Continuing our seriers of rare East Kilbride archive photos, today we publish our 'Centre One Inland Revenue Tax office' photographs. We document the building and subsequent demoltion of the old, through to todays modern office.

As our sister title The Herald reported at the time:

"FACED with repairs believed to be close to £15m, the Inland Revenue announced yesterday that it is to commission a new building in East Kilbride to replace Centre One, the office block which houses its main operation in Scotland.

East Kilbride Connect: The Old Inland Revenue office, East KilbrideThe Old Inland Revenue office, East Kilbride

The decision follows a study by consultants on behalf of the

Department of the Environment (Property Holdings) which concluded that to repair the 19-storey office block, known as Queensway House, would run into millions of pounds. An IR spokesman said yesterday he could not give an exact figure, but it was believed to be about £15m.

The spokesman said that when old was compared with new it had been decided to go for a new building as the best long-term investment. ''We don't want to throw good money after bad. At the end of the day it is not our money, but the taxpayers'.''

The new building would certainly be located in East Kilbride, he did not know where. ''We have just got permission and are looking for a site.''

Centre One was built in 1969. In recent years its distinctive mosaic tiling facia has fallen prey to the weather. Much of the tiling has dropped off, leaving the building prone to water damage.

The IR spokesman said the building also suffered from problems with its heating and its windows. ''Like all 1960s concrete tower blocks we have had our share of problems.''

He hoped the new building would be ready for occupation by 1994. However, he declined to speculate on whether Centre One would then have to be demolished. ''It is too early to say. It is something we will have to consider as time develops.''

There was no threat to the jobs of the 1600 staff who work at the centre. ''We are concerned that the staff should have a decent working environment.''

Mr Adam Ingram, Labour MP for East Kilbride, said he would be raising the matter with the Public Accounts Committee, which monitors Government expenditure.

''There are serious questions to be asked about why this building was built in the first place with so many fundamental building faults,'' he said. ''I will be asking if anyone is going to be made to pay for these mistakes. It is a catalogue of incompetence and failure to reach the right decision at an earlier date.''

The news that Centre One's life had come to a premature end came as no surprise yesterday to Strathclyde University's expert on stress in buildings, Mr Jack Ruxton.

Mr Ruxton said it was not going too far to describe Centre One as ''one of the the most serious and costly single architectural blunders Scotland has seen.''

Mr Ruxton, who is a consultant in building failure, said the materials and techniques used by Government architects in the late 60s were fatally flawed. He said the building's failure ranked alongside that of the Hutchie E flats, which had to be knocked down.

''Cladding buildings with mosaic tiles seems to be very prone to failure because of our bad climate. In Scotland we suffer a lot of driving rain which is followed by frost. This causes immense havoc,'' he said.

The announcement of the move was welcomed by Mr Owen Clarke, the controller for the Inland Revenue in Scotland. He said: ''This is excellent news. The decision to replace the present building means that Centre One will have the up-to-date office environment and facilities needed to provide the efficient and high quality service which our customers expect.''