Patrick Arends Appointed as Head of Hospitality, Leisure & Culture at HLM

Patrick Arends

Patrick Arends has joined HLM, a leading design and architecture practice with studios in the UK and internationally.

Patrick has been appointed as the Head of Hospitality, Leisure and Culture at the practice, bringing over 17 years of experience of delivering high quality and high-value projects internationally. As sector lead, he will add to HLM’s acclaimed experience in the hospitality, leisure and culture sectors.

As the winner of the RIBA West Midlands Emerging Architect of the Year award in 2014, Patrick possesses a strong skillset of innovation, quality and detail in his design work. He will bring this insight to the practice and to each design project.

Patrick has delivered numerous national and international projects across the UK and the Netherlands. These include libraries, sports halls, hotels, art centres, theatres and Grade II listed cultural heritage buildings. 

Karen Mosley, HLM Managing Director, said, “We are pleased to welcome Patrick to the growing HLM team and to extend our scope further within the hospitality, leisure and culture sectors. We are looking forward to sharing his valuable knowledge and experience with both our clients and our 150-strong team across all HLM studios.”

Patrick commented, “I am delighted to join the highly-skilled, professional design and architecture team at HLM. As Head of Hospitality, Leisure and Culture, I am thrilled to begin delivering strong creative and visionary projects with a very talented team of colleagues.”

Patrick is currently leading the Staybridge Suites Hotel project in Cardiff Bay. As the first long stay hotel in Wales, this will include 75 suites with fully equipped kitchens. Also in Cardiff Bay, Patrick and the HLM team have been appointed to create a 1000m2 extension to science centre Techniquest’s current exhibition facility. The immersive space will be dedicated to engaging audiences with innovative, contemporary science and will highlight new research and developments across Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics sectors. 

HLM has ambitious growth plans for its service areas of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture and urban design. It has also recently appointed 6 new directors to its Board, including internal promotions and a new appointment. Creating the next generation of leadership within the practice, the new directors will make further positive contributions to the direction and performance at HLM.

As an international practice, it serves Ireland and the UK with studios in Belfast, London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester. It also has studios in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.