We place people front and centre of all our thinking. For us, the built environment forms the backdrop against which people’s lives are experienced – the happier and healthier we can make these experiences, the more our communities will thrive and prosper, the more our built environments will be valued and the more the investments of our clients will be repaid.
Master Planning & Urban Design
Modern Methods of Construction
The delivery of a project is a ‘shared journey’ for a broad range of participants – often with competing aspirations and concerns.
Our design process is ‘people’ driven – informed by extensive consultation, real time data and cultural trends in addition to a deep understanding of the built environment and its evolution at all scales. We are skilled at navigating complex situations, negotiating with multiple stakeholders, building trust and unearthing mutually beneficial opportunities.
Effective communication is crucial. This is carefully considered and tailored to suit each audience and project stage:
We conduct consultations with community groups and hold interactive workshops where stakeholders are proactively encouraged to contribute to the process. Early-stage ideas are explored using hand drawn sketches and physical models – most importantly we encourage stakeholder engagement and co-creation.
BIM models and software enable informed and virtual engagement – offering an early and ongoing appreciation of developing exterior and interior environments. As projects develop, BIM models provide a common platform – facilitating collaboration and allowing the coordination of increasing levels of detail to map how project components will ultimately be assembled. BIM also enables the analysis frameworks through which the benefits of modern methods of construction are optimised – in pursuit of efficient and sustainable project outcomes.
In addition, we have developed powerful methodologies, such as brand before building, which are proven to enable greater predictability and higher quality outcomes for our clients. This is reinforced through a drive for innovation and extensive experience in the delivery of buildings that have been largely manufactured offsite.
We recognise the inextricable link between environmental and social sustainability. Our designs consider all aspects of sustainability and well being as core drivers for our proposals.
We are committed to working with our clients and collaborators towards the reduction of the construction industry’s contribution to the climate crisis, as well as the removal of barriers to diversity and fairer outcomes. In support of this we are signatories of the RIBA’s Inclusion Charter and UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.
Principal and CEO [TBC]
GTH/ architects is born out of two long standing practices, led by Richard Hopkinson and Karl Taylor.
Richard is committed leader with a clear vision – with experience that spans both private and public sector works. An expert in the Tertiary Education sector, he is particularly proud of the number of clients that return for repeat business. He aims to exceed the needs and expectations of all stakeholders that work with the practice.
With extensive experience of working on multiple projects, from master planning to new buildings, Richard provides leadership and direction to projects in which he is involved and the overall management and guidance of the practice.
Karl has 30 years’ experience leading design teams across residential and workplace sectors on projects ranging in value from £250,000 to £100million.
He is a people person – placing great emphasis on development of strong working relationships and collaborations that are supported by the intelligent use of technology. He provides creative leadership and is an enthusiastic advocate for, and highly competent in, the delivery of projects using MMC across all scales and platforms.
MSc (Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies), UEL BTech. Architecture (Natal, South Africa)
Brian brings significant experience of Modern Methods of Construction and DfMA to the practice and heads up our delivery team. He is leading on the delivery of multimillion pound commercial projects and has extensive experience of working collaboratively and proactively with contractor and manufacturing teams. He also leads on the technical side of our in-house office work and BIM in practice.
Julia calls on her financial and human resource management experience to help guide the successful running and development of the practice. Her years working in and around the architectural world, coupled with excellent business acumen, combine to aid the team in achieving strategic objectives.