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Perth, Necessity Brae, General Accident Building

Office(S) (20th Century)

Site Name Perth, Necessity Brae, General Accident Building

Classification Office(S) (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hill Farm Of Pitheavlis; General Accident Fire And Life Assurance Corporation; World Headquarters; Aviva

Canmore ID 90411

Site Number NO02SE 147

NGR NO 0982 2225

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Perth
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: James Parr & Partners 1983-8

General Accident world HQ, situated on N-facing side of a hill bounded to S by the M90, and to N and W by Necessity Brae, on former 18 ha of land belonging to Pitheavlis hill farm. Dug into the slope, and conceived as a series of 'drawers' pulled out from the hillside. Uses new design of 'Top-Servicing' to promote flexibility. All staff departments open-plan. Integrated sports complex and staff hostel. Foyer tapestry by Samantha Ainsley. Batik panels by Norma Starszakowna. Ceramic wall featuring names of employees by Mike de Haan. Total cost: #30m. Winner of RIBA Award, Saltire awards for artwork.

RIAS 1987; R Carr 1988



A selection of sites from the over-arching Scotstyle list which would potentially form a survey of the post-1975 buildings.


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