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20 Nov 2020
Radisson Blu Hotel Sheffield, Heart of the City, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
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Radisson Blu Hotel Sheffield Heart of the City
Proposals to introduce sophisticated hotelier Radisson Blu to a key Sheffield city centre location have been approved by the Local Planning Authority. The project, designed by HLM Architects working with the Council’s Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry, is the latest to be approved as part of Sheffield’s transformational Heart of the City scheme.
24 Aug 2020
HLM named one of six in competition to find homes of the future
24th of August 2020 – HLM Architects is delighted to announce that out of more than 200 entries it has been shortlisted to one of six for the second phase of the hotly contested RIBA Home of 2030 Design competition.
Announced yesterday (23 August 2020) by Housing Minister Christopher Pincher, the Home of 2030 competition has encouraged the best and brightest talents of the housing industry to design environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as our society ages.
The competition aims to attract the best and brightest talents of the housing industry to design the homes of the future. In the first phase of the competition, small businesses, designers and manufacturers were invited to come forward with ideas for new low carbon, age-friendly homes, meeting the highest standards of design whilst tackling the key challenges facing our society.
In developing its submission for the first phase of this competition, HLM Architects created the concept of a universal manufacturing platform that enables flexible, affordable, and sustainable ‘forever’ homes that are able to perpetuate a circular economy. These homes will be able to grow and shrink with their owners needs to create stable communities and a strong sense of place.
This concept was developed with support from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with the ambition to solve the issue of capacity and compatibility of offsite housing construction through development of a design standard that enables any offsite manufactured system to deliver the same high quality, sustainable design, with parts that are interchangeable.
In the second phase of the competition HLM Architects and AMRC will be joined by Mid Group, a contractor that will help develop a platform that provides interchangeability with a varied ecosystem of components and suppliers. Completing the team are Hydrock, who will bring engineering excellence and Greenbuild, HLM Architect’s sustainability consultant partners.
HLM Director and Head of Design, Philip Watson said, ‘Our ambition is to use the power of design and technology to create homes that are flexible, sustainable and affordable. These will be homes that adapt to people’s needs over their lifetime so that they can put down strong roots, thus nurturing supportive communities. At a macro level we are also seeking to create a design platform that enables the entire construction and manufacturing industry to unite to solve our housing crisis.’
The team will now go on to develop their design concepts and present to the Evaluation Panel. Winners will then be introduced to Homes England development framework partners to explore the possibility of developing bids for a series of homes on Homes England land.
The Home of 2030 competition is a cross Government initiative that brings together MHCLG (the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, responsible for housing supply, standards, planning and building safety), BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responsible for innovation and business strategy) and DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care, responsible for health, wellbeing and issues arising from an ageing population).
Each of the departments is seeking a benefit: increased housing supply through greater diversity in the market, improved quality and standards in homes through innovation and technology, and social, environmental and economic benefits arising from better health outcomes. Homes England, the Government’s housing accelerator, are engaged in the initiative and are now leading a subsequent development phase subject to successful development bids by Homes England Delivery Panel and Winner consortia.
26 Sep 2019
HLM Architects continued growth extends into the Dublin market
September 26, 2019: Leading design and architecture company, HLM Architects, has strengthened its offering to its growing portfolio of clients as it extends into the Dublin market.
The Dublin base, located at Fitzwilliam Place, facilitates HLM Architects continued growth and success. The workspace located in central Dublin will enable HLM to access wider opportunities and develop activities across Ireland.
With studios across the UK and internationally, the award-winning firm responds creatively to the unique circumstances of each project. HLM’s studio in Belfast has undertaken several projects across Ireland for over 20 years.
The firm recently marked a milestone with the completion of the urgent care centre for Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, with work progressing on Children’s Health Ireland at Tallaght University Hospital.
HLM delivers thoughtful design, with spaces and places that improve lives central to its offering. The 180 strong team has completed projects across a range of sectors including education, healthcare, residential, hospitality and leisure, defence, workplace and culture.
