Large Bakery Extension

Dalderse Ave for Falkirk & District Co-operative Society Ltd

A large bakery extension in Dalderse Avenue for Falkirk and District United Co-operative Society Ltd was opened in April 1927.  The scheme involved adding another storey to the existing bakery building, with a three-storey out-shoot wing to the east.  So as not to interfere with the working arrangement of the existing bakery, the alterations were carried out in three different sections.  The main part of the reconstructed building consisted on the ground floor of a large bread bakery, with four Scotch and ten drawplate ovens, and two large despatch halls.  At the rear of the bakery were a barm room, stores, and men’s bathrooms.  The first floor was used for the flour store, off which there was the oatcake department, with girls’ rest room.  The whole of the second floor was utilised as a small bread, cake, and pastry bakery, which had a costing and weighing department, confectionery room, and men’s cloakroom.  Each of the floors was served with an electric lift and “every apartment of the new scheme is supplied with an abundance of light and fresh air, which is of the highest importance in a building of this class.  The most up-to-date machinery procurable has been installed throughout the entire building,” amongst which was a 50ft gas travelling oven.  A large and commodious garage and van shed had also been built for the accommodation of the society’s fleet of motor and horse bread vans, and adjoining this garage was a large cartwright’s workshop and motor repair shop with associated stores. 

Contactors – brick work – J J & P McLachlan, Larbert; joiner work – J C Gilchrist, Camelon; slater work – Drummond & Crowe, Falkirk; plumber work – George Robertson, Falkirk; plaster work – J K Millar, Falkirk; glazier work – J Ure and Sons, Falkirk; steel work – Fleming Brothers, Glasgow; tile work – Craven, Dunnil & Co Ltd, Shropshire; electrical work – Thomas J Irvine, Falkirk; electric lift – R A Evans Ltd, Leicester; steel windows – James Gibbons Ltd, Wolverhampton; and machinery – Baker Perkins Ltd, Peterborough.

G.B. Bailey, 2021