HNW Rough Runner Challenge 2019 for Dementia Support

In April a handful of the office will be taking part in the Rough Runner Challenge, it is known for beautiful venues, epic obstacles, a perfect blend of challenge and entertainment! The obstacles are inspired by TV game shows (Total Wipeout, Gladiators and Ninja Warrior), including Sweeper Arms, 40m water slide and legendary travelator.

The team are not only doing this for the fun and the challenge but to raise money for a local charity ‘Dementia Support’, who provide a vital service offering support, guidance, and care for those in our community living with dementia. Dementia is a complex disease with a rapidly increasing prevalence. Their vision is a society where dementia is wholly understood and accepted, enabling people living with dementia to be fully supported throughout the whole of their journey. As part of our ongoing works with Dementia Support, HNW Architects recently completed the concept design for the new Dementia Support Hub and Director Ken Watson (HNW) sits on the board of trustees.


Any donations would be greatly appreciated, if you wish to donate we have a ‘JustGiving’ page:

For more information on the charity please go to

HNW on Ice

The HNW edition of ‘Dancing on Ice’ was in full swing yesterday ahead of the 2018 Final – with the inaugural trip to Chichester’s Priory Park ice rink. As the office overlooks Priory Park, the opportunity to get our skates on was too good to miss. HNW spun and twisted their way around with only a couple of falls (intentional of course). Luckily no broken bones ahead of the staff Christmas party on Friday.

Kent Design & Development Awards 2018

HNW were recently nominated for an award for Ashford College in the ‘Public Buildings – Education’ category at Kent Design & Development Awards 2018. The design was awarded with a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate for its eye-catching design response to this busy gateway site in the town. HNW developed and designed a three phase masterplan to provide a new Gateway College Building with Phase 1 completed last year. The College links Ashford International Railway Station and Commercial Quarter development to the historic town and town centre.

The focal element of the building is the oval rotunda, the ‘Heart’ of the College. The concept for these new College premises was developed as a series of linked pavilions, in response to the sensitive memorial garden setting behind with its steeply rising topography, and to enable the phased construction of the future Technology Wing and Arts and Media Wing.

Smitham Primary School – Completion

Working alongside the London Borough of Croydon and Willmott Dixon, HNW have recently completed a substantial expansion project at Smitham Primary School, Coulsdon.

The works include the provision of a new build classroom block, refurbishment of teaching accommodation and site-wide landscaping. The two-storey new build block consists of 9 Classrooms, 2 Specialist Activity Spaces, a Nursery and a Studio space to host community activities.

The concept was developed around the School’s vision to galvanise the school community around a new identity. The material palette which comprises red facing brickwork, standing seam steel and expressed timber cladding provides a new public face for the school and distinctive frontage to the development.

Please see link below of the time lapse construction video for Smitham Primary School, which shows an exciting insight into how our designs reach reality through built form.

(Thanks to Regenology Ltd. for time-lapse photography)

Seaford College, Assembly Hall – Site Progress

HNW are currently working with Ascia Construction and Seaford College to refurbish the college’s outdated Assembly hall; providing 6 no. new classrooms, a Learning Resource Centre, W/C’s and a first floor glazed extension with roof terrace.

In addition, works to the adjacent Hollington Centre will entail improved common rooms, work spaces, kitchen facilities, new changing facilities, a viewing deck and glazed canopy.

Photo shows progress on-site with the steel work and metal deck installed (the LRC will be located on the 1st floor), a new floor being installed in the original fly tower (creating 2 seminar rooms) and new structural openings in the external brickwork formed for windows with the bricks recycled for making good. The 3D visualisation gives a realistic impression of the end result.

Completion of the Assembly Hall and the Hollington centre is set for summer 2019.

HNW Study Trip 2018 – Barcelona

HNW recently went on a study trip to the breath-taking Catalonian city of Barcelona. The short but sweet time spent there was filled with exploring the architectural wonders of the city. We started off the first day visiting Casa Mila (Gaudi), the team had a great time embracing the views from the roof as well taking photos of the gothic features of the building.