Commenting on the Dublin base, HLM Director Nick Beecroft, said “Through this expansion we have reinforced our commitment and offering to our ambitious clients in the Ireland market. The new HLM base ensures we are better suited than ever to create memorable places across Ireland, always understanding the needs of the people who use them.
“We are continually developing our already strong network in Dublin and are really excited to explore the opportunities across all our sectors.”
The firm has won multiple national and international awards for its expertise across many disciplines, such as Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Masterplanning.
10 Sep 2019
Swanley Square Shopping Centre in Kent, Ashford, Kent, South East England, UK
A major regeneration scheme designed by HLM Architects, aimed at revitalising Swanley Square Shopping Centre in Kent, with new retail, community and residential accommodation including Private Rented Sector homes, has been given the green light.
The U+I project, which was approved following a Public Inquiry held locally, comprises 340 residential homes, 46,780 sq ft of mixed-use development including retail, restaurants, shops, new community multi-purpose space, and a new multi-storey car park.
6 Sep 2019
Whitehorn Hall student accommodation at The University of St Andrews, Scotland
Design: HLM Architects
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Whitehorn Hall student accommodation
Beating off stiff competition in the Architecture: Residential category, HLM was rewarded for the thoughtful and innovative design of Whitehorn Hall student accommodation at The University of St Andrews.
11 May 2019
Sudbourne Primary School Building, Hayter Road, Brixton, London SW2 5AP, England, UK
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Sudbourne Primary School Building
This new education building provides an additional 360 pupil places with the creation of a split site school, expanding from 1.5FE to 3FE.
11 Dec 2018
HLM and Kier VolkerFitzpatrick Appointed to £160 million project at RAF Lakenheath
Design and architecture company HLM has been awarded the £160million project at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
The project includes building a F-35 flight simulator, maintenance unit, new hangars and storage facilities. HLM will be working alongside engineering and construction firm, Kier VolkerFitzpatrick, to design and deliver the new facilities. All HLM studios, including Glasgow, will be working closely together to ensure the successful delivery of the project.
The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe. The flight simulator will have the capacity to link to other simulators used by pilots across the UK and beyond, allowing expertise to be shared and pilots from the UK and US to work together.
Mick Scherdel, Director at HLM, said: “At HLM, we are privileged to be awarded the RAF Lakenheath project. Since the Defence Academy 2000, HLM has been improving and enhancing training, living and learning across the UK Defence Estates. RAF Lakenheath will benefit further from our recent experience on Project Wellesley, DCLPA Worthy Down and Catterick Garrison.”
Managing Director of Aviation and Defence at Kier, James Hindes, said: “It builds on our extensive expertise in the defence sector, delivering first-class projects within secure environments including facilities at MoD Lyneham and RAF Shawbury.”
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6 Jul 2018
Patrick Arends Appointed as Head of Hospitality, Leisure & Culture at HLM
Patrick Arends has joined HLM, a leading design and architecture practice with studios in the UK and internationally.
Patrick has been appointed as the Head of Hospitality, Leisure and Culture at the practice, bringing over 17 years of experience of delivering high quality and high value projects internationally. As sector lead, he will add to HLM’s acclaimed experience in the hospitality, leisure and culture sectors.
As winner of the RIBA West Midlands Emerging Architect of the Year award in 2014, Patrick possesses a strong skillset of innovation, quality and detail in his design work. He will bring this insight to the practice and to each design project.
Patrick has delivered numerous national and international projects across the UK and the Netherlands. These include libraries, sports halls, hotels, art centres, theatres and Grade II listed cultural heritage buildings.
Karen Mosley, HLM Managing Director, said, “We are pleased to welcome Patrick to the growing HLM team and to extend our scope further within the hospitality, leisure and culture sectors. We are looking forward to sharing his valuable knowledge and experience with both our clients and our 150-strong team across all HLM studios.”
Patrick commented, “I am delighted to join the highly-skilled, professional design and architecture team at HLM. As Head of Hospitality, Leisure and Culture, I am thrilled to begin delivering strong creative and visionary projects with a very talented team of colleagues.”
