Basic Biographical Details

Name: Covell Matthews Partnership Scotland
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1976
Ended: 1992
Bio Notes: The origins of the firm Covell Matthews & Partners was in the practice started in 1937 by Ralph George Covell. He was joined in 1948 by Albert Edward Thurman Matthews when it became Covell & Matthews. In 1960 it changed to Covell Matthews & Partners. The following year an office was opened in Edinburgh followed by others in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

In 1963 Brian G Falk became a director followed in 1966 by John R G Wheatley and two years later by Charles Tocher Donaldson and Alfred Heasman

In 1972 when Covell retired it became Covell Matthews Partnership. In 1974 A L T Scott and Hector W Morrison was asummed into partnership followed a year later by M M Pottinger and R Ogilvie. In 1976 Covell Matthews Scotland became a separate company within the group; in 1992 the original company was closed down and the Scottish practice became Covell Matthews Architects Ltd.

In the early days Covell Matthews, and then Covell Matthews Partnership, undertook a number of what were important projects in Scotland mainly for clients that were based in London. For these projects Brian Falk was the architect and partner in charge and it involved much travel to and from Scotland. It became increasingly obvious that work in Scotland needed resident architectural practices in Scotland so in around 1963 Covell Matthews set up branch offices in Edinburgh (under Charles Tocher Donaldson) and Glasgow under Albert Heasman. In 1968 Donaldson and Heasman became full Directors (partners) in Covell Matthews Partnership and their offices began to operate as independent offices within the Covell Matthews Group. Later, as a result of the Northern Aberdeen Co-operative project an office was established in Aberdeen under Hector Morrison. In 1975 the Covell Matthews Group further split and Covell Matthews Scotland was formed, which is listed as having offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Orkney and Shetland. The architectural partners/directors of Covell Matthews Scotland were A Heasman, C T Donaldson, M M Pottinger, A L T Scott, H W Morrison, R Ogilvie, J R G Wheatley and Brian Falk. Wheatley and Falk were London based and represented the Head Office interest in the Scottish office.

Apart from those early years when Falk was the architect and planner partner responsible for the design and supervision of about five major Scottish projects run from the London office Falk was only the liaison partner for Scottish office work.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 19, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, Scotland    

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 11Robert Ogilvie 1990sDirector 
Item 2 of 11Albert Heasman1970s Partner 
Item 3 of 11Charles Tocher Donaldson1970s Partner 
Item 4 of 11Malcolm MacLeod Pottinger1970s Partner 
Item 5 of 11Alan Leslie Thomson Scott1970s Partner 
Item 6 of 11Hector William Morrison1970s Partner 
Item 7 of 11Robert Ogilvie1970s Architect 
Item 8 of 11Malcolm Livingston McIsaacBefore 1979(?) Architect(?) 
Item 9 of 11William ('Bill') MoncriefBefore 1979 Architect 
Item 10 of 11Ronald John Ogilvie1980 * Partner 
Item 11 of 11J Mackiec. 1981 Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 151963University of Strathclyde, library  GlasgowScotlandTeaching accommodation and library
Item 2 of 151975Office Development, Hanover Street  Edinburgh  
Item 3 of 15197621 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotlandInternal alterations to form offices for IBM.
Item 4 of 151976Colonial Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandInternal alterations to form offices for IBM.
Item 5 of 151976R & R Clark's Printing Office  EdinburghScotlandLarge office block added at rear.
Item 6 of 151978119 George Street  EdinburghScotlandGround floor shop demolished and building restored.
Item 7 of 151978Office block, Commercial StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 151979Albyn House  AberdeenScotlandDemolition of 1900s extension and general refurbishment
Item 9 of 151979The Mall shopping centre  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 15Late 1970sIndustrial Estate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 15Late 1970sOffices for the Bank of Scotland  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 15Late 1970sRestaurant and offices for SSEB  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 15c. 1980Offices for IBM  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 151981Royal Bank, Golden Square  AberdeenScotlandDemolition of 1900s extension and general refurbishment of interior.
Item 15 of 151984Scottish Development Agency, Advance FactoryDalmuir, Clydebank DunbartonshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp143
Item 2 of 2RIBA1979RIBA Directory of Practices 1979