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HKR Architects News

HKR Architects News

29 November 2023
Yeatman Court Apartments, former Yeatman’s Sweet Factory, North Watford, Hertfordshire, southeast England, UK
Design: HKR Architects
Yeatman Court Apartments Watford Hertfordshire
image courtesy of architects practice
Yeatman Court Apartments, Watford, Hertfordshire

25 May 2023
Co-living Development, Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Eblana Avenue Co-Living, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
photo : Paul Moore Photography
Eblana Avenue Co-Living, Dun Laoghaire
Shared amenities for residents include a stunning sky garden at roof level, while each floors benefits from a MasterChef kitchen relaxation and living spaces. There is also a laundry room, gym and fitness club, cinema, and games room together with workspace and meeting rooms.

30 Mar 2018
Hostel on Abbey Street Upper, Dublin, Irelan

Planning permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanála for a 560-bed hostel at 35- 36 Abbey Street Upper and Abbey Cottages, Dublin.

Hostel on Abbey Street Upper

20 Feb 2018
HKR Architects strengthens its team with appointment of new Director

Leading international architecture and design practice, HKR Architects has appointed Elias Niazi as Director.

Elias’s appointment comes on the back of a number of significant residential-led project wins in 2017 and continued expansion of the company going forward in 2018.

Elias worked for 18 years as Design Principal at Aukett Swanke and prior to that for five years at HOK San Francisco as Project Designer. His portfolio includes large-scale complex mixed-use projects involving urban master planning along with award-winning higher education buildings. Elias brings a unique mix of entrepreneurial spirit, strategic thinking and strong design leadership with a highly collaborative working style.

Jerry Ryan, Director of HKR Architects comments, “We are delighted that Elias has joined HKR. He brings a wealth of experience as a talented and enthusiastic design Architect and has worked on many challenging and award-winning projects.

“He will play a key role in contributing to the ongoing expansion of the company and further enhance the professional and creative design practice in the London office.”

Elias continues, “I have been aware of HKR for many years and am delighted to become part of the team. One of my key responsibilities will be to strengthen HKR in the commercial office and workplace, education, science and mixed use residential sector as well as continue to expand the UK and international client base.”

HKR Architects was established in 1992 and has since grown to become a leading international architecture and urban design practice with offices in London, Dublin, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

24 Jan 2018
HKR Architects returns to Dublin market

24th of January 2018 – International architecture and design practice, HKR Architects has returned to its roots in Dublin by opening a new office at 31 Lower Leeson Street, D2. The move comes on the back of a number of new appointments in the City for the company.

Jerry Ryan, Director of HKR Architects comments, “We are delighted to be returning to Dublin and establishing a base once again. The office has been opened to service our existing work in Dublin and to explore new opportunities in the Capital. Our principal design hub in London continues to service our clients in the UK and internationally.

“I am also delighted to welcome Karen Hammond back to our Dublin office. Karen has been working for HKR over the past few years on several large-scale projects in the Middle East and brings a wealth of experience to the Irish market.”

HKR Architects has a proven track record in Ireland having delivered a large number of successful schemes including Smithfield, Clancy Quay and Burlington Plaza.

For further information about HKR Architects in Dublin, please visit HKR Architects at

16 Jul 2017

HKR Architecture News

HKR Architects appointed to design £73 million regeneration of Bexley housing estate

July 2017 – International architectural practice, HKR Architects has been appointed by Orbit and Wates Residential to masterplan and design a proposed £73 million regeneration scheme in Bexley, London.

The scheme is the redevelopment of Arthur Street estate, which was built in the late 1960s and consists of three 13 storey tower blocks and a number of low rise blocks, providing 263 one and two bedroom flats with some three bedroom maisonettes. Despite substantial investment since the transfer from the London Borough of Bexley in 1998, many components are now failing and the blocks no longer meet modern standards.

Arthur Street Estate in the London Borough of Bexley by HKR Architects Office

The proposed new scheme will feature around 280 new homes, of which 80% will be for affordable rent and shared ownership with associated parking and public open space.

Maggie McCann, development director at Orbit, said: “We want the Arthur Street estate to be a great place to live now and for future generations. The regeneration of Arthur Street looks beyond bricks and mortar and will encourage an inclusive community for people who wish to work in London and live in a neighbourly community. We are delighted that HKR Architects will be working with us on the scheme.”

