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12 May 2022

Share your views on Cumbernauld Town Centre

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) launches public consultation as it starts assessment of building for possible listing

Cumbernauld Town Centre building

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is asking members of the public to share their views on Cumbernauld Town Centre, after the organisation was asked to consider designating the building as a listed building.

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.

In more recent years, the building has divided opinion and has been altered extensively. Now, there is a proposal to regenerate the site currently occupied by the megastructure to provide a multi-purpose town hub and other community and commercial developments. HES is seeking views from the public on whether or not they think the building is of special architectural or historic interest, as well as any further information which will enhance understanding of the building’s significance, as part of the wider process.

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.

Dara Parsons, Head of Designations at HES, said: "Listing is a way of recognising and celebrating our most important built heritage, and ensuring its significance is taken into account in future decisions.

"Before we reach a decision in the case of Cumbernauld Town Centre, we're keen that as part of this process people have an opportunity to have their say on whether they think this building is of special historic or architectural interest. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the building, or with information that will help us to further understand its significance, to take part in our consultation."

The consultation will run until Sunday 12 June.

Take part in the consultation

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For further information, please contact:

Claire Mullaney 
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Mobile: 07221 959 962