Basic Biographical Details

Name: Philip Cocker & Partners
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1971
Ended: 1992
Bio Notes: Philip Stanley Cocker was born on 29 May 1928 in Bolton, Lancashire, and was educated at the County Grammar School from 1939. On completion of his schooling in 1944 he was articled to T E Smith & Son of Bolton, and while serving his articles he studied part-time at Manchester School of Art. In Smithís office he was involved in projects for factories, public houses, private houses, surveying and drafting.

On completion of his apprenticeship in 1948 he secured an appointment as an assistant in Manchester City Architects Office, where he worked on a residence for unmarried pregnant girls and also saw the construction of the first building to his own designs - a block of public toilets with a tapered concrete flat roof. After two years in that office he was appointed Assistant Architect to the Housing Architects Office in the same city, where he was personally responsible for the design of flats, sheltered cottages and groups of shops with maisonettes above, as well as being involved in the planning and layout for the main programme of 3000 dwellings per year.

Cocker was admitted ARIBA in 1952. The following year he secured the post of Senior Architect in Middlesbrough Town Councilís Chief Architects Office. While in this post he was lead architect for a programme of some 1000 houses per annum, and carried out personal design work on three small district shopping centres with housing above. At the same time, he was studying Town and Country Planning as an external student at Manchester University, where he received his diploma in 1955; he became an Associate of the MTPI in the same year.

He moved to Scotland in 1956 to join the Chief Architects Office at Glenrothes New Town Development Corporation as an architect/planner. Here he focused on the design of residential districts, green landscaping and exhibitions, while spending his evenings working on architectural competitions and furniture construction. In 1960 he won the competition for the District Shopping Centre and adjacent housing at Grangemouth, as a result of which he set up his own practice there in the same year under the practice title Philip Cocker & Associates. It was also in 1960 that he became an Associate of the RIAS.

He was admitted FRIAS in 1966 and FRIBA in 1968. In 1971 he took John McLachlan and Kenneth Donald into partnership, the firm being known thereafter as Philip Cocker & Partners. Peter McAlister joined the partnership in 1979 and Fred Gibson in 1987. Supporting staff architects within the practice included Colin Forest, Denholm Christie, Nick Curry, Michael Good, Thomas Bryan Michie, Howard Fox, Laurence Robertson, Brian McAlister, Gordon Fraser and John Shaw, Alan McLay, Alan Scott and Graham Ross.

Cocker retired and resigned his RIBA membership in 1992, and the practice closed; of the partners, only Kenneth Donald had left the firm prior to that date, in 1987. However the practice did continue with other partners under the same name until the jobs in hand were completed. This information has been contradicted by Mr Cocker as Donald was involved in the completion of a couple of 1990s jobs.

NB The conversion work of the church in Plockton is dated 1993 but the bulk of the work may have been carried out prior to closure of practice in 1992.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 466, Lumley Street, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1971After 1975branch office
Item 2 of 411, Wemyss Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19711992main office
Item 3 of 44, Park Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19711992branch office
Item 4 of 464, La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness(?)1979 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 20John Shaw  Partner 
Item 2 of 20Alan McLay  Partner 
Item 3 of 20Alan Scott  Partner 
Item 4 of 20Graham Ross  Architect 
Item 5 of 20Timothy Brittain-Catlin18821983Assistant 
Item 6 of 20Kenneth Donald19711987Partner 
Item 7 of 20John McLachlan19711992Partner 
Item 8 of 20Philip Stanley Cocker19711992Senior Partner 
Item 9 of 20Nicholas CurryAfter 1971Before 1983Architect 
Item 10 of 20Colin Graham ForrestAfter 1971Before 1992Architect 
Item 11 of 20Thomas Denholm ChristieAfter 1971Before 1992Architect 
Item 12 of 20Laurence RobertsonAfter 1971Before 1992Architect 
Item 13 of 20Brian McAlisterAfter 1971Before 1992Architect 
Item 14 of 20Colin Forrestc. 1971c. 1992Architect 
Item 15 of 20Howard Foxc. 1977 Architect 
Item 16 of 20Peter McAlister19791992Partner 
Item 17 of 20Michael GoodEarly 1970s Architect 
Item 18 of 20Frederick Gibsonc. 1982 Architect 
Item 19 of 20Frederick Gibson19871992Partner 
Item 20 of 20Gordon FraserEarly 1980s Architect 

