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


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59768 65205
259768, 665205


Office of Works, (C J W Simpson chief architect post

1922) circa 1922. Massive classically derived telephone

exchange building with main elevation to College Street

and long return elevation to Shuttle Street. 5-storeys

and basement, polished grey granite basement, polished

ashlar walling, banded to advanced bays.

COLLEGE STREET ELEVATION: 7-bay arranged with bays

flanking centre (entrance) bay and terminal bays

narrower, shallow advanced and taller with single light

windows. Otherwise tripartite windows to wider bays,

central bay has main entrance, subsidiary entrances to

terminal bays.

CENTRAL ENTRANCE: disc band margin, deep cavetto reveals,

door modern glazed and metal framed. Above door, panel

with coat of arms breaks into semi-circular 1st floor

window. Doors at terminal bays, architraved with oculus

over, panelled double-leaf doors.

Ground and 1st floor windows set in shallow recessed

panels of masonry, ground floor windows with column

mullions, 1st floor windows being semi-circular with

small-pane glazing and top-hopper windows. Other

windows tripartite or single light. Windows with sash and

case 12-pane glazing, plate-glass to lower sashes of

ground floor only.

Cartouches flank central 4th floor window, deep cornice,

plain parapet stepped up over central bay.

SHUTTLE STREET ELEVATION: similarly detailed 5-bay

elevation. All windows tripartite, to end bays blind,

shallow advanced bands of masonry. Deep cornice and

plain parapet.




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.

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