Christopher Boddington retired Architect and also a founding Director of Covell Matthews Wheatley Architects writes:
“I am writing to advise that John R G Wheatley, former Director of Covell Matthews Partnership and founding Director of Covell Matthews Wheatley Architects in 1976, passed away on 18th August 2019 just three days short of his 89th birthday.
I know that John was a founding and active member of the Architects’ Company and Past Master in 1990.
For your further information Covell Matthews Wheatley Architects were a large and successful commercial practice in the 1980s, being responsible for a number of significant projects in London and the south east. They had offices in the West End and the City of London, Reading and Cambridge. Their most well known building (designed by John Wheatley) is perhaps the distinctive blue glass office building on the north bank of the river at 10 Lower Thames Street, London, built on the site of the former car park serving Billingsgate Fish Market and originally occupied by the Samuel Montagu Bank. Other major projects included several business parks in the UK, Sony UK’s headquarters at Brooklands, Weybridge and British Aerospace’s headquarters on the edge of the Farnborough Airfield.
In 1987 Covell Matthews Wheatley Architects became one of the first practices to be listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM via an amalgamation with the USA based firm of Tribble Harris Lee. This venture was ultimately unsuccessful and the practice ceased trading in 1993.”