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HLM co-founder Hutchison dies

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David Hutchison, one of the founders of Hutchison Locke and Monk (HLM) has died aged 78.

The architect started the firm in 1963 with Tony Monk and Graham Locke after winning a competition to design Paisley Civic Centre.

During his time at the company, it completed a number of projects in Scotland, including the redevelopment of St Mirren Football Club, and a mix of residential and commercial schemes.

Christopher Liddle, chairman of HLM: ‘As we move beyond our 50th year in practice, we reflect how his leadership, energy and enthusiasm inspired two generations of architects and designers developing their careers with Hutchison Locke and Monk/HLM, continuing to contribute to the future of the wider profession.’

Hutchison was educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushy Park before graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 1960.

He started his career at Powell and Moya, working on their Pimlico Library and hospital projects at Wexham Park in Slough (1965) and Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon. He became a registered architect in 1962.

After founding HLM, the firm opened an office in Paisley, overseeing the decade long civic centre project which included Renfrew and Bute Police Headquarters and Magistrates Court, the Renfrewshire County Offices and Committee Rooms and Paisley Municipal Buildings.

Paisley Council, civic centre

The competition-winning Paisley Civic Centre

The firm built up expertise in healthcare, partly based on contacts made by Hutchison at Powell and Moya.

He left HLM in 1991 to set up his own business DHA, which was based in Bath.

During his life, he served as an RIBA councillor, was made a Freeman of the City of London (and a Liveryman in 1990), a member of the Worshipful Company of Constructors (becoming a master in 2000) and was awarded the MBE for services to architecture and the community in 1976.

He married his first wife Helen soon after graduating from the Bartlett, where she had also studied. They had four children Gilly, Mike, Kris and Peter.

He was divorced, marrying for a second time in the 1980s but divorced again.  He is survived by his two former wives, his four children, twelve grandchildren and the recent addition of a great grandson.

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