Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40318 30492
340318, 730492


Alfred and Paul Waterhouse, 1895-8. 3-storey and attic former Prudential Assurance building. Red brick, red ashlar dressings

and bandings, polished granite base course, plain red tile roof

with decorative terracotta ridge tiles. Tall ground floor with Ionic

pilastered outer bays supporting corniced frieze, cartouche panels flanked by palm leaves between lintel course at 1st and cill

course at 2nd floor, corbelled main cornice at 2nd floor; single

and bipartite windows to 1st and 2nd floors with 2-pane timber

sash and case frames, bipartites flanked by pilaster strips rising

through both floors to cornice; 2 gabled dormers to outer bays

with birdcage finials, large round-headed windows with finialled

pilasters, small gabled dormer to centre linked to outer gables by

coped arcaded parapet. Ashlar-coped return gables with cut-down stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods, rectangular-section to front with 'PAC' inscribed hoppers.

FRONT ELEVATION tripartite window to ground floor centre with consoled fascia and 4 mezzanine windows above, round-headed pend entrance to outer bay at right, door to outer bay at left with tripartite round-headed window above; bipartite window flanked by singles at 1st and 2nd floor centre, bipartites to advanced outer bays; 3 dormers.

RIGHT RETURN AND REAR ELEVATIONS: single and paired windows.

INTERIOR: glazed tiles to ground floor public areas.

Statement of Special Interest

The cartouches are inscribed from left to right MDCCCXLVII, PAC, MDCCCXCVI.



Colin Cunningham and Prudence Waterhouse, ALFRED WATERHOUSE 1830-1905 (1992), pp116, 269; McKean and Walker (1993), p47.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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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