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 1391970sHousing for SSHAErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 1391971Fair-A-Far HousingCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 1391971West Mill, Dean VillageDean Village EdinburghScotlandRestoration and conversion into modern flats
Item 4 of 139197211 Buckingham Terrace  EdinburghScotlandSubdivision of terraced house into 8 flats.
Item 5 of 139197214 flats, Whittinghame Drive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 139197261 detached houses, InveralmondCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 1391972Carron Company showroomFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 139197320 flats, Linkfield RoadMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 9 of 13919733 shops and 32 flats, Cumbernauld VillageCumbernauld LanarkshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 10 of 139197357 houses, CramondvaleCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 1391973Canon Street and Eyre Place tenements  EdinburghScotlandRestoration and division into 30 flats.
Item 12 of 1391973Retraining centreGranton EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 1391973The Wynd HousingCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 1391973University Settlement, Cameron House  EdinburghScotlandSubdivision and addition of new block to provide 27 flats.
Item 15 of 139197418 flats, Cross RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 139197439-41 George Street  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding of shop at no.39
Item 17 of 139197443 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotlandShop reconstruction
Item 18 of 139197446 flats, Cleveden Drive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 13919746-8 Northumberland Street  EdinburghScotlandSubdivision of 2 houses into 8 (or 6?) flats.
Item 20 of 1391974Coneypark housingStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 21 of 1391974Regional office for Scottish Woodland AssociationDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 22 of 1391974Warehouse, Annandale Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 1391975Princes Cinema  EdinburghScotlandConversion from cinema to shop
Item 24 of 1391975Warehouse, Craighouse Gardens  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 25 of 139197672 flats, Southbrae Drive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 1391976Apex House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 1391976Eilean Rise housingEllon AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 28 of 1391976Glengairn housingEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 1391976Offices, Mill Road, CarronshoreFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 30 of 13919771-11 Albyn Place  EdinburghScotlandOffice refurbishment of houses at nos 8-9.
Item 31 of 139197733-34 Charlotte Square  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment and extension to no.33 (Rose Street).
Item 32 of 13919778 Albyn Place  EdinburghScotlandOffice refurbishment
Item 33 of 1391977Deans housingLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 34 of 1391977Erskine-Cluster stacks    Drawings.
Item 35 of 1391977Flats, Albany Street  EdinburghScotlandFlat renovation
Item 36 of 1391977Howdenburn housingJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandThe RIBA diorectory of 1981 gives 555 houses at Jedburgh & Erskine.
Item 37 of 1391977Keith Street housingPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 1391977RAP house and flat types    Drawings
Item 39 of 1391977(?)Sandy Road housing developmentPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 139197840 flats, KirkhillCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 41 of 1391978East Craigs housingEast Craigs EdinburghScotland 
Item 42 of 1391978FactorySelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandRe-roofing
Item 43 of 1391978Mortonhall housing  Edinburgh  
Item 44 of 1391978Murray Gardens, Phase 1  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 1391978Shops and offices, St Mary's ChareHexham NorthumberlandEngland 
Item 46 of 139197930 flats, Waterside RoadKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 47 of 13919799 flats, Salmond Place  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment
Item 48 of 1391979Cowcaddens Street housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 49 of 1391979Erskine Park Mains 'D', 183 housesErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 50 of 1391979Factory for British Pipe Coaters, Leith DocksLeith Edinburgh  
Item 51 of 1391979Houston Bowling Club premisesHouston RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 52 of 1391979Jamaica Mews housing  EdinburghScotland 
Item 53 of 1391979Murray Gardens, Phase 2  AberdeenScotland 
Item 54 of 1391979Raemoir Rise housingBanchory Kincardineshire  
Item 55 of 1391980Buccleuch Street Housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 56 of 1391980Erskine Park Mains 'G', 272 housesErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 57 of 1391980Generic design for a squash court    2nd prize in open architectural competition.
Item 58 of 1391980Spud U Like shops  EdinburghScotland 
Item 59 of 1391981Hawthornbank BuildingsDean Village EdinburghScotlandRestoration and division into 17 flats of Hawthorn Buildings and 30-32 Belford Road
Item 60 of 1391981Semi-sheltered flats, Lyne Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 61 of 1391981Warehouse, Orwell Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 62 of 139Before 1981Housing for Bredero Homes  AberdeenScotland 
Item 63 of 13919822, 4 and 6 Norval Street  GlasgowScotlandClose rehabilitation
Item 64 of 139198229 Rosevale Street  GlasgowScotlandRehabilitation.
Item 65 of 139198230 flats, Westfield RoadGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 66 of 139198231 Albany Street  EdinburghScotlandOffice refurbishment
Item 67 of 139198231 Rosevale Street  GlasgowScotlandClose rehabilitation
Item 68 of 1391982Braefoot CottageHouston RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 69 of 1391982Flat, Orwell Terrace  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment
Item 70 of 1391982Govan 'C' housing schemeGovan GlasgowScotlandSupervision only
