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