About Us

Remarkable places, lasting impact

Based in the historic heart of Lancaster, HPA Chartered Architects has built a national reputation for creating built environments that make a positive, lasting impact.

Built on years of experience, we have acquired specialist architectural knowledge in a select number of client industries, including leisure, industrial, commercial, conversation, education, housing, and community.

Our Values


Work Together

We work with people. We respect their ideas and opinions, and understand their needs and aspirations, to take them on a journey that goes beyond their expectations.


Never Stop Learning

We are committed to continuous improvement, developing the knowledge and skills of the whole team to drive new ideas and innovations that build on our experience.


Take Care

We care about people, the places we create for them and the planet. We aim to design thoughtful, balanced, and imaginative spaces that are responsible and sustainable, and ultimately achieve their purpose.


Embrace Diversity

We embrace the uniqueness in every project. We use our multidisciplinary approach to explore each architectural challenge and provide a solution that’s designed solely to meet its needs.


Make a Difference

We aspire to leave a positive legacy through design. We aim to use our enthusiasm for architecture to achieve remarkable environments that make a lasting difference to the people we work with.


Our remarkable architecture and design work has been recognised throughout the North West and across our industry.

2022, National LABC Award, Best Medium Sized Development


2022, Built Environment Category


2022, Construction Business of the Year


2022, Best Professional Service


2022, Amazing Space Category, Leisure


2022, Warton Grange Close, Housing


2022, Ambassador of the Year (director)


2021, Best Professional Service


2021 Built Environment Category


2020, Moss Bank Place, with Wilson & Co Properties


2020, Quite Simply French suites


2019, Lancaster Barn & Castle View


BBC Building of the Decade Cumbria for The Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Furness College


2013, Squire House


2009, Pools Brook Caravan Club – commendation in Sustainability and Regeneration


2007, Hornby Village Institute – Northwest Winner



We are a RIBA Chartered Practice, which means we’re endorsed by RIBA for our commitment to providing the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and service. We also have a number of affiliations with organisations to utilise our expertise to support fantastic projects across the UK.

RIBA Chartered Practice

Architects Registration Board

The Building Limes Forum Ireland



RTPI Associate

RIBA Student Practice

RIBA Conservation Register

Lancaster University School of Architecture

The Methodist Chruch

Heritage Action Zone

Learning Disability England

Caravan and Motorhome Club

Lancaster BID


The Blackburn Diocese

The Carlisle Diocese

Meet Our Team

Richard Wooldridge

Director & Architect

Zoe Hooton

Director & Architect

Andrew Walters

Associate Director

Jess Barrow

Planning and Heritage Consultant

Anthony Dickens

Senior Architect

Helen Madin

Project Architect

Hayley Dufton


Charlotte Fenn


Mike Rich


Emma Newport


Holly Bate

Postgraduate Assistant

Emma Smith

Architectural Assistant

Lucy Housden

Office and Accounts Manager

Colin Beattie

Studio Assistant

Esme Barnes

Design Studio Assistant

Thoughtful, balanced, and imaginative spaces, by design.

Since 1979, consideration and responsibility to take care of our people, the places we create for them, and the planet have been at the core of our values.

We value the importance of listening and are committed to designing and engaging our clients, communities, and team to support a sustainable lifestyle and to adapt to different ways of working, living, and learning.

Using our multidisciplinary approach, we utilise our expertise to work collaboratively to design imaginative, purposeful spaces that are responsible and sustainable.


Our Clients

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