About HLM

We’re architecture, landscape and interior specialists with deep sector insight.

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.

Design Thinking

We have a proud history of producing architecture that helps improve people’s lives.

Our design philosophy puts people at its centre.

We use our creativity to unlock the potential within each project to be the best it can, often working within strict financial restrictions, and always thinking about the whole life of a project, along with the impact on the people who will experience it.

It is our mission to delight as well as satisfy our clients and that often means going beyond the brief, being innovative, and thinking about people’s emotional response to the built environment.

We strive to create buildings that respond to their context and climate, as well as our client’s budget, with a focus on exploiting opportunities to make memorable places.

Consequently, we don’t have a ‘signature-style’. Every design evolves as a solution to a unique set of challenges that we approach with ‘signature-thinking’ – this is a creative, thoughtful, and fun process that allows the character and ideas of each project to flourish in their own
delightful way.

We call this ‘Thoughtful Design’.

Our Approach

Every project starts with a conversation

We know that good buildings and spaces need good clients as well as good designers. We love to talk about our client’s ambitions, to identify the hidden challenges, and get to the emotional intelligence behind a brief. We augment this approach with digital engagement techniques that help us define the needs of building users. This ensures that the resultant design solutions can evolve in a sustainable way that supports health and wellbeing.

All our staff are encouraged to contribute creative ideas as we explore the design themes of each project. Design forums and reviews enable experienced staff to curate the best ideas and ensure that the project team maintains focus on key design objectives. The result is a diverse portfolio of thoughtfully designed places that exude confidence and purpose.

Awards, Honours and Accreditations

Our true reward is knowing that what we do can help people be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.

Over the last 50 years we’ve received broad and far reaching accolades recognising our thoughtful approach to design. We’re also proud to be listed annually as one of the UK’s Best Companies to work for at a national and regional level, voted for by our employees.

We’re accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001, BIM Level 2 Certified, hold a tier two Cyber Essential Plus Certification and recognised as a two star accredited Best Company Employer.

A selection of our awards and accreditations is listed below.

2019

Finalist, Higher Education Category, AJ Architecture Awards 2019, Whitehorn Hall & Powell Hall, St Andrews University

Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to work

Awarded 2* Accreditation, Best Companies

‘Highly Commended – Best Architect Employer of the Year – BD Awards

Anna Kiho finalist for the ‘Women in Business ‘Awards – Southwark Business Excellence Awards

Finalist for the Apprenticeship of the Year and Best Employer – Southwark Business Excellence Awards

Best Companies to Work For, Yorkshire & Humber listed number 14

Finalist for the Education Estates Awards England ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’

Finalist for the Education Estates Awards Wales ‘Project of The Year’

2018

AJ100 – 32nd largest practice in the UK

Finalist, AJ100 Employer of the Year

Highly Commended, LABC Building Excellence Awards,North and East Yorkshire, Best Education Building – St Nicholas Primary School

Winner, ArchiCAD Awards ‘BIM Project of the Year’ – Cambridge Assessment

Runner-Up, ArchiCAD Awards ‘Public Sector Project of the Year’ – University of Sheffield Social Sciences

Finalist, ProLandscaper Business Awards ‘Landscape Architect Practice of the Year’

Best Companies to Work For, Yorkshire & Humber listed number 28

Finalist, Education Building Scotland, Pilot Spaces

Highly Commended, Education Architect of the Year, Education Building Scotland

2017

Finalist, Welsh Business Awards, Commitment to Skills and People Development Category.

Awarded 2* accreditation, Best Companies

Winner, Abercrombie Awards ‘Best Commercial Project’ – 1 Research Way, Plymouth Science Park

Finalist, Sheffield Business Awards ‘Employer of the Year’

Winner, Education Estates ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’

Finalist, Building Awards ‘Woman of the Year’ – Karen Mosley

Winner, Glasgow Building Awards ‘People Development’

Winner, BIM4SME ‘Best use of BIM to enhance Model Coordination’ – Cambridge Assessment

Finalist, Mixology North ‘Small Commercial Project of the Year’ – Intercontinental Hotel Basement Office

Winner, Northern Ireland Chamber Business Awards ‘Commitment to People Development’

AJ 100 – 34th largest practice in the UK

Finalist, East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards – Best Education Building, Best Large Commercial Project, Best Inclusive Building – Boole Technology Centre

Winner, Michelmores Property Awards – Commercial Project of the Year – 1 Research Way, Plymouth Science Park

Finalist, Michelmores Property Awards – Building of the Year – 1 Research Way, Plymouth Science Park

