Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Hamilton Sanders
Born: 22 January 1914 or 22 January 1915
Died: December 2014
Bio Notes: William Hamilton Sanders was born on 22 January 1914 (or 1915 - conflict of information to be checked) and studied at Glasgow School of Architecture from September 1933. In June 1937 he joined the practice of James Taylor Thomson & Partner as assistant, and in October the following year he graduated BSc from Glasgow University. He was admitted ARIBA on 6 March 1939, his proposers being Gavin Lennox, William James Smith and Joseph Weekes. Sanders's carrer was interrupted by war service from 1940-1946. He returned to the Thomson practice after his return, and was taken into partnership by Thomson and his existing partner William McCrea in 1952 (FRIBA paper gives 1950) as Thomson, McCrea & Sanders. He continued the practice with McCrea under the same title after Thomson's death in 1953, and alone, still under the same title, after McCrea's death in 1955. He was elected FRIBA on 2 October 1968, proposed by William McCrea, Walter Underwood and Alexander Buchanan Campbell. His area of responsiblity in the practice were the management of contracts for schools, factories, sports grounds, and bonded warehouses, up to the value of 1.5m.

McCrea in his statement in Sanders' Fellowship nomination paper notes thay Sanders had over seen many new projects, some of which were very complex, and some remodelling. He also managed all negotiations with Local Authorities, quantity surveyors, building contractors and the general programming of works.

By 1950 Sanders had been decorated MBE. He would appear to be living at that date in Woodlinn Avenue, Cathcart. He moved to Argyll in the 1980s but returned to Rothesay at some point thereafter.

Sanders was active in matters relating to the profession and served as member of Council and Convenor of the Committee of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

As a person McCrea noted that Sanders had a 'friendly and likeable nature...and a wide circle of friends'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5212, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessJune 1937After 1957 
Item 2 of 5Lady Mary's Mansion, Rothesay, Bute, Bute, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 555, Woodlinn Avenue, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *After 1968 
Item 4 of 522, Newton Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1968 *  
Item 5 of 5Dalnasheen, Port Appin, Argyll, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19841986 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2James Taylor Thomson & McCrea (or Thomson & Partner)June 19391952Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Thomson, McCrea & Sanders1952After 1975Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Alexander Buchanan Campbell2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Gavin Lennox6 March 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 6William McCrea2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6(Professor) William James Smith6 March 1939for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Walter Underwood2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Joseph Weekes6 March 1939for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 241954Montrose Old ChurchMontrose AngusScotlandCarried out alterations planned by earlier form of the practice
Item 2 of 24Before 1955Houses at KippenKippen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 24Before 1955Houses, BowlingBowling DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 24Before 1955Houses, MilngavieMilngavie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 24Before 1955Scottish Control Station of Central Electricity  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 241957Premises of Mavor & Coulson, Swanston StreetDalmarnock GlasgowScotlandCanteen & bath ('J. Taylor Thomson, McCrea & Sanders, 212 Bath St, WC2' per Builder p294)
Item 7 of 241958Lenzie AcademyLenzie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 8 of 241963Glasgow University, Zoology Field Station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 241964Bonded stores, blending, bottling hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 241964Television studios  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 241965Indoor bowling green  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 241965Old people's home  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 241966Garage for McHarg, Rennie & Lindsay  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 241966Geriatric Hospital, Blawarthill  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 241967Hampden Park Football GroundMount Florida GlasgowScotlandWest terracing covering, grass, TV boxes, dressing rooms. Cost 180,000,
Item 16 of 241967 or 1968Celtic Football GroundParkhead GlasgowScotlandEast terracing covering
Item 17 of 241968Glasgow University, television studio  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 241968Holyrood RC SchoolPolmadie GlasgowScotlandExtensions
Item 19 of 241969Children's Home  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 241969McGhee's Bakery  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 241969North Park HouseKelvinside GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 22 of 241969Youth Centre for Church of Scotland  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 241973Lenzie AcademyLenzie DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 24 of 241974Boclair AcademyBearsden Glasgow/DunbartonshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder28 April 1961  'Glasgow Institute of Architects' p829 - appointed as member of council along with J A Kirkwood, N R Johnston, C Fyfe, J A Coia and W H Sanders

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7130 (combined box 175); F no6408 (Combined Box 137)