About Us

Westmuckett Hawkes Ltd is a structural and civil engineering design practice with diverse experience of design on numerous award-winning projects using a varied pallet of materials. 

John Westmuckett and Richard Hawkes formed Westmuckett Hawkes Ltd in August 2009 after working closely together on the design and delivery of Wimbledon’s Centre Court Roof at separate companies.  Since then, they have built up a team of skilled staff working on projects in the UK and abroad.

Due to their passion for structural and civil design both founding directors remain “hands-on” throughout a project, being involved in the process from concept through to the management and delivery of construction information.

Our Approach

Our ethos is to enjoy the many challenges of design and make the maximum use of the technology available to create structures which are both efficient and elegant.

Dealing with complex structures is our speciality and we thrive on collaborating with enthusiastic team members from all disciplines to develop and deliver efficient and practical solutions for our clients. We enjoy sharing our expertise to provide assistance and inspiration with the initial overview required at the scheming stage. This can then be followed with in-depth analytical and CAD modelling to optimise and realise the design.

We commit a highly experienced and dedicated team for the duration of the project and enhance this with the necessary technical resources required to deliver construction information.

The Team

Our team is proficient in designing and detailing using various materials. Consequently we are not constrained by preconceived ideas relating to structural form. We enjoy exploring the many possible solutions to a scheme through a proactive design approach, developing ideas with the Client, Architect and all Team members.

The size of our practice and our affiliations means that we are capable of successfully delivering large scale projects for high-profile clients, yet still able to maintain a personal service with the Directors' involvement at scheme design right through to construction.

Key People

John Westmuckett  BSc CEng FICE FIStructE

Director London

John is a Structural Engineer who throughout his career has enjoyed the many challenges of working on projects with unusual or complex elements requiring innovative solutions but who also derives great satisfaction from being heavily involved in the construction process in delivering these designs.

John's career has included time with BDP, AECOM (formerly Oscar Faber), Capita Symonds and Edge Structures and has a track record of success on many complex and prestigious projects. His hands-on skills in the use of 3D modelling and analysis software combined with this experience across a wide range of sectors and materials are fundamental to his design approach to each project.


Richard Hawkes MA(Oxon) CEng MIStructE

Director York

Richard has worked on a diverse range of structures during a long and successful career as a Structural Engineer. He responds particularly well to complex and challenging projects, working with a minimum of fuss to achieve effective resolutions. He has earned a reputation for being able to suggest inventive and innovative solutions.

Richard has worked at a senior level for YRM Anthony Hunt, Whitby Bird, Westbury Structures, Capita Symonds and also Edge Structures (with John). With his experience across major consultancies as well as steelwork fabricators he is able contribute practical as well as technical skills to the design development process. He is also skilled in the use of advanced technologies appropriate for the scale and complexity of each new project.

Maintaining close contact with steel fabricators, Richard was able to become fully involved in London 2012, completing the temporary works design for the erection and strand jacking of the LAC Legacy roof.


We can provide the following core design services but are happy to discuss any specific requirements:

Our structural design portfolio encompasses the following building types:

  • Stadia and sports venues
  • Commercial and retail
  • Residential, both one-off and larger scale projects
  • Cultural Buildings
  • Sculptures and Public Art

With our extensive experience of analytical design as well as fabrication process, we are able to make informed practical decisions in conjunction with refined design solutions. The design and detailing process incorporates the use of Revit, AutoCAD, Oasys GSA, Robot, Masterseries, Bentley, Tedds plus other industry standard software.