Patrick is currently leading the Staybridge Suites Hotel project in Cardiff Bay. As the first long stay hotel in Wales, this will include 75 suites with fully equipped kitchens. Also in Cardiff Bay, Patrick and the HLM team have been appointed to create a 1000m2 extension to science centre Techniquest’s current exhibition facility. The immersive space will be dedicated to engaging audiences with innovative, contemporary science and will highlight new research and developments across Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics sectors.
HLM has ambitious growth plans for its service areas of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture and urban design. It has also recently appointed 6 new directors to its Board, including internal promotions and a new appointment. Creating the next generation of leadership within the practice, the new directors will make further positive contributions to the direction and performance at HLM.
As an international practice, it serves Ireland and the UK with studios in Belfast, London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester. It also has studios in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
11 October 2017
HLM Glasgow Wins Prestigious People Development Award
10 Oct – HLM, a leading design and architecture company, has won the coveted People Development category at the prestigious Glasgow Business Awards 2017.
HLM‘s people development efforts are widely known, from the HLM Academy to the company’s strong values, lifestyle packages and family friendly initiatives. The HLM Academy is a professional excellence programme which helps ensure all employees have the opportunity and resources to reach their full potential.
The unique programme consists of a thorough induction, as well as modules, webinars, coaching, graduate programmes and on-the-job structured training. The academy ensures training and development is a company priority and enables its team to work to the best of their ability.
HLM recognises that people development is vital for ensuring employees are engaged, with Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends revealing that 84% of employees in the UK rate it important or very important .
The leading design and architecture company also recently recruited and trained over five apprentices this summer in its Glasgow studio. The scheme is one of the few in the Glasgow area which gives young people the experience they need to stand out in Scotland’s increasingly competitive jobs market.
Lorraine Robertson, who heads up HLM Scotland said: “We are very proud to be recognised for our people development efforts, especially in such a competitive category at the Glasgow Business Awards. People development is at the heart of everything we do and we strive to give our team the best opportunity to continue to grow and develop their careers.
“I would like to thank the whole Glasgow team as this wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work they put in everyday and the positive contribution they make to our learning and development culture.”
The awards, organised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, recognise forward-thinking and innovative Glasgow-based organisations.
The People Development category aims to award businesses which successfully promote and implement a learning environment, which in turn ensures organisational and individual success.
Successful nominees in this category had to demonstrate a strategic commitment to development throughout the organisation, recognising the importance of supporting the workforce in their careers and continually adding to their skills.
The HLM Glasgow team were presented with the award at the glittering Glasgow Business Awards 2017 ceremony on Thursday 5 October 2017 in the Hilton Glasgow.
For more information on HLM or if you would like to get involved in the internship programme visit: www.hlmarchitects.coms or follow @HLMArchitects on Twitter.
HLM is an international practice, it serves the Ireland and the UK with offices Belfast, London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and Plymouth. It also has offices in Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi.
7 Apr 2017
Plymouth Science Park by HLM
The stunning new £7 million building at Plymouth Science Park has now been shortlisted for a record four prestigious building and planning awards for its forward-thinking space-age design.
Standing at the entrance way to the park at Derriford, behind the city’s hospital, the new building is the most technologically advanced in the south west.
1 Research Way has already been nominated for awards from the city’s Evening Herald newspaper and also the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and to that clutch it has now added two more nominations from the prestigious Mitchelmores Awards.
They are finalists in the Commercial Project of the Year and Building of the Year categories.
Christian Jenkins, Director of Operations at Plymouth Science Park, said: “Plymouth Science Park is delighted to be shortlisted in two categories for these prestigious awards.
“We were absolutely clear from the outset on what the look and feel of 1 Research Way should be and we are more than satisfied with the results. As well as its visually striking looks and architectural features, its internal functionality and flexible working space was very attractive to businesses with the result that the building was 60% occupied within a week of opening.
“The units can accommodate 10-60 staff making it suitable to a wide range of businesses. Supported by the best ICT infrastructure in the region and a full range of on-site services, 1 Research Way has become the go-to place for aspiring tech and science businesses.”
