Dalziel High School, Motherwell

S. B. Russell, Motherwell, 1913


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Principal front from the park 

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  • Principal front from the park    
  • Principal entrance    
  • Gymnasium    
  • Cookery and laundry school    
  • Art school    
  • West stair and main corridor    
  • East stair    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    

Co-educational secondary school to accommodate 600 pupils, incorporating a gymnasium, laboratories and classrooms arranged around a central courtyard

Situated on the outskirts of Motherwell, the school's front elevation looks towards the Duchess of Hamilton Public Park. Above the principal entrance, the view can be appreciated from the lantern, or observatory, that crowns the roof.

The requirements of the Education Department with regards to ventilation are articulated in the design by way of the central courtyard arrangement. The garden court is framed by the long, barrel vaulted corridors that service the classrooms and laboratories, allowing fresh air to penetrate into the circulation space as well as individual rooms.

The materials used are mostly local. The walls are faced with Auchenheath stone from the town of the same name, located just 15 miles away. The reinforced concrete construction was carried out by Stuart's Granolithic Co. of Edinburgh. The governing principal regarding ventilation is reinforced by the use of steel casement windows, all parts of which are made to open.

The design of Dalziel High School was the outcome of an open competition in which 75 designs were submitted.


  • Completed: 1913
  • Floor area: 3,000m2
  • Total cost: £36,000
  • Address: Crawford Street, Motherwell, ML1 3AG, United Kingdom

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