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 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicandlistedbuildings
·For a copy of the list description of the Botanic Garage, please email