Marketing technology company Intelligent Optimisations (IO) has already taken the top floor of the building and educational website business The Key has moved about 40 staff into a large open plan office taking up about 60 per cent of level one.
One Research Way has 20,000sq ft of office space, and mixes open-plan offices with break-out areas to encourage more collaboration.
The building is fully serviced, with all bills, bar electricity and additional IT, included in the rent. It also has kitchens, toilets and showers and the front of the building features a huge glazed area, known as “the knuckle”, illuminated at night.
It was built by BAM Construction, from a design by Royal William Yard-based architects HLM. It is clad with zinc-coloured aluminium, features exterior wall glass “pop outs”, which have space for people to sit in, and inside there is a huge open atrium, capable of hosting seminars and conferences.
Winners of the Herald Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony in the city on 20th April, the RICS Awards winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Bristol on 11th May and the Mitchelmores Awards will take place on 15th June in Exeter.
12 Sep 2016
HLM Architects BIM News
HLM associate joins panel of industry experts at BIM conference in Edinburgh
With the Scottish Government aiming to adopt a BIM Level 2 approach across public sector projects by April 2017, Paul Tunstall, associate at architectural practice HLM joins a panel of industry experts, architects and technology leaders at the BIM in Scotland conference in Edinburgh this month to illustrate how BIM theory can give competitive advantages to companies in Scotland.
Tunstall will discuss HLM’s broad experience of BIM and expertise in using it through the project lifecycle, starting from the initial decision on which platform to use through to challenges encountered in a large multinational implementation. As part of his presentation, Tunstall will also explore how he envisages the HLM practice and the wider architectural industry developing.
Providing architectural, landscape architecture, interior design and environmental design services, in recent years HLM has expanded operations to six offices in the UK and two others internationally.
HLM has a one-team culture which creates a platform for all its UK and overseas offices to share both workload and resources. This poses a challenging environment for its BIM activities to ensure consistency in quality and timely delivery.
“HLM was one of the first architectural practices in the UK to achieve certification through the Building Research Establishment’s (BRE) Business Certification Scheme, firmly establishing it as a leading BIM Level 2 compliant organisation,” said Tunstall.
“My presentation will explore the concept of ‘Wide Area BIM’ and demonstrate some of the systems and tools that help make it possible.”
Tunstall has been an employee of HLM for over 18 years, implementing CAD and BIM systems across the group and providing training and support for its team of over 200 employees. He leads a team of Information Managers having the technical skills to support HLM’s many software tools and systems, under a group-wide Technology Team.
The UK Government implemented a mandate for BIM on all of its public-sector projects in April of this year and Tunstall was instrumental in ensuring that HLM had the preparation and knowledge to undertake any project required to deliver BIM Level 2, well in advance of the deadline by guiding the practice through the BRE Business Certification Scheme.
As a member of the BuildingSMART organisation in the UK, he represents HLM in workshops and discussions to maintain HLM’s alignment with BIM and associated initiatives, both in the UK and internationally.
The BIM in Scotland conference is free to attend and takes place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 21 September 2016.
15 Apr 2016
MOD Training Base in Winchester
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The £250m Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCPLA) at Worthy Down in Hampshire has received planning approval through delegated powers from Winchester City Council, marking the second and final application for the scheme known as Project Wellesley.
25 Sep 2013
HLM Group Completes Sidell Gibson Architects Deal With the Support of Irwin Mitchell
New Deal Follows Strategic Investment In Llewelyn Davies Brand
Law firm Irwin Mitchell has advised HLM on its acquisition of architecture, urban design and interiors practice, Sidell Gibson.
HLM is architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, masterplanning, interior design and sustainability practice. In addition to its office in Sheffield, it has a presence in London, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and Plymouth in the UK, as well as Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi.
The newly acquired practice will trade as Sidell Gibson and be run independently of HLM, operating from new offices in central London. The team will continue to build on its expertise in high quality commercial buildings, housing and restoration projects.
