Basic Site Details

Name: Kirkton High School
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 'the largest school to be built in Scotland since the war'; 'two-, three-, and five-storey blocks'; 'junior and secondary wings, a modified course wing, two gymnasiums, a large dining/assembly hall, and an indoor swimming pool' per Builder p209

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 414 June 1957 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun'plans prepared by the City Architect...est. cost ₤500,000'; 29 acre site; accomodation for 1,400; hope to start building 1958 - per Builder p1102
Item 2 of 41959 Build/construction 
Item 3 of 4January 1959August 1959Plans prepared, construction not yet begun'building contract awarded to Truscon Limited. Charles Gray Limited, of Dundee, will be sub-contractors for the general building trades. start in January 1959, and completion, in two stages, is planned for February and August 1960.' per Builder 23 Jan 1959 p209
Item 4 of 4March 1959(?) Build/construction'Work has commenced...the school will accomodate 1,700 pupils and cost nearly 500,000.' per Builder 3 April 1959 p664


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 3Robert DronArchitect 19571958as Dundee City Architect, per Builder p1102
Item 2 of 3Gordon William Hamilton Mechan A19571958Architect in charge
Item 3 of 3Dundee City Architect and Director of Housing DepartmentArchitectural practiceA1959 with Robert Dron as City Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep271
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p565

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder14 June 1957  p1102
Item 2 of 3Builder23 January 1959  'Kirkton School Campus' p209
Item 3 of 3Builder3 April 1959  'Scotland's Largest Post-War School' p664