Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 57822 64116
257822, 664116


Nisbet Sinclair 1897, Bryden and Robertson 1907 and 1908.

East to West:

1. 2 ashlar square-section gatepiers. Lodge, 1897, advanced

from main W elevation, 2-storey ashlar. Ground floor 2 doors,

3 windows. 1st floor 2 windows, cornice, tall wallhead stack.

Flat roof.

2. 1897 2-storey 9-bay offices ashlar, banded on ground

floor. Central doorway. Recessed windows with roll moulded

arrises and wooden frames. Cornice, parapet and 2 wallhead

stacks. Mansard roof, red tiles and large windows, added 1907

for drawing office. Cast-iron railings.

3. Advanced lodge, circa 1902, 2-storey (originally similar

to E lodge) with later top floor above cornice. Ashlar.

Ground floor 1 door and 1 window. 3 1st and 2nd floor

windows. 2 ashlar square-section gatepiers.

4. 2-storey 3-bay ashlar workmen's mess-room; cornice and

parapet, 1908.

5. Machine shop, 1908, pressed brick, with 2 gables to the

street. Smaller gable has 6 window ground floor men's dining

room. 1st floor 5 modern windows. String course and arch

enclose blank oculus. Simple gable topped by small pediment.

6. Larger gable to W has original wide doorway, string

courses, arch projecting on corbels, blank oculus, small apex

pediment. Blank west wall, ordinary brick. Original

corrugated roof has been renewed.

Behind offices, excluding 2-storey office addition:

Bays 2-7: 1897 machine and constructing shop, 6 East-West

bays, each 30' tall with 28' spans. Steel frame with

cast-iron crane girder brackets. Brick walls with shafting

boxes. Roof of steel rings and tie-bar couples. Corrugated

roof renewed.

Bays 8-10; 1898 sheet iron workers shop, extended probably in

1920s. 1898 Smithy, brick walls and steel tie roof.

Bays 11-13, circa 1902, 3 N-S fitting machine shops steel

framed and cast-iron brackets, slightly arched steel trusses.

1 bay contains new office.

Bay 14: 1908, tall 45' span fitting shop, steel framed, with

travelling crane. Steel truss roof.

South walls of bays 10-14, brick with tall arched gable for

bay 14. All now harled.

Statement of Special Interest

Howden's Works from 1898 to the present. Howden's "Forced

Draught" system patented 1882 achieved a great fuel

efficiency, and was fitted to the Mauritania, the Lusitania

and other ships. To concentrate on marine auxiliary

equipment, Howden needed the smaller bays erected here. Land

work was carried out after 1902, including in 1914 the

largest turbine generator in the UK. The much larger fitting

shop was added for these in 1908. A good example of buildings

responding to function. The large shops to the west added

1954 and 1964, are not listed, nor is the modern addition

over W. gate, or the 2-storey office behind main office.



Plans belonging to Howdens, including 4418/34.



SR Archives D of G 1/5930 (1897), 1/6652 (1898), 2/1697

(1907), 2/2272 (1908).

Hume (1974) p.245.

About Listed Buildings

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

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