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- Category: A
- Date Added: 18/11/1993
- Local Authority: South Lanarkshire
- Planning Authority: South Lanarkshire
- Burgh: Hamilton
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 71471 55882
- Coordinates: 271471, 655882
D G Bannerman, Lanark County Architects' department. 1959-64.
Engineer: W V Zinn. International Modern group of two large civic buildings arranged in a podium and tower composition set in a wide plaza-type public space of hard landscaping.
ADMINISTRATIVE AREA: 17-storey, 200-foot monumental tower block externally clad on east and west gables in white ceramic mosaics: north and south facades are of anodised aluminium curtain walling with mosaic-clad bands at sides and top. The curtain walling is horizontally-banded where it fronts office space, and vertically-lined where it fronts the lift hall and the two catering floors.
COUNCIL AREA: Organised around a north-south corridor spine, directly accessible from the tower block. On the west side of the corridor is a range of committee rooms and at the north, where the corridor extends into the plaza, the circular Council Chamber which has vertical split windows alternating with precast concrete units and a direct public entrance to extreme south. Internally the Council Chamber has stepped rows of desks rising to south.
CIVIC SQUARE: Monumental entrance plaza with paving, lawns, pools and fountains traversed by a bridge from Almada Street to the main entrance and reached by a ramp from Beckford Street.
Statement of Special Interest
A landmark building of the International Modern style of architecture
in this country; as pioneered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and at Brasilia. Main contractor: Laing Construction Ltd.
Hamilton Burgh Dean of Guild, 1960. 'THE BUILDER' 28 March 1963 and
4 September 1964.
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