Orbit’s plans for the regeneration of Arthur Street, are also set to benefit from over £10 million awarded through the government’s Estate Regeneration Fund and the Greater London Authority’s Affordable Homes Programme.

Director Geoff Brocklehurst added: “We are absolutely delighted to be appointed by Orbit and Wates Group. The regeneration of this estate is extremely important for Erith and will symbolise the continued commitment to transform local neighbourhoods into better and safer places which people are proud to live in.”

In the coming months, Orbit and Wates will consult with the local community before submitting a planning application to London Borough of Bexley in summer 2018.

As one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations, Orbit has 50 years’ experience providing more than 40,000 quality, affordable homes and a range of advice and support services to over 100,000 people across the Midlands, east and south.

Our ethical approach to business means that we reinvest our profits into our mission of building communities, ensuring all generations can live in a home they can afford. This profit for a purpose culture enables us to build around 1,700 homes a year, from market sale and shared ownership to affordable rent and independent living with care options for people aged 55-plus.

Building homes is just the start of our offer to customers. We also work closely with partners to provide a network of support services to give people choice and opportunities through employment and training, health and wellbeing, digital inclusion and financial inclusion.

Employing 1,200 staff, we have a wealth of in-house resources, skills, and experience. We harness this to provide sector-leading homes and services, but also to benefit other businesses. Through Service Matters, our professional services team, we deliver audit, insurance, procurement and other services to other public and private sector partners. @orbitgroup

About the Wates Group
The Wates Group, established 120 years ago, is one of leading privately owned construction, development and property services businesses in the UK. It employs approximately 4,000 people and generated turnover of £1.53bn in 2016. Wates was named Building Magazine’s Major Contractor of the Year in 2016 and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development for the second time. Wates was the first large contractor ever to be awarded Business in the Community’s Community Mark and in 2013 was awarded the inaugural National Business Award for Corporate Citizenship in recognition of its leadership and excellence in community investment.
Wates is committed to the long-term future of the built environment and to leaving a positive legacy for the communities in which we work and live. @WatesGroup

Arthur Street Estate which Orbit and Wates Residential propose to regenerate Arthur Street Estate which Orbit and Wates Residential propose to regenerate

6 Jan 2017
HKR Architects appointed to design significant mixed use development at Nyes Wharf, Southwalk

16th January 2017: Leading International architecture and design practice, HKR Architects has been appointed by Hinkcroft Ltd to design a significant residential led, mixed used development at Nyes Wharf in the London Borough of Southwark.

The proposals will include the provision of up to 200 new homes and around 15,000 sq. ft. of employment generation space, parking and associated landscaping.

Geoff Brocklehurst, Director of HKR Architects comments, “Development and regeneration is about building a long-term future and creating places for people and we are extremely pleased to be part of such an exciting project in London. HKR’s approach to masterplanning and urban design focuses on creating environments where people can live and work in a safe, integrated community.”

Nyes Wharf is part of a larger composite 13 hectare site masterplan known as OKR14. The Old Kent Road is designated as an Opportunity Area in the London Plan because of its significant capacity for new development. Over the next twenty years, the Opportunity Area will be transformed, increasingly becoming a part of central London.
The site being developed in conjunction with Southwark Council’s draft Area Action Plan which seeks to deliver more than 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years. There is also the potential delivery of two new Bakerloo line stations.

6 Jan 2017
UK Architecture Practice HKR Architects reaches final for International Design Competition

6th January 2017: Leading architecture and design practice, HKR Architects, credited as the only UK architectural firm to be a finalist in an open International Design Competition for DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai.

DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai by HKR Architects Office

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) competition brief was to prepare a design for a building of International standing to meet the needs of its various departmental stakeholders within an over-arching principle of delivering a net Zero Energy Building.

HKR’s initial response was to challenge DEWA’s own brief on overall size of development and the hierarchical needs of the business to deliver a ‘smarter’ building. HKR’s initial questioning sought to reduce the building volume by 30% by reducing the associated area of work space per person down to a more standard BCO provision, thus reducing significantly both capital cost at the outset and annual running costs – a smaller building is more efficient to build and manage.

DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai by HKR Architects

The practice also examined inter-departmental connectivity and associated building uses with the aim to ‘compartmentalise’ the building by department and activity to ensure functionality was not compromised during ‘compression’ of the brief. In addition to this proposed spatial reduction to the brief, the design also incorporated the ability to ‘shut down’ large sections of the total building during significant parts of the working week to further reduce overall energy consumption, principally in the form of cooling.

The final submission comprised an impressive atrium office building delivering a genuine sense of arrival and prime connectivity to key departments with inter-linked building elements to accommodate ancillary activities such as public auditoria, conferencing, health and fitness facilities and staff well-being. This commercially astute approach to design also incorporated best practise basics – office spaces which are flexible and sub-divisible to ensure the building has the adaptability to meet the future needs of the owners or any subsequent tenancy.

DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai

Geoff Brocklehurst, Director at HKR Architects comments, “As lead consultants, the team at HKR produced a fully brief-compliant scheme design to meet the net Zero Energy Building demanded by the client. We are delighted the design was short-listed against some of the most well-known and influential architectural businesses across the globe.”

HKR’s design also focused on introducing high quality public realm, social space and a strong element of genuine place-making to the development, attributes often found lacking in large developments within cities undergoing ‘artificially’ accelerated growth.
For further information about HKR Architects please visit

12 Oct 2016

HKR Architects – Recent Buildings

Most Recent Developments by HKR Architects:

The Anvil Office Development, Bristol, Southwest England, UK
The Anvil Bristol Temple Quarter by HKR Architects
image from architect
Planning consent for The Anvil, landmark office development in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Walker House, Liverpool, England, UK
Date built: –
Walker House Liverpool by HKR Architects
photo © McCoy Wynne
Walker House

Aurora Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date built: 2009
Aurora Belfast by HKR Architects
image from HKR Architects
Aurora Belfast : tallest proposed building in Northern Ireland

The Wave, London
Date built: 2008
The Wave London
image from HKR Architects
The Wave London

Millennium Hotel, Ocean Village Estate, Southampton, England
Date built: –
Southampton Ocean Village
image from HKR Architects
English Hotel : for Marina Developments Limited

HKR Architects – Key Projects

Designs by HKR Architects listed alphabetically:

Axis, Albion Street, Manchester
Date built: 2007-08
Axis Tower
image from HKR Architects
HKR Architects : Manchester building

Boddingtons Brewery Redevelopment, Manchester, England
Date: 2008-
Boddingtons Brewery

Chancery Place, Booth Street, Manchester, England
Date built: 2007-08
Chancery Place
image from HKR Architects
Manchester office tower

Dublin City Market development, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
HKR with make and Gehl Architects
Architecture Competition winner Feb 2008
Former fruit & vegetable market redevelopment

Fore Street, London, UK
Fore Street London
image from architect
Fore Street London

Groucho Club Soho – Refurbishment & Extension, London, UK
London development

The Hive, Stevenson Square, Manchester, England
Date built: 2007-08
The Hive
image : HKR architects
HKR Architects : Manchester building

Northern Quarter, Prince’s Street, Dublin, Ireland

Oxford Academy, Oxfordshire, England
English School Project

Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Approx. £70m

St Peter’s Square, Stockport, south Manchester, England
Date built: 2007-09
St Peter’s Square
image from HKR
Manchester building

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Location: London, south east England, UK

HKR Architects Practice Information

HKR Architects are an international architectural practice with offices in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Dublin and licensed to operate in Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

HKR Architects was established in 1992 and has since grown to become a world leading international architecture and design practice delivering exceptional design, value engineering and lead design consultancy to their clients.

In January 2008 HKR Architects appeared in Building Design’s annual survey of top global practices, and was ranked Number 1 in Ireland, 18th in the UK, 25th in Europe and 68 worldwide. This architecture practice’s expertise spans several sectors including urban design and re-generation, commercial, residential, retail, hotel, education, healthcare, leisure and culture. This design studio also has dedicated capabilities in master planning and public private partnership projects, and specialise in the design and corporate fit-out of interiors for all buildings.

In the 2 years since HKR opened its Manchester office it has grown to a team of 40 and a turnover in excess of £3 million. HKR’s Manchester office was recently named ‘Consultants of the Year’ by Property Week at the Northwest Property Awards 2008 and team member Adam Thornton won Insider Young Property Professional of the Year 2008.

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