Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Mrs) Eimear M Kelt
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 November 1956
Died: 13 December 2007
Bio Notes: Eimear Kelt was born on 12 November 1956, the daughter and one of the five children of James ('Jimmy') Hall, head of architecture for Strathclyde Regional Council, and his wife Miriam. She studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde. She worked briefly in the office of Gillespie Kidd & Coia in 1982. This was followed by posts with Strathclyde Regional Council, Glasgow City Council and with the practice of Cobban & Lironi.

In 1992 she returned to Glasgow City Council as Design Team Leader. Under her guidance a programme of new sports facilities across Glasgow were designed and built. The designs were all informed by Eimear's concern for socially and environmentally responsible architecture. She was also an advocate of conservation and was in charge of the restoration of some of Glasgow's finest historic buildings including the Winter Gardens at Glasgow Green after a serious fire, the Palace of Arts, the only surviving structure left in Bellahouston Park from the 1938 Empire exhibition, the City Halls and the Fruitmarket. She was also responsible for various new library porjects in Glasgow including the Museums Resource Centre at Nitshill. She was also civic client for various major projects including the Bridge at Easterhouse designed by Gareth Hoskins.

Eimear was married three times, first to Jim Watters by whom she had a son, second to Malcolm Kelt by whom she had a daughter and in the last month of her life she married fellow architect Kerr Robertson with whom she shared a love of travel and visiting buildings abroad.

Outwith her work Kelt enjoyed various different sports and regularly attended dance and aerobics classes. Despite a serious car accident in 1991 in which she sustained multiple injuries she took up skiing and tried para-skiing.

She died at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow on 13 December 2007, survived by her mother, her siblings, her children and her husband.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 220, Lanark Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 2007 
Item 2 of 226, Kirk Road, Carmunnock, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1998  

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 5Strathclyde Regional Council Department of Architecture and Related Services19801981Architect 
Item 2 of 5Gillespie Kidd & Coiac. 1982 Architect 
Item 3 of 5Glasgow District Council, Department of Architecture and Related Services (or Department of Civic Architecture & Design)c. 19821988Architect 
Item 4 of 5Cobban & Lironi19881980Architect 
Item 5 of 5Glasgow City Architects Department1991 or 19921997Principal 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 91990sDonald Dewar Leisure CentreDrumchapel GlasgowScotlandAs leader of Civic Design, City of Glasgow
Item 2 of 91990sPalace of Arts, Bellahouston ParkBellahouston Park GlasgowScotlandAs leader of Civic Design - reconstruction as Centre of Sporting Excellence
Item 3 of 91990sSpringburn Leisure CentreSpringburn GlasgowScotlandAs Leader of Civic Deisgn
Item 4 of 91990sTollcross Leisure CentreTollcross GlasgowScotlandAs leader of Civic Design
Item 5 of 91990sWinter Gardens  GlasgowScotlandRestoration - as Leader of Civic Design, Glasgow City Council
Item 6 of 91995Scotstoun Leisure CentreScotstoun GlasgowScotlandAs leader of Civic Deisgn
Item 7 of 92000sCity Halls and BazaarCandleriggs GlasgowScotlandOversaw restoration
Item 8 of 92000sMuseums Resource CentreNitshill GlasgowScotlandAs leader of Civic Design, Glasgow City
Item 9 of 92006Maryhill Public Baths and WashhousesMaryhill GlasgowScotlandConversion to leisure centre - as Design Team Leader of Glasgow City Counicl's Architectural Department


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Herald, The18 December 2007  Obituary by Neil Baxter

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership