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North West architect George Hall dies aged 90

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Respected Liverpudlian architect George Hall, best known for a series of Brutalist buildings across the city, has died aged 90

Born in 1926, Hall studied architecture at Liverpool University, where he qualified in 1952. He went on to co-found Hall, O’Donahue & Wilson Architects in 1959.

At the practice, he worked on a number of significant North West buildings including a modern extension to the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre in 1968. It was originally designed by Edward Davies and opened in 1866.

Other key projects in Liverpool included Canning Place Fire Station (1970) and the ‘remarkable’ brickwork and concrete Storrington Avenue Fire Training Centre designed by Hall, O’Donahue & Wilson with city architect Ronald Bradbury (see AJ 27.12.67).

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AJ 27.12.67, with building study of Storrington Avenue Fire Training Centre

Outside his home city, Hall worked on a number of projects in the Middle East, such as the Sultan’s Polo Club in Brunei.

He became an associate of the RIBA in 1954 and a fellow in 1968; he also served as president at the Liverpool Architectural Society – the Merseyside branch of the RIBA – from 1986 to 1987.

Hall is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and sons Adam and Oliver.

Adam Hall, now managing director at Falconer Chester Hall Architects, said of his father: ’He was a genuinely respected character within Liverpool’s architectural circles and a great inspiration to me both personally and professionally.

’I am proud to have been able to influence the city’s built environment as he did.’

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