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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William ('Bill') Alexander McKimmie
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 September 1940
Died: 9 November 2014
Bio Notes: William ('Bill') Alexander McKimmie was born on 24 September 1940 in the Hilton area of Aberdeen, the son of William McKimmie, a bus conductor who served in Burma during the Second World War and who returned a virtual stranger to his son. Bill McKimmie was educated at Woodside Primary and Hilton Academy. He completed his schooling on a scholarship to the former Aberdeen Academy, in the city’s Schoolhill. He excelled in various sports while at school and planned to become a physical education teacher. However he changed his mind and studied for the diploma in architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen from 1958 to 1964, graduating in the latter year. That same year he married Lesley, a fellow student in architecture.

He was elected ARIBA in 1966. He had joined the practice of Jenkins & Marr in 1965 being promoted to partner in 1973 and becoming senior partner. Apart from a spell in Wick he remained in Aberdeen. As senior partner, he led his team in a number of large projects including the Bon Accord Centre, the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow, the design of Aberdeen Journals’ building in the city’s Lang Stracht and the headquarters for Total and Chevron.

McKimmie, who was formerly chairman of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, was also on the management board of Grampian Housing Association, chairman of Glencraft, a social enterprise whose staff includes employees with disabilities, and an avid supporter of Aberdeen’s independently-run Inchgarth Community Centre.

He was well-known in Aberdeen and in Aviemore where he indulged his passion for skiing and built a second home there. He also skiied with his wife in Canada, the United States and Europe.

He also travelled widely through his work, often spending time – through his connections with Total –in Villefranche on the French Riviera.

He served as Dean of Guild between 1998 and 2002, (and was appointed Lord President of the Court of Deans of the Guild of Scotland in 1999). He also served on the management board of the Grampian Housing Association and was chair of Glencraft, a social enterprise which endeavoured to employ staff with disabilities and was a supporter of Ingarth Community Centre. He was a keen Rotarian, and was President of the Rotary Club from 1995-6 and a Governor of Robert Gordon's University where he sat on numerous committees and, in 2007, cut the first sod to signal the start of building work on a £115 million development of its Garthdee campus.

He retired from the practice in 2000. He died suddenly on 9 November 2014. His wife Lesley, who had given up her career to support his, had predeceased him but he is survived by his daughters and grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dunmore/4, Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1965 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Jenkins & Marr  Senior Partner 
Item 2 of 2Jenkins & Marr1973After 1994Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 391970sAbattoir for AJNM LtdBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 2 of 391970sAbattoir for AJNM LtdInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 391970sAbattoir for AJNM LtdBanchory KincardineshireScotland 
Item 4 of 391970sCutting building for Wiggins Teape  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 391970sDepartment Store (House of Fraser rebuild of Arnott Simpson's Department Store)  GlasgowScotlandRenovations and management suite
Item 6 of 391970sDonside Paper Mills  AberdeenshireScotlandReel store, finishing house, coating buildings
Item 7 of 391970sHotelWick CaithnessScotlandRenovation
Item 8 of 391970sHousingHillhead CaithnessScotland 
Item 9 of 391970sMeat factoryTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 391970sMeat factory, cold store and blast freezerPortlethen KincardineshireScotland 
Item 11 of 391970sNewspaper Offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 391970sOffices for RHM Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 391970sOil base (main) for Total Oil Marine Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 391970sOld People's Home Broomhill Park AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 391970sSupermarketWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 16 of 391970sThomas Smith & Sons' Paper Mill, Machine House and boiler houseInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 17 of 391970sTourist officeWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 18 of 391970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & co Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 19 of 391970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co LtdInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 20 of 391970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co LtdElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 21 of 391970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co LtdArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 22 of 391970sWarehouse and showroom for William Wilson & Co Ltd  DundeeScotland 
Item 23 of 391974Drumtochty CastleDrumtochty KincardineshireScotlandRestoration
Item 24 of 391975Police StationThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 25 of 39After 1975Abattoir for AJNM LtdBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 26 of 39Before 1975Culter Paper MillsCulter AberdeenshireScotlandOffices
Item 27 of 39Before 1975Development scheme for Gordon & Watson  AberdeenScotland 
Item 28 of 39Before 1975George Hotel for Scottish Brewers  AberdeenScotland 
Item 29 of 39Before 1975Plastics Factory for ACW Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 30 of 391978Antonine Sports CentreDuntocher DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 31 of 391978Total Oil Offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 32 of 3919794-5 Union Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 33 of 391979Gas terminals for Total and British GasSt Fergus AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 34 of 391979Manifold Compression Platform, North Sea  Aberdeen (off shore at) ScotlandModifications to living quarters
Item 35 of 391980Chevron Oil Company Headquarters  AberdeenScotland 
Item 36 of 391987Bon Accord Centre  AberdeenScotland 
Item 37 of 391990sAberdeen Journal offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 39c. 1995Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 392000Talisman House  AberdeenScotlandPorbably involved (he retired that year)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp92
Item 2 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman26 November 2014   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James  


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