Basic Site Details

Name: Industrialised Building Project (IBP) housing project
Town, district or village: Gurgi
City or county: Tripoli (near)
Country: Libya
Grid ref:
Notes: Situated 7 km west of Tripoli. To include 4000 houses

Main contractor Joint venture - Recchi Spa and Hojgaard & Schultz; public utilities Hans Grimmig, OAK

Sociology - Architecture Research Unit, University of Edinburgh; Landscape- Derek Lovejoy & Partners; Climate- Professor C Barrie Wilson and Seif Hassan, University of Edinburgh; Traffic Engineering Professor R White, University of Newcastle

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71971  Initial contract signed between RMJM and National Housing Committee (NHC), covering the initial planning of the scheme, including roads, public utilities and social insititutions (Glendinning, 2008)
Item 2 of 7October 1971  Feasibility report produced recommending a programme of 5,000 dwellings, ten schools, three mosques and 203 shops to be completed in 1973-7, and setting out the industrialised-building procedure
Item 3 of 71972 Build/constructionWork on site begun
Item 4 of 7June 1972  Design Report submitted. It divided the site into four 'environmental area', with potential pedestrial/vehicle separation via a pedestrian spine, and a layout of interlocking courtyards structured by the Libyan stress on family privacy (Glendinning, 2008).
Item 5 of 7June 1973  Revised plans produced after rise in demand for number of flats to 3,000
Item 6 of 71975  Installation of secondary public utilities begun
Item 7 of 71980 CompletionDesign and proparation of tender dicuments for the community buildings, including schools and District Centre


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 15(Professor) Charles Calthorpe RobertsonArchitectA19701972as consultant to RMJM
Item 2 of 15Andrew George DerbyshireArchitectA19711980 
Item 3 of 15Harold Alan WightmanArchitectA19711980 
Item 4 of 15James Richard LatimerArchitectA1971 designed housing
Item 5 of 15John Christopher ('Chris') CarterArchitectA19711980 
Item 6 of 15John Deacon RichardsArchitectA19711980 
Item 7 of 15Kenneth Edward GrahamArchitectA19711980 
Item 8 of 15Kenneth George BufferyArchitectA19711980 
Item 9 of 15Robert Aidan MatthewArchitectA1971  
Item 10 of 15Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA19711975 
Item 11 of 15Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19711980 
Item 12 of 15Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectA19711980 
Item 13 of 15Henry SherbrookeArchitectANovember 1973 Resident project director of RMJM's Tripoli branch office
Item 14 of 15Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel Architect, Town PlannerA1977 Ground works and hard landscape proposals - as associate partner
Item 15 of 15Raymond BrownellArchitectAc. 1974 In charge of the 8-member staff of RMJM's Tripoli office by mid-1974 (Glendinning, 2008)


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1National Housing Committee, Libyan Arab Republic 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp483-7
Item 3 of 5RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979RIBA Directory of Practices 1979   
Item 5 of 5RMJM  RMJM Practice Brochure   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Ian M T SamuelInformation sent to Yvonne Hillyard March 2012  
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of James LatimerInterview of James Latimer by Jessica Taylor, 5 March 2009  
Item 3 of 3Professor Charles Robertson's CVInformation sent from Professor Charles Robertson to Yvonne Hillyard, October 2010