Basic Site Details

Name: Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
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Notes: Structural Engineers Ove Arup & Partners, QS W J R Christie & Partners, main contractor Crudnes (Musselburgh) Ltd

Cost 11,750,000

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Hospital  

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 111955 Contract offeredRobert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners appointed as architects.
Item 2 of 111961 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun 
Item 3 of 1112 May 1961 Scheme acceptedGovernment has approved ₤20m hospital building programme involving replacement of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Dundee Royal Infirmary and replacement of Western Infirmary, Glasgow to provide an additional 110 beds p927
Item 4 of 1119641974Build/constructionBuilder (28/08/64, p454) notes that site work has begun
Item 5 of 1128 August 1964 * Contract offered100,000 contract awarded to James Thow Ltd, the largest glazing contract ever placed in Scotland
Item 6 of 114 September 1964 * Contract offered500,000 contract awarded to Alexander Macdougall & Co (Engineers) Ltd, for sanitary engineering section
Item 7 of 111970s Alterations and additionsStaff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 8 of 111974 Completion 
Item 9 of 111974 Won award or awardsReceived a Concrete Society Award
Item 10 of 11January 1975 OpenedBy HM the Queen Mother
Item 11 of 1119951999AdditionExtension of concourse block

* earliest date known from documented sources.


People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 29A Pilcher A(?)1974Project architect
Item 2 of 29Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectA(?)1974Partner-in-charge
Item 3 of 29Ove Arup & PartnersEngineerA19551974 
Item 4 of 29Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19551974 
Item 5 of 29Thomas ('Tom') RidleyEngineerA19551974led the Arup team
Item 6 of 29Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19561961Begun prior to partnership, continued under subsequent practice title
Item 7 of 29Harold Alan WightmanArchitectA19581974Architect in charge
Item 8 of 29Michael John Boucicault de Suffield CalthropArchitectA1958 Worked as reseacher for Sir Robert Matthew on Ninewells project.
Item 9 of 29Stewart Charles ClarkArchitectA19591974As site architect for RMJM
Item 10 of 29Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19611974 
Item 11 of 29Graham DicksonArchitect, Town PlannerA1964 working under Harold Alan Wightman at RMJM
Item 12 of 29Crudens LtdBuilder 28 August 1964 * Work has begun on 10.5m, 700-bed teaching hospital and medical school
Item 13 of 29James Thow Ltd  28 August 1964 * Awarded contract for 1/4m sq. ft. of glass, and over 4,000 mirrors
Item 14 of 29Alexander Macdougall & Co (Engineers) LtdEngineer 4 September 1964 * Plumbing contract for sanitary engineering section
Item 15 of 29John Deacon RichardsArchitectA1964 or 1965 Initally in charge of design work, but not available to help enough, so it is unclear how significant his contribution was
Item 16 of 29Kenneth Edward GrahamArchitectA1964 or 1965 Initally in charge of working drawings, but not available to help enough, so it is unclear how significant his contribution was
Item 17 of 29Robert Watt Young DobieArchitectA1966 As assistant worked on Concourse Block
Item 18 of 29Ingolfur HelgasonArchitectAAfter 1969Before 1972As assistant for RMJM, working on the research laboratories
Item 19 of 29James Richard LatimerArchitectAMid 1960s1971(?)working under Harold Wightman at RMJM
Item 20 of 29Archibald James Campbell ClarkArchitectB1970s Worked on Pharmacy building under Vernon Lee.
Item 21 of 29Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)Architectural practiceB1970s Pharmacy
Item 22 of 29Vernon Harry LeeArchitectB1970s Partner in charge of Pharmacy building
Item 23 of 29(Sir) Harry Anthony Wheeler (or simply Sir Anthony Wheeler)ArchitectG1970s Staff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 24 of 29Andrew Glen WeirArchitectG1970s Staff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 25 of 29Donald McInnesArchitectG1970s Staff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 26 of 29Frank SprosonArchitectG1970s(?) Staff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 27 of 29Wheeler & SprosonArchitectural practiceG1970s(?) Staff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 28 of 29Richard Mercer BlaikieArchitect After 1975 Cancer wards and Surgical Skills Unit
Item 29 of 29Keppie Architects (later Keppie Design)Architectural practiceH19951999Extension of concourse block

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Eastern Regional Hospital Board 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep187
Item 2 of 9Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 3 of 9Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp28
Item 4 of 9Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingpp259-61,299-302
Item 5 of 9RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp55
Aerial view from west (1989) p65
Item 6 of 9RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 9RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 8 of 9RMJM  RMJM Practice Brochure   
Item 9 of 9Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p92-5

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Architects Journal16 August 1982   
Item 2 of 5Builder12 May 1961  p927
Item 3 of 5Builder28 August 1964  p454
Item 4 of 5RIAS Quarterly2010SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.110: obituary of Mercer Blaikie
Item 5 of 5Scotsman25 February 2012  p47: obituary of Tom Ridley

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Courtesy of Frank SprosonCorrespondence with Yvonne Hillyard, 2011  
Item 2 of 6Courtesy of Graham DicksonInterview of Graham Dickson by Kirsten McKee  
Item 3 of 6Courtesy of Ingolfur HelgasonInterview of Ingolfur Helgason by Jessica Taylor, 20 January 2009  
Item 4 of 6Courtesy of James LatimerInterview of James Latimer by Jessica Taylor, 5 March 2009  
Item 5 of 6Courtesy of Robert W Y DobieInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on Dictionary website Sent February 2010
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no6286 (Combined Box 130)