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Practice of the Year: Regions

Practices are awarded based on the survey responses of more than 1,000 AJ100 employees, who were asked about where they would most like to work, staff satisfaction, benefits, salaries and HR achievements

London & South-East: Make

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The 100 per cent employee- owned Make continues to be a very popular place to work with its staff, as was recognisedby its appearance in The Sunday Times’ top 100 small companies to work for.

Shortlist

Hawkins\Brown
John Thompson & Partners
Make (winner)
Nicholas Hare Architects
Paul Davis + Partners

Midlands: Associated Architects

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Several staff members cited Associated Architects’ enlightened attitude to work-life balance. One staffer says: ‘Fewer people work overtime compared with other practices.’

Shortlist

Associated Architects (winner)
BDP
Make
Sidell Gibson Architects

South-West: AWW Architects

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AWW enjoys another year at the top, thanks to a contented workforce, among other factors. ‘Despite the hardships the company has had to weather, its good nature has not changed,’ says one architect.

Shortlist

AWW (winner)
BDP
HLM Architects
Purcell

North-East & Yorkshire + North-West: Purcell

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This week Purcell Miller Tritton rebrands as Purcell, and the restoration and conservation specialist can celebrate its new name with two Practice of the Year Awards, North-East & Yorkshire and North-West, with the happiest staff in England from the Humber to the Tweed, from Manchester to Barrow-in-Furness. ‘Their specialism means that they are weathering the recession better than most,’ says one staffer, while many enjoy the opportunity to practice architecture ‘in the countryside’. Another enjoyed the practice’s ‘high-quality work for prestigious historic buildings’.

Shortlist: North-East and Yorkshire

BDP
HLM Architects
Purcell (winner)

Shortlist: North-West

BDP
Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams
Chapman Taylor
John McAslan + Partners
Purcell (winner)

Scotland: Page\Park Architects

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This Glasgow institution is cherished by staff proud of its design integrity, which relies on all levels of staff pitching in from concept to completion. As one says: ‘I would not find this teamsmanship elsewhere.’

Shortlist

BDP
Cooper Cromar
HLM Architects
John Thompson & Partners
Page\Park Architects (winner)

Wales: Scott Brownrigg

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Its staff are bullish: ‘Scott Brownrigg is working on the most diverse and exciting projects not only in the region, but also, arguably, in the country’, according to one member of staff.

Shortlist

Holder Mathias Architects
Powell Dobson Architects
Scott Brownrigg (winner)
Stride Treglown

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