List of Category A listed buildings in Aberdeen

This is a list of Category A listed buildings in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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In Scotland, the term listed building refers to a building or other structure officially designated as being of "special architectural or historic interest".[1] Category A structures are those considered to be "buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type".[2] Listing was begun by a provision in the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1947, and the current legislative basis for listing is the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.[3] The authority for listing rests with Historic Scotland, an executive agency of the Scottish Government, which inherited this role from the Scottish Development Department in 1991. Once listed, severe restrictions are imposed on the modifications allowed to a building's structure or its fittings. Listed building consent must be obtained from local authorities prior to any alteration to such a structure.[3] There are approximately 47,400 listed buildings in Scotland, of which around 8% (some 3,800) are Category A.[4]

The council area of Aberdeen City covers 184.5 square kilometres (71.2 sq mi), and has a population of around 210,400. There are 68 Category A listed buildings in the area. Much of the architecture of Aberdeen is built in the distinctive local granite, leading to the nickname, "The Granite City". During the first half of the 19th century, the most prominent architect in Aberdeen was Archibald Simpson (1790–1847), who completed many of the major public buildings in the city. Older buildings include the medieval Brig o' Balgownie and King's College Chapel, and the oldest town houses in the city: Provost Skene's house (1545),[5] and Provost Ross' house (1593).[6] More recently, Sir Robert Matthew's Crombie Halls of Residence at the University, completed in 1960, were listed at Category A in 2004.[7] Other A-listed structures include a rare surviving locomotive turntable,[8] an early suspension bridge by Samuel Brown,[9] the intact Victorian Tivoli Theatre,[10] and Scotland's oldest iron-framed mill building.[11]

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  1. ^ Sometimes known as OSGB36, the grid reference (where provided) is based on the British national grid reference system used by the Ordnance Survey.
    "Guide to National Grid". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
    "Get-a-map". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland assign a unique alphanumeric identifier to each designated site in Scotland, for listed buildings this always begins with "LB", for example "LB12345".


  1. ^ Guide to the Protection of Scotland's Listed Buildings (PDF). Historic Scotland. 2009. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-84917-013-0. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  2. ^ "What is Listing?: Categories of listed building". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Scottish Historic Environment Policy (PDF). Historic Scotland. October 2008. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-1-84917-002-4. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  4. ^ Guide to the Protection of Scotland's Listed Buildings, p. 17.
  5. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Broad Street, Provost Skene's House, including Archway and South Building (LB20156)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "48 and 50 Shiprow (including Former House of Provost Ross) (LB20484)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Crombie Halls of Residence, Meston Walk (LB50016)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Polmuir Avenue, Ferryhill Motive Power Depot, Locomotive Turntable (LB43378)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  9. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Wellington Suspension Bridge over River Dee, at Craiglug (LB20073)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Guild Street and 1 Trinity Street, Tivoli Theatre (LB20333)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  11. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Maberly Street, Broadford Works with Returns to Ann Street and Hutcheon Street (LB43908)". Retrieved 11 April 2019.

External linksEdit

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