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York Street, York Place, Wellington Street and St Clement Street, Former Aberdeen Iron Works

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1459 / 57°8'45"N

Longitude: -2.0795 / 2°4'46"W

OS Eastings: 395285

OS Northings: 806120

OS Grid: NJ952061

Mapcode National: GBR SG2.XZ

Mapcode Global: WH9QR.1N06

Entry Name: York Street, York Place, Wellington Street and St Clement Street, Former Aberdeen Iron Works

Listing Date: 27 July 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399621

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50963

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Late 19th century. Large, 16 x 20-bay former Aberdeen Iron Works (commercial premises 2006). Distinctive run of 5 gables to W elevation(Wellington Street). Coursed, snecked granite rubble. Regularly spaced, segmental-arched openings, some infilled. Distinctive cyma recta corbel detail to corners at N and W. Large 2-leaf timber sliding doors on E and W elevations. 20th century gabled roof extension to E.

Predominantly 12-pane metal windows to upper storey, lower storey openings infilled.

INTERIOR: open, steel-framed interior. Some remains of rail tracks on floor.

Statement of Interest

This is a distinctive building occupying an entire block near the Harbour area of Aberdeen. It is one of the few remaining historic industrial buildings in Aberdeen. Its multi-gabled elevation to Wellington Street is of particular note and the building adds significantly to the streetscape in an area which was formerly dominated by heavy industry. It is an important part of Aberdeen's industrial and social history.

This is the only remaining building from the extensive Hall Russell & Co Ltd shipbuilding yard. It is understood that this building functioned as the engineering works and is described on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map as Aberdeen Iron Works. Hall Russell & Co was founded in 1864 and produced iron and steel ships, from cargo vessels to warships. They also built many vessels for the Aberdeen Steam Trawling and Fishing Co. The firm closed in 1992.

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