Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 94445 6165
394445, 806165


A. Marshall Mackenzie, 1883-5. Asymmetrical, 4-storey, classical Harbour Offices on prominent corner site with 2-stage square-plan clock tower with stone dome, centrally placed on flat roof. Grey granite ashlar to principal elevations (E and N) and tower, coursed pink granite to rear. Some raised granite margins. Slightly advanced, tetrastyle, partially fluted, Ionic pilastered pedimented sections rising from 1st storey on E and N façades, both asymmetrically placed. Round arched openings to ground with decorative carved keystone details. Base course. Cill courses to 1st and 3rd storeys. Blocking course.

Predominantly plate glass timber sash and case windows to E façade. 2-pane plate-glass windows to ground with circular motif to upper lights. Non-traditional windows to other elevations. Low, broad wallhead stacks.

INTERIOR: comprehensively modernised (2006).

Statement of Special Interest

This is a landmark building in Aberdeen, not only as an example of the renowned A. Marshall Mackenzie's work, but also because it was constructed for the Harbour Board, one of Aberdeen's principal industries on the late nineteenth century. The tall clock tower is unusually located within the centre of the flat roof and, coupled with the building's prominent corner location ensured that the Harbour Offices would dominate the Harbour area. The building has some fine classical detailing, especially in the tower and ground floor arches. The pedimented sections are placed asymmetrically on the building as this was a building to be viewed primarily from the harbour entry into Aberdeen. Built as new Harbour Board Offices, it signifies the prosperity that the Harbour was enjoying at the end of the nineteenth century.

Aberdeen Harbour is reputed to be Britain's oldest business, having been trading continuously since 1136, when King David granted the Bishops of Aberdeen the right to levy a tithe on all ships trading at the port. During the succeeding centuries, the Harbour increased its international trade with record levels following the Union of Parliaments in 1707. The advent of steam in the 1880s brought more significant developments to the Harbour and this Office building dates from that period of expansion.

A. Marshall Mackenzie (1848-1933) was a Scottish architect of national repute. Born in Elgin, he was part of a architect dynasty. Although mainly associated with building in the North-East of Scotland, he also received the prestige of a Royal Commission in 1895 when asked to build the new Mar Lodge outside Braemar for Queen Victoria's grand-daughter, the Duchess of Fife. His output includes many significant public buildings in Aberdeen including Marischal College (1906). (See separate listing.)



2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1892). W.A.Brogden Aberdeen An Illustrated Architectural Guide, 1986 p 76. John R. Turner, Scotland's North Sea Gateway, 1986. Harbour Board website . Scottish Dictionary of Architects .

About Listed Buildings

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Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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