Bellshill Schools (Gillespie, Kidd and Coia)

Scope and Content

Job files, images and drawings related to projects

Administrative / Biographical History

Gillespie, Kidd & Coia were commissioned to build three schools at the Orbiston, Bellshill site. They designed two primary schools, Sacred Heart a Roman Catholic school and Lawmuir which was Protestant. In addition to the two primary schools they also designed a Roman Catholic junior secondary school, St Saviour's. The secondary school shared the site with the primary school which was erected a few years earlier and also served the Orbiston area of Bellshill. The three schools were planned in accordance with the requirements of the Scottish Education Department.

St Saviour's Junior Secondary School accommodated 240 pupils in four parts; general teaching, practical teaching & gymnasium units planned around the central core of the assembly/dining hall, staff rooms and kitchen. A covered way linked the two Catholic schools. The layout of the grounds provided a common playground and playing fields for the two schools.

Similar to the other schools designed by GKC, the Bellshill schools utilised top lighting and light shelves within the classrooms. The buildings were based on the multi-storey frame building which was used in a number of other GKC schools.


The material has been arranged using original Gillespie Kidd and Coia project reference codes. There are three schools included in this project. In some cases job files, images and drawings/plans include two or three of the schools. All job files, images and drawings/plans have been labelled according to the school/s they pertain to.

Access Information

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment.


Catalogued by Tracy Wilkinson, GKC Project Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

Application for permission to quote should be sent to the Glasgow School of Art Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

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