Andy Illingworth has been promoted to Head of Interior Architecture at HLM Architects, and is leading the practice’s 19-strong interiors team.

Here, we find out more about his new role, and his aspirations for the interiors team.

“I’ve been fortunate to work on many great projects over the years and for me the greatest satisfaction comes from creating an initial design concept and seeing it through to completion.”

Tell us about your journey at HLM

I joined the HLM Sheffield studio in July 2002 as a junior designer, working with a relatively small interiors team. Since I started at HLM, the interiors team has grown and I’ve progressed from Senior Designer to Associate, recently being made Head of Interior Architecture.

I feel very proud and privileged to be leading the team of talented and committed designers.

We have worked on many cross-sector projects, collaborating with the design team, working on projects from conception to completion.

Please tell us about your new role and what excites you about it

I am most looking forward to working closely with the interiors team and helping them to grow and develop. I am keen to help them achieve their goals and create inspirational interiors for all our clients. I’m looking forward to discovering new opportunities and to develop HLM Interiors through new and exciting projects.

Which projects that you have worked on have you been most proud of?

I’ve been fortunate to work on many great projects over the years and for me the greatest satisfaction comes from creating an initial design concept and seeing it through to completion.

Some of the projects that stand out for me are the Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology Hull, Parkwood Academy Sheffield, Heart of the Campus Sheffield Hallam University and more recently the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Edinburgh.

Our award-winning interior concepts created healing and educational environments that the staff and users can really enjoy and take pride in.

What inspires your approach to interior design?

My inspiration comes from looking at the brief and really trying to understand the building, its history, form, style orientation and ultimately how the spaces will be used.

What do you like to do outside of work? 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and playing golf, when I get some spare time!

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