Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) Frank Mears & Partners
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1953
Bio Notes: On the death of Sir Frank Mears in 1953 his partners H A Rendel-Govan and Robert James Naismith took charge of the practice and the name changed to Sir Frank Mears & Partners. In 1965 Thomas Smith Jamieson and Hugh W H Crawford were assumed into partnership, followed in 1975 by David G H Waugh. In 1985 the practice split to form Hugh Crawford: Sir Frank Mears and David Waugh: Sir Frank Mears.

In 1970 Sir Frank Mears & Partners were planning consultants to Lanarkshire and the towns of Lanark, Thurso, Perth, St Andrews, Inverkeithing, Dalkeith and Hawick. In the RIBA directory it is noted that they were by that date also planning consultants for the counties of Sutherland Moray and Nairn.

In the period up to 1975 the practice were responsible for the design and arranging construction of 2500 houses in a number of burghs (see list below).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 244-46, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1953After 1970 
Item 2 of 2175, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1981 * Branch office

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Robert James NaismithBefore 1953After 1975Partner 
Item 2 of 7Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel 19541954Assistant Architect 
Item 3 of 7Thomas Griffon Smith Jamieson1965After 1970Architect 
Item 4 of 7Horace Arthur Rendel Govanc. 1969After 1975Partner 
Item 5 of 7Hugh William Jack Crawfordc. 1969After 1994Partner 
Item 6 of 7Alastair George Carradine1970s Architect 
Item 7 of 7David George Hamilton Waugh19751985Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 52 Hunterston Nuclear Power StationHunterston AyrshireScotlandControl Tower - with R M Allison engineer
Item 2 of 521945Housing, north end of Pentland Terrace Penicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 521947Housing to E of Pentland TerracePenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 4 of 521950West Princes Street Gardens, Royal Scots Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 521951Second Church of Christ Scientist  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 521952Housing and Coronation Clock Tower, John StreetPenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 7 of 52195370-78 Baker StreetStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 521954Maxton CourtDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 9 of 521954Redevelopment of St Andrew Street (formerly Back Street)Dalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 10 of 5219551, 3, 10 and 21 Broad StreetStirling StirlingshireScotlandCompletion
Item 11 of 521956Tenement, High StreetDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 12 of 521957Houses at Tait Drive and ShottsdownPenicuik  Scotland 
Item 13 of 521959Group of tenements, Hunt's CloseDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 14 of 521960sCornbank EstatePenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 15 of 521960sHousing for East Lothian County CouncilTranent East LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 52c. 1960Clydebank Core Development Area, Radnor ParkClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandIn association with SSHA
Item 17 of 521961Primary SchoolHilton of Cadboll Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 521961White Horse Close  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment
Item 19 of 522 June 1961Redevelopment of Blitz Sites, ClydebankClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandgeneral planners for the scheme per Builder p1072
Item 20 of 522 June 1961SSHA Tower Blocks, KilbowieKilbowie, Clydebank DunbartonshireScotlandgeneral planners for the redevelopment per Builder p1072
Item 21 of 521962Dalkeith Central Area redevelopmentDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 22 of 521963Group of tenements, Hunt's CloseDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 23 of 521963HousingInverkeithing Fife  
Item 24 of 521963Housing for Dalkeith Town CouncilDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 25 of 521963Housing for East Lothian County CouncilOrmiston East LothianScotland 
Item 26 of 521964Dalnottar CrematoriumClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 27 of 521964Whitehorse Close (Bishop Paterson's House)  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 28 of 521965Selkirk Central redevelopmentSelkirk SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 521965St Vincent Street UP Church  GlasgowScotlandRepairs and restoration (including early report on requirements for restoration and preservation)
Item 30 of 521966Glasgow Public Halls  GlasgowScotlandReconstructed. Mitchell library extended and halls restored. Appointed in 1966 to prepare plans for extension, working with librarians.
Item 31 of 5219676 Salisbury Road  EdinburghScotlandNew hall and chapel
Item 32 of 521967Wester Hailes developmentWester Hailes EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 521968Public LibraryInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 34 of 521969Auchindrain Farm TownshipInveraray (near) ArgyllScotlandRestoration.
Item 35 of 521969Caledonia Road UP ChurchHutchesontown GlasgowScotlandRepairs following fire.
Item 36 of 521970sCambuslang Recovery areaCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 37 of 521970sFred Olsen Ltd buildings   Scotland 
Item 38 of 521970sHealth Centres for Lothian Health Board  LothianScotland 
Item 39 of 521970sShipyard for Lewis Offshore   Scotland 
Item 40 of 521970sSt Enoch Redevelopment  GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 521970sSwimming pool  East LothianScotland 
Item 42 of 521970Kilbucho PlacePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandRestoration, conservation and repair.
Item 43 of 521972Robertson's Court  EdinburghScotlandBack side of court restored
Item 44 of 52After 1975Development planThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 45 of 52After 1975Dornoch development planDornoch SutherlandScotland 
Item 46 of 52Before 1975Houses and flats Johnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 47 of 52Before 1975Library and Arts CentreDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 48 of 521978Commercial building, St Enoch Square  Glasgow Conservation and adaptation of cellars for display area.
Item 49 of 521979Ore Terminal, HunterstonHunterston AyrshireScotland 
Item 50 of 521979St Peter's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotlandRestoration and repair.
Item 51 of 521980Old ChurchDalkeith MidlothianScotlandRepairs
Item 52 of 521981Buildings, East High Street and Edinburgh RoadDalkeith MidlothianScotlandRestoration and repairs


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 7Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp9 Image of Baker Street redevelopment
p22 Dalkeith Town Centre Redevelopment
Item 2 of 7Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp381, Gazetteer 2. Baker Street
Item 3 of 7Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 4 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder19 February 1965  p440
Item 2 of 2Official Architecture and PlanningApril 1954  p160-2 Baker Street