HLM Architects has been named a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Technology’ category at the renowned AJ100 Awards 2021. The Award recognises the practice that best uses technology to improve the quality of its architecture and transform the way it does business.

“It’s an honour to be recognised for this tool which reflects on our ambition to create better places for people through thoughtful design.”

The practice has been nominated for the Thoughtful Design Toolkit (TDT), which contains a suite of digital tools that enable designers and commissioning clients to define, develop and assess their building projects in an evidence-based way.

The tool helps ensure that the vision and ambition for a project is well-defined and that design is developed to deliver the desired outcome for a project, especially in terms of environmental sustainability and social impact.

The practice has recently launched HLM_Healthcheck as one of three digital tools that make up the Thoughtful Design Toolkit, which assesses how emerging building design concepts are likely to perform by measuring the quality of the environment for the people that use them. The other two components, HLM_Insight and HLM_Impact examine stakeholder engagement and post-occupancy evaluation.

Most digital construction initiatives address delivery efficiency issues alone. While the TDT also improves efficiency of engagement, reduces abortive work, and shapes best practice while placing building occupants at the forefront of design.

Philip Watson, Director, and Head of Design, said: “We are so proud to be a finalist in this prestigious award category. Our Thoughtful Design Toolkit is a unique and innovative use of technology that has allowed us to significantly enhance our capability and put people’s health and wellbeing at the core. It’s an honour to be recognised for this tool which reflects on our ambition to create better places for people through thoughtful design.”

The winners will be announced at the AJ100 festival taking place virtually from 20th to 22nd September 2021.

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