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William Whitfield (1920 - 2019)

Sir William Whitfield architect (1920 - 2019). Born in Newcastle and studied architecture at King's College, which later became Newcastle University. Whitfield later designed the Kings Road Centre which opened in 1964 (now called the Hadrian Building) and Newcastle Playhouse which opened in 1970 (now called Northern Stage) at Newcastle University.

Sir William Whitfield (21 October 1920 – 16 March 2019) of Whitfield Lockwood Architects was a British architect.

Early life

Whitfield was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne into a family of coal wholesalers and studied architecture at Newcastle University, where he was admitted at the unusually early age of 16.


Whitfield designed the Glasgow University Library (1968) and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery Extension at the University of Glasgow (1962–81), as well as an extension to the Newcastle University Students' Union building (1964). He also designed a major bush-hammered concrete Brutalist extension (1964–70) for Arthur Beresford Pite and John Belcher's 1890-1893 Institute of Chartered Accountants headquarters, Chartered Accountants' Hall, including a new entrance; as well as the 1987 Department of Health building, Richmond House in Richmond Terrace, Whitehall, London.

Together with his partner Andrew Lockwood, he designed the neo-Palladian mansion Tusmore Park in Oxfordshire for the Saudi Arabian financier Wafic Saïd.

From 1985 to 1990, he was Surveyor of the Fabric of St Paul's Cathedral.

He was awarded CBE in the 1976 Birthday Honours and knighted in the 1993 New Year Honours.

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