Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58596 65544
258596, 665544


Sir J J Burnet (Burnet, Son and Dick), 1926-9, major internal remodelling 1986/7. Modern classical, 7-storey and basement

commercial building on corner site. 5 x 5 wide bays. Ashlar,

granite plinth. Central entrance with flanking attached

columns supporting lettered panel with relief sculpture

"NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE BUILDING" Diocletian window above,

flanked by Doric columns supporting (later) crouching figure

sculpture; figure sculpture above entrance on carved bracket,

St Andrew, by Archibald Dawson dated 1927 flanking figure

circa 1952. Ground floor plain arcade, on coupled Doric

columns with rosette necking in outer bays at St Vincent

Street; ground floor cill band, corniced windows, with

stylised keyblocks recessed between ground and 1st floor,

below Diocletian windows, diminutive aedicule with open

segmental pediment in central light above entrance bay. All

windows casement with metal glazing bars. 2nd floor windows

with moulded cills, keyblocked above every 3rd window. Slightly projecting plain 3rd floor entablature forms 4th floor cill

band. 6th floor cill band, every third window keyblocked with

voussoirs. Bold cornice with dentil band broken in 1st bay from

S at West Campbell Street by corniced wallhead stack slightly

advanced and rising from base plinth. Sculpted cartouche

with lettering "NB&M" on SW angle between 5th and 6th floors.

White brick rear elevation with ashlar dressings to coupled

ground floor arcade.

Boundary grey granite are with bold piers walls to St Vincent


Statement of Special Interest

Burnet's last design in Scotland. Former North British and

Mercantile Building.



Doak (ed) 1977, No 178. Gomme and Walker, 1968, pp 209, 295.

S R Archives, D of G 1926/177

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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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