Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Michael Beale |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||19 February 1913 |
|Died: ||29 December 2005 |
|Bio Notes: ||Michael Beale was born Mikolaj Bieloszejew in Poland on 19 February 1913, the son of Aleksander Bieloszejew, railway signalman and his wife Julia Slantycz. His father made many sacrifices to enable Michael to attend technical college at Brzesc-on-Bug, where he obtained a diploma in civil engineering in 1933. |
He was an officer in the Polish Army and escaped to Great Britain through Rumania when the Russian Army advanced in the east and the Polish Army was occupied fighting the German invasion from the west. He met his future wife Nola (Anna Dunolly Mary Cottier) in Rothesay where she was stationed as a Wren. She taught him to speak English.
Bieloszejew had trained as an architect and engineer in Poland and having changed his name to Beale he studied for and sat the external RIBA examination to enable him to register as an architect in the UK. He was elected ARIAS in 1953. During this period he wroked as an assistant in the practice of Cowie & Miller. He moved to become a senior assistant with Wylie Shanks & Wylie and accepted Walter Underwood's invitation to become a partner with Walter Underwood & Partners in 1960.
Michael Beale had a reputation for fastidious attention to detail while designing industrial work, which might have owed something to his earlier training in Poland. He specialised in foundations for heavy plant, especially heavy presses required in motor vehicle manufacturing.
During his partnership with Walter Underwood he designed prestigious projects such as the Rootes and Pressed Steel factories at Linwood (later taken over by Chrysler) and the British Motor Corporation's Bathgate factory. He altered and redesigned the Western Club in Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow and designed chain store outlets in many towns and cities. He enjoyed a reputation for skill, honesty, reliability and steadfastness in his profession.
Outwith his professional lidfe he had many interests including stamp-collecting, fly-tying, and salmon and trout fishing. He was a member of the Phoenix Angling Club and was given honorary membership. From 1970 until his death he was a member of Glasgow Art Club and won its angling championship at the age of 90.
.He retired around 1984. He died on 29 December 2005 at Drumchapel JHospital, Glasgow. His wife had predeceased him.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|16, Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1953 *||c. 1960|| |
|9, Leven Drive , Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1965||2005|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1960||The RIBA Kalendar 1959-1960||1959-1960|| || |
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1984||RIBA Directory of members|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |