Basic Biographical Details

Name: Geoffrey George Wimpenny
Designation: Architect
Born: 1927
Died: 15 May 1983
Bio Notes: Geoffrey George Wimpenny was born on 20 March 1926, the son of John James Wimpenny, commission agent, and his wife Doris Maud Jefferson. He studied for the Diploma of Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture. He was elected ARIBA in 1951 and ARIAS in 1958.

In 1951 he had a post as architectural assistant with Sanger & Rothwell in Oldham, Lancashire. In 1953 he moved to John Keppie Henderson & Gleave as senior assistant, being promoted to junior partner in 1955 and senior partner in 1960. He was elected FRIBA in 1968, proposed by Jack Coia, George Grenfell Baines and Walter Underwood.

At the time of his election he had responsibility for a wide range of projects in the practice. From about 1964 he mainly specialised in school and college work, with the other partners concentrating on hospital projects. Since joining the practice he had also been responsible for other educational buildings and the design and execution of four large chain stores in Scotland (probably Littlewoods). The work undertaken on Jordanhill College of Education cost 3,000,000.

He died at his home in Rutherglen on 15 May 1983. He was survived by his wife, Mary Margaret Spencer, and his son, David.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 363, Queensborough Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1958 *  
Item 2 of 321, Woodside Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1968 *  
Item 3 of 321, Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19681983 

* 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 4Sanger & Rothwell1951 Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Keppie Henderson & J L Gleave1953 Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Keppie Henderson & Partners1955 PartnerFrom 1955-60 a junior partner and senior partner from 1960
Item 4 of 4Keppie Henderson & PartnersLate 1950s or early 1960sAfter 1981Partner 

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 67 Glasgow School of Art, Foulis Building  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 2 of 671956Littlewoods Store  GlasgowScotlandResponsibility for design and execution
Item 3 of 671957University of Glasgow, James Watt Engineering Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 671958Offices for Motherwell Bridge and Engineering CompanyMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 671959St Benedict's RC Primary SchoolEasterhouse GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 671960sDixons Blazes Industrial estate  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 7 of 671960sIndustrial EstateRutherglen GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 8 of 671960sIndustrial EstateBirkenshaw YorkshireEnglandPartner in charge
Item 9 of 671961Littlewoods Supermarket  AberdeenScotlandResponsibility for design and execution
Item 10 of 671962Garnethill redevelopmentGarnethill GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 671962Jordanhill College, Crawfurd Building  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 12 of 671963Falkirk Royal InfirmaryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandExperimental block (and theatre block?)
Item 13 of 671963University of Glasgow, Biochemistry Buildings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 671964Govan Combination Poorhouse and AsylumGovan GlasgowScotlandMaternity Unit, new kitchen and staff dining rooms, new pharmacy building, rehabilitation centre and staff residential accommodation. As one of two/three partners in charge.
Item 15 of 671964Johnstone High SchoolJohnstone RenfrewshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 16 of 671964University of Glasgow, Hydrodynamics Laboratory and Astronomy Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 671965Westerm Infirmary, accident and emergency department  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 671965Western Infirmary Redevelopment Phases I and II  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 671966Cranhill Secondary SchoolCranhill GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 20 of 671966University of Glasgow, Engineering Block  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 671967Jordanhill College, Henry Wood Building  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 22 of 671967Jordanhill College, refectoryJordanhill GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 23 of 671967Premises for Littlewoods Mail Order Service  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 671967Stirling Royal Infirmary, Maternity UnitStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 25 of 671968Gartnavel General Hospital  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 671968Jordanhill College, (Scottish School of Physical Education) Science and Mathematics Building  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 27 of 671968Sheriff Court of Glasgow, Gorbals Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 671968Stanmore HouseLanark LanarkshireScotlandWith Richard R De'Ath.
Item 29 of 67Before 1968Industrial Estate for Taylor Woodrow Industrial EstatesStirling StirlingshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 30 of 67Before 1968Industrial Estate for Taylor Woodrow Industrial EstatesCambuslang GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 31 of 67c. 1968Woodside Health Centre  GlasgowScotlandOne of two partners involved
Item 32 of 671969Kirkintilloch High SchoolKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 33 of 671969University of Glasgow, Rankine Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 67Late 1960sStirling Royal Infirmary, nurses' residenceStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 35 of 67Mid 1960sPrimary School for Dumbarton County CouncilDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 36 of 671970Glasgow College of Food Technology  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 37 of 671970Glasgow School of Art, Fra Newbery Tower  GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 671970Western Infirmary, nurses' home  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 671971Western Infirmary, nurses' training school  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 671974Airdrie District (Monklands) General HospitalAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 41 of 67Before 1975St Gregory's SchoolRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 42 of 67Before 1975Store for LittlewoodsKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 43 of 671976Mitchell ArcadeRutherglen Glasgow/LanarkshireScotland 
Item 44 of 671977St David's UF Church Hall and OfficesKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandHarled additions
Item 45 of 671978Beaumont Hospital   Eire 
Item 46 of 671979The Willow Tea Rooms  GlasgowScotlandMajor reconstruction - as partner in charge.
Item 47 of 671980Apsley House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 48 of 67Before 1981Bakery for RHM LtdAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 49 of 67Before 1981Bakery for RHM Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 50 of 67Before 1981Glasgow High School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 51 of 67Before 1981Head office for GKN Ltd  Birmingham  
Item 52 of 67Before 1981Health CentreAirdrie Lanarkshire  
Item 53 of 67Before 1981Health CentreGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 54 of 67Before 1981Housing for Hanover Housing AssociationDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 55 of 67Before 1981Housing for the Hanover Housing AssociationEarlston BerwickshireScotland 
Item 56 of 67Before 1981Housing for the Hanover Housing AssociationLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 57 of 67Before 1981Housing for the Hanover Housing AssociationDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 58 of 67Before 1981Housing for the Hanover Housing Association  GlasgowScotland 
Item 59 of 67Before 1981Industrial Estate for the SDANewhouse LanarkshireScotland 
Item 60 of 67Before 1981Industrial Estate for the SDAAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 61 of 67Before 1981Office block for John Laing Development Company  GlasgowScotland 
Item 62 of 67Before 1981Office block for Ravenstone Securities Ltd  Dublin  
Item 63 of 67Before 1981Regional General Hospital  DublinEire 
Item 64 of 67Before 1981Shopping CentreBaillieston GlasgowScotland 
Item 65 of 671986The Forge CentreParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 66 of 671987202-228 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandInteriors gutted and replaced.
Item 67 of 671987Ayr HospitalAyr AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp146
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp28 Falkirk Royal Infirmary prototype wards
p155 Ward Unit and Operating Theatre Suite, Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register