Hertfordshire Building and constuction Awards 2017:

Interior Design Award 

CHQ’s Head Quaters are an exclusive office space, modern and efficient within the highest standards, whilst maintaining the feel of a listed and historically important building.

The result has been a remarkable unique interior that won the Interior Design Award for ultimately creating a space which is both comfortable and a pleasure to work in.


Hertfordshire Building and constuction Awards 2017:

Manager of the Year Award 

Winner - Senior Director Mark Garnham, who has worked for CHQ Architects for almost 20 years and has served the firm tirelessly. During his time with CHQ he has worked his way up from a Technologist through to the role he now holds as Senior Director.

He is an inspiring mentor now managing a team of 15 Architects, Technologists and Architectural Assistants as he heads up the Construction Division here.

Mark regularly goes above and beyond his job function, assisting in all areas of the business including development, innovation, HR, training and strategic planning. 


Hertfordshire Building and constuction Awards 2017:

Finalists in the Refurbishment project of the year.

Finalists in Architect of the Year

Finalists in Highly Commended Award (Ben Smith)


Ashford Borough Council Building Design Awards:

Best Design in the Commercial category

The Sainsbury’s store extension at Warren Retail Park, Ashford has won the 'Best Design in the Commercial category' award in the Ashford Borough Council Building Awards.

The judges had visited each of the shortlisted sites to view the designs more closely and gain greater insight into the development as a whole and determined our design to be the winning scheme.


Sustain Magazine Awards:
Sustainability, Business and the Built Environment

Sainsbury’s Dawlish wins Sustain Magazine Awards Sustainability, Business and the Built Environment award.

The Dawlish Eco-Store for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets won the Business and Society Retail Sector Award in March.

The Sustain Magazine Awards for Sustainability, Business and the Built Environment celebrates the hard work, commitment and creativity of those who achieve distinction and success in the field of Sustainability.

CHQ Architects worked through all stages of the project as the design and technical architects, achieving multiple targets set by Sainsbury’s in the bid to make the Dawlish store an Eco-Store.


The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
Sainsbury’s Hythe wins The Guardians Sustainable Business Award   

The Hythe store for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets won the Energy Award after developing innovative technologies to cut demand for carbon intensive peak electricity in-store.

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards reward sustainable business practice and showcase innovative corporate initiatives that tackle the most pressing environmental and social challenges businesses face.

CHQ was the designer for the Hythe Sainsbury’s Store.


Gold Green Apple Award

Sainsbury’s Hythe wins Gold Green Apple Award Commerce and Industry award.

The Hythe ‘Smart Grid Ready Store’ for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets won the Environmental Efficiency Award 

The awards, run by the Green Organisation, acknowledge and promote worldwide environmental best practice.

CHQ Partnership designed the Sainsbury’s Supermarket.


Top Safety Accreditation for CHQ Architects Limited

CHQ Architects is one of the latest groups of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Baldock and London-based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Specialising in the Architecture and Building Surveying industries, CHQ’s most recent clients have included major players such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and B&Q.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies".

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that CHQ has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector".

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website,

For further information contact:

Tel: 01462 895110


CHQ Architects have also been shortlisted for the following awards:

  • Michelmores Magazine Awards ‘Eco Building of the Year’: Sainsbury’s Supermarket Dawlish.


  • Seaton Visitor Centre
    Schools and Leisure

    Sports club redevelopment, schools & leisure centre design

  • Residential design concept for an apartment block

    One off individual house designs to large mixed-use developments

  • Office refurbishment by CHQ - Centre Point, London
    Interior Design

    Interior design for the retail, business & residential sectors

  • Commercial design for B&Q - the store exterior
    B&Q Belvedere

    An £8m new build project for B&Q Plc in North Bexley

  • Architectural design support from CHQ
    Potton Homes

    Site appraisals, planning applications & detailed design

  • Commercial architectural design - East London
    Canning Town

    Part of the London 2012 Olympics led regeneration of East London

  • The supermarket exterior at night
    Calne development

    New building design for one of the UK's most successful supermarket chains

  • The Hythe development - a view from the side
    Hythe development

    This award-winning supermarket replaces an ageing factory and office unit