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Richard Papworth joins HDR


Established Multidisciplinary firm HDR ( appoints Director Richard Papworth,

as the company aims to strengthen its team and expand within the UK and International markets

Based in both Kingston and London, Papworth is responsible for coordinating multidisciplinary civil and structural engineering projects, strengthening the already experienced Civil and Structural Engineering team at HDR, with the vision of expanding the team to pick up more of the market share.

With nearly 25 years’ experience in the built environment, having spent time working in the UK, Australia, and Ireland, Papworth brings a wealth of experience to his position at HDR, having previously had the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging projects in his previous Director level roles which enhanced his knowledge in designing and constructing buildings in a variety of materials and construction techniques.

“I am so excited to be joining HDR,” says Papworth.  “I see this as a great opportunity to bring HDR’s forward-thinking practices into the UK and EMEA market, and at this point in my career I am looking to push the boundaries of this profession from a cultural standpoint as well as an engineering one.”

Having worked on several developer-led projects in the commercial sector; Papworth has established a reputation for himself and earned respect in the industry.  His work on office, hotel, residential, student accommodation and mixed-use development schemes, have strengthened his technical and commercial skills which he obtained early in his career.  Whilst his management and leadership skills have allowed him to be successful in managing multidiscipline project teams and being the main point on contact for many clients.

Papworth takes a proactive leadership approach to design, looking at options in different materials to allow the structure to inform the architecture while considering the sustainability (Net Zero Carbon), cost and constructability.