Firm of engineering graduate commisioned to build & design Singapore Raffles Hotel

Our earliest connections to Singapore through our students appear to date back to the 1830s, and one of the most prominent graduates with strong links to Singapore was Archibald Alexander Swan of Maryhill, Glasgow, who graduated BSc in 1877.

His education at what is now the School of Engineering  was to be put in to good practice as he migrated to Singapore after graduation in 1877 and founded a civil engineering company, Swan & Lermit, which became Swan & Maclaren, the first professional architectural company of Singapore in the nineteenth Century.

Singapore Raffles Hotel

Their most famous commission was the Raffles Hotel designed and built by Swan & Maclaren in 1899. The hotels links to the Glasgow manufacturing industry were also visible through the iron railings of the verandas, which were designed by Walter MacFarlane & Co Ltd, one of the most important Scottish manufacturers of ornamental ironwork and street furniture at the time.

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