Item 71 of 1391982House for ForlowHouston RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 72 of 1391982Keswick Gardens housing, FetchamLeatherhead SurreyEngland.
Item 73 of 1391982Maukinfauld Road housingParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 74 of 1391982Shoreways, Sandy LoanGullane East LothianScotland 
Item 75 of 139198338 houses and flats, Gordon StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandWon open competition to secure job
Item 76 of 1391983Bakery, Bangor RoadLeith EdinburghScotlandDemolition
Item 77 of 1391983Sheltered housing, Mosside RoadBlackburn West LothianEngland 
Item 78 of 1391983TenementKelvinside GlasgowScotlandCommon stair repairs.
Item 79 of 1391983TenementYorkhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 80 of 1391984Houses, Cumberland Street  EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation
Item 81 of 1391984Housing area, LochysideFort William Inverness-shireScotlandTechnical appraisal
Item 82 of 1391984Park Quadrant housing  GlasgowScotland2nd prize in competition. As architect/developer.
Item 83 of 1391984Stair repairsBruntsfield EdinburghScotlandRepairs
Item 84 of 1391984Tenement, Heriot Hill Terrace  EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation and stair repairs
Item 85 of 1391984Tenement, Salmond Place  EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation and stair repairs
Item 86 of 13919851 Salmond Place  EdinburghScotlandRepairs
Item 87 of 1391985131 flats, Woodside 'F'  GlasgowScotland 
Item 88 of 139198524 flats, Buccleuch StreetGarnethill GlasgowScotland 
Item 89 of 139198529 Craigmillar ParkCraigmillar EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation of 9 flats, plus 1 new house
Item 90 of 139198534 Flats, Elderslie Park, Langlands RoadGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 91 of 139198536 housesNew Stevenston LanarkshireScotlandUpgrade work
Item 92 of 139198538 houses and flats, Fairlie BoatyardFairlie AyrshireScotland 
Item 93 of 139198540 houses, Heriothill Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 94 of 139198565 Cumberland Street  EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation and repairs
Item 95 of 139198598 flats, New City Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 96 of 1391985HousesSighthill EdinburghScotlandUpgrade work to 46 houses
Item 97 of 1391985Sheltered housing, Pitcoudie (40 houses)Glenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 98 of 1391985Shops and public house, EaglescliffeHartlepool County DurhamEngland 
Item 99 of 1391985Tenements, Barony Street  EdinburghScotlandExternal repairs
Item 100 of 1391985WarehouseHartlepool County DurhamEngland 
Item 101 of 139198642 flats, Upper Craigs 1Stirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 102 of 1391986HousesSighthill EdinburghScotlandPhase 2 of upgrade work
Item 103 of 1391986Workshop units, Kintra Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 104 of 1391987Carlton Place  GlasgowScotlandHard landscaping
Item 105 of 139198828 flats, Upper Craigs 2Stirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 106 of 139198840 flats, Easter Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 107 of 139198860 or 61 Carlton Place  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction as flats
Item 108 of 1391988Boat house for Herr Brash  StirlingshireScotland 
Item 109 of 1391988Deans Community SchoolLivingston West LothianScotlandRepairs report
Item 110 of 1391988Housing, Acre Road  GlasgowScotlandRewindowing
Item 111 of 1391988Older PropertiesSummerston GlasgowScotlandRe-windowing
Item 112 of 1391988Petrol filling station, Ballater Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 113 of 1391989Halmyre Deans FarmhouseWest Linton PeeblesshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 114 of 1391989Hotel Services Exhibition, Trade Advisory Service stand  MoscowRussia 
Item 115 of 1391989House for WilsonBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 116 of 1391989Park Terrace, housing infill design competition  GlasgowScotlandCompetition - awarded 2nd prize
Item 117 of 1391989Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice  GlasgowScotlandConversion/refurbishment of existing terraced houses as hospice
Item 118 of 139199045 flats, RiversideDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 119 of 1391990House, Lynedoch Place  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment
Item 120 of 1391990Kinning Park housing, Phase 1Kinning Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 121 of 1391990Mackie's Shop, Stafford Street  EdinburghScotlandShop front and interior
Item 122 of 139199140 flats, Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 123 of 139199140 self-build houses, BalfargGlenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 124 of 139199142 Carlton Place  GlasgowScotlandOffice refurbishment
Item 125 of 139199142 West Graham Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 126 of 1391991Ismailova Hotel  MoscowRussiaInteriors including beauty salon
Item 127 of 1391991Kinnaird HouseLittle Dunkeld PerthshireScotlandConversion for hotel use
Item 128 of 1391991Orchard Brae 1 housing  EdinburghScotland 
Item 129 of 1391991Tenement, Morningside RoadMorningside EdinburghScotlandStair repairs
Item 130 of 1391991Terraced houses, Carlton Place  GlasgowScotlandRestoration of facades
Item 131 of 1391993Orchard Brae 2 housing  EdinburghScotland 
Item 132 of 1391993Plockton Free ChurchPlockton Ross and CromartyScotlandConversion to flats
Item 133 of 1391993Retirement home, Nile Grove  EdinburghScotland 
Item 134 of 1391993Shop reroofing, Paisley Road West  GlasgowScotlandReroofing.
Item 135 of 1391993Shops with 34 flats over, West Nicolson Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 136 of 1391996Kinning Park 2 housingKinning Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 137 of 1391997House, The WyndAberlady East LothianScotland 
Item 138 of 1391997The Bungalow, NewmillInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandExtension work
Item 139 of 139199887 flats, Rutland CrescentKinning Park GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 2 of 2Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p14-15 Fair-a-Far, Cramond

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Philip CockerInformation sent via DSA website, November 2009 Biography and job list.