Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||William Nimmo & Partners |
|Designation: ||Architectural practice |
|Started: ||1956 |
|Ended: || |
|Bio Notes: ||William Nimmo studied for the degree of BArch at the University of Strathclyde. He was elected ARIBA in 1954. He set up business on his own account in Wishaw and invited Jean Welsh to join him as a partner, the practice then becoming William Nimmo & Partners. In 1969 the practice moved to Glasgow and two years later the Wishaw office closed. In 1973 James Robertson was assumed into partnership followed by John Carswell in 1975 and by a number of other partners in the late 1980s. David Nimmo, son of William Nimmo, was assumed into partnership in 1993. |
David Nimmo writes:
'My father was interested in architecture, and certainly had strong views, but he was probably more passionate about business, project management (he was a natural leader) and quality of construction. While he won the silver medal at Glasgow School of Art, he regarded others as more able designers, and consequently encouraged them to get on with it while he looked for work and ran the practice. These included, within the office, initially Jean Welsh, Jimmy Robertson (who had an outstanding natural design talent and over the key years did most of the conceptual design work within the practice), Iain C Anderson and Alastair MacGregor. What most people will not be aware of is that both Geoffrey Jarvis and Ivor Richards joined WNP as associates, after the dissolution of Boys Jarvis, and the death of Sir Leslie Martin respectively. They did a significant amount of distinguished work, particularly in London. Notable examples included 135-6 Leadenhall Street (immediately next to Lutyens' Midland Bank) with a new Portland stone facade designed by Geoffrey, and Capel House, New Broad Street, which contained interiors by CFA Voysey, and featured a very sophisticated rear facade, facing the George Dance designed church of All Hallows on the Wall. Ivor Richards led the design of that building. A number of well known architects and characters of the profession also passed through the office in their early years, including Tom Elder, Andrew Merrylees, Andrew Neil, Bill Murdoch, John A Russell and Craig Casci.
At its peak around 1990, the practice employed some 135 people, and had offices in Glasgow adn London, with major site offices at CSB Faslane and Britannic House, London. My father initially retired in 1996, when he was 67 and by 2002 had ceased to spend any time in the practice, as he felt that the client contacts of his tiem had themselves retired or moved on.'
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Main Street, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Business||1956||1971|| |
|132, West Nile Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1969||1970|| |
|Commercial Bank Chambers/3, Stewarton Street, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Business||1970 *|| || |
|15, Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1971|| || |
|7, Fitzroy Place, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||c. 1976|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architectural practice:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p146|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |