Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 88781 92558
288781, 692558


William Kerr, John Melvin & Son Architects, 1936 with 1924 fabric at basement and ground, and later link. 6-storey and basement, 9-bay (bays grouped 1-7-1) International Modern style former despatch warehouse attached to 1903 Office Block at E (listed separately). Whitewashed reinforced concrete with steel superstructure over coursed and snecked dressed red sandstone with dressed margins and rusticated quoins (except to link), and some brick at ground.

N ELEVATION: regularly-fenestrated bays, bipartite windows to ground (except outer right) and horizontally-emphasised glazing, reducing in height, to each floor above. Slightly recessed later link bay to left with pilastered bays and vertical glazing at 3rd and 4th floors echoing 1904 building.

W ELEVATION: ground floor with 2 steel shutter doors, that to centre block-pedimented, and blocked window to left. Regular fenestration above as N elevation.

S ELEVATION: mirrors N elevation but altered at ground.

E ELEVATION: adjoins 1904 building;

Multi-paned iron-framed casement windows (many removed for safety but stored within the building). Slated, piended multi-pitched roof with horizontal lights.

INTERIOR: H-section reinforced steel columns support splayed primary reinforced concrete joists. Steel columns and beams stamped Dorman Long & Co Ltd, Middlesborough and Skinningrove England British Steel. Open-plan floor areas with supporting columns and original timber floors. Some earlier cast-iron columns at basement.

Statement of Special Interest

The former despatch warehouse and adjoining office and factory building are the sole survivors of the once extensive Patons and Baldwins Mill which operated in Alloa from as early as 1814 until final closure in 1999. The despatch warehouse formerly had a large single storey range projecting across the whole width of the south elevation. Although no signed drawings have been found, the plain style of this building is mirrored in other buildings within the town, the Alloa Co-Operative being one example, which were designed by William Kerr. Formerly with a single storey range of industrial buildings projecting at the south elevation. See also Notes to listing of Kilncraigs (office block).

Up-graded to category A August 2004.




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.

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