Finalist, Hearld Awards – Building Plymouth – 1 Research Way, Plymouth Science Park

Winner, RICS South West Awards – Commercial Project – 1 Research Way, Plymouth Science Park

Finalist, RICS South West Awards – Design Through Innovation – 1 Research Way, Plymouth Science Park

Finalist, RICS Scotland Awards – Residential – Tigh Na Croit

Highly Commended, RICS Scotland Awards – Design Through Innovation – Tigh Na Croit

Winner, CIBSE Building Performance Awards – Residential Project of the Year – Tigh Na Croit

2016

Finalist, Construction Industry Council – Inclusive Environment Award – Penarth Learning Community

Regional Finalist Civic Trust Awards – Heart of the Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

Paddington Pole Awards – Innovation Award, HLM & SPARK Joint Venture

Landscape Institute – Emma Reed and David Hine, awarded the accolade ‘Ambassadors of Landscape’ in recognition of work on Stebon Primary School, Tower Hamlets, London

Finalist in 4 categories; Architectural Practice of the Year; Sustainable Project of the Year for Penarth Learning Community; BIM Excellence for OnePlace; Skills Initiative for The HLM Academy – Building Awards

Winner, UK Passivhaus Awards – Rural Category – Tigh na Croit

Public Sector Project of the Year – Project Wellesley – Graphisoft Awards

Finalist, Belfast Business Awards – Best Company to Work for

Highly Commended, Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards – Best Place to Work

Commended, Scottish Design Awards –Residential Category – Tigh na Croit

Winner, Saltire Society Housing Design Awards – Single Dwelling New Build Category – Tigh na Croit

Winner, Scottish Home Awards, Architectural Excellence Category – Tigh na Croit

RIAS Awards – Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Award – Tigh na Croit

Finalist in 2 categories, Practice of the Year; Best Use of Technology – AJ100

Winner, Concours D’Architecture [AC-CA] International Design Competition –Circus School, Moscow

Finalist, Yorkshire Business Leaders Awards – Karen Mosley, Director

Winner, Landscape Institute Design Ideas Competition –Power to the Park

Commended, Home of the Future Competition

2015

Winner, Graphisoft Archicad Awards 2015, Public Sector Project of the Year – Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Winner CEF, Construction Excellence Award 2015 – Omagh Community Fire Station

Winner, RIBA Awards Yorkshire 2015 – Sheffield Hallam University Heart of the Campus

Winner, Education Estates 2015 “Best Student Experience” – Sheffield Hallam University, Heart of the Campus

Finalist, RIBA Awards Yorkshire – University Technical College, Sheffield

Finalist, Building Magazine – Architectural Practice of the Year

Finalist, Building Magazine – Woman of the Year, Caroline Buckingham

Finalist, Michelmores Property Awards – Plymouth University, Marine Station

Finalist, Michelmores Property Awards – Dawson Close, Plymouth

Finalist, Michelmores Property Awards – Professional Firm of the Year

Winner, LABC Cymru 2015 Building Excellence Awards – Penarth Learning Community & Respite Centre.

2014

Winner, The William Keown Trust, Prestige Access Awards 2014 – Omagh Community Fire Station

Finalist, MixologyNorth Awards – Public Sector Interior Project of the Year – Sheffield Hallam University, Heart of the Campus

Finalist, MixologyNorth Awards – Design Practice of the Year – HLM Interiors

Finalist, Sustainable Ireland Awards – Sustainable Building Project of the Year – Omagh Community Fire Station

Sheffield Design Awards – Best Building – University Technical College, Sheffield

Finalist, Sheffield Design Awards – Community Design Award – King Edwards VII School

Winner, Regional Best Places to Work for Northern Ireland – AJ100

Winner, The Herald Awards – International Trade Business of the Year

Finalist, HSBC Business Award

Shortlisted, RICS Wales Award – Community Building of the Year, Cynon Valley Hospital

Finalist, Architectural Practice of the Year – Building Awards

Best Small Companies to Work for 2014 – Sunday Times

Earlier

Winner, Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2013, Sustainable Construction New Build – Brannel Performing Arts School

Finalist, Cornwall Sustainability Awards Resource Management – Brannel Performing Arts School

Finalist, CIBSE Building Performance Awards, New Build Project of the Year – Preston Manor Lower School

Finalist, Building Better Healthcare Awards, Best Primary Care Design – Bransholme Health Centre

