Consultation launched on Cumbernauld Centre

VIEWS are being sought, whether to protect one of Scotland’s most iconic but controversial buildings of the 1960s, with ‘listing’ status.

Says Scottish Government agency, Historic Environment Scotland, here, of The Centre in the new town of Cumbernauld: “Built 1963-72, the building in the town centre was designed as a ‘megastructure’ – a single structure with a range of different uses – and included shops, offices, civic buildings, a bus station, hotel and apartments. At the time of its construction, it won recognition as an outstanding example of town centre planning and modern innovation.”

The agency adds: “HES lists buildings of special architectural or historic interest. These historic buildings help to create Scotland’s distinctive character, and through them we can discover more about the stories of our past. Anyone can propose a building for listing, and all designation applications are researched and assessed by a dedicated team.”

The closing date for responses is June 12.

Update, November 23 2022: The centre is not being listed, as explained here.

Picture credit: Historic Environment Scotland