Blog: SECBE Awards 2023 Finalist HNW Architects

29 March 2023

SME of the Year sponsored by Baxall Construction

HNW Architects

SME of the Year Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 finalist

HNW Architects is a leading architectural SME. With over 3 decades of experience and a team of approximately 45 highly skilled and dedicated professionals. Based in both Chichester and Hove, HNW is known for intelligent contextual design with an extensive portfolio that embraces a rich variety of projects. HNW Architects' core belief is to “make possible”.

Despite the external pressures of Covid and world events, HNW has embarked on an ambitious journey. Two new Directors, Rosie Mitchell and Lee Davies, have strengthened and diversified the board. A new studio in Brighton and Hove increased the services the company can offer, extended its geographical reach, and provided a different environment for staff allowing it to attract the best possible talent. Plus, HNW have diversified into a wider variety of sectors.

HNW Architects' employees are the backbone of its business, its success is directly tied to theirs, so the company provides them with the training, support, and resources they need to succeed, including a comprehensive CPD programme to keep them up to date with the ever-changing profession. HNW Architects try to create a positive sense of community bringing the team together in many ways ranging from weekly staff meetings to share company news and achievements to outings, social and sporting activities. HNW Architects are proud of their friendly environment and they strive to look after each other and recognise each other’s achievements.

At HNW, they not only support their own people, but also nurture others, encouraging the next generation into the industry. HNW welcomes a regular flow of work experience students and the team attends career fairs to inspire young people to become architects. As official RIBA mentors, HNW Architects currently mentor students from the Universities of Brighton and Portsmouth and the company sponsors undergraduate and post graduate awards.

HNW was an early signatory to the UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency movement and has operated an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System for over a decade. They are active partners in the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge aiming to achieve net zero carbon for UK building stock by 2050, with their own Road-Map and Toolkit in place to achieve this. The company's staff provide in-house Certified Passivhaus Designer services and are currently working on the delivery of the first Passivhaus school in West Sussex.

HNW Architects believe the best results are achieved when all stakeholders in a project work together, so they encourage open communication between team members, clients, contractors, suppliers and everyone in between. Their collaborative approach delivers successful projects to satisfied clients.

Ian Tomes, Woking Borough Council, said: ‘despite the challenges of Covid and Brexit [they] have managed to deliver a high-quality build…HNW have been a pleasure to work with from the beginning. We have a building which looks good externally and internally has the look and feel of a high-class facility.’

HNW Architects’ combination of expertise, creativity, collaboration, and commitment to quality makes them stand out in their field - a company that consistently delivers results that exceed expectations. They are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to a bright future.

Key achievements:

  • Growth and expansion – In 2021, in the midst of COVID-related uncertainty and a struggling construction sector, HNW made the bold move of opening a new studio in Brighton and Hove. Alongside the established base in Chichester, this has enabled the company to grow into new sectors, increase its geographic spread, improve the offering to clients, and diversify the work environment available for its staff, allowing HNW to attract the best possible talent.
  • Sustainability and environmental credentials – HNW prides itself on its positive approach to the environment. As active partners in the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge aiming to achieve net zero carbon for UK building stock by 2050, HNW have created their own Road-Map and Toolkit to achieve this. They have sponsored the training of additional in house Certified Passivhaus Designers and are currently working on the delivery of the first Passivhaus school in West Sussex.
  • Nurturing and encouraging the next generation - HNW embrace cultivating potential new architects and giving back to the industry. The company is actively engaged with numerous schools and colleges through career fairs and work experience, the team also mentors a large number of under and post graduate University students and sponsors awards to stimulate future generations.

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Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 Ceremony on Thurs 29th June 2023.

About the SME of the Year Award (sponsored by Baxall Construction): 

SMEs are the backbone of the industry and are recognised by Constructing Excellence for their dominance of and contribution to the supply chain. Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggest that 99.9% of UK construction contracting businesses are SMEs and some of the greatest innovation and best practice can be identified in this sector. More info.

>> Find out more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 finalists here

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