Basic Site Details

Name: Northern Insurance Company offices and Imperial Union Club
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: John Archibald Campbell's last building - he died during its construction. The Imperial Union Club at 94 St Vincent Street was part of the project.

This building has been erected for the Northern Assurance Company and is of fireproof construction throughout. It is constructed of a steel framework, the floors being of reinforced concrete. The front to St Vincent Street is built of Portland stone, the first to be used in Glasgow. All the windows are fitted with steel casements. The company have retained for their own offices the centre portion of the building on the ground floor. A portion has been let to the Glasgow Imperial Union Club and access to the club is gained from the west entrance. The rest of the building is to be let as offices. The architects are Messrs John A Campbell and A D Hislop of St Vincent Street, Glasgow. [Building News 10 December 1909 p865]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Northern Assurance Company offices  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 284-94, St Vincent StreetYes 
Item 2 of 294, St Vincent StreetYesAddress for Imperial Union Club

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319071909 Includes Imperial Union Club interiors
Item 2 of 319461949Alterations and additions 
Item 3 of 31975 Alteration/conversionInterior reconstructed

People

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 11Francis George Glyn Robertson (or Frank George Glyn Robertson)ArchitectA19071909As assistant to James Archibald Campbell
Item 2 of 11John Archibald CampbellArchitectA19071909Including interiors of Imperial Union Club - in partnership with Hislop in later stages of project
Item 3 of 11Alexander David HislopArchitectA19081909In partnership with Hislop in later stages of project
Item 4 of 11Campbell & HislopArchitectural practiceA19081909In partnership with Hislop in later stages of project
Item 5 of 11Alexander David HislopArchitectF19461949Alterations
Item 6 of 11A W WheatleyEngineerD1975 Interior reconstructed
Item 7 of 11Alan Leslie Thomson ScottArchitectD1975 Interior reconstructed
Item 8 of 11Albert Edward Thurman MatthewsArchitectD1975 Interior reconstructed
Item 9 of 11Brian Geoffrey Falk D1975 Interior reconstructed
Item 10 of 11Charles Tocher DonaldsonArchitectD1975 Interior reconstructed
Item 11 of 11Covell Matthews PartnershipArchitectural practiceD1975 Interior reconstructed

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Northern Assurance Company 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Academy Architecture1909 part 1 p69
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p233-4

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder16 November 1907XCIII Ref for Imperial Union Club
Item 2 of 5Builder29 May 1909  p653
Item 3 of 5Building IndustriesMay 1910   
Item 4 of 5Building News10 December 1909  p865
Item 5 of 5Glasgow Advertiser and Property Circular31 May 1910   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Glasgow University Library Special CollectionsHislop & Welsh CollectionGB 0247 MS Hislop 1/1-45 etcMS Hislop 2/1-27
Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908-9. Architect: John A. Campbell. Steelwork details

MS Hislop 3/1-27
The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908-9. Architect: John A. Campbell. Elevations and Blueprints

MS Hislop 4/1-12
The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908-9. Architect: John A. Campbell

MS Hislop 5/1-10
The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, Oct. 1908. Architect: John A. Campbell. Floor plans, etc

MS Hislop 6/1-17
The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908. Architect: John A. Campbell. Proposed alterations, including ground floor offices; stairs

MS Hislop 7/1-22
Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1909. Architect: John A. Campbell

MS Hislop 8/1-6
Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908. Architect: John A. Campbell

MS Hislop 9/1-11
Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908. Architect: John A. Campbell. Sketches of existing buildings

MS Hislop 9A/1-27
The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1908. Architect: John A. Campbell

MS Hislop 9B/1-15
The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd., St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. Campbell, Hislop & Welsh, 1909. Architect: John A. Campbell. (MS Hislop 9B/1: Perspective sketch of fašade)

MS Hislop 172/1-48
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register3315384-94 (Even Nos) St Vincent Street
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Francis George Glyn Robertson: L v23 no1831
Item 4 of 4Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 2/2204, 2289, TD446/5/70/8