Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Roland Wedgwood Associates |
|Designation: ||Architectural practice |
|Started: ||1965 |
|Ended: ||1980 or 1993 |
|Bio Notes: ||The practice was established by Roland Wedgwood as Roland Wedgwood Associates in 1963 intially operating from Wedgwood's house. It moved to Well Court Hall in 1965. |
In the early 1960s the building company Boland had acquired the walled garden at Ravelston. Roland Wedgwood was granted permission to build a house for himself in the lower walled garden there. A commission for a group of houses grew out of this. The initial scheme was designed by Ross Porter with some input from Wedgwood. However this was rejected by Boland. The scheme was resurrected a year later when Quinn redesigned it in a simplified form as the earlier scheme had been ruled out because of costs. In due course a series of houses were constructed on the side of the road in from the west entrance.
The practice moved to Well Court Hall in 1965. In the late 1960s Norman Dunhill from the EUHRU created the Southfield Housing Association which was designed to be the ‘mother’ housing association from which others would spring and was linked to the University. This was specifically set up to finance a scheme of co-ownership housing at Southfield, Barnton. Dunhill successfully raised the money for this scheme. Dermot Quinn had a large share in the responsibility for the design. The Weir Corporation was one of the funding partners their share being subsequently sold off to the Link Housing Association. Dunhill was later poached by the Housing Corporation agency and became its head but later fell out with the Government over money matters and subsequently became the head of Viewpoint Housing Association.
The Southfield scheme was a large truly integrated co-operative scheme. There was one boiler-house providing all the heating. The houses were arranged around the perimeter of the site with private gardens leading to common gardens within the central space.
About the same time as the Barnton housing, the practice designed a private house in Auchterarder for the parents of Dorothy Ryle, Sir Robert Matthew’s secretary.
In the mid-1960s a project was considered for flatted dwellings on a site owned by Claude Ripley in Ravelston Terrace adjacent to Dean Cemetery. This project was however abandoned and Scottish Agricultural Industries acquired the lower part of the site to build their head office and a separate computer building.
In 1967 the computer office was built with Ross Porter being the main designer. In 1968 SAI put the head office on hold and with very little work coming in, the consequence was that both Dermott Quinn and Ross Porter left. Porter went to work in London and Quinn to join the Scottish Office.
In 1969 SAI gave the go-ahead for the head office building and Alastair Scott who was with RMJM was brought in to act as job architect. Around this time Scott was the sole architect with Roland Wedgwood and remained so until 1970 when Fred Walker joined. Among other jobs at the practice Walker was responsible for the design of a housing project in High Green, Edinburgh which won a Royal Scottish Academy award. However the project was not taken forward.
During the early 1970s the practice picked up and jobs became more plentiful. Many domestic alterations and extensions were carried out. As more work came in the staff increased and in 1974 Jim Abbot joined together with more short term employees.
In 1974 the firm of Fergus McIlveen architects in Belfast passed to Roland Wedgwood Associates a project for a government centre in East Belfast. Scott carried out the initial design work which was in turn passed to Fergus Lenaghan as job architect when he joined the practice in 1975. This project was illustrated in ‘Domus’ issue 553.
During this period, initial design work was carried out for a sheltered housing project for Viewpoint Housing Association at St Albans Road, Edinburgh. When Walker and Scott left to form their own practice, the project was passed on to them with the approval of both Wedgwood and Viewpoint.
Bob Anderson joined the practice in 1976. He worked on the Lynedoch House sheltered housing project in which Claude Ripley and Norman Dunhill were involved in developing and funding. Lynedoch House was the first metric brick building passed by the city planners in Edinburgh new Town. The building won the RIBA Bronze Award for Scotland in 1970 and a Saltire Award in 1980.
Shortly after the completion of the Lynedoch House project, Roland Wedgwood Associates became Roland Wedgwood & Partners with Fergus Lenaghan and Bob Anderson becoming partners. At the end of 1983 the partnership was dissolved and Anderson and Lenaghan both left and set up their respective practices. The name reverted to its previous form.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Well Court Hall, Dean Village, Edinburgh||Business||1965|| || |
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
* earliest date known from documented sources.
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1965||110 houses and flats at Southfield||Barnton|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1965||9 Clarendon Crescent|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Conversion of house into 4 flats|
|1965||Flats, Orchard Brae Avenue|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Scheme of housing and offices - not executed.|
|1965||Housing Craigmount Avenue North|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1966||Housing, Ravelston House Road|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|30 September 1966||2 Multi-storey Blocks of Flats, Ravelston Terrace|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1967||69-85 Ravelston Dykes Road|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1967||Scottish Agricultural Industries, computer building|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1968||Scottish Agricultural Industries Head Office|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1970s(?)||St Raphael's Care Home||Grange|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Unclear whether under this practice or Roland Wedgwood & Partners|
|1970||Housing, High Green|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|c. 1970||Office for Croythorn Development Corporation|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Facade design only|
|1972||Rossleigh's car showroom|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|Before 1973||Dean Skinnery||Dean Village|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Development proposal|
|1974||East Belfast GovernmentTraining Centre|| || ||Belfast||Northern Ireland||In conjunction with Belfast architects Ferguson & McIlveen|
|1974||Sheltered housing for Viewpoint Housing Association|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Began project|
|1977||Lynedoch House sheltered housing|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1977||Peaton House||Coulport|| ||Argyll and Bute||Scotland||Removal of Victorian Bay. Internal reorganisation. Restoration.|
|1977||Sylvan Cottage||Gullane|| ||East Lothian||Scotland|| |
|1978||Blair Adam|| || ||Kinross-shire||Scotland||Eradication of dry rot and formulation of long-term conservation plan.|
|1979||Rosemount Buildings (workmen's houses)|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Repairs and strengthening|
|1980||Cromlix House||Dunblane|| ||Perthshire||Scotland||Conversion of house to hotel|
|1986||Kilravock Lodge||Grange|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Multi-phased project which included: 5-storey sheltered housing (32 flats, 2 guest rooms and common room); 2-storey retirement flats (28 units and common room), 2 lodges; quiet room for retired nursing nuns; 8 nursing rooms and 2 common rooms|
|1988||Canal side restaurant, Forth & Clyde Canal||Kirkintilloch|| ||Dunbartonshire||Scotland||Won competition|
|1988||Saltire Court|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Competition entry|
|1990||Waverley Challenge || || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Finalists in competition|
|1992||Care home, Ettrick Road|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Extensions - Viewpoint commissioned the Wedgwood practice to do this work but the job was passed to Alastair Scott who was freelance. |
|1993||Flat, Randolph Cliff|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Alterations and extensions including roof-top viewing platform|
|1993||Kilravock Lodge||Grange|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Extensions|
|1993||Swimming pool for the elderly||Grange|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Viewpoint commissioned the Wedgwood practice to do this work but the job was passed to Alastair Scott who was freelance. |
|The following books contain references to this architectural practice:|
|Allen, Nic (ed.)|| ||Scottish Architects in Conservation|| || || |
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p139|
|Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A||1996||A History of Scottish Architecture|| || ||p35|
|Willis, Peter||1977||New architecture in Scotland|| || ||p62-3 Scottish Agricultural Industries, computer building|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIAS Quarterly||2011||Winter||Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)||p97 Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of Alastair Scott||Information given to Dictionary|| ||August 2015|