Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leslie William Rushbrook
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 December 1912
Died: March 2009
Bio Notes: Leslie William Rushbrook was born on 29 December 1912 and studied at the LCC Day School of Building in Brixton from 1927 to 1930. In the latter year he entered the office of George Coles of 40 Craven Street, London as junior assistant, continuing to study in the evenings at the same school as well as at the Northern Polytechnic School of Architecture until 1936. He spent nine months of 1935 working with William Riddell Glen to obtain more experience in cinema design, but thereafter returned to Coles's office, where he was latterly senior assistant.

In 1937 Rushbrook, in collaboration with Arthur Henry Roberts of Sevenoaks, won third prize for the Weymouth Band Stand competition. Early that same year Andrew Mather, whose practice was based at Leicester Square Chambers, invited Rushbrook to open a Glasgow branch office of his firm 'to supervise the design and erection of a number of cinemas in Scotland, & to build up a Scottish branch to his practice'. Rushbrook accepted the offer, and commenced the 250,000 building programme with a staff of three assistants. Mather died in the autumn of 1938 when the work was only half complete, and the remaining work was delayed because of 'the International situation'. Rushbrook cleared the work in hand by early 1939 and subsequently worked briefly as senior assistant to Launcelot Hugh Ross, focussing mainly on 'Drill Halls, A. R. P. & domestic work'. Shortly after the outbreak of war, Rushbrook volunteered for the RAFVR as a wireless operator. He was discharged due to a deterioration in health in March 1942, transferring to the War Department as a Garrison Engineers with the Royal Engineers works services.

He was admitted LRIBA on 14 November 1944, his proposers being Launcelot Hugh Ross, James Taylor and George Coles. At that time he was still working in the War Department whilst studying for the Town Planning Institute exam. In 1950 he was living in Cambuslang.

In December 1949 he was the Housing Architect, Hamilton Burgh Councilwhen he was given the additional post of Depute Town Planning Officer under George Allison.

Rushbrook terminated his RIBA membership in January 1981, at which time he was living at 49 Nunholm Road, Dumfries. He died in March 2009.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessEarly 1937After 1939 
Item 2 of 468, Berwick Drive, Burnside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1944 *  
Item 3 of 49, Brownside Road, Kirkhill, Cambuslang, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 4 of 449, Nunholm Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1979 *After 1981 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 5George Coles1930Before 1937Junior AssistantWith the exception of c.9 months in 1935
Item 2 of 5George ColesAfter 1930Early 1937Senior AssistantWith the exception of c.9 months in 1935
Item 3 of 5William Riddell Glen19351935Assistantfor 9 months
Item 4 of 5Andrew MatherEarly 19371938Architectin charge of Glasgow office for this London firm
Item 5 of 5Launcelot Hugh Ross1939Late 1939Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Coles14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Launcelot Hugh Ross14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Taylor14 November 1944for Licentiateship

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 11967Redevelopment, Market StreetDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Motherwell Times16 December 1949   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership For death date
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5684 (combined box 94)