Lulworth Castle Renovation by GHK Architects

Gilmore Hankey Kirke Ltd was established in 1973 and practises as GHK Architects from its studios on the river Thames in central London.

The GHK Architects studio is located on Plantation Wharf, Battersea, London

Our award-winning practice serves the whole of southern England, with the occasional overseas project, and specialises in sensitive contemporary and traditional design for sustainable projects that include new build, refurbishment, and historic building conservation. We have an exceptional track record with a diverse client base, encompassing both public and private sector commissions.

Our talented team brings creative energy, drive, and attention to quality and detail in all we undertake. We do not believe in standard solutions; each project is different. We understand the importance of our clients' objectives and strive to be pragmatic and innovative in our approach.

Our vision is to be recognised as setting the standard for excellence in all that we do.

My husband and I hired GHK Architects, led by Richard Young, to carry out a thorough renovation of our period home in Barnes, south west London. Richard and the GHK team were thoroughly professional in their approach and were driven by a commitment to high quality standards and excellence. Read more

Practice Director Richard Young.

GHK Architects Practice Director Richard Young.

After qualifying, Richard Young Architect RIBA spent his formative years with Whitfield Partners (Sir William Whitfield) before joining GHK in 1987. He has been fortunate to work on a number of prestige high quality projects including new build, refurbishment and conservation, which have given him considerable experience of responding to the needs of very exacting clients and the very high standard of detailing which this market demands.

Richard received an RICS AWARDS 2000 Building Conservation Award which "Honours outstanding work in the conservation of a single building or structure, or a group of buildings or structures, and covers refurbishment or conversion to new use" for his work on the restoration of Lulworth Castle, Dorset.

Richard's team includes a number of longstanding colleagues and the key personnel have collectively nearly 100 years experience with the firm.

GHK Architects has worked with a broad range of clients across varied sectors including:

  • 1 Crown Office Row
  • 2 Bedford Row Chambers
  • 2 Hare Court Chambers
  • 2TG Chambers
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Carlton Power
  • Churchill Retirement Living
  • Connells & Co
  • Coronation Land
  • Devonport Regeneration Company
  • DML Estates Ltd
  • Dominic Payte
  • Embassy of Chile
  • English Heritage
  • Fairview New Homes Ltd
  • ftb Chambers
  • Hall & Woodhouse Ltd
  • Hamways
  • Hertsmere Borough Council
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • Inspire East
  • Kerzner International
  • Parliamentary Works Directorate
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Private Clients in London and the south
  • Private Clients in the south-west
  • Redrow Group Services Ltd
  • Scott Wilson
  • SGI-UK Ltd
  • South Ham District Council
  • South West Regional Development Agency
  • Sutton Place (UK) Ltd
  • Symm & Company Ltd
  • Technologies Strategy Board
  • The American Bar Association
  • The German School Association
  • The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
  • The Honourable Society of The Inner Temple
  • The Honourable Society of The Middle Temple
  • The National Police Improvement Agency
  • The National Trust
  • The Richmond Golf Club
  • The Royal Parks
  • Training for Life
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Vinci Facilities
  • Wallis
  • William Pears Group

GHK helped us with planning and listed building consent for both some single glazed sash windows and a larger fiddly sub basement dig out at the front of the house which had a number of joins and links to pre-existing structures. Read more Sensible, practical and generally timely approach and didn't take any nonsense from an errant builder!

GHK ARCHITECTS has been honoured with multiple awards including:


  • Brick Awards (Best Refurbishment & Renovation):
    Bramshill Police Training College
  • Fine Art Prize:
    Leach Pottery, Studio & Museum


  • Abercrombie Award:
    Royal William Yard Best Building Conversion or Conservation Winner
  • Abercrombie Award:
    Plymouth Gin Blackfriars Distillery Best Building Conversion or Conservation
    Highly Commended
  • Michelmores – Western Morning News Commercial Property Awards:
    Lower Langage Farm
    Heritage of the Year
    Highly Commended


  • RIBA Town and Country Award:
    Royal William Yard
    Design Award
  • RIBA South West Awards:
    Royal William Yard
    Joint Winner
  • Clay Roofing Awards:
    Knightshayes Court, Walled Garden, Devon Roofing and Development
    Highly Commended


  • Natural Stone Awards:
    Clarence Store, Royal William Yard


  • Stone Awards:
    The Brewhouse, Royal William Yard
    Highly Commended
  • Stone Awards:
    Bulstrode Manor, Gerrards Cross
    New Build (Traditional)
  • Stone Awards:
    The Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill
  • The Manser Medal:
    Bulstrode Manor, Buckinhamshire
    Best One-off House


  • Architects Journal:
    The Boathouse, Salcombe
    Small Projects Award


  • Teddington Society:
    Teddington Hall, Middlesex Teddington
    2001 Award
  • RICS Conservation Awards:
    Lulworth Castle Building Conservation Award
  • Copper in Architecture Awards:
    The Pump House, Kensington Gardens
    Craftsmanship Award
  • Countryside Design Awards:
    The Boathouse, Salcombe Design Award