HLM Architects’ Belfast office was named Northern Ireland’s top architectural practice in the recent AJ100 Regional Awards. The accolade was the crowning glory in what proved to be a thoroughly fruitful award ceremony for the practice.
Each year the AJ100, which was instigated by leading architectural publication Architects’ Journal, lists a new top 100 architects and with it a range of awards including the regional awards. The AJ100 Regional Awards, which recognise the best architectural practices in each of the UK’s seven regions, are based primarily on staff reports about their level of happiness in their place of work.
The AJ100 ranking of firms is compiled from data provided by a questionnaire that is circulated through the industry. This year Imperial College, London, worked with Architects’ Journal to analyse data and provide additional insights.
As well as coming out on top in Northern Ireland, HLM was also top practice in North East and Yorkshire region, and was shortlisted in Wales and Scotland, as well as being shortlisted for employer of the year.
Furthermore HLM has risen up the AJ100 table, to 28th place (35th in 2009). This year’s crop of awards makes the firm the seventh most awarded practice in the AJ100.
Nick Beecroft, Director at HLM said: “Being voted the region’s best architectural practice in Northern Ireland and Yorkshire is a tremendous accolade. The awards are based on a highly detailed and far reaching analysis of each practice that enters the competition – from basic numerical information about the size of each firm and the numbers of staff it employs, to the opinions of its staff. This award is a tremendous endorsement of our approach to architecture and client service, and of our commitment to our staff.”