HLM Architects

We’re architecture, landscape and interior specialists, listening, responding & understanding to the needs of the people who use the places and spaces we create.

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An architecture and design company with five studios across the UK, HLM wants its workforce to be as sustainable as its business.

Senior managers believe its “One Team” culture is central to its success and to this year's evolutionary transition to an Employee Owned Trust and a new profit-sharing scheme that should both benefit individual wellbeing and financial rewards.

Long-standing collaboration within the firm across its five centres – Sheffield, London, Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow - has helped staff to cope with the move to remote working caused by the pandemic. A commitment to “blended” working has been strengthened with individuals now being encouraged to work where they perform best, whether that is a studio, their home, a cafe or a park bench. New employee digital “VoiceHubs” have been introduced so that all employees have a say in designing the workplace of the future.

Mental health first aiders have been trained to help staff struggling with pandemic-related stresses while “Walk-Out-Wednesdays” have been developed to encourage employees to take time out in the fresh air and share the highlights of their “netwalking” and photographs of their own areas with colleagues.

Flexible working is part of HLM's ethos with all staff empowered to take charge of their own time as long as communication with managers is effective and undue pressure not placed on colleagues. Output, the firm says, is important not hours put in.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

91% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Enhanced Executive Development and Management Fundamentals programmes, run through the HLM Academy, are aimed at developing the talents of individual managers in learning to interact with colleagues, strengthening capability to deliver projects and holding others to account. Following EED, five managers have recently been promoted to board level.

Personal Growth

89% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

The HLM Academy has gone digital with substantial investment in access for staff to curated development courses, focussing on soft skills such as emotional intelligence and active listening. Architects are encouraged to qualify as PassivHaus designers to help clients create a more sustainable built environment through reducing heat demand.

Giving Something Back

59% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

Charitable fund-raising is actively encouraged with each studio choosing a charity to support annually. The Sheffield studio has raised more than £300,000 through the city's Construction Ball over the last 20 years. The firm also mentors students who want to work in the industry and supports architectural apprenticeships.

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Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

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