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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Merrylees
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 October 1933
Bio Notes: Andrew Merrylees was born on 13 October 1933 and studied at the School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, remaining there to complete a diploma in town planning. He was a student assistant in the practice of Basil Spence & Partners in 1952 and had been promoted to architect in 1957, although he was not admitted ARIBA until 1959 and ARIAS in 1960. That same year, 1960, he set up his own practice, Merrylees & Morrison (though the identity of Morrison has yet to be established). This practice ceased in 1963. There is a conflict of information regarding Merrylees at this time. The RIBA directories record that he was working with as A Merrylees & Partner (rather than Merrylees & Morrison) from at least 1965 until after 1970.

In 1968 he was appointed associate in the Spence firm, by then known as Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson. At that time John Hardie Glover was the firm's senior partner, Spence having retired that year and Ferguson having died three years before. Merrylees was taken into partnership in 1972, followed by John M Legge in 1973.

Merrylees left the Spence firm in 1985 to set up his own practice as Andrew Merrylees Associates, which became Andrew Merrylees, Grierson & Robertson in 1994 and Merrylees & Robertson in November 1997. In January 2001 the practice was merged with Hypostyle Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3School Road, Newmains, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960  
Item 2 of 340, Moray Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19681985Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 3 of 3204, Bonkle Road, Newmains, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1970(?)  

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 9William Nimmo & Partners  Assistant 
Item 2 of 9Basil Spence & Partners1952 * AssistantStudent assistant
Item 3 of 9Basil Spence & Partners1957Before 1960Architect 
Item 4 of 9Merrylees & Morrison (or A Merrylees & Partner)19601963Partner 
Item 5 of 9Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson19681972Associate 
Item 6 of 9Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson19721985Partner 
Item 7 of 9Andrew Merrylees Associates19851994Partner 
Item 8 of 9Andrew Merrylees, Grierson & Robertson1994November 1997Partner 
Item 9 of 9Merrylees & RobertsonNovember 1997(?)January 2001(?)Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1David HarperAfter 1978 Architect 

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 22 National Library of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandExtensions
Item 2 of 221960sEdinburgh University Library  EdinburghScotlandPartner-in-charge with J.Hardie Glover
Item 3 of 221970sAston University Library  BirminghamEngland 
Item 4 of 221970sGlasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandRedevelopment
Item 5 of 221970sMiners Welfare ClubBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 221971University of Strathclyde, Queen Elizabeth Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 221972Heriot-Watt University, libraryRiccarton MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 221974Automobile Association HeadquartersErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 22Before 1975Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 10 of 221976National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End  EdinburghScotlandNew bank encapsulating old building.
Item 11 of 22After 1979BBC StudiosCalton Hill EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 22After 1979Medical Library     
Item 13 of 22Early 1970sHadrian's Wall Gallery  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 14 of 221980Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotlandNew block to north of Hayfield Road
Item 15 of 221980Post office letter sorting office  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 22Before 1981Aston University, management centre  BirminghamEngland 
Item 17 of 22Before 1981Project for oil refineryInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 22Before 1981University of Newcastle, Departments of Mining and Geology  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 19 of 221984National Library of Scotland, Causewayside Building  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 221984St James Centre and Government Offices  EdinburghScotlandProposal to extend building
Item 21 of 22After 1984National Library of Scotland, Causewayside Building  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 22 of 221993Housing, Drimvargie TerraceOban ArgyllScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 2 of 2Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p46-7 Edinburgh University Library

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)


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