Basic Biographical Details

Name: George L Walls & Partners
Designation: Architectural practice
Bio Notes: George L Walls & Partners was formed sometime after the mid-1950s and before 1964.

George Learmonth Harkess Walls was articled to Robert Lorimer from 1919 to 1925. He worked as assistant to Barbour & Bowie and with various other practices. He formed a partnership with Stewart Kaye in Edinburgh from 1936. The practice virtually closed during the Second World War when Kaye became assistant Director of Emergency Works in Scotland, but re-opened after the war. By that date Kaye was in indifferent health and apparently conscious of being out of fashion. Walls practised on his own from 1945 and by at least 1951, if not earlier, Kaye was in partnership with his son.

About 1952 George Walls went into independent practice initially with an as yet unidentified George Park Duncan and later took William Cruickshank Ritchie, Ronald James Davidson and Andrew Landles into partnership. They had all been admitted ARIBA in the mid-1950s. Before 1970 Walls had retired and the practice was being run by the three other partners as George L H Walls & Partners. By 1979 the only Davidson and Landles remained as partners, Ritchie presumably having died.

The practice was architect to the Edinburgh Savings Bank and in 1975 had designed ten branches

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 214, Great King Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1964After 1970 
Item 2 of 252, Albany Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1981 *  

* 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 4Ian Gordon Cook19631968Architect(?) 
Item 2 of 4Ronald James DavidsonBefore 1970After 1975Partner 
Item 3 of 4William Cruickshank RitchieBefore 1970After 1975Partner 
Item 4 of 4Andrew LandlesBefore 1970After 1975Partner 

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 43Late 1950sPrimary School, Gracemount  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 431950s or 1960s100 housesBonnyrigg and Lasswade MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 431950s or 1960s160 housesKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 4 of 431950s or 1960s236 houses for West Lothian County Council  West LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 431950s or 1960s280 houses for the Local AuthorityBo'ness (Borrowstouness) West LothianScotland 
Item 6 of 431950s or 1960s508 houses, West Pilton  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 431950s or 1960s664 houses, Hyvot's BankGilmerton EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 431950s or 1960sBakery for British Bakeries Ltd  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 431950s or 1960sBritish Oxygen Company Ltd Factory  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 431950s or 1960s(?)Cowgate Nursery School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Broxburn BranchBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 12 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Gorgie BranchGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Haymarket BranchHaymarket EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Leith BranchLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Livingston BranchLivingston West LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Morningside Branch  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 431950s or 1960sEdinburgh Savings Bank, Sighthill BranchSighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 431950s or 1960sElectricity Board showroomKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 19 of 431950s or 1960sFactory for Butterworths Ltd  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 431950s or 1960sPrivate housing developmentCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 431950s or 1960sPrivate housing developmentGattonside, Melrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 22 of 431960sHeriot-Watt University, departments of pharmacy, biochemistry, nuclear physics and civil engineering  Edinburgh  
Item 23 of 431960sHeriot-Watt University, Students' Union  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 431960s(?)Hyvot's Bank Primary SchoolGilmerton EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 431960sTwo halls of residence for Heriot-Watt University students  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 431964Morningside Free Church  EdinburghScotlandConversion to theatre
Item 27 of 431969The Mountbatten Building  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 43Early 1960sHoly Cross Primary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 431960s or 1970s1100 houses for the Local AuthorityLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 30 of 43Before 1970Broughton Secondary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 31 of 431974House, 73-75 George Street  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment
Item 32 of 43Before 1975Central redevelopmentLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 33 of 43Before 1975Factory for J S Crawford (builders)Eyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 34 of 43Before 1975Factory for J S Crawford (builders)Kelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 35 of 43Before 1975Factory for J S Crawford (builders)Selkirk SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 36 of 43Before 1975Halifax Building SocietyStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 37 of 43Before 1975Halifax Building Society branch  EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 43Before 1975Halifax Building Society branchKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 39 of 43Before 1975HousesPilton EdinburghScotland 
Item 40 of 43Before 1975Houses for J S CrawfordMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 41 of 43Before 1975Houses for J S CrawfordGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 42 of 43Before 1975Huddersfield Building Society office  DundeeScotland 
Item 43 of 43Before 1975Huddersfield Building Society officeDunfermline FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder30 October 1964  p950