Basic Site Details

Name: Royal Victoria Infirmary
City or county: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Country: England
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Notes: Structural engineers Ove Arup, Service engineers R W Gregory & Partners in succession to Steensen, Varming Mulcahy & Partners, Main contractors Stanley Miller (Dental Hospital and lecture theatres); John Laing Construction Ltd (Medical School)

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Royal Victoria Infirmary, dental school and hospital  
Item 2 of 3Royal Victoria Infirmary, Medical School and Hospital  
Item 3 of 3University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, dental and medical schools and hospital  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2University  
Item 2 of 2Faculty building  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 101960 ProposedDecision to combine dental and medical schools
Item 2 of 101970 Plans approvedDevelopment plan approved
Item 3 of 10April 1971 Plans prepared, construction not yet begunDesign work begun
Item 4 of 10April 1974 Build/constructionWork on site begun
Item 5 of 101978 CompletionDental School and Hospital; 6 lecture theatres to be chared with medical School
Item 6 of 101982 CompletionBoilerhouse extension and 79m chimney
Item 7 of 101984 CompletionMedical school with clinical laboratories and animal house
Item 8 of 106 November 1984 OpenedOpened by The Queen Mother
Item 9 of 10Early 1980s1984Build/construction 
Item 10 of 101990s CompletionHospital block with 510 general maternity and psychiatric in-patient and diagnostic imaging department. The building houses four University departments with teaching space.


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 4Graham DicksonArchitect, Town PlannerA1970s1984working under Vernon Harry Lee at RMJM
Item 2 of 4Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceAEarly 1970s1984 
Item 3 of 4Robert Watt Young DobieArchitectAEarly 1970s1984 
Item 4 of 4Vernon Harry LeeArchitectAEarly 1970s1984As partner in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Graham DicksonInterview of Graham Dickson by Kirsten McKee Interviewed by Kirsten McKee, 20 November 2008: detailed description of project
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Mr LeeInterview with Vernon Lee, 3 February 2010 Additional information sent October 2010
Item 3 of 3Courtesy of Robert W Y DobieInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on Dictionary website Sent March 2010