HLM Architects welcomed over 60 colleagues from the property industry at its annual client event, held in its offices on the 10th Floor of Causeway Tower, James Street South, on Monday 1st November.
Guests from the public and private sector as well as professionals from across construction attended the event, and were served drinks and canapes.
Karl Ruddle, Regional Director of HLM Architects’ Belfast office, welcomed guests: “As well as bringing together clients and contacts for positive discussion, our event also marked the completion of some of our major projects: St Mary’s College in Derry, the new EU Commission offices in Belfast and the latest phase of Altnagelvin Hospital, which has been shortlisted for a Civic Trust Award. HLM is also celebrating being highly commended in the UTV Business Eye Employer of the Year Award last month.”
Karl then introduced special guest speaker, Lord Nigel Crisp, an independent member of the House of Lords and head of the NHS for six years in England, who said: “Design has a direct impact on positive outcomes, shaping our daily lives. To ensure that it continues to do this, the public and private sector must work together – the various public services must consider joining forces, creating economies of scale and shared facilities for the benefit of everyone, and the private sector must be proactive in giving the strategic and practical advice necessary to deliver them.”
Chris Liddle, Chairman of HLM Architects, added: “We have to think about our approach and establish a new way of working. Our focus must not just be on the next job – we need to think bigger and look to make a difference with our work, maximising our positive impact.”