Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ralph George Covington Covell
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 6 May 1911
Ended: 16 December 1988
Bio Notes: Ralph George Covington Covell was born on 6 May 1911. He was Ashpitel Prizeman in 1934 and was admitted ARIBA in 1935. He started up in practice in 1937. He served with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1940.

He was joined in practice by A E T Matthews in 1948, the practice name becoming Covell & Matthews. He was elected FRIBA in 1946 and FRIAS in 1965. He retired in 1972.

Covell died after a short illness in Tunbridge Wells on 16 December 1988, survived by his wife Lurline and his sons.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 448, Seymour Street, Portman Square, London, ScotlandBusinessc. 1954  
Item 2 of 47/11, Lexington Street, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1964After 1970 
Item 3 of 412, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness(?)1965  
Item 4 of 4Sandstones, Old Lane, St Johns, Crowborough, Sussex, EnglandPrivate1979 *After 1984 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Covell & Matthews19481960Partner 
Item 2 of 3Covell Matthews & Partners1960 Director 
Item 3 of 3Covell Matthews Partnership1970s Consultant 

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 1Covell Matthews & Partners1960 Architect 


RIBA Proposals

This architectural practice proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Edward John Dunn Mansfield6 February 1963for Fellowship

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 331961University of Glasgow buildings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 331962Building, Sauchiehall Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 331962University of Strathclyde, McCance Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 331963University of Strathclyde, library  GlasgowScotlandTeaching accommodation and library - as consultant
Item 5 of 331964Office block, Torphichen Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 331964Scottish Union and National Insurance Company Building, York Place  Edinburgh, MidlothianScotland 
Item 7 of 331965Little Boghead area housing developmentBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 331965University of Strathclyde, Livingston Tower  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 331966Corner block, Frederick Street and Hill Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 331966Northern Co-operative Society Buildings  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 331966Petersburn developmentAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandMaster and zoning plans
Item 12 of 331966Warehouse, Dundas Street and Eyre Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 331966Whitehill Industrial EstateBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 14 of 331967Petersburn developmentAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs consultant - large area of Local Authority housing built. Shops and offices 1970.
Item 15 of 331967Stepps recreation centreStepps GlasgowScotlandScheme drawn up
Item 16 of 331969Haymarket HouseHaymarket EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 331969Shops for the Northern Co-operative Society  AberdeenScotlandConversions
Item 18 of 331970British Telecom building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 331970Douglas Telephone Exchange  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding? - as consultant
Item 20 of 331970Hunterston Planning EnquiryHunterston AyrshireScotlandReport prepared
Item 21 of 331970Linfern Telephone Exchange  GlasgowScotlandAs consultant
Item 22 of 331970University of Strathclyde, library  GlasgowScotlandExtension to library and exhibition hall
Item 23 of 331971Net FactoryFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 24 of 331971Our Lady of Good Aid RC ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 25 of 331971Residence for the National Trust for ScotlandCrathes AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 26 of 331971Sheet Metal Works for Cosalt Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 27 of 331971University of Strathclyde, hostels  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 331972Shops and officesPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAs consultant
Item 29 of 331972Uberior House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 331973Guild Street redevelopment, Phase I  AberdeenScotland 
Item 31 of 331973Offices for Berkeley Consultants  AberdeenScotland 
Item 32 of 331973Private housingMilltimber AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 33 of 331978Commercial developmentDunfermline FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp143
Item 2 of 3RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2London Gazette26 March 1940   
Item 2 of 2The Times20 December 1988  Death Notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership