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145-195 (ODD NOS) ALBION STREET (Ref:32607)

This building is in the Glasgow Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 03/09/1974.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 5965 6526.


Sir Owen Williams, architect, 1936; 1986 alterations and large additions. Large rectangular 4-storey glass fronted newspaper office block. Reinforced concrete portal-frame clad in glass and black vitrolite, metal framed windows.

The ground floor to Albion Street is open as loading bays, giant concrete cantilevers support 1st floor.

Tall roof top addition by Frank Burnet, Bell and Partners, 1986-1988.


Sir Owen Williams first used this form of construction in the Boots factory in Beeston, Nottinghamshire some 10 years earlier. Williams also designed the Daily Express Building in London in similar though more elaborate style. Commissioned for the Daily Express as printing works and offices, the Albion Street building was occupied by part of the original workforce as the short lived Scottish Daily News, after the Express moved its operation to Manchester. It is now (1988) occupied by The Glasgow Herald.


Information by courtesy of the Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. F Sinclair SCOTSTYLE 1984, p89. Doak (ed) 177.

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