AUCO Company overview | HPW

A multi-award winning sustainable design practice

HPW Architecture is an industry-leading sustainable architecture and design practice with over 30 years experience in the leisure, retail, residential and commercial sectors. From our base in Hampshire, we operate throughout the UK, Europe and North America. We deliver innovative, sustainable solutions to the design needs and budget of our widely varied client base.

The team at HPW comprises a mix of highly skilled and experienced architects, technologists and designers headed by Alex Urquhart (Design Director) supported by shareholders and founders Alan Powell (Chairman) and Gary Wilburn (Managing Director).

We nurture strong relationships with Universities and Colleges and derive great mutual benefit from employing talented students and graduates in all disciplines.

We always take the time to listen to our clients in order to fully understand their needs and consider the site-specific context of their projects. We take a sustainable approach and assess whole life value in everything we do. HPW Architecture have long been recognised to be at the forefront of pioneering sustainable solutions and green technologies. We constantly review and apply innovative solutions that deliver aesthetically pleasing, low-carbon structures, which reduce or remove our clients’ energy bills.


Our customers and clients get the best value from our services when we are involved very early in the process. This means input from the inception, feasibility studies and planning right the way through to completion and post occupancy evaluation.

We are able to offer a full set of services and share excellent working relationships with a nationwide and international team of like-minded consultants and contractors.

We follow the RIBA Plan of Work and provide a range of design services including:


  • Strategic definition and preparation of brief
  • Site analysis and appraisals
  • Feasibility studies
  • Master planning and urban design
  • Pre-application planning enquiries
  • Concept and developed design
  • Planning applications
  • Model making
  • Interior design services
  • CGI visualisations, artist's impressions and flythrough movies
  • Graphic design (branding and signage
  • Building Regulation applications
  • Sustainable / low carbon design
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Regional sourcing of materials
  • Passivhaus planning package and dynamic thermal modelling of buildings
  • Designing buildings to meet AECB Silver / Enerphit design standards
  • Architectural design and detailing
  • Tender and procurement input
  • Technical design collaboration
  • Project Management
  • Lead consultant services
  • Principal Designer role under CDM
  • Site supervision
  • Contract administration
  • Snagging, handover and project close out
  • Defect identification and resolution
  • Post occupancy evaluations and monitoring of building in use



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