Basic Biographical Details

Name: Walter Alison & Hutchison
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Late 1950
Ended: 1957 or 1958 or 1959(?)
Bio Notes: Robert Forbes Hutchison was born on 30 December 1908 and was articled to Walter Alison of Kirkcaldy in January 1925, studying at Edinburgh College of Architecture and Heriot-Watt College. He obtained a position as assistant architect to Fife County Council in July 1930, moving in December 1932 to Dundee City Architect's Department and at the beginning of 1936 to North Riding County Council. He was admitted ARIBA on 8 March 1937, L Stuart Stanley being among his proposers. In the same year he joined Nottingham Corporation Architect's Department as senior assistant, leaving after nine years to take up an appointment as Deputy City Architect to the City of Stoke-on-Trent Corporation.

In October 1948 he returned to Scotland as chief architect to the Regional Hospital Boards of Scotland, and he commenced independent practice in Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy in 1950 when he acquired the practice of his former employer Walter Alison on the latter's death. He continued to practise thereafter under the name of Walter Alison & Hutchison, his work principally consisting of school and hospital buildings.

He was elected FRIBA in 1954, and died on 26 March 1976.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusinessLate 1950  
Item 2 of 327, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1951  
Item 3 of 338, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1954 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Robert Forbes HutchisonLate 1950After 1954Partner 
Item 2 of 7Harry Horace MacdonaldFebruary 1953 Senior Architect 
Item 3 of 7Stanley George Owen19541957 or 1958 or 1959  
Item 4 of 7Walter Scott1957 Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Walter Scott1958 Principal Assistant 
Item 6 of 7John Malcolm McIntosh (Mackintosh)1958 Senior Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Harry Horace MacdonaldJanuary 1959 Associate 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 181950Longmore Hospital Operating Theatre & X-Ray Unit, Salisbury Place  EdinburghScotlandNew surgical unit/new operating theatre and x-ray unit
Item 2 of 181951Elsie Inglis Memorial Hospital  EdinburghScotlandNew stores
Item 3 of 181951Leith PoorhouseLeith EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations and modernisation of main kitchen block
Item 4 of 181951Michael Nairn & Co Office Block and factoryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAdditions, including new canteen
Item 5 of 181952Infant SchoolCardenden Fife  
Item 6 of 181952Infant SchoolBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 181952Whitburn Primary SchoolWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 181953Cameron HouseWindygates FifeScotlandNew 30-bed pavilion and treatment block formerly TB Centre
Item 9 of 181953Infant SchoolAuchterderran FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 181953Junior Secondary SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 181953Western General Hospital, Teaching and Research block  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 181954St Mary's Roman Catholic SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandOriginal school building
Item 13 of 18December 1955The PeelClovenfords SelkirkshireScotlandNew laboratory and X-ray block
Item 14 of 1812 April 1957Headhouse Catholic School  LanarkshireScotlandper Builder p707
Item 15 of 181958Grangepans redevlopmentBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 181958Lismore Primary SchoolDuddingston EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 18April 1958Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotlandNew dining rooms and kitchens and female ward alterations
Item 18 of 18Before 1959St Mary's SchoolBathgate West LothianScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder9 November 1951  p646
Item 2 of 2Builder6 June 1952  p865