Constructing Excellence Awards 2017/

HMY along with Baxall Construction, Campbell Reith, Crofton and KCC were winners of the Integration and Collaborative Working Category of the SECBE & Constructing Excellence Awards 2017 for their combined efforts on Skinners Kent Primary School in Tunbridge Wells. The judges commented that:-

Skinners’ Kent Primary School is an exemplar of collaborative working in action. A team approach supported from the outset by BIM, enabled the school to be designed and delivered to exceptional quality standards and client satisfaction. At the point of contract award, major challenges to secure the site had already put delivery of school places a year behind schedule. Early doors support and expertise provided to Kent County Council (KCC) by Baxall was intrinsic to getting the project off the ground (mitigating any further cost, time and disruptive issues). Early stage and on-going engagement between all parties including KCC, the school itself and supply chain partners enabled the realisation and progression of value added initiatives to produce a sustainable, time and cost efficient design and build solution. The prime initiative was a Modern Method of Construction (MMC) alternative comprising off-site manufacture. Collaborative efforts extended to completion, handover and aftercare. The school Facilities Manager was invited to witness commissioning and testing and supply chain partners took part in interactive handover demonstrations supported by bespoke end user manuals. An initial Post Occupancy Review has already been carried out with further evaluations planned with the school.

The Practice was also nominated for the Digital Construction Award.


Careers in Construction/

HMY took part in a careers fair at Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs organised by EBP Kent. We were part of a group of construction colleagues promoting interest in being part of the building industry, architecture being one of those 186 possible careers. Click on the link to go to website – @Construction186 working towards improving the image of #Construction in #Kent among the young generation by creating awareness of construction as a #career option.

HMY Sketchbook Prize/

HMY are proud to sponsor an annual sketchbook prize for second year students at University of Kent School of Architecture. This year’s winner Jake Obichere clearly demonstrated with beautiful sketches and notes the design development ideas for his projects. The design journey is as important as the destination and HMY are pleased to be able to encourage students to do this through developing their drawing skills.

Constructing Excellence Awards 2017/

We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in becoming finalists in two categories of the Constructing Excellence Awards this year.

Our first submission in the Digital Construction Category outlines the tremendous work the team at HMY are doing to “Work Together Better”, defining not only day-to-day working, but also Jonathan Sargood’s efforts on Kent BIM Hub and working with clients like Kier and KCC.

We have also been selected for “Integration and Collaborative Working” with Baxall on Skinners’ Kent Primary School. HMY’s Bryn Warlow has done a terrific amount of work in getting everyone to pull together successfully.

The full list of finalists can be seen here:


HMY launch UK Government petition for PassivHaus Legislation/

This week James Galpin, our PassivHaus specialist, launched his HM Gov petition to make the PassivHaus standard required for all newly built dwellings. 

His petition can be viewed here:


For more details also read James’s description of the proposal here:



Repairs to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty/


HMY has won planning permission for a new residential development at Mill Farm near Tunbridge Wells. The site had not been used as a farm for a number of years but had left a number of disused and dilapidated outbuildings and hard surfaces scattered across the site.

The proposals clear these away and HMY has designed a scheme that sensitively reorganises the site with reference to the form, layout and materials of agricultural and rural buildings. Landscaping was identified at the very outset as essential to the success of the development and towards reintegrating the site within its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty context.

The proposals gained support from planners and neighbours alike and we are now working hard towards completing delivery of the scheme on site.