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HLM Architects

HLM Architects

We listen and respond to the ambitions of our clients and understand the needs of the people who use the places and spaces we create

In 1963, students David Hutchison, Graham Locke and Tony Monk (HLM) won a design competition for the new Paisley Civic Centre and this would lead to the formation of Hutchison Locke and Monk (now HLM Architects) in 1964.

The Paisley project was the second largest public sector project since the second world war and this iconic public building became the foundations from which our social architecture philosophy would grow. HLM Architects has subsequently built a reputation for design excellence and expertise across our key sectors with a focus on solving our client’s challenges and mindful of the impact that design can have on people, communities and society.

Places of education that inspire, healthcare environments that nurture, homes that are part of thriving communities, and infrastructure that is sustainable in every sense. It is this sense of social purpose that drives us on and is at the heart of everything we do.

Our services cover Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning and Environmental Sustainability.

HLM Architects

Studio Director Nicola McKay

Marketing & Communications Lead Rebecca Ball

HLM Architects
Fitzwilliam Hall
24 Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2

Case Studies

Dinton Activity Centre

The new £2.4m scheme provides a state-of-the-art educational and leisure facility for the local community which sits in lakeside surroundings in Dinton Country Park. The design of the building takes inspiration from its setting and is designed in its scale and appearance to connect with its location by having two interlinked volumes clad in Siberian larch that will weather over time to blend in with the natural landscape.

Volumetric technology was chosen in large part due to its sustainability credentials, to help meet Wokingham Borough Council’s net zero carbon targets. The council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and later went on to release a Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP), which stated the aim of the borough becoming net zero carbon by 2030.

Addington School

Winner of the Education Project of the Year category at the Offsite Awards 2021, the design pushed the boundaries of offsite construction to provide highly services educational spaces, for post-16 pupils with complex learning difficulties in a dedicated, unique building with a low carbon footprint.

This project demonstrates HLM’s understanding of offsite manufacture and assembly whilst delivering the schools educational objectives and contributing to the council’s commitment to reducing waste and carbon, by utilising new technologies and Modern methods of Construction (MMC).

Home of 2030

The Home of 2030 competition is a cross-Government initiative, bringing together multiple departments with Homes England, who may further develop the winning concept.

The ‘Forever Home’ concept, focuses on the benefits of utilising Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) in providing homes that are adaptable in accordance with the occupants’ life stages. The concept adopts a universal modular platform using interchangeable parts to prove that homes can easily change in size and layout according to what the homeowner’s needs are, without high financial or environmental costs. House buyers can select varied components from multiple companies within the ‘platform ecosystem’, empowering them to build, maintain, reconfigure, upgrade, or shrink their ‘forever home’.

The Demonstrator

HLM teamed up with engineering and construction specialists Laing O’Rourke alongside other partners to develop the Product Based Building Solution (PBBS) platform, and then use their development to create a pilot build, demonstrating the use of the approach, components and design guides – The Demonstrator.

The Demonstrator is a physical build created using the components and design principles developed through the PBBS platform.

Underpinned by the intention to ‘standardise the invisible and customise the visible’, the team aimed to standardise the interfaces while allowing architectural expression to meet client requirements. The platform provides a kit-of-parts featuring standardised components, which is capable of being used to deliver cross-sector designs.

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