Basic Site Details

Name: Crookfur Old People's Homes, Crookfur Road
Town, district or village: Newton Mearns
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: In 1964 Sir Basil Spence Glover & Ferguson were commissioned by the Linen and Woollen Drapers Association to design a housing scheme on a wooded site at Newton Mearns on the outskirts of Glasgow. The housing was intended for people who had retired from the drapery trade. The completed accommodation comprised 50 cottages arranged in terraces of two, three and four. They are positioned around a central group of linked two-storey blocks containing 21 bedsits, 20 flats, a small hospital wing, and a dining hall. This centre also houses a 130-seat hall for staging performances. Although traditional building materials such as white harling and slate tiles were used throughout, the use of mono-pitched roofs and walls that were not all at right angles gave the scheme a somewhat modern look. Work was completed on the Crookfur cottage homes in 1967, and the following year the scheme won a Civic Trust Award.


Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Crookfur Linen And Woollen Drapers' Cottage Homes  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219641968Build/construction 
Item 2 of 21968 Won award or awardsRIBA Civic Trust Award (Group A)


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 7Hugh Leggatt (or Leffatt) Ltd   1967 
Item 2 of 7T Harley Haddow & Partners   1967Structural engineers
Item 3 of 7(Sir) Basil Urwin Spence A19641968 
Item 4 of 7Colin David Milne A19641967As associate in the firm of Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 5 of 7John Hardie Glover A19641968 
Item 6 of 7Peter Scott Ferguson A19641968 
Item 7 of 7Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson A19641968 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Linen and Woollen Drapers Association 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building7 February 1969  p6/95

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore159249 
Item 2 of 2Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010): information on Colin D Milne's involvement.