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BMJ celebrate centenary

October 28 2011

BMJ celebrate centenary
BMJ Architects are this year celebrating their centenary year with a look back at some of the key projects which have seen the practice expand from cinema design specialists to encompass health, science and education experience.

Founded in Glasgow in 1911 by George Arthur Boswell, the firm gained its reputation through pioneering work on an extension to the city’s Templeton Carpet Factory a project which showcased the firm’s commitment to stark, modernist design.

That commitment entered full bloom in the post war years when, with the addition of Ninian Johnston & peter Mitchell, the practice was renamed as Boswell, Mitchell & Johnston.

This period saw the firm heavily involved in the industrial scale housing projects which came to define the era, notably Woodside and Pollokshaws which were then the highest pre-fabricated buildings in Europe at the time of their construction.

Thereafter the firm became better known in the healthcare sector following completion of Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary in 1975.

That experience led to a succession of commissions throughout the 1980s and 90s, a run which continues to this day with an expansion of Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s A&E unit and ongoing work to create a new Southern General.

BMJ are also presently engaged in the construction of the Scottish Crime Campus and in design work for Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

BMJ director Graham Stuart commented: “We are tremendously honoured to have reached our centenary year and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of the last 100 years.”

Earlier in the year the practice introduced a new brand identity and website to mark their centenary.
Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow
Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow
These Pollokshaws high rises haven't stood the test of time
These Pollokshaws high rises haven't stood the test of time

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