HMY Hartwell . Architects

The Practice

Hartwell Architects was established in 1989 by architects Stephen Ball & Alan Found. Since then we have gained a reputation for good design undertaken with integrity, honesty and transparency at every level. 

We are delighted to announce that Hartwell Architects have been incorporated into Hazle McCormack Young LLP (HMY) as of 1st June 2018. This acquisition draws on the complementary skillsets and professional qualifications of Hartwell Architects to strengthen our teams specialising in healthcare, residential and education projects.

Hartwell Architects founding partners Stephen Ball and Alan Found will be joining HMY as Senior Architects continuing to manage the team at Dover with Stephen Coomber, Partner responsible for Canterbury and Dover offices. This will grow HMY to 30 staff comprising 5 partners, 14 architects, 2 interior designers, 5 assistants/technical staff and 4 administration staff.

Hartwell Architects join John McCormack, Stephen Coomber, James Galpin, James Robson and David Hall in developing HMY as a leading Chartered Architect Practice in the South-East. With offices in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells and now Dover HMY has the resources, experience and imagination to deliver our growing portfolio of work which includes a new 600 seat theatre for Kent College and a £20M mixed use development at Leyton Green.


We design buildings and environments of various scales and complexity. Working together with clients, contractors and all those involved in the building process, consultation and dialogue has become fundamental to the ethos of our practice. We firmly believe that the best buildings are achieved from detailed briefs generated by committed clients. It is for this reason that we hope that the client, and ultimately the contractor, become full participating members of the design team.

Our passion lies in our wish to create the highest quality modern architecture, combined with our commitment to advancing the technology of the built environment, making beautiful, sustainable and intelligent buildings which inspire and delight.

"Taking care, we bring people together to make Architecture."

Project Teams

We regularly act as Lead Consultant for medium and large projects and are able to put together an appropriate design team for a project. These include: Structural Engineers, Service Engineers and Quantity Surveyors. We can also arrange for specialists such as: environmental, acoustic, and flood risk, to advise the team.


On traditional contracts part of our service includes tendering to suitable contractors, setting up the building contract, and inspecting the construction phase of the project. Being a well established practice we have good working relationships with many of the contractors in the area and will always tender those we consider most suitable for each individual contract.


All our architects have chartered status and are registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The practice belongs to the RIBA Chartered Practice Scheme which sets quality standards which must be met, to reassure clients that they are dealing with committed professionals. This is benchmarked annually by the RIBA. 

HMY has also achieved accreditation with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Assurance, CHAS Designer & Principal Designer Competency in Health & Safety and Constructionline (ref 98905). We are members of a number of recognised construction bodies such as British Standards Institution, TRADA, Green Register of Construction Professionals and Passive House Trust.