The re-use of existing buildings for new purposes provides HNW, as designers, with a unique set of challenges and opportunities with every project, restoring purpose to a potentially under utilised building and ensuring its future commercial viability.

Optimisation of internal arrangements of building interiors to provide modern flexible space is crucial in revitalising tired buildings.

Older buildings can hold numerous unseen challenges which need careful consideration, whether it is a C20th building containing asbestos based materials or an older building where the plaster is bound with potential anthrax-carrying horsehair.

Optimising the changing use of a building blends the artistic, scientific and mathematical strains of architecture, often requiring close collaboration with a multitude of specialists in services, material preservation and even planning law.