Simon Watkins and Kate Spence formed HUB in October 2006. As a partnership, we share a broad knowledge and experience of design and building, allowing our approach to be creative and inventive. In setting up a new practice, we aim to discover the full potential of all our projects. We know that each project will involve, the dreams and ambitions of the client, the physical and practical constraints of the building, the valuable input of everyone involved in the construction process & thousands of questions and decisions. We aim to shape and understand our clients’ dreams, to analyse and rationalise the constraints, to investigate and solve problems, to be open and responsive, to aid the communication and effective co-operation of all parties involved with a project & to keep an open dialogue with the client keeping their goals at the centre of all we do. At the end of a project, we like to think that we have found solutions, added value, not missed opportunities, communicated effectively, behaved in a fair and ethical fashion & built a great building.

Meet the team

The Team

Simon Watkins

Simon has been a RIBA Chartered Architect since 1990. He was one of the founding partners of Paul Davis and Partners (PDP) in 1994, leaving in 2006 to form HUB with Kate Spence. Current clients include The Crown Estate, Octagon Developments, Fruition Properties and Signia Living. Whilst at PDP, his key clients included Grosvenor Estates, BP Pension Fund, Octagon Developments, WellcomeTrust, South Kensington estate, working on exciting projects such as Cadogan Hall with Cadogan Estates, The Royal Hospital Chelsea and high end houses for private clients.

Kate Spence

Kate is a registered member of the British Institute of Interior Designers. She began her career working in the emerging Docklands in the 1980’s, designing a Restaurant in Wapping Lane and the Marine Club in the City. She has subsequently worked as a Production Designer for Film and TV companies, including the BBC. In 2006 Kate co-founded Hub Architects and Designers. Under Kate’s direction, HUB are able to deliver a full Interior design service from early concept to a fully furnished scheme. She ensures that the Interior design opportunities are considered and maintained throughout the Architectural process.

Michael Jardine

Michael trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and the University of Westminster, and has been a Chartered Architect since 2009. He has acquired many of his skills as Project Architect and Director working on private housing in Central London with Oliver Morgan Architects, and also worked for some years with Allies and Morrison on much larger scale projects including the London 2012 Olympic Games and mixed-use schemes in India and Lebanon.

Jennifer Creighton

Jennifer has been working with HUB since 2010. She is skilled at overseeing and running numerous projects concurrently, consequently assisting principal directors with tasks in order to deliver projects through all RIBA work stages. Her focus has been within the high-end residential sector, exclusive residential developments and small-scale education schemes. She has gained her experience by working in UK practices whose focuses are private clients, listed buildings and/or conservation areas.