Meet the Team

Chris and David met several times through the Centre for Alternative Technology when Chris was teaching the straw bale modules with Bee Rowan (of Strawbuild Ltd.). The first time they worked together was in Ireland on a pioneering straw bale guest house at Rock Farm, Slane. Over several projects it became clear they had the makings of a good partnership, fired by the desire to challenge an industry ready for change.

 
Chris Hawker | Founder and Co-director  Chris Hawker has been building with straw since 2010, training with Strawbuild. Chris now has over 27 straw bale projects under his belt (from timber-framed to load-bearing systems, along with hybrid frames and external straw wraps) as well as an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from The Centre for Alternative Technology and E.C.V.E.T. clay plastering qualifications.  Experienced with a range of natural materials and an expert in straw applications, Chris provides steady input to our designs and onsite management, as well as participating in the renovation work that Hawkland undertakes.

Chris Hawker | Founder and Co-director

Chris Hawker has been building with straw since 2010, training with Strawbuild. Chris now has over 27 straw bale projects under his belt (from timber-framed to load-bearing systems, along with hybrid frames and external straw wraps) as well as an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from The Centre for Alternative Technology and E.C.V.E.T. clay plastering qualifications.

Experienced with a range of natural materials and an expert in straw applications, Chris provides steady input to our designs and onsite management, as well as participating in the renovation work that Hawkland undertakes.

David Copeland | Founder and Co-director  David Copeland's meticulous attention to detail carries through to his straw bale and pre-fab panel building experience as well as his decorating, carpentry and hemp & lime renovation work.  David has a degree in Environmental Management and an MSc from The Centre For Alternative Technology, providing an excellent academic and theoretical background and perspective to his well-rounded practical skills.  Beyond Hawkland, David is interested in organisations, their structures and how their environment can have an impact on wellbeing, quality of work and sense of ownership. He is also working with Neighbourhood Construction to develop an open-source framework of systems (or “operating system”) for the RMI (renovation, maintenance and improvement) sector. For more information visit  www.neighbourhoodconstruction.org/purpose

David Copeland | Founder and Co-director

David Copeland's meticulous attention to detail carries through to his straw bale and pre-fab panel building experience as well as his decorating, carpentry and hemp & lime renovation work.

David has a degree in Environmental Management and an MSc from The Centre For Alternative Technology, providing an excellent academic and theoretical background and perspective to his well-rounded practical skills.

Beyond Hawkland, David is interested in organisations, their structures and how their environment can have an impact on wellbeing, quality of work and sense of ownership. He is also working with Neighbourhood Construction to develop an open-source framework of systems (or “operating system”) for the RMI (renovation, maintenance and improvement) sector. For more information visit www.neighbourhoodconstruction.org/purpose


Social Enterprise

Hawkland is set up as a limited company but chooses to operate as a social enterprise. In essence this means that rather than profit, our core environmental and social mission are what drive the company forwards, whilst recognising that we still need to be financially self-sustaining.

This is reflected in our business practice in several ways;

  • We specialise in delivering projects that make use of natural and traditional materials that have a lower environmental impact than the products and materials currently dominating the construction industry.

  • We run a financially transparent project model that puts trust and openness front and centre. Costs are not hidden behind quotes and by starting with a Feasibility Study or Fee Proposal, all the information is owned by the client and available to everyone involved.

  • We believe through openness, sharing knowledge and collaboration across the industry we can help facilitate the rapid change that needs to occur if we as a society are to drastically reduce our environmental impact.


 Centre for Alternative Technologies

This pioneering educational institute (often abbreviated to C.A.T. ) was the catalyst for us and others that have gone through it to set up businesses to help make a change in the way we work, live and impact the earth around us.

Visit their website to find out more about C.A.T.’s history, legacy and how you can get involved: www.cat.org.uk.