Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24864 73946
324864, 673946


Sydney Mitchell & Wilson, 1909-11; additional E bay by Auldjo Jamieson & Arnott, 1932. Massive 4-storey 4-bay H-plan office advanced from street line with double attic in mansard roof. Polished granite arcade at ground; upper floors with channelled rustication of polished cream ashlar sandstone. Symmetrical original block seamlessly extended to E. Central arched and rusticated doorpiece with elaborate bronze festoon and consoled cornice, surmounted by stylised glazed 2-bay Egyptian colonnade with tall cornice and huge bronze escutcheon with winged supporters. Flanking 3-bay Greek Doric arcade framed by channelled piers; further 3-bay arcade to E; plate glass glazing behind (shop to E). At 1st floor and 2nd floors windows grouped 3-2-3 (3); square-headed at 1st floor, round-headed at 2nd floor; elaborate bronze festoon above centre window at 2nd floor with 3 flag poles. Dwarf Doric colonnade to 3rd floor with deep set glazing (14-bay to main block, 2 blind and further 5 bays to E). Lead coated parapet with rams heads projects over arcade. Mansard with 12 segmental-headed garlanded lead dormers, and 6 similar round-headed garret windows.

Inner facades faced with glazed bricks; extensive fenestration (much renewed), partly arcaded at ground.

Regular rear elevation of squared, snecked and stugged sandstone;

5 full storeys and attic. Arcaded windows to main block at ground/2nd floor.

Timber sash and case windows; at front, 12-pane to 1st and 2nd floors, 9-pane to 3rd and attic; plate glass at rear (some replacements). Mansards front and rear with grey slates, leaded skews and platforms. Corniced ashlar stacks to end gables and at centre front; grey slates.

INTERIOR: at ground, lobby leads to square single storey hypostyle hall with quarter engaged polished black Doric columns and black and white marble pavement. Shop to E, chapel (by Ian Lindsay, 1953, with stained glass by A L Russel) resited in 1980s with modern meeting rooms to W. Link between front and rear blocks contains lift enclosed by stair; lined with ceramic ashlar and arcaded at all but attic floor; pair of black columns frame entrance to lift; metal windows. Simple offices to front and rear with open plan offices to inner elevations. Rear block with arcaded passages at 2nd and 3rd floors. Some glazed doors, cornices and chimneypieces (timber and granite) survive. 1932 work exactly replicates original.



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About Listed Buildings

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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)

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