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NIGHTINGALE ASSOCIATES 6 135 36% Oxford-based Nightingale is the table's fastest riser in terms of number of architects, and plans to take on a further 27 architects this year. It bought Studio BAAD's Yorkshire-based healthcare operation last April in a bid to increase its presence in the north of England.'We are responding to the growing healthcare, education and science markets, firstly by pushing design boundaries, such as our work on Sense Sensitive Design and, secondly, by planned regionalisation aimed at achieving comprehensive local cover all over the UK, ' says company chairman Mike Nightingale. The West Middlesex Hospital is the practice's most recent PFI project. Five new Nightingale-designed medical schools are due to open in the next six months. On a more modest scale, the Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice has recently been opened in Oxford and has received an Award from the Oxford Preservation Society.

Rank 2003 9 Number of architects 2003 102

PRP ARCHITECTS 7 105 27% PRP is thriving on the housing demand triggered by government's Sustainable Communities Plan. It is awaiting outