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Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Malcolm Hall
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 June 1926
Died: 16 February 1998
Bio Notes: David Malcolm Hall was born on 10 June 1926, the son of Robert Hall, chartered surveyor of the well-known practice D M Hall & Son, and his wife Ada Constance Maud McPake. He was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. He decided early on to make use of his talents in drawing and design to emabrk on a career in architecture, rather than joining the family firm which had been started by his grandfather. His training as an architect was delayed because of the Second Wrold War and he was drafted in for war service during which time he worked down the mines. After the cease of hostilities, he studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and was admitted ARIBA in 1950.

His first job was in the branch office of Fairbrother Hall (Charles Llewellyn Hall) & Hedges, the main office being in Lancashire. He joined Douglas Bamber who had just retrned from war service as a major with the Royal Engineers. The practice prospered and moved to another office in 27 Rutland Square. Within a short time they became independent and practised as Bamber & Hall. Hall took a leading role in the growth of the practice, setting design policy and introducing new clients, impressed by management skills and by his personalty.

He was elected FRIAS in 1966. About 1970 there was a recession in the construction industry, Hall went to South Africa to take up a post as head of housing for Durban City Authorities, where he was also responsible for the Port Shepstone Hospital, amongst other projects.

In 1978 he and his wife ( who by then had two children) but returned to Edinburgh and joined Gerald Walmesley as partner in the Gordon & Dey practice. He continued to practice until overtaken by ill-health which possibly stemmed from his days in the pits. He retired to Gullane about 1987.

Hall was always a keen golfer and at one time reduced his handicap to 3. He was a member, and served on the councils, of both the Burgess and Luffness clubs. He was also an accomlished pianist.

He died on 16 February 1998 at Roodlands Hospital Haddington. By the time of his death in 1998, he was a retired FRIAS. He was survived by his wife, Margaret Patricia Osborne, also an architect, and a son and a daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Talltrees, Craiglockhart Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1948 *After 1950 
Item 2 of 61, Gosford Road, Port Seton, East lothian, ScotlandPrivate1953  
Item 3 of 658, Netherby Road, Trinity, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1960  
Item 4 of 625, York Road, Trinity, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 5 of 658/14, North Gyle Loan, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1979After 1981 
Item 6 of 6Oliver Cottage, Goose Green Road, Gullane, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19871998 

* 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 4Fairbrother, Hall & Hedges1950s Partner 
Item 2 of 4Bamber & Hallc. 1962 Partner 
Item 3 of 4Bamber Hall & Partnersc. 1967 Partner 
Item 4 of 4Gordon & Dey Partnership1981 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Inglis2 October 1968For Fellowship

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 481955The Ship InnDalkeith MidlothianScotlandPossibly not involved
Item 2 of 481956Factory and offices for the Simpson Label (& Stationery) Manufacturing Company  EdinburghScotlandMay not be involved
Item 3 of 481957Factory for Ferranti Ltd, Ferry Road  EdinburghScotlandNew unit
Item 4 of 481957Gracemount Secondary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 481957Housing and flatsCockenzie and Port Seton East LothianScotland 
Item 6 of 481957St Cuthbert's Primary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 481958Factory for Dickson and Mann, LtdArmadale West LothianScotlandNew offices
Item 8 of 481959Blackness Housing DevelopmentBlackness West LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 481959East Whitburn Housing DevelopmentWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 10 of 481959Ferranti Ltd, Gyroscopic Research, Manufacturing and Development UnitCrewe Toll Edinburgh, MidlothianScotland 
Item 11 of 481959Ferranti, Laboratories (Electronics, Gyroscopic, and Environmental)Crewe Toll EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 481959Secondary School, PortobelloPortobello Edinburgh, MidlothianScotland 
Item 13 of 481959Urban housing development, GreendykesBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 14 of 481960sDunfermline Cottage HospitalDunfermline FifeScotlandTwin theatres added and Gilles Maternity Wing (unclear if the theatres are in the maternity wing or quite separate). Also staff accommodation and upgrading work.
Item 15 of 481960sLibraryBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 481960sLongniddry Golf Clubhouse and Club Master's HouseLongniddry East LothianScotlandUpgrading
Item 17 of 481960sUphall Primary SchoolUphall West LothianScotland 
Item 18 of 48c. 1960Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, east gates and lodge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 481961Factory for Ferranti Ltd, Ferry Road  EdinburghScotlandExtension no 3
Item 20 of 481961Ferranti , Silverknowes PremisesSilverknowes EdinburghScotlandRadar laboratories
Item 21 of 481961Gyle Pavilion  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 481962Comprehensive Secondary School, West CalderWest Calder MidlothianScotland 
Item 23 of 481962Factory for Ferranti, Thornybank [Thorniebank]Dalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 24 of 481962Tranent Fire StationTranent East LothianScotland 
Item 25 of 481964Fire Station, McDonald Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 481964Marionville Fire Station & 3 HousesMarionville EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 481966Crewe Toll Fire StationCrewe Toll EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 481966Ferranti , Silverknowes PremisesSilverknowes EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 481966Ferranti Ltd FactoryGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 48c. 1966Factory for Ferranti Ltd., DundeeDundee Industrial Estate DundeeScotlandManufacturing area & two-storey office block. Optical laboratories added at some point in 1960s.
Item 31 of 481967Craigshill Fire StationLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 32 of 481967Dalkeith Fire StationDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 33 of 481967Holy Rood RC Secondary SchoolDuddingston Edinburgh  
Item 34 of 481967Portobello Secondary SchoolPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 481969St Augustines School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 48After 1969Preston Lodge Secondary SchoolPrestonpans East LothianScotland 
Item 37 of 48Late 1960sBridgeton Telephone ExchangeBridgeton GlasgowScotlandExtensions
Item 38 of 48Late 1960sFerranti Ltd North Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 39 of 48Late 1960sFerranti Ltd offices and laboratories  AberdeenScotland 
Item 40 of 48Late 1960sGreenwell Housing DevelopmentFauldhouse West LothianScotland 
Item 41 of 48Late 1960sHostel for Scout CouncilBonaly EdinburghScotland 
Item 42 of 48Late 1960sHousing DevelopmentLinlithgowbridge West LothianScotland 
Item 43 of 48Late 1960sTelephone ExchangeCumbernauld LanarkshireScotlandExtensions
Item 44 of 481970sPhilipstoun Housing DevelopmentPhilipstoun West LothianScotland 
Item 45 of 481971Henderson Technical SchoolHawick RoxburghshireScotland2-storey block, Free Church Lane (?)
Item 46 of 481971Lothian Regional Council Water Department officeFairmilehead EdinburghScotland 
Item 47 of 481973Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, blood transfusion unit and laboratories  EdinburghScotland 
Item 48 of 481973West Fife Infectious Diseases HospitalDunfermline FifeScotlandWards upgraded


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 7RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 3 of 7RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS NewsletterMay 1998v9, no4 Death note
Item 2 of 2Scotsman26 February 1998  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership Obituary by J R Laidlaw


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