Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

56 STIRLING STREET, AIRDRIE SAVINGS BANK INCLUDING GATEPIERS AND GATESLB20949

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
19/04/1993
Local Authority
North Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
North Lanarkshire
Burgh
Airdrie
NGR
NS 76001 65432
Coordinates
276001, 665432

Description

J M Arthur, 1924. 2-storey, 15-bay, L-plan, corner block, classical bank. Giant order, engaged polished granite columns terminating in advanced, block and baluster, 2nd storey balcony. Cream ashlar sandstone, channelled on ground floor. Cill height, grey granite base course, dividing band between 1st and 2nd storey, projecting cornice, parapet. Plain recessed margins to windows, pilastered upper storey.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 6-bay, symmetrical corner block: entrance bay to centre, flanked by cast-iron torcheres; granite hoodmould to entrance, modern steel doors, Roman bound reed bundles supporting sandstone cornice over; bronze sculpture group within niche above; blind balcony baluster dividing 1st and 2nd storey; recessed, blind upper storey terminating in stepped parapet bearing swagged, inscribed panel: ASB INSTITUTED 1835. Advanced plinths to ground supporting engaged giant order Tuscan columns to flanking bays; entablature terminating in block and baluster parapet of 1st floor balcony, swept buttresses between bays.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: 4-bay and NW return; regular fenestration.

S (SIDE) ELEVATION: 4-bay, regular fenestration to upper storey, parapet terminating in bock to outer left. Modern shop front to ground floor. Obscured by abutting building to SW return.

NW (REAR COURTYARD) ELEVATION: harled, irregular fenestration.

Fixed multi-pane windows. Low hipped roof, grey slates, lead flashing.

INTERIOR: original 1920s timber panelling, counters and ornate plaster work ceilings.

GATEPIERS AND GATES: tall, square-plan piers; base, column bearing relieving panels, projecting cornice, architrave, flat capstones. Geometrically patterned, cast-iron gates. Gates and piers linked to Airdrie Public Library (see separate listing).

Statement of Special Interest

The sculptural group above the entrance, by Petrie of Glasgow, depicts an Airdrie mother teaching thrift to her children. The bank building is complimentary to neighbouring Airdrie Public Library (see separate listing) also by Arthur and funded and built on land gifted by the bank.

References

Bibliography

A Peden, THE MONKLANDS AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, 1992, p 8. G Thompson, AIRDRIE, A BRIEF HISTORICAL SKETCH, 1971.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

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.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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