Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architectural partnership, of Birmingham, England, formed in 1898 between William Henman (1846-1917) and Thomas Cooper (b.1847), for whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 433, 891-2. Henman was a specialist in hospital construction and design.(2) In Ireland Henman & Cooper designed the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, begun in 1901.(3) There was some criticism of the 'Plenum' ventilation system which was used and the lack of windows in the wards.(4)

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(1) Directory of British Architects 1834-1900, 203-4,434.
(2) Obituary of Henman in RIBAJ 24 (1916-17), 223-4.
(3) IB 41, 15 Oct,1 Dec 1899, 156,199; 42, 15 Jan,1 Feb,15 Aug 1900, 247,261(illus.),451; 43, 8,23 May 1901, 723,737(illus.)741; 43, 7 Nov 1902, 92845, 23 Apr 1903, 1726; B 85, 1 Aug 1903, ?; design exh. RA 1901, no. 1595; William Henman, 'Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast: its initiation, design & equipment', RIBAJ 11 (1903-4), 89; Brett, 71; Larmour, 67 (no. 151, illus.).
(4) See, for example, Building News 86, 17 Jun 1904, 867; 87, 1,8,15 Jul 1904, 4-5,42-43,92.  Letters on this topic from Henman and George Henry Bibby to RIBA are in Victoria & Albert Museum, RIBA Archive, LC/39/2/22, 40/2/19, 41/3 and LC/(card index), see British Architectural Library Catalogue, http://riba.sirsidynix.net.uk/ (last visited Jun 2009).


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GROSVENOR ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL
Date: 1900-1903
Nature: New hospital for 300 patients. Tenders sought Aug 1900. Foundations laid 1901. Officially opened 27 Jul 1903 by Edward VII & Queen Alexandra. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey. Clerk of Works: G.S. Flower. Plenum Ventilation system subject of libel dispute with George Henry Bibby.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/35; IB 41, 15 Oct,1 Dec 1899, 156,199; 42, 15 Jan,1 Feb,15 Aug 1900, 247,261(illus.),451; 43, 8,23 May,7 Nov 1901, 723,737(illus.)741,928; 45, 23 Apr,30 Jul,13 Aug 1903, 1726, ?, ?; Building News 80, 31 May 1901, 729(plan & illus.); 85, 31 Jul 1903, 136; 86, 17 Jun 1904, 867; 87, 1,8,15 Jul 1904, 4-5,42-43,92; B 85, 1,8 Aug 1903, 141(illus.),166; design exh. RA 1901, no. 1595; William Henman, 'Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast: its initiation, design & equipment', RIBAJ 11 (1903-4), 89; William Henman, 'Notes on the Plenum system of Ventilation', RIBAJ 11, (1903-4), 427,487; letters from Henman and George Henry Bibby re libel dispute over Bibby's criticism of Plenum ventilation system in British Architectural Library manuscripts collection, RIBA/LC/39/2/22, 40/2/19, 41/3 and RIBA/LC (Card Index); Brett, 71; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 67 (no. 151, illus.); Richard Clarke, The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast: a history, 1797-1997 (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1997), 67-83(illus.)

Author Title Date Details
Henman, William 'Notes on the Plenum system of ventialition' {Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast] 1904 RIBAJ 11 (1903-4), 427,487.
Henman, William 'Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast: its initiation, design & equipment' 1904 RIBAJ 11 (1903-4), 89.