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Botanics Garage Listed At Category A

27 December 2007

A piece of Glasgow’s motoring history has been listed at category A by Historic Scotland. The Arnold Clark Garage, also known as the Botanics Garage, on Vinicombe Street has been upgraded from category B to A in recognition of its national importance.

Historic Scotland Head of Listing, Dr Deborah Mays, said: “The garage was built in the early 1900s when parking on the street was not allowed. People living in grand Glasgow tenements would have relied on public parking garages like this one.

“Though existing buildings were converted for use as garages, purpose built multi-storey garages were not common. It is an incredibly rare survival and may well be the earliest one of its type remaining in Scotland.”

At the time the Botanics Garage was built Glasgow was home to many car manufacturers and the city appears to have embraced the motoring phenomenon.

A spokeswoman for Arnold Clark Automobiles said: “We are currently working with Glasgow City Council and Historic Scotland to find a satisfactory solution for this site.

“We will ensure the recognised and desirable features are incorporated into any future design and will endeavour to create a useful and valuable commodity for the west end and wider community.”

Notes for editors

·Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

·There are three listing categories A, B and C(S). A is the highest and is only awarded to buildings and structures of national or international significance. Listing aims to prevent unwanted change and ensure that buildings which contribute to Scotland’s heritage are used in a sustainable way and can be enjoyed by future generations. For more information on the listing of buildings for their architectural or historical interest visit

·For a copy of the list description of the Botanic Garage, please email

For further information

Lesley Brown
Historic Scotland
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873