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Almada Street, Lanark County Buildings

A Category A Listed Building in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.7791 / 55°46'44"N

Longitude: -4.0508 / 4°3'2"W

OS Eastings: 271471

OS Northings: 655882

OS Grid: NS714558

Mapcode National: GBR 014M.T5

Mapcode Global: WH4QW.R07G

Entry Name: Almada Street, Lanark County Buildings

Listing Date: 18 November 1993

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 378720

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34472

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Hamilton

County: South Lanarkshire

Town: Hamilton

Electoral Ward: Hamilton North and East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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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 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.

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