HLM Architects are shortlisted for 5 Building Awards 2022

We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for an amazing five categories in the annual Building Awards 2022, which recognise top performing companies and best practice across the built environment.

“Being named a finalist for these five accolades is a recognition for the continued hard work of our team and business colleagues.”

The five awards that we have been named finalists for include Architectural Practice of the Year, Offsite Project of the Year – The Demonstrator with Laing O’Rourke, Every Person Counts, Net Zero Project of the Year – Dinton Activity Centre with Reds10 and Social Value Award – Pencoedtre High School with Bouygues UK.

Over the last year, we’ve continued to invest in our technology and people developing our social value and net zero initiatives, upskilling, recruiting and adapting, and refining our ways of working to suit everyone’s individual needs to achieve a work-life balance for all.

To be shortlisted again for Architectural Practice of the Year following our win back in 2020, is a testament to the continued effort we put into new initiatives and investment in our technology and people.

Our shortlisting in the Offsite Project of the Year category for the second year in a row is one example of how we’ve continued to invest in new technology and our people to meet the changing needs of built environment. We 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.

Being shortlisted for the Every Person Counts award shows our continued commitment to our people and the extensive work that our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging group are doing accross our studios. Our HR team have worked tirelessly to keep everyone connected over the last few years when working from home became the new normal and were quick and agile to create our SMARTBlend pilot scheme aimed at supporting everyone across our business to find the best work-life balance for them.

Continuing our ambition that everything we design by 2025 will meet the RIBA 2030 Sustainable Outcomes, we worked in collaboration with Reds10 to submit Dinton Activity Centre for the Net Zero Project of the Year category. This new, £2.4 million modern-fit-for-purpose scheme supports Wokingham Borough Council’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 and the centre is being used as a case study for how local authorities across the country can successfully develop Net Zero Carbon Buildings. 

Finally, our shortlisting in the Social Value Award, where we put forward Pencoedtre High School with Construction Engineering specialists Bouygues UK, recognises our passion for designing projects that have a lasting and positive impact on the people and communities associated with the building.  The new Pencoedtre High School was built as part of the Sustainable Communities for Learning in Wales programme – a long term strategic investment by the Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government. The new school not only regenerates the locality, but also provides a new modern space for pupils to learn and thrive. It is a welcoming space for wider communities and families to come together and enjoy, providing much needed social cohesion both now and for future generations.

HMP Five Wells, another HLM Architects project has been shortlisted in the Offsite Project of the Year category following a successful submission by Kier.

Philip Watson, Director and Head of Design, said: “Knowing how keenly contested they are, it’s always an honour to be shortlisted for a Building magazine award. To be shortlisted in no less than five categories is staggering and reflects our commitment to our people, design innovation, sustainability, the impact our projects have on communities, and the dedication our team puts into our practice.”

The winners will be announced at the Buildig Awards annual event at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 1st November. A complete list of all the finalists can be found here.

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