We want everyone to flourish and be the best they can be
We believe we’ve created not only a great place to work but also a place where every person can grow. We’re continuously exploring and learning, making sure everyone feels empowered with the freedom to progress in a role that truly stimulates and inspires.
We enjoy what we do and there is an energy that permeates across our Studios. To endorse this, we’re proud to have received a number of accolades and been voted by our staff each year as a Good Employer; most recently being awarded the AJ100 Employer of the Year and Best Companies to Work for 3 Star rating.
Workplace & culture
We would not be able to achieve what we do without the passion, commitment and enthusiasm of our team. Over 200 talented individuals fill our studios, connected at both regional and national level, bringing diversity of thought to every aspect of our business.
We work as one team across our studios, collaborating and sharing new ideas and best practice through open and honest communication, creating strong relationships and great friendships along the way.
Our nurturing culture encourages thoughtfulness and creativity, and we surround everyone with the right mix of resources and a working environment to energise and inspire; supporting everyone to grow and flourish.
We provide a comprehensive Lifestyle Package to everyone which includes , paid subscriptions, bike to work scheme, Season ticket travel loans, additional maternity and parental leave, rewards and discount shopping vouchers and an annual training allowance.
Health Cash Plan
We also provide a health cash plan with over £1,000 to spend on optical and dental treatments, wellbeing and complementary therapies, chiropody, health screening, 24 hour confidential advice line and 6 face to face counselling sessions each year.
Recognising lifestyles are complex and we all have competing responsibilities, we offer a blended work model with a flexible approach to studio and remote working. This flexible approach supports job sharing, part time, term time and staggered hours, home working, back to work schemes for parents, keeping in touch days, career breaks, sabbaticals and condensed hours.
We recognise no one size fits all. Providing a great studio environment is only part of the equation and flexible ways of working gives us more richness, diversity and choice for how we can work most effectively.
Communicating, sharing & socialising
We're a sociable bunch and have a full social calendar providing a chance to further connect and involve families too. Our enthusiastic social committee organise a range of events to suit everyone from Angling to Zorbing.
The HLM Academy supports everyone along their career journey, capturing passions, driving innovation and equipping individuals with skills to navigate an ever-evolving world. It’s underpinned by a skills and behaviour framework and centred around our core values. Everyone is enrolled on day one, stepping into a bespoke learning pathway with insight from a profiling tool called PROPHET; recognising that all individuals are unique.
Equality of opportunity is important to us and we are proud to have been part of the Architectural Trailblazer Group and our apprenticeship scheme now offers a more diverse route to qualifying. Through our connection with various educators, we inspire and prepare young people for the rapidly changing world of work. We regularly participate in local Careers Fairs across all of our regions where our employees give pupils insight into their own career journeys. We work closely with our professional institutes and our female leaders take part in mentoring events to encourage inclusion and retention of more women in architecture.
Inclusivity is vital to us, enabling everyone to feel safe, empowered, respected and understood, which in turn leads to the unlocking of wonderful ideas and innovation. We want our approach to respond to the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we work, and we encourage everyone to have a voice and share their views, give feedback and feel valued for their contribution. Our team includes over 15 nationalities with multi-cultural influences and different languages spoken. Our gender split is 46/54 female:male, 25% of our operational board is female and 4 out of our 5 studios are led by women.
About HLM Architects
We’re architecture, landscape and interior specialists with deep sector insight.
We listen and respond to the ambitions of our clients and understand the needs of the people who use the places and spaces we create.
Places of education that inspire, healthcare environments that nurture, homes that are part of thriving communities, and infrastructure that is sustainable in every sense. It is this sense of social purpose that drives us on and is at the heart of everything we do.