Richard Hopkinson Architects



We are a team of dedicated architects working closely with clients to give a personal, expert service. We take pride in our listening skills and have honed our services to deliver responsive client-centered outcomes. Our projects are an embodiment of high quality thought and great value for money.


We are effective projects leaders, as well as confident, committed team players. We provide a range of services or can provide a "one stop" approach using our extensive contacts, covering all aspects of design and management of building projects.


We are equipped with the latest CAD and reference technologies and are delivering BIM for projects where this is required.


We are experienced in designing new buildings and have received acclaim for our imaginative refurbishment of historic buildings.

Core Values


We will tell you as we see it


We will treat every opportunity with a positive approach


We will strive to make manifest your ambitions in a creative collaboration


We will respect you and all parties we do business with


To deliver excellence for our clients, successful projects and beautiful buildings

Our team have worked with the following clients:

  • LeSoCo
  • Waltham Forest
  • Southwark Council
  • Galiford Try Construction
  • Rotherfield Primary
  • Barton Peveril College
  • Birkbeck, UL
  • The Zetter Group
  • Institute of Civil 
  • Phoenix Housing Association
  • Fleeting Property
  • Greenwich University
  • IKEA
  • Lee Valley Estates
  • Geoffrey Osborne
  • West Kent College
  • Midkent College
  • UNITE Students
  • Haxted Estates
  • Cafod
  • Eastleigh College
  • NewVIC
  • Christ the King College
  • Luton Sixth Form College
  • Vuganos Ltd
  • NFU Mutual
  • Tritons Swim School
  • Volker Fitzpatrick
  • Thames Valley University
  • Mountpark


Education Estates Conference 2015 -  Feedback

We are just back from this lively conference identifying trends in the Education sector.  It is clear that there is a very positive mood in the Higher Education sector, with leading universities reporting strong investment plans. Highlighted by Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services for Manchester Metropolitan University, was the shift from delivering student centred projects such as university hubs, learning centres and student accommodation,  to getting more flexibility and the latest in flexible areas, to improve space utilisation of teaching accommodation.


Another shift was noted from ‘Starchitecture’,  as coined by one speaker, to more crafted sustainable estates plans and buildings incorporating ‘Biophilic’ design principles, delivering more from less space.


Our Higher Education Sector Retrofit Award winning business school, exhibited at the conference, was a noted example of such a project.


This refurbishment not only delivered a striking change to an existing building but increased teaching and learning opportunities in the refurbished areas by 86%. This was achieved by  reassigning and improving layouts, adding 25% growth to simultaneous teaching groups . It is too early to demonstrate the estate savings this will deliver, but there is a clear emphasis in the mind of estates directors attending the conference in the need to address improvements to the running costs and efficiency of existing buildings as well as investment in new building stock.

If you want to know more about how we have achieved this at Waterloo please contact us.


Lewisham Southwark College winner of AJ Retrofit Higher Education Building of the Year 2015

Eastleigh College

RHA are appointed to prepare planning applications for residential development in Eastleigh to support LEP funded £12.5M redevelopment of the college, also designed by RHA.

Yarrow Training Hotel

This exciting project for a new concept training environment started on site in October. This 30 bed facility will include a conference centre and beauty salons.

Waltham Forest College Phase 3

This major refurbishment for 4,500m2 teaching accommodation completed in 16 weeks, opened in September in time for the new academic year.

High Weald

RHA are appointed to design a new private house in the High Weald for Hemsted developers. The scheme will require an outstanding modern design to match the planning authority expectations.

The Ashes

Architects Journal Small projects awards.

The Ashes has been shortlisted for the AJ small projects awards 2015.

The project was published in the 20.2.15 issue of the magazine.

Ufford Street Waterloo

Outline planning approved for 44 1, 2 & 3 bed units in Waterloo approved. The introduction of a new street has helped maximise value for this site.

Arts Centre Concrete Frame Completes

RHA’s design for a 2,500m2 Creative Arts Centre is well underway and due for completion this spring.


RHA appointed to design a new Art and Dance Centre in Dartford.


Lewisham Southwark College Phase 1 opened to students. The first phase of this campus renewal project providing 2,500m2 of teaching accommodation has completed. Students are enjoying the new open classroom areas.

Waltham Forest College Master plan and Phase 1 & 2

RHA win the ‘non domestic’ Retro Expo 2013 Award.

We were very pleased to receive this award acknowledging the impact of our master planning and project management as well architecture, which has led to 50% reduction in energy use for this approximately 25,000m2 estate. Further phases in development will continue this good practice.

We are always available to answer your questions. Please contact us with any queries you may have by email or phone 01732 373 061

Richard Hopkinson Architects Ltd.  |  220 Vale Road Tonbridge  |  Kent TN9 1SP