After Casa Mila we headed to our guided tour of Sagrada Familia, also designed by Gaudi. Although still under construction it is undeniable the magnitude of the project, with an original predicted 200 year building schedule – since improved through use of modular pre-stressed concrete panels (that we were even fortunate enough to see being lifted into place on one of the towers).

In addition to these ‘familia’ sights, team-based walking tours (lead bravely by the directors) through the gothic quarter (‘Barri Gotic’) allowed HNW to explore the city at a street level, equipped with just pen and paper – to sketch the urban grain and medieval architecture of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.

The visit was topped off by some excellent weather, as well as the fantastic food and drink shared together. The whole office had an amazing time in Barcelona and is definitely a trip to remember, a few are already planning an HNW reunion trip to Barcelona to coincide with the completion of the Sagrada Familia (2026)!

Vail Williams Charity Volleyball Tournament

Vail Williams hosted a charity volleyball tournament for Naomi House and Challengers at Yellowave on Brighton Beach. The weather wasn’t quite as the Team were sold it be (sea fog, rain and wind) but HNW’s first attempt at a Volleyball tournament was highly commendable (in our unbiased opinion).

Armed with an average height of 5 ft 5 the team appeared to start as the underdogs of the tournament (last year’s returning winners, an average height of 6 ft 5). Without any practice the team battled hard, diving for the ball and hitting some great shots, with a victory over Vail Williams ‘A’ Team and coming 1 point away from beating the 2017 champions Forza Doors… HNW even managed to put together a second team to help out the Regus team who (all but two) forgot to turn up!

Sadly, we remained the under-dogs and our hard efforts did not pay off with both our teams exiting the tournament in the knock-out round. However, as everyone knows, ‘It’s the taking part that counts’! An excellent night for all involved, thank you to VW for organising the sport, the bar and the BBQ – and all in the name of two fantastic charities.

Aston Martin – Southampton

HNW have secured planning permission for a new Southampton Aston Martin development on Wide Lane. This scheme will see a brand new, 7-car Showroom and Workshop alongside the adjacent JLR facility, and opposite the wider commercial redevelopment of the former Ford Manufacturing site. The new Sales element will ensure that Aston Martin’s exciting and ambitious seven year supercar plan will be displayed in an equally prestigious environment whilst the Workshop and Aftersales element will meet the needs of previous, current and upcoming vehicles and technologies.

The scheme sees the prestigious Aston Martin brand move to this important and accessible location, offering excellent local employment opportunities on this former employment-heavy site. The building will incorporate the very latest Aston Martin design and identity, internally and externally. The proposals are designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Ellesfield Avenue – Completion of Phase 1

Photos of the recently completed 90,000ft2 B1c/B2/B8 scheme at Ellesfield Avenue, Bracknell.
HNW have worked closely again with Segro in designing and delivering a speculative unit that accommodates flexibility for future growth, as well as including the associated access road, car parking, service yard with dock levellers, ancillary structures and landscaping.

The build forms part of HNW’s wider 350,000ft2 masterplan for the site with the next two phases (each 30,000ft2) currently under development.

Harrow College – Planning Permission Granted

Planning approval granted at Harrow College’s ‘Harrow on the Hill Campus’ in the London Borough of Harrow. This exciting project including significant over cladding and internal refurbishment within the existing 3 storey Armstrong Building and the addition of a new primary entrance and Student Services.

The design is vibrant & contemporary, seeking to transform and ‘re-brand’ the current Armstrong building, the most prominent structure on the campus. It utilises glazing, and two contrasting cladding materials to create an exciting addition to the College.

The proposals will ensure the College can sustain and enhance its curriculum delivery, providing fit for purpose teaching space in a new and inspiring learning environment, therefore making a positive contribution to the College and the London Borough of Harrow as a whole.