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- Category: A
- Date Added: 03/09/1991
- Local Authority: North Ayrshire
- Planning Authority: North Ayrshire
- Burgh: Irvine
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 31354 38542
- Coordinates: 231354, 638542
James Spencer. 1872, re-erected 1990-91. Single storey engineering works.
Twin tall central bays of 16.15m span, lean-to side aisles of 6.10m span. Original cast-iron stanchions and timber roof trusses dividing interior into 12 bays, riveted wrought-iron crane rails at upper level, wooden crane rails at lower level. Replacement common-brick walls, segmental headed windows, sarked and slated roof with strip-glazed roof lights on main roof and side aisles. E end gabled, without openings,
W end of roofs piended.
W ELEVATION: central bays with depressed arch entrances, doorways flanked by giant-order pilasters with depressed-arch entrances, pilastered doorways to outer sides of main frontage. Larger entrance to left, 3 small windows above, long windows at 2 levels to flanking bays. Entrance to right, pair tall windows above smaller doorway, flanking bays symmetrical with left, but pilastered sandstone doorcase to right.
Lean-to aisles, 2-bay, pilasters flanking windows, aisle to right set back. Doorway between aisle and main frontage with multiple glazing above and to E side.
SIDE ELEVATIONS: pilaster ends, tall multi-pane windows. 3 short louvred ventilators to each roof ridge.
Statement of Special Interest
Designed by James Spencer for Alexander Stephen and Sons and erected at Linthouse. Architects for re-erection -Lance Smith, Ironbridge George Museum Trust and Ian Downs, Irvine Development Corporation. One of the earliest and most refined cast-iron framed marine engine works in Scotland. Later extended at both ends, present elevations based on original drawings. Re-erected at Irvine when original site required for redevelopment.
J L Carvel, STEPHEN OF LINTHOUSE, 1961, pp64-6. G D Hay and G P Stell, MONUMENTS OF INDUSTRY, 1986, pp121-4.
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