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This building is in the Glasgow Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 15/05/1987.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 5468 6602.


Angus Kennedy: 1st drawings December 1868, working

details summer 1869, completed 1871, in full production

1874. Engine Works approx 300' square, with 2 erecting

shops added to W by Wm Arrol in 1906 and 1916.

S elevation: giant classical brick facade, 9 bays, each

separated by paired pilasters. 1869 Engine Works: 7

bays masking fitting/machine shops and 3 intermediate

galleried bays. Bays fronting galleries and 4th, W,

machine shop have 2 ground floor round-headed windows

and 2 1st floor windows, all blocked. 1st E, machine

shop: round arched doorway and original massive wooden

hinged door with multi-paned iron-framed glazed light

above and 2 42-paned windows. 2nd shop bigger moulded

keystoned arch, over 30-foot tall, with multi-paned

glazing over modern roller door. 3rd machine shop

identical except blocked door.

Side Walls: 9-bay, with 3 tall arched and keystoned

doorways, part blocked, between pilasters. The other

bays had tall round-headed windows, blocked in 19th

century and false 1st floor windows (never glazed). E.

wall now behind metal cladding. W wall seen from 1906

erecting shop.

N Wall is similar to S but with a circa 1920 building


Entablature, cornice, slate roof glazed at ridge. Behind

the perimeter ridges, roofs over machine shops are glazed

and over galleries slated (all as built).

2 W bays (Wm Arrol): 1st bay 1906, built to match Boiler

Shop at E (by A Myles 1889, demolished). Paired

pilasters and large central arched doorway, flanking

round-headed windows and 4 upper level windows in

panels, all false. W bay, 1916, similar but wider, with

modern cladding to W wall.

Most windows were blocked before 1900, and those along

sides and in Arrol block were always blind.

Interior: 4 machine, turning and fitting shops aligned

N-S, each 300' long with 50' spans. 3 intermediate

gallery bays, 30' spans, formerly held 2 upper levels for

lighter work, tool room millwrights etc. (upper galleries

and parts of lower galleries removed 1938, but part

remains at S end of eastmost gallery). Internal brick

buttresses stretch about 10' into the works to strengthen

wall at ends of each row of stanchions. 6 rows of 8

cast-iron I-section stanchions. Each stanchion carries 3

pairs of bracing struts branching out to carry 2 cast-iron

box girders at gallery levels and larger top malleable iron

girder for travelling crane. Top struts are timber, and

carry timber king-post roofs. New breeze block partition

between 2nd gallery and 3rd machine shop. Some

stanchions are encased in concrete. Brick walls have

relief arches and fittings for jib cranes.

Arrol's erecting shops at W: internal steel frame carries

crane girders. Ridge and furrow steel tie glazed roof on

steel lattice girders.


"The finest surviving engineering works in Scotland and perhaps in Britan "(Hume, 1976, p24). It is probable that no other similar building, employing an internal cast-iron frame, exists on such a scale anywhere else in the world. The cast-iron stanchions are a characteristic of Scottish engineering works, but few have survived, and those that do (such as Linthouse and the Caledonian Ironworks) are less massive than here. Few heavy engineering works elsewhere in the world can have been on this scale and even fewer would have cast-iron as opposed to timber, wrought-iron, brick or steel vertical supports. Built for the biggest private shipyard in the world, this building produced the engines for such pioneering ships as the LIVADIA, CAMPANIA and LUCANIA. Randolph, Elder and Co, pioneers of the Compound Engine, were founded in 1852 and moved in the 1960s to Fairfield. From 1869 to 1888 the company was run by William Pearce, and was renamed in 1885 the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd. List excludes metal-clad, steel framed bay at W, addition to N, internal breeze-block partition, modern stair in front of second bay and metal cladding on E wall.


THE FAIRFIELD SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING WORKS (1909) Hume (1976) pp24, 165 Hume (1974) p261 G Hay, G Stell (RCAHMS) MONUMENTS OF INDUSTRY (1986) pp 124-8 Govan Shipbuilders' Plant Maintenance Drawings: P2,P3,P4,P5,P6,P58,P59,P60,P111,P112 (Engine Works) P1,P7,P8 (Boiler Shop) P10 (Elevation and cross-section of the whole.

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