HLM Architects – Key Projects
Major buildings / developments by HLM, alphabetical:
Altnagelvin Area Hospital – New South Wing, Derry, Northern Ireland
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Altnagelvin Area Hospital Derry
The £45m New South Wing is the third phase of works, but the first phase of new build clinical accommodation in this significant hospital redevelopment. It will provide replacement facilities for key services, including maternity and neo-natal, oncology, cardiac care, adult acute inpatients and rehabilitation, as well as a new patient records department and staff changing facilities.
Arundel Great Court – offices, London
The Business Academy, Yarnton Way, Bexley, southeast London
Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Facility, Scotland
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A new integrated Health Centre for the people of Clackmannanshire. The facility comprises of a Health Centre with pharmacy and community patient services, Inpatient and Day Hospital Building and Community Mental Health Resource Centre with consulting rooms and day hospital accommodation on the ground floor with non-patient staff office above. The purpose was to establish an integrated health facility that meets the needs of the residents of Alloa and the wider population of Clackmannanshire.
Cornwall Ecotown, St. Austell, Cornwall, south west England
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As one of the first four Eco-Towns to be selected out of 57 initial submissions by the government in 2009, we entered this competition in St. Austell, Cornwall following our success with Future Works Eco Home, winning entry in Wales and our winning scheme for Scotland Housing EXPO.
Following our successful Stage 1 submission, we were shortlisted as 1 of 25 to submit our Stage 2 entry. The Stage 2 decision will be made in June 2010 where we hope to be selected as 1 of a number of architects to develop the initial pilot scheme sites in St. Austell with an opportunity to apply our scheme designs to the wider context.
Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Wales
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This building by HLM lies in a very rural location just outside the market town of Cowbridge. It is the first of three secondary schools to be developed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government. The school will accommodate 1550 pupils including a large 6th form intake of 350 students. Construction began in January 2009 and was compled in time for the new academic year of 2010.
Ellesmere Nursing Home, Chelsea, London, UK
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Ellesmere Nursing Home
This building by HLM is located on Fulham Road, Chelsea, London. It is adjacent the Chelsea Westminster Hospital, and replaces the derelict home that existing on the site up to 2003. The nursing home and day centre is a 3 level courtyard arrangement, and have a combined (approximate) gross internal area of 4950m2 – the rest of the development on the upper levels comprises private apartments for sale.
The New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
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The new Victoria Hospital treats around 400,000 patients annually by offering integrated diagnostic and treatment services including outpatient clinics, day surgery, rehabilitation, and specialised emergency services, thereby introducing an ambulatory model of one stop care in South Glasgow based on the following key principles:-
• Increased accessibility to ambulatory care for the local community
• Prevention of emergency work adversely affecting the efficient delivery of elective care
• Improved quality of patient focused care
• Streamlining of the patient journey to provide a one stop service
• Achieving compatibility between healthcare delivery and technology in a fit for purpose building
Sale Town Centre Redevelopment, Trafford, Greater Manchester (Cheshire), England
Mid Argyll Community Hospital and Integrated Care Centre, Scotland
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Scottish Hospital building
New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
Passive House – Scotland’s Housing Expo, near Inverness, Scotland, UK
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Scotland’s Housing Expo
Queen’s Centre for Oncology & Haematology, Hull, Humberside, eastern England
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New Regional Cancer Centre for Humberside and North Lincolnshire providing cancer and haematology services on one site at Castle Hill Hospital. The scheme encompasses 6 linear accelerators, together with Outpatients and a Day Hospital, 100 beds in 4 wards and Pathology, Pharmacy and Medical Physics facilities. The building is located in a rural setting on the edge of the main hospital site, set into the Northerly hillside maximising views out to the countryside from all patient areas.
Woodview Learning Community, Whitleigh, Plymouth, Cornwall, south west England
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The objective was to consolidate and improve the current provision of education and community facilities and extend the range by the introduction of the Woodlands Physical Disabilities School and Hostel combined with the relocation of the local Youth Centre and Community Education. The new facility combines teaching and support facilities into one ‘campus’, creating a fully inclusive, functionally operational, secure and protected learning environment. The pioneering new campus provides for the educational needs of children of all ages through the following facilities.
Woolwich Civic Offices, London
For London Borough of Greenwich
Woolwich Civic Offices
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