HLM Architects have been Highly Commended in the Architectural Practice of the Year Category at this year’s Education Estates Awards. The award recognises a practice which has demonstrated excellence in delivering value and functionality with projects, whilst also promoting best practice in innovative design in the education sector.

“We’ve had an exceptional year delivering significant design-focused projects in higher education and schools.”

Over the last 12 months HLM has delivered significant design-focused projects in both higher education and schools. The recently completed James McCune Smith Learning Hub for the University of Glasgow puts technology, connectivity and accessibility at the heart of the learning experience and won the RICS Social Impact Awards, Scotland, the Glasgow Institute of Architects Education Award and was a finalist in the Scottish Property Awards in the Architectural Excellence category.

Currently on site we have the London Institute for Healthcare Engineering for Kings College London, which will develop novel medical technologies, the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland for the University of Strathclyde, housing a fully digitialised factory of the future, skills academy and collaboration hub and the Social Sciences Hub for the University of Sheffield, a BREEAM Outstanding building that encourages collaboration and will enhance the Faculty’s worldwide reputation for excellence.

In schools our recently completed Pencoedtre High School, built as part of the Sustainable Communities for Learning in Wales programme was shortlisted for Building Project of the Year in the Construction Excellence awards and we have a number of projects on-going from the MMC1 Framework with Abbey Farm School, the first in the framework to gain approval and set to achieve net-zero operational carbon recently completed.

We have also enhanced our environmental sustainability capability providing Passivhaus, BREEAM and WELL Building accreditation as well as DSM Energy modelling. Our HLM_Heathcheck tool, launched in 2021, quickly tests how concept designs are likely to perform against key environment and wellbeing benchmarks, working towards our commitment that everything we design by 2025 will achieve the RIBA 2030 Sustainable Outcomes.

The Awards this year celebrated 10 years and were held in Manchester on the 17 October. We’re absolutely delighted to receive a Highly Commended in the category.

Claire Wakelin, Head of Education; “Delighted to receive this commendation in what has been an exceptional year for us delivering significant design-focused projects in the education sector. Our sustainable credentials have been enhanced through Passivhaus, WELL, and NZC projects and we’ve created an award-winning environmental design tool, Healthcheck, focusing on building-user wellbeing and continue to focus on social value outcomes for all our projects.  Congratulations to the winners.”

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