Finalist, Mixology Awards, Design Practice of the Year

Finalist, New London Awards – 399 Rotherhithe New Road

PMR Bronze Arrow Award in the National Survey of Architects in Johannesburg

Winner, LABC Cymru South Wales Building Excellence Awards

Best Community / Healthcare Development – Cynon Valley Hospital

Highly Commended, Greenbuild Awards – Preston Manor Lower School

Finalist, Best Places to Work Awards 2013 for North East & Yorkshire and for Wales – AJ100

Finalist, RIBA Welsh Architecture Award – Cynon Valley

Finalist, RICS Award, Infrastructure Category – Preston Manor Lower School

Finalist, Building Awards, Public Building of the Year – Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Regional Finalist, Civic Trust Awards – Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Star Accredited – Best Small Companies to Work for 2013 – Sunday Times

Finalist, Dewi Prys Thomas Trust Prize, Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Finalist, Mixology North Awards 2012, Design Practice of the Year Award,

Finalist, Mixology North Awards 2012, Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year Award,

Finalist, Mixology North Awards 2012, Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year Award, Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Winner, Best Partnership with Local Authority, SLAM Gaza Barracks

LABC Building Excellence Awards, BSF Sheffield, Parkwood Academy

Top 50, Building Magazine, Good Employers List 2012

Highly Commended, Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012, Best Project Team, Wilberforce Health Centre

Finalist, Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012, Innovation in Sustainability, Wilberforce Health Centre

Winner, Sheffield Design Awards 2012, Conservation Award, University of Sheffield, Arts Tower

Winer, Sheffield Design Awards 2012, People’s Choice Award, University of Sheffield, Arts Tower

Winner, Sheffield Design Awards 2012, Commendation for Community Design Award, Parkwood Academy

Winner, CEW 2012 Waste Minimilisation Award, Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Star Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work for 2012, Sunday Times

Finalist, AJ100 Regional Practice of the Year 2012, North East & Yorkshire

Finalist, AJ100 Regional Practice of the Year 2012, Scotland and South West

Winner, National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012, Gold Medal for Architecture, Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School

Winner, LABC Bridgend 2012, Building Excellence Awards, Special Category Planning Award

Winner, LABC Cymru 2012, Building Excellence Awards, Best Sustainable Building

Winner, LABC Cymru 2012, Building Excellence Awards, Best Education Building

Finalist, BCSE 2012 Best of British School Awards, Excellence in Design For Teaching & Learning, New Build Secondary

Commendation for Excellence in Design, BCSE Best of British School Awards 2012, Innovation for Preston Manor Lower School

Finalist, National Business Awards 2012 – ICAEW Sustainability Award

Star Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work for 2011 – Sunday Times

Top 75, Building Magazine, Good Employers List 2011

Winner, Waltham Forest Design Award 2011, Best Community / Education Scheme, Edinburgh Primary Schools, Waltham Forest

Finalist, AJ100 Northern Ireland Regional Award 2011

Finalist, Saltire Housing Awards 2011, Small Scale Housing Development, Highland Housing Fair

Finalist, Sustainable Housing Awards 2011, Sustainable Smaller Housing Project of the year, Highland Housing Fair

Finalist, Scottish Home Awards 2011, Environmental Excellence Award and Architectural Excellence, Highland Housing Fair

Finalist, Pilot Exemplar Programme Award 2011, Newport High School

Commendation, Glasgow Institute of Architects 2010, Residential Design Award

Nomination, Sustainable Design Award, Highland Housing Fair

Commendation, Glasgow Institute of Architects 2010, Scottish Design Awards

Finalist, Residential & Sustainable Design Categories, Highland Housing Fair

Sheffield Design Awards 2010, Community Design – Newfield & Talbot School,

Mixology North 2010 Awards, Public Sector Project of the Year – Shortlisted, Queen’s Centre for Oncology & Haematology, Hull

Finalist, Mixology North 2010 Awards, Public Sector Project of the Year, European Commission, Belfast

Highly Commended, Employer of the Year Category, UTV Business Eye Awards October 2010

Highly Commended, Employer of the Year Award, The Sheffield Star Business Awards 2010

Finalist, Best Company to Work For, Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2010

Top 50, Building Magazine, Good Employers Guide 2010

Winner, Project of the Year, CEW Awards 2010 (Constructing Excellence in Wales), Newport High School

Finalist, AJ100 Employer of the Year 2010

AJ100 North East & Yorkshire Regional Award 2010

AJ100 Northern Ireland Regional Award 2010

Two Stars Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work for 2010, Sunday Times

Special Commendation, Evening Standard New Homes Award 2009, Best New Development in the Affordable Homes Sector, Millwall Fire Station

Association of Landscape Contractors in Ireland, Best Commercial & Public Finalist, Authority Project over £50,000, Altnagelvin Area Hospital, New South Wing.

