Competition designs for Paisley Technical School

M106 Competition designs for Paisley Technical School

Address: George Street, Paisley
Date: 1895–6
Client: Board of directors of Paisley Technical School
Authorship: Authorship category 3 (Office with Mackintosh) (Office with Mackintosh)
January: A board of directors comprising leading town figures is established for the newly instituted Paisley Technical School. The new building is to house three departments – art; chemistry and physics; and science (naval architecture, engineering and trades) – and a hall for 300 students. It is expected to cost £17,000. Specifications for the building are drawn up in consultation with the Department of Science and Art in South Kensington, London. 1
March: John Honeyman & Keppie are among nine architects invited to participate in the competition. Edinburgh architect Robert Rowand Anderson is appointed assessor. 2
17 February: Competition closing date. 3
27 March: The results of the competition are reported in the British Architect. Paisley architect Thomas Graham Abercrombie's design is placed first and he secures the job. John Honeyman & Keppie's two designs are placed second and third. The practice is awarded the first premium of 25 guineas given their two high placings; the second premium is awarded to the fourth-placed design. 4
15 April: Building Industries publishes a full-page article on the competition result and an illustration of the winning design. 5
29 May: Thomas Raffles Davison's perspective of Honeyman & Keppie's second-placed design is published in the British Architect. 6
March: The perspective drawing is exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (322). 7
March: Raffles Davison's perspective is exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy (592). 8


1: Evelyn Hood, Forward by Degrees. The University of Paisley 1897–1997, Paisley: University of Paisley, 1997, p. 24–6; Magazine of Art, January 1895, p. 199; Building Industries, 7, 15 April 1896, p. 5.

2: British Architect, 45, 27 March 1896, p. 215; Builder, 70, 4 April 1896, p. 301.

3: Building Industries, 7, 15 April 1896, p. 5.

4: British Architect, 45, 27 March 1896, p. 215.

5: Building Industries, 7, 15 April 1896, p. 5.

6: British Architect, 45, 29 May 1896, pp. 380, 384.

7: Glasgow Herald, 13 March 1897.

8: Glasgow Herald, 12 March 1898.