We design buildings that work for our clients and are kind to the environment.
We are a small and friendly architectural practice who work on projects from inception to completion.
Our experienced designers listen to you, and with vision and expertise, design the buildings you need.
Hives Architects was originally formed in Reading in 1934, and has operated continuously in the town since.
The practice has always worked on a wide variety of building types and for a range of clients, please see some examples below.
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If you are looking to reduce the energy use of your building project we have in-house expertise to help you achieve your goals. Alistair Cruickshank is our Passivhaus Consultant and energy expert.
Please contact us for an initial consultation to see how we create more comfortable, energy efficient buildings.
Hives Architects was originally formed in Reading in 1934 by Eric Hives. His uncle, Ernest Hives, rose from being Charles Rolls' mechanic to chairman of Rolls-Royce, and the practice worked on the company's factories in Derby.
Nigel Garrett became a partner, and later the sole proprietor until the formation of the partnership with Cornelius Kavanagh in 2010. Cornelius 'retired' from the partnership in 2020 to focus on family and a masters in conservation architecture.
The current partner is Henk Wieringa who joined the firm in 2010 after working at, amongst others, Foster and Partners. Alistair Cruickshank is currently an employee, but will shortly also be a a partner. He is a Certified Passivhaus consultant, leading our programme to provide low energy buildings.
As a practice we take pride in our work and your projects. We are a friendly, enthusiastic and professional team who offer innovative design solutions coupled with a high level of personal service, expertise and experience. The expertise and up-to-date knowledge of our staff goes hand-in-hand with a best possible client service. We draw in 3D, using Archicad, which is an object based drawing package, ready for BIM modelling for larger and more complex projects.
ARCHITECT RIBA | PARTNER
Henk qualified as an architect in 1999 at the University of Delft. He also studied at the University of Bath. He worked at Foster and Partners, and at HLM Architects, on large office schemes and significant education projects. Henk joined Hives in 2010 and has been a partner since 2014. At Hives he has overseen work in all sectors we operate in, including challenging planning permissions, and delivery of a number of key projects on site.
LOW ENERGY AND CERTIFIED PASSIVHAUS CONSULTANT
Alistair qualified as an architect in 2002. He previously worked at HLM, and at Bouygues UK. As a certified Passivhaus consultant he specialises in low energy building design, reducing environmental impact, whilst achieving high levels of internal comfort and build quality. He provides design and technical experience alongside specialist qualifications and energy modelling to provide truly sustainable projects.
Goda graduated from the University of Nottingham where she gained both her Bachelors and Masters in architecture. She is the most recent addition to our team, and has joined us during the COVID-19 lockdown. She worked at ADAM Architecture, on alterations to large houses and master planning projects. Mount Pleasant Passive House dwellings, and our Kidlington office conversion and extension are two of her current projects .
Carl graduated from Oxford Brookes in 2019 and has been with the firm since the beginning of 2020, having previously worked at YKDesign. Carl has worked on a number of residential schemes, including a large care home to residential use conversion, and a new build mixed use building withrestaurant and flats in London. He is an expert at Archicad and other software packages.
Briony joined the practice in autumn 2021 after completing her architectural degree at the University of Portsmouth. She is particularly interested in sustainable architecture and environmental design and is currently working on residential detailed design and planning applications before returning to study for her masters.
Cornelius studied at Liverpool University and qualified as an Architect in 1999. In 2001 he joined Hives, specialising in work on listed buildings but also new-build in a traditional style. He was a partner between 2010 and 2020 and continues to support the practice as a consultant where needed for heritage statements and listed building advice.
HIVES HEARING DOG
Jerry is Alistair's hearing dog. He helps with various things like listening for alarms and doorbells. He also ensures there's never a dull moment when he's in the office!
Professor J Almond, Dr K Almond
“Hives Architects helped us to distil our design ideas and brief into a beautiful new home. Henk and his team successfully navigated us through sketch design, detailed design and planning stages. The house was designed around our ambitious requirements on comfort, zero fossil fuel, and minimal energy use. Now that the house is complete we really enjoy the well-proportioned spaces and flow through the house, as well as the balanced design of the exteriors, and the way the house connects to the gardens and landscape.”