HES solicits views on the listing of St Rollox Locomotive Works in Glasgow |


St Rollox Locomotive Works may soon be recognized with listing status as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced it is seeking public input on proposals to list the former railway works site at Springburn as B because of its special historical and architectural interest.

St Rollox Works is significant as a rare surviving example of a late 19th century locomotive factory in Scotland and as the only surviving example in Springburn, which was once a world center of locomotive building.

Built in 1854-1856 and extended in 1884-1886, St Rollox Works was the largest and longest operating locomotive manufacturing and repair yard in Scotland. He played an important role in the expansion of the railway across the Scottish landscape and was a major employer in Glasgow. The work was completed in 2019.

Today, the building retains many features that bear witness to its earlier function, including its interconnected workshop design of high-quality ironwork and an intact overhead crane system.

Dara Parsons, Head of Designations at HES, said: “The former St Rollox Works is an important part of Scotland’s industrial and transport heritage, contributing to our understanding of Scotland’s railway history and, particular, of Springburn’s role as a major manufacturing and restoration center in the 19th and 20th centuries. Having assessed the site for listing, we propose adding it to the Scottish List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest.

“Inscription is a way to recognize and celebrate what makes our built heritage special and to ensure that this is taken into account in future decisions.

“We want people to have a voice in this process, so we encourage anyone with an interest in the building to participate in our consultation.”

The consultation will continue until Monday, March 28. To learn more and participate, visit the HES website.

HES lists buildings of particular architectural or historical interest that help create Scotland’s distinctive character and through which we can learn more about the stories of our past. All designation requests are studied and evaluated by a dedicated team.

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