18 March 1960  'London Builders' Scottish Developments' p580
Item 4 of 7Builder1 April 1960  artist's impression and caption on p658
Item 5 of 7Builder12 August 1960  p304
Item 6 of 7Builder9 September 1960  'Extra Storey Proposal Rejected' p498
Item 7 of 7Builder2 June 1961  p1072