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2022 in review, looking ahead to a zero carbon future

A message from our Managing Director, Tony Morris

As 2022 draws to a close it has been hugely encouraging to see the resilience of the property and construction industry amongst continued political and economic turbulence. This resilience can perhaps be best demonstrated by our involvement in some of the UK’s largest urban regeneration projects, including Barking Riverside, Meridian Water and Liverpool Waters.

Throughout the year we have seen our most ambitious projects across a broad range of sectors reach major milestones. A ‘bottoming out’ ceremony took place in November for 1 Broadgate – one of the UK’s most sustainable mixed-use developments. We are also helping to build brand new communities, with planning approval granted for the first new homes at One Horton Heath. This major development in Eastleigh will create a new community that applies renewable energy to heat homes, charge cars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Projects like these are only made possible through close collaboration with forward-thinking clients. We want to thank all stakeholders and collaborators and have enjoyed strengthening our relationships with British Land, RLAM, LGIM, AXA, Stanhope, GPE, Landsec, Brockton Everlast, Quadrant, Aviva, Greystar and Bruntwood – amongst many others. We have been proud to work with architects who continue to push the boundaries, including Gensler, AHMM, FI-A, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, EPR, Stiff & Trevillion, David Chipperfield Architects, PDP London and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Our design advocacy work with local government and others can have the greatest impact on the future of our planet. We are proud to be supporting the City of London Corporation on a major new piece of carbon planning guidance, designed to provide clarity of purpose to applicants and a framework to define reduced carbon footprints. We believe that, once adopted, this will be a key guide for both the City Corporation’s planners and the wider construction industry.

We have also been working with Midlands Net Zero Hub to publish a Local Authority guide on the electrification of council depots. Designed to help local authorities transition from a fossil-fuelled fleet to an equivalent electric fleet, the guide will be instrumental in reaching net zero commitments over the next ten years.

We are award winning. This year has seen Hanover – one of our longest running projects – crowned Mixed Use winner at the AJ Architecture Awards 2022, while the Mitchell Building at The Skinner’s School and 100 Bishopsgate were recognised by the RIBA in the 2022 RIBA awards.

Our people continue to excel, with individual awards and industry recognition. Anna Tsoumi was a winner in BCO NextGen Ideas Project – An idea generation initiative encouraging the most innovative and creative ideas for the future of our workspaces. Veichali Mahendra was announced as a runner up in the CIBSE Building Simulation Awards 2022, for her work improving operational energy consumption at 10 Station Road in Cambridge. We continued to give back to academia and were proud to award the 2022 Hilson Moran prize to two students on UCL’s MSc Architecture and Environmental Design course, encouraging the engineers and designers of the future.

After several years of disruption and lockdown, it was a pleasure to meet with so many of you in person once again at various events. And what better place to start than the Sussex seaside, with the launch of FOOTPRINT+ in Brighton. We were proud to be founding partners and curators for the UK’s most exciting new property event for a zero carbon future, and we look forward with anticipation for the conference’s second year.

2022 has also seen the much anticipated start of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where our design and sustainability expertise helped bring three of the eight World Cup stadiums to life. This included Stadium 974 – a breakout design star of the tournament and the world’s first fully demountable football stadium.

Following a successful move for our office in Farnborough to The Hub, we look ahead to 2023 and the launch of the Living Lab. A new home for Hilson Moran in London, which will be much more than an office – creating a long-term space that is reflective of our values and demonstrates our creative thought and the innovation we deliver daily. More will be revealed in the new year, watch this space…

At this time of year we also reflect on those that have sadly left us and in particular with the sudden passing in September of our colleague Roger Waters Duke. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues

In keeping with Hilson Moran tradition and in place of Christmas cards, we are delighted to once again support Renewable World. A charity who support our mission of People, Places and Planet, they envision a world where renewable energy is readily accessible to all, helping to end extreme poverty, improve lives and social mobility and mitigate climate change

Please join us in our support of this brilliant organisation by donating online:

We wish all our clients, stakeholders, staff and their families a relaxing, peaceful and fun festive period.

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