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.

Latest News

  • The Ashes Folly has been Shortlisted for an RIBA South East award.
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  • Planning permission granted for a new contemporary house in Tunbridge Wells.
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  • We are delighted to receive the AJ Retrofit Higher Education Award for Lewisham Southwark College.
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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


April 2016

The Ashes Folly

We are delighted that The Ashes Folly has been Shortlisted for an RIBA South East Award. The project included the remodelling of internal spaces in a Victorian House and new contemporary two storey extension.


The design aims to bring natural light into the main living spaces and maximise views across the Kent countryside.


The RIBA judges visited the house in March and winners will be announced at the end of the month.  See more photos at Alan Williams Photography

Southfield Road House

Planning Permission has been granted for a new contemporary dwelling on a difficult site in Tunbridge Wells.


The two storey house is designed to respond to its historical context with a sympathetic palette of materials and overall form.

Langley Vale Woods Visitor Centre

Our submission for this recent RIBA competition proposed a community-built gateway between the arrival point and exploration of the extensive woodland. The imaginative design maximised the use of the natural landscape and contours to provide a platform to host a range of outdoor activities and showcase the WWII interpretation.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre

LEP approval from the GLA has been given to our project for a new STEM Centre for the college. This project will complete the North East corner of the campus adjacent to our recently completed Arts centre.

Spruce Hills Road Apartments

We have been appointed by Circle Housing Group to design 14 new apartments in Waltham Forest. The site is located next to Waltham College which is a heritage asset for the local area. The proposed 1250m2 building will also include a new landscaping scheme to front the main street.

Centre for the Creative Arts

The new building completes the west courtyard of the college, creating 2,500m2 of new space. The £6.5 project included a 2,400m2 refurbishment of the adjacent east wing to form the new Centre for Business Studies, and a new lift for the college.

Centre for the Creative Industries
Centre for the Creative Industries

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

Varna Library

Our design for this major international competition for a new library was based on creating a democratic space with a free flowing publicly accessible concourse


Capital Space

Capital Space

We are appointed to design a new business centre for Capital Space in Kings Hill. The 1500m2 building is due to open in early 2017.

Southfield Road

Southfield Road

We have applied for planning permission for new two bedroom house in Tunbridge Wells.


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.



Catching up with old friends, we are appointed to design an Enterprise Centre for SEGRO in Barking. Part of East Plus, the largest deal of its kind between public and private land developer in the capital, the project is due to be submitted for planning permission in the spring of 2017.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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