David Hawkins

David Hawkins


Associate Director

David was awarded a first class honours MEng degree in Environmental and Earth Resources Engineering at Imperial College in 2002. In 2003 he joined Max Fordham where he worked previously with Mark Skelly.

In 2016 David completed a four-year EngD programme at UCL researching life cycle carbon management in university estates. He analysed the embodied and operational carbon impacts of refurbishment and new-build options for university buildings and developed a strategy for carbon management in the sector. David leads on all carbon initiatives at Skelly & Couch, including zero carbon strategies and management of embodied carbon on projects.

David has developed and delivered cutting-edge environmental engineering designs on a wide range of new-build and refurbishment projects, including many listed buildings. He recently initiated the design of a ground-source heat pump installation at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where student housing, social spaces and a café are being developed within the Cambridge Historic Core Conservation Area. David is presently working on the restoration of Grade II*-listed Aldenham House, in a project which ‘re-imagines’ the landmark building to align with the school’s strategic ambitions.

At St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith, for a redevelopment masterplan, an air source heat pump plant serves new buildings and saves energy output via an ambient heating/cooling network. Chimneys are part of a ventilation strategy to maximise natural ventilation, with a thermal labyrinth for temperature stability.

David is also involved in designing a world-class convening hub at Grade II*-listed Rhodes House, Oxford, while implementing an environmental and energy strategy that achieves high targets for both the refurbishment and new-build elements. The planning and implementation of non-intrusive surveys have enhanced understanding of the existing services, many dating from a century ago, thereby helping the client to define the scope of works to be carried out.

David’s previous projects include the Cambridge House redevelopment for Birkbeck, University of London; a spectacular new home for the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Peckham; and a new 70-bed boarding house and hub building for Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.