Basic Site Details

Name: Royal College of Science and Technology, James Weir Engineering Building
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Cost (with Student Union building): 420,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Strathclyde University, James Weir Engineering BuildingYes 

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71949 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 2 of 719571958Build/construction 
Item 3 of 710 March 1959 Scheme accepted'Glasgow Corporation Planning Committee approved in principle...extension to the recently completed engineering building' per Builder 27 March 1959 p620
Item 4 of 719601964Build/constructionAdditional 6-storey slab facing Cathedral Street
Item 5 of 719601964Proposed'1m. extension scheme...phased over the next four years...The programme comprises a block for chemistry and chemical technology, and the completion of the Montrose-street engineering extension where it joins Cathedral-street.' per Builder 24 April 1959 p795
Item 6 of 713 January 1961 Scheme acceptedplans for several major developments - 8-storey extension to new engineering block, 7-storey chemistry block and 3-storey chemical technology block - approved in principle per Builder p82
Item 7 of 724 February 19611964Scheme acceptedGlasgow Corp approved third phase of college's 2.5m. post-war building programme; 1.25m. building programme including an 8-storey extension to the engineering dept, a 7-storey chemistry block and a 3-storey chemical technology block; estimated completion by 1964/1965 per Builder p384


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 15Edward Grigg WylieArchitectA1949  
Item 2 of 15Frederick Robert WylieArchitectA1949  
Item 3 of 15George Ferguson Smellie ShanksArchitectA1949  
Item 4 of 15Walter UnderwoodArchitectA1949  
Item 5 of 15Wylie, Shanks & WylieArchitectural practiceA1949  
Item 6 of 15Frederick Robert WylieArchitectB19571959 
Item 7 of 15George Ferguson Smellie ShanksArchitectB19571959 
Item 8 of 15Peter Leslie Aitken WilliamsArchitectB19571959 
Item 9 of 15Walter UnderwoodArchitectB19571959 
Item 10 of 15William JardineArchitectB19571959 
Item 11 of 15Wylie, Shanks & UnderwoodArchitectural practiceB19571959 
Item 12 of 15James MacFarlane PatonArchitectC19601964Additional 6-storey slab facing Cathedral Street - as senior partner - as assistant
Item 13 of 15Thomas George LowArchitectC19601964Additional 6-storey slab facing Cathedral Street - as partner in charge
Item 14 of 15Walter UnderwoodArchitectC19601964Additional 6-storey slab facing Cathedral Street - as senior partner
Item 15 of 15Walter Underwood & PartnersArchitectural practiceC19601964Additional 6-storey slab facing Cathedral Street - architects for engineering extension, chemistry and chemical technology blocks per Builder 13 January 1961 p82

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical CollegeWork by Harvey & Scott in 1965 cost 410,000


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p603
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p149

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder27 March 1959  'Technical College Extensions' p620
Item 2 of 4Builder24 April 1959  'Glasgow College Extension' p795
Item 3 of 4Builder13 January 1961  'Glasgow Developments' p82
Item 4 of 4Builder24 February 1961  p384

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of David J LeslieInformation sent to Dictionary Sent April 2010
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Jardine: F no5623 (combined box 91)