Basic Site Details

Name: Loch Awe Hydro-Electric Project
Town, district or village: Cruachan
City or county: Argyll
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Turbine Hall listed A; Cruachan Dam lised B

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Loch Awe Scheme  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 101957 Proposed'first large-scale pumped storage hydro-electric development in Scotland, and a small scheme to provide additional water to existing schemes on the River Monston and at Storr Lochs in Skye' per North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's Annual Report for 1957, published 25 Feb 1958 - per Builder 14 Mar 1958 p517
Item 2 of 101958 Plans prepared, construction not yet begunrevised plans for scheme referred to Secretary of State for Scotland per Builder 6 Mar 1959 p477
Item 3 of 1029 May 1959 ProposedInverawe Section:-Tenders invited for realignment of 1/2 m. of 18ft. wide Oban-Dalmally A85 trunk-rd.' per Builder p978
Item 4 of 1016 October 1959 Build/constructioncontracts awarded, as follows:
-2 contracts to George Wimpey & Co., Edinburgh and London, civil engineering contractors - main works of Inverawe section
-1 contract to same for 3 mile road from Dalmally-Oban Road for Ben Cruachan Dam access
-1 contract to A. M. Carmichael, Ltd., Edinburgh - 3 mile road from Taynuilt-Kilchrennan Road to Loch Nant (location of dam and storage reservoir)

contracts worth 2m.; estimated cost of whole scheme 24,500,000 per Builder p459
Item 5 of 102 September 1960 Build/construction125,000 contract for foundations, roof, tail-race, transformer compound and other works for the Inverawe Power Station [223001] to the Mitchell Construction Co Ltd of Peterborough and London; Mitchell was also awarded an April contract for the construction of a barrage, intake, small power station and other works per Builder p450
Item 6 of 1025 November 1960 Build/constructionMitchell Construction Co Ltd of Peterborough awarded third contract to construct concrete gravity dam 1,150 ft long by 80 ft high across outlet of Loch Nant, including overflow spillway and channel, access roads and other works; total value of the three contracts is 770,000 per Builder p1004
Item 7 of 1017 February 1961 Build/constructionin addition to the contract for the Nant section aqueducts, Mitchell Construction Co Ltd of Peterborough has been awarded a contract for construction of 4 3/4 mile access road, 2 1/4 mile tunnel and an underground power station along the Nant section per Builder p340
Item 8 of 1024 February 1961 Contract offeredfor construction of underground power house, shafts, tunnels and associated works in Pass of Brander, nr. Loch Awe village; applications to Messrs. James Williamson & Partners with 5 deposit per Builder p384
Item 9 of 1010 March 1961 Contract offeredcivil engineering contracts totalling 1 1/2m. were placed in 1960 per Builder p482
Item 10 of 1019621965Build/construction 


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 6James Brown ArmstrongArchitectA19591965 
Item 2 of 6James Williamson & PartnersEngineer 29 May 1959 'Tender documents from consulting engineer...Dep. 5' per Builder p978
Item 3 of 6Babtie, Shaw & MortonArchitectural practice, Engineers 16 October 1959 civil engineering consultants for Nant section of scheme per Builder p459
Item 4 of 6James Williamson & PartnersEngineer 16 October 1959 civil engineering consultants for Cruachan and Inverawe sections of scheme p459
Item 5 of 6James Williamson & PartnersEngineer 19621965 
Item 6 of 6Merz & McLellanEngineerA19621965Electrical and Mechanical Engineers


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 2Loch Nant Dam 
Item 2 of 2Loch Nant, Main Intake Gatehouse 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p602
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp169-70
Item 3 of 5Miller, J2002The Dam Builders: Power from the Glens  p230-240
Item 4 of 5Payne, Peter L1988The Hydro: a Study in the Development of the Major Hydro-Eletric Scheme Undertaken by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electr   
Item 5 of 5Wood, Emma2002The Hydro Boys  p178-79

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 10Builder14 March 1958  'Scottish Hydro-Electric Schemes' p517
Item 2 of 10Builder6 March 1959  'Hydro-Electric Board Annual Report' p477
(North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's Annual Report for 1958, published 26 Feb 1959)
Item 3 of 10Builder29 May 1959  p978
Item 4 of 10Builder16 October 1959  'Contracts for Loch Awe Plan' p459
Item 5 of 10Builder16 October 1959  p464
Item 6 of 10Builder2 September 1960  'Further Loch Awe Contract' p450
Item 7 of 10Builder25 November 1960  'Contract for Hydro-Electric Scheme' p1004
Item 8 of 10Builder17 February 1961  'Loch Awe Scheme Contract' p340
Item 9 of 10Builder24 February 1961  p384
Item 10 of 10Builder10 March 1961  'Hydro-Electric Board's Report for 1960' p482

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register51688Turbine Hall
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register51687Cruachan Dam
Item 3 of 3NASNSE North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board CollectionNSE, NSE1, NSE2