Basic Site Details
|Name: ||National Bank of Scotland |
|City or county: ||Glasgow |
|Country: ||Scotland |
|Parish: || |
|Status: ||B Listed |
|Grid ref: || |
|Notes: ||The Bank held a limited competition, inviting seven architects to submit plans. The letter to the architects from the Bank, 13 October 1898, reads: |
'I send herewith a plan of a site at the corner of Buchanan and St Vincent Streets in Glasgow, owned by the Bank, upon which my Directors have resolve to erect new buildings, and I am instructed to invite you to submit for their consideration, sketch plans of such a building as you would recommend should be placed on the ground.
Should you see your way to accept this invitation, I may mention for your guidance the following main points which my Directors have in view, viz:-- The utilization of the site to the best possible advantage for the purpose of providing (a) the most complete and approved office accommodation for the Bank's business, including vault and safe accommodation, without any unnecessary waste of valuable ground floor space; and (b) lettable shops and offices of the highest class, thoroughly lighted and ventilated, and provided with all the last modern conveniences and appliances in the matter of hoists and suchlike. Special attention should be given to the question of the rental to be obtained from these portions of the premises which may be let.
The question of whether the entrance to the Bank should be from Buchanan Street or St Vincent Street, or at the corner, is left to the architects; but it may be mentioned that if shops can be provided, these should be in Buchanan Street.
The height to which the building should be carried is also a point regarding which my Directors are prepared to consider suggestions.
My Directors do not favour the idea of anything of the nature of elaborate decoration of the external part of the building, and have expressed a leaning towards a thoroughly businesslike building of the highest class and of chaste design.
It is desired that plans should be drawn to the same scale as that adopted for the enclosed, and left uncoloured; and that they should be accompanied by one approximate estimate of the probable cost of erecting buildings in accordance with them.
My Directors offer to each architect who may submit plans, an honorarium of one hundred guineas, but this grant would not, of course, be paid to the architect who may be entrusted with the carrying out of the design which may be finally adopted.
As time is of much importance, it is stipulated that the plans sent in response to this invitation must be lodged before the close of this year.
If any other general information is desired for your guidance, I shall be glad to provide it. Meantime I would only add that the site referred to is one of the most important in the centre of Glasgow.
Names of Architects-
Dr Rowand Anderson
Mr T P Marwick
Messrs Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Messrs Peddie & Washington Browne
Messrs Honeyman & Keppie
Mr J J Burnet
Mr James Thomson'
(National Bank Board Minutes, NS/22/35)
|The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:|
| ||Name||Current name?||Notes|
|Co-operative Bank|| ||Current name|
Building Type Classification
|The building is classified under the following categories:|
| ||Classification||Original classification?||Notes|
|Bank|| || |
|The following street addresses are associated with this building:|
| ||Address||Main entrance?||Notes|
|131-137, Buchanan Street||Yes|| |
|47, St Vincent Street||Yes|| |
|The following date-based events are associated with this building:|
| ||From||To||Event type||Notes|
|1898|| ||Competition held|| |
|10 January 1899|| || ||Rowand Anderson and Peddie & Washington Browne's competition entries recommeded to Board|
|12 January 1899|| || ||Board decide to adopt plans by Peddie & Washington Browne|
|19 October 1899|| || ||Tenders for approximately £46,837 accepted|
|12 April 1900|| || ||Decision to use Plean Stone|
|1902|| || ||Burnet's competition design exhibited|
|5 December 1952 *|| ||Alteration/conversion||Plans in hand for alterations and additions|
|20 November 1953 *|| ||Alterations and additions||Plans in hand|
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Design and Construction
* earliest date known from documented sources.
|The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:|
|National Bank of Scotland|| |
|The following books contain references to this building:|
|Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts||1901|| || || ||728 (Burnet & Son design)|
|RSA||1900|| || || ||515 (Honeyman and Keppie design)|
|RSA||1902|| || || ||753|
|Stark, David||2004||Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., 1854 to 2004|| ||Glasgow: Stenlake Publishing Ltd||pp144-5|
|The following periodicals contain references to this building:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||5 December 1952|| || ||p852|
|Builder||20 November 1953|| || ||p814|
|Builders Journal||28 November 1906|| || || |
|Building Industries||15 June 1889|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this building:|
| ||Source||Archive name||Source catalogue no.||Notes|
|Historic Environment Scotland||Listed Buildings Register||33130|| |
|Hunterian Museum||Mackintosh Collection|| ||Drawings- elevations|
|Keppie Design (David Stark)||Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie|| ||No 285|
|National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMS||Dick Peddie and McKay Collection|| ||DPm 1890/82/5-7|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||James Forbes Smith: L v11 no656 (microfilm reel 33)|
|Royal Bank of Scotland Group Archives||National Bank Board Minutes|| ||13 October 1898, 10 January 1899, 12 January 1899, 13 January 1899, 26 January 1899, 19 October 1899, 12 April 1900|