Environmental Policy

Hutchinson & Partners believe that architects have a pivotal role to play in helping society, humanity, and the planet in a time of paradigm shift. We design and research for inherent and holistic sustainability. Our belief is we must explore re-use options as a primary approach, and if after thorough investigation a new-build option is genuinely justifiable, then we have a duty to ensure that it is fit for purpose long into the future. We believe that buildings can only be considered sustainable if they can be proven to be adaptable to other future uses. The enduring nature of our architecture, the rationalism on which it is based, and our employment of simple form and use of robust materiality inherently provide for adaptability and longevity of use, with the aim for permanence to mitigate future need for recycling and re-use. We believe in the long-term benefits of contextualism in providing a sense of place, identity, and ownership. This is realised in our work through in-depth research of the specific conditions of a site’s geographical, climatic, historical, social, and cultural context with the aim to improve the quality of experience and engagement within the city through a creative reimagining of its contextual conditions.

Hutchinson & Partners recognises the responsibility it has for the protection and welfare of its employees, clients, and society at large. We are aware of the effects human activity has on the environment, the damage that has been caused in the past and will continue into the future. The practice takes a serious, informed interest in the influence its business activity has on the environment and is committed to minimising impacts as much as possible.

We aim to accurately assess the implications of alternate solutions and are able to use analytical, design and graphic tools to bring them to life and clearly communicate them to clients and partners. Hutchinson & Partners is committed to achieving the most appropriate solutions to any brief, promoting best practice, and in ensuring that the project can reasonably achieve those solutions within the limiting criteria in which it is inherently conceived.

This policy sets out how we can commit to reduce the impact of not just our projects, but also our operation as a business. We have put in place a system to analyse and review our carbon footprint, reduce the impact of travel, lower our energy usage, improve recycling, reduce reliance on packaging, minimise waste and improve efficiencies on finite natural resources in all the business operations and products, within our workplace, and through our designs.

To download our current policy please click here.