Pullar House

Extending north along Kinnoull Street and east along Mill Street in central Perth, Pullar House is the largest of Perth and Kinross Council's office buildings, providing a work-place for 720 staff within the Revenue Department, Education & Children's Services, Environment Services and Housing & Community Care.

Completed in 2000, the offices were inserted into sizeable premises which were once the North British Dye Works, built for J. Pullar and Sons in 1865, retaining the facade of its south and west elevations. The original building was of two storeys, with substantial three-storey extensions added 1889-1901. The result was claimed to be the largest dye-works in the world, which employed 2000 people in the 1920s. This was the centre of a dyeing, cleaning and clothing repair network with hundreds of branches and thousands of agencies around the country, enabled by Perth's accessibility by rail. A stream still runs beneath the building which was once exploited by the works, augmented by water drawn through pipes from the River Tay.

The conversion was the work of Keppie Design and retained many original features including the cast iron roof-supports, while building to commendable environmental standards with the specification employing natural ventilation, high levels of insulation and reduced power requirements.

The Council procured the building through a Private Finance Initiative scheme from Kinnoull House Ltd; a consortium comprising of Morrison plc and the Royal Bank of Scotland, who will manage the building during the term of a 25-year contract.

At the entrance there is a war memorial and a plaque to commemorate the 50th year of Sir Robert Pullar (1828 - 1912) as a partner in the company.

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