Finalist, Building Better Healthcare Award 2009, Best Hospital Design, Altnagelvin Hospital

Finalist, Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare, Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009, Altnagelvin Hospital

Finalist, Best Hospital Design, Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009, New Victoria Hospital

Building Magazine, Good Employers Guide 2009

Top 50, Good Employer, National Business Awards 2009

Highly Commended, Design & Health International Academy Awards 2009, AltnagelvinHospital

Finalist, RIBA West Town & Country Design Awards, Wood View Learning Community

Highly Commended, RIBA White Rose Landscape Architecture Award 2009, Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

Gold Award, RIBA White Rose Award 2009 for Architecture, Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

Winner, RIBA White Rose Award 2009, Client of the Year Award, Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

Winner, AJ100 North East & Yorkshire Regional Award 2009

RIBA Awards 2009 – Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

East Riding of Yorkshire Chairman’s Award 2009, enhancing the Built Heritage of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

Finalist, Public & Private Finance Award 2009, Best Education Project, Wood View Learning Community, Plymouth Schools

Finalist, Public & Private Finance Award 2009, Best Community/User involvement, Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

Top 100 List, Best Small Companies to Work for 2009, Sunday Times

Three Star Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work for 2009, Sunday Times

Special Award, Sunday Times Best Companies – Best for Engaging with Schools

Top 75, Building Magazine, Good Employers Guide 2008

Finalist, National Business Awards 2008, Good Employer

Finalist, Partnership for Schools, Excellence in BSF Awards 2008, Best Design for a Remodelled School, Yewlands Technology College

Finalist, Building Better Healthcare Awards 2008, Best Hospital Design & Best External Space, Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull

MPF Top 100 Best Professional Firms to Work for 2008

PFI Awards Best Operational Educational Project 2008

BCSE Industry Awards 2008, Inspiring Design, Primary School Highly Commended for Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, Barnsley

Top 100 List, Best Small Companies to Work for 2008, Sunday Times

Two Star Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work for 2008, Sunday Times

Finalist, Best Places to Work in Construction 2008

Building Better Healthcare Award, Ellesmere Elderly People’s Home 2007

Nominated, Sustainable Architect of the Year, Building 2007

Nominated, Sustainable Champion of the Year, Building 2007

Nominated, Sustainability Award, G4C 2007

One Star Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work for 2007, Sunday Times

Top 50, Building Magazine, Good Employers Guide 2007

Finalist, Best Places to Work in Construction 2007

RIBA: Ibstock EM Award for Architecture 2006, The Defence Sixth Form College

Finalist, Building Design, Healthcare Architect of the Year Award 2006

Finalist, Building Design, Education Architect of the Year Award 2006

Finalist, Best Primary and Community Design Award 2006, Mid Argyll Hospital

Finalist, Best Hospital Design Award 2006, Central Middlesex Hospital

BURA Award for Regeneration, Canary South Residential Development 2006

Finalist, Property Week Award for Public Sector Funded Leisure Development, Barton Leisure Pool 2006

Top 100 List, Best Small Companies To Work For 2006, Sunday Times

One Star Accredited, Best Small Companies to Work For 2006, Sunday Times

BISRIA/BSj Bright Spark Award 2005

Paul Taylor Award NHS Greater Glasgow, Pan Glasgow Decontamination Centre 2005

Finalist, Energy Efficiency Award, NHS Greater Glasgow 2005

Finalist, Engineering Technology Advisory Board Award, NHS Greater Glasgow 2005

Highly Commended, Large Commercial Space, Building Quality Awards, Andrew Huxley Building London Borough of Camden

BURA Award, Best Practice in Regeneration, Sale Waterside 2004

Public Private Finance Award, Best Project to Reach Financial Close (All Sectors), Defence Sixth Form College 2004

Commended, Spelthorne Design Awards 2004, Bronzefield Prison Entrance Building

Commended, Spelthorne Design Awards 2004, Bronzefield Prison Visitor Centre

National Audit Office Award 2002, The Joint Services Command & Staff College

Britannia National Home Building Design Awards 2002

2nd Prize, Lochend Butterfly Masterplanning Competition 2002

The PFI Report/Bank of Scotland Award for Best UK PPP Project, Glasgow Secondary Schools 2001

1st Prize, RIAS Falkirk Town Centre Masterplanning Design Competition 2001

British Association of Landscape Industries BALI 2001

Local Authority Awards, Vale of the White Horse 2001

Brick Award, Best Refurbishment Project 2001

PFI Award, Best Architect 2001

BREEAM Assessment Award, Immigration Detention Centre Harmondsworth 2001

Built Heritage Award Hull Council 2001