Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd offices

M018 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd offices

Address: 1048, Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4XP
Date: 1889–91
Client: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)
1835
Charles Randolph and Richard S. Cunliffe establish a small engineering shop in Glasgow. 1
1852
John Elder joins the company. 2
1864
After taking the decision to move into shipbuilding in 1860, a shipbuilding and engineering company is established on the grounds of Fairfield farm near Govan village. 3
1868
First ship is launched at the Fairfield shipyard. 4
1869
Death of John Elder. 5
1870
Elder's widow, Isabella Elder, and company partners, her brother John Francis Ure, and engineering partner, J. L. K. Jamieson seek a third partner to manage the shipbuilding side of the business. William Pearce (later MP for Govan, made a baronet in 1887) is appointed. John Elder & Co. is founded. 6
1878
Ure and Jamieson retire leaving Pearce in sole charge. 7
1886
John Elder & Co. is re-established as Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd, with limited liability. William Pearce serves as chairman. 8
1888
Death of Sir William Pearce. His son, Sir William George Pearce, takes over as chairman. 9
1889
22 July: Contractor tenders submitted. 10
26 July: Fairfield's board of directors unanimously agrees to proceed with construction of new offices at their existing shipyard and 'to accept the offers of Messrs Guthrie & Co. for the mason work, Mr James Herbertson for the wright work, Mr James Nicol for the plaster work, Messrs Brown & Young for the plumber work and Messrs A. M. Ross & Son for the slater work'. 11
August: Earliest date of Honeyman & Keppie drawings. 12
14 September: Plans submitted to Govan Dean of Guild Court. 13
25 September: Plans approved by Govan Dean of Guild Court. 14
1891
7 February: senior staff and invited guests attend a dinner at the 'scarcely completed' new offices. 15
1892
1 and 3 March: Latest payments to contractors. 16
1956
Large two-storey extension at W. end. 17
1968
'Fairfield becomes the Govan division of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd.' 18
2001
Office building closed. 19
2008
Conservation report commissioned by Govan Workspace. 20
2009
Building acquired by Govan Workspace. 21
2010
Programme of regeneration set in motion. First phase of work, emergency repairs, costing c. 1.4 m completed by July. 22

Notes:

1: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

2: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

3: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

4: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

5: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

6: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11; 'Sir William Pearce', www.oxforddnb.com [accessed 15 April 2011].

7: 'Sir William Pearce', www.oxforddnb.com [accessed 15 April 2011]; K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

8: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11; 'Sir William Pearce', www.oxforddnb.com [accessed 15 April 2011].

9: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 11.

10: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie job book, GLAHA 53059, pp. 107, 109.

11: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd, minute book, UCS 2/1/1, 26 July 1889; John R. Hume, Industrial Archaeology of Glasgow, Glasgow and London: Blackie, 1974, p. 261.

12: See inscription on ground and first-floor plan, Glasgow City Archives Collection: Govan Dean of Guild Court plans, TD1309/G/30.

13: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Govan Dean of Guild Court proceedings, H-GOV 36/2, 14 September 1889.

14: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Govan Dean of Guild Court proceedings, H-GOV 36/2, 14 September 1889.

15: Govan Press, 7 February 1891, p. 2.

16: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie job book, GLAHA 53059, p. 110.

17: Historic Scotland listing description 33356.

18: K. J. W. Alexander and C. L. Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study of Industrial Change, London: Penguin, 1970, p. 12.

19: Robertson McIntosh Consultants, Fairfield, Govan. Conservation and Management Report, 2010, p. 40.

20: Robertson McIntosh Consultants, Fairfield, Govan. Conservation and Management Report, 2010, p. 1.

21: Robertson McIntosh Consultants, Fairfield, Govan. Conservation and Management Report, 2010, p. 1.

22: BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk/news [accessed 28 July 2010].