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Motherwell, Ravenscraig Steelworks

Steel Works (20th Century)

Site Name Motherwell, Ravenscraig Steelworks

Classification Steel Works (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Colvilles Ltd

Canmore ID 70181

Site Number NS75NE 16

NGR NS 77 56

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Lanarkshire
  • Parish Dalziel
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Motherwell
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Treasured Places (29 August 2007)

Ravenscraig Steel Works was built by Colvilles Ltd to meet post-war demand for strip steel. Molten iron was transferred from blast furnaces to steel furnaces, producing ingots that were then rolled into strips. The plant operated until its closure in the 1990s, and its distinctive cooling towers and gas-holders were demolished in 1996.

Information from RCAHMS (SC) 29 August 2007

Based on information from John Hume

Architecture Notes


Hot strip mill - closed 1990.


Construction (June 1956)

Construction of a workshop.

Photographic Record (June 1956)

Field Visit (24 June 1987)

Aerial Photography (1989)

Field Visit (December 1990)

Photographic Survey (15 October 1991)

Aerial Photography (1991)

Photographic Survey (6 August 1992)

Publication Account (1997)

Before its closure in 1992, Ravenscraig was an integrated iron and steelworks situated on a 1,000 acre site, with a liquid steel capacity of up to 2 million tonnes per annum. Built on a greenfield location in 1957, the plant underwent steady development over the following three decades, increasinly orientate towards specialised, high-quality steel-production. Latterly, about 75% of its steel output passed through the strip mill, where it was converte into hot rolled coil for further processing elsewhere. Some of the vast physcial remains of the works still survive, awaiting disposal or clearance. (Fig. 4.67).

Information from 'Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75', (1997).


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