Andrew Doolan, Architect, Scottish Buildings, Photos, Design, Projects, Office
Andrew Doolan Architects
Contemporary Architecture Practice, Edinburgh, Scotland – Kantel
Andrew Doolan – Key Projects
Andrew Doolan, Architect
b. 17 Jul 1951, Glasgow d. 27 Apr 2004, Edinburgh
Key Andrew Doolan building : Point Hotel, Edinburgh
image © Adrian Welch
Famous Andrew Doolan House – award-winning property
Andrew Doolan Architect – Background
Andrew Doolan, grew up in Kirkintilloch; after a spell in the fire service he became an apprentice architect.
Andrew Doolan (popularily known simply as Andy) died on 27th April 2004 of respiratory failure leaving long-term partner Marion Caldwell [an advocate at the Scottish Bar], Pauline Shirlaw, his family and staff at the Point Hotel. Andrew was a famous Scottish architect, property developer and hotelier, a self-made millionaire. Doolan not only designed and ran his own hotels, but also sponsored the UK’s largest architecture prize, since renamed Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture.
The EAA Silver Medal 2003 was won by Andrew Doolan Architects for the design of 31B Dick Place, announced on 30 May 2004, a few days after his untimely death. The first Silver Medal awarded in 1984, was won by Andrew Doolan / Kantel for St Anne’s Brewery Conversion to Flats, Calton Road, Edinburgh: Andrew Doolan building
Andrew Doolan + Kantel
Doolan carried out work on around 50 buildings. Born in Glasgow, the son of a miner, Mr Doolan left school with one A-level, in engineering drawing. He joined the fire service in Stirling then got a job as an apprentice architect and attended night school to gain qualifications which allowed him to attend Leeds School of Architecture.
Andrew Doolan attended Leeds School of Architecture. After his studies he formed Kantel, a property development company with a strong architectural slant. Doolan began a series of regeneration projects in Edinburgh’s Southside (Andrew purchased and restored twelve down-at-heel properties) and Merchant City Glasgow. Kantel’s conversion of the former Blair Brewery, Calton Road won the EAA Bronze Medal in 1984.
Doolan successfully refurbished a disused bank building on the Royal Mile into the nine-bedroom Bank Hotel, working with the late Rob Hunter and Malcolm Fraser, Architect. The refurbishment was subtle – it hardly stands out now compared to his two later Hotels west of the Old Town – but welcome in the down-at-heel Old Town and beside the pastiche of the Scandic Crown Hotel. Andrew Doolan sold this Hotel to assist purchase and development of The Point Hotel.
Doolan went on to convert the [former] Old St Cuthbert’s Co-operative Association Ltd. Showroom building (by TP Marnick & Son, 1937, Bread Street, into the Point Hotel. This hotel came to be Andrew Doolan’s power base and also his best known project, popular with architects and handy for business people due to its proximity to the Financial zone of the Exchange and EICC.
The Point proved to be successful so Doolan purchased the next block.
Another fifty rooms were added. The Hotel expanded west again in a glass curtain wall elevation from 1937, LazerQuest, which now fronts 50 further bedrooms and the Point Conference Centre.
Andrew also developed the Travel Inn in Morrison Street, a joint venture with Whitbread.
Andrew Doolan sponsored the RIAS Best Building in Scotland Award with a £25,000 prize.
Doolan planned to build another hotel in Edinburgh made from glass.
Andrew Doolan is survived by his mother, his sisters and his fiancée and long-term partner, Marion Caldwell. Doolan was a Fellow of the RIAS.
Location:Bread Street, Edinburgh, Scotland ‘