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George Square redevelopment, 1960-1973

Identifier: PJM/PJMA/EUD/B/6

Scope and Contents

George Square redevelopment consists of:

  1. general correspondence, (1969-1973)
  2. Civic Trust Award, (1969)
  3. reports, (1960-1973)
  4. general photographs, (1965-1967)
  5. plans: faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, (1964-1966)
  6. plans: landscape and streetscape, (1964-1965)
  7. plans: faculty of science, (1963)
  8. plans and drawings: Edinburgh University Main Library and Liverpool University Library, (1960-1967)
  9. plans: George Square redevelopment - north side, (1964)
  10. plans: alteration plans for existing houses, (1968)


  • Creation: 1960-1973


Language of Materials

This material is in English

Physical Description

2 files, 8 plan files and 1 plan box

Conditions Governing Access

Material relating to living individuals may be restricted under the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Biographical / Historical

The University of Edinburgh's post-World War II development was centered on George Square, originally a Georgian residential square with a large central garden. Development had already commenced on the Medical School Extension (1956) and the Faculty of Arts phase one, according to the Sir Basil Urwin Spence layout of 1955, when Percy Johnson-Marshall was appointed Planning Consultant. Johnson-Marshall was not the architect of any of the George Square buildings but took responsibility for the overall layout, designation of sites, harmonisation of finishes, landscaping and external works. The second phase of the Arts Faculty Buildings (1967), the Main Library (1967), two further phases of the Medical School extension (1970 and 1978) and the first phase of the First-Year Science buildings (1966) were completed during Johnson-Marshall's tenure.


From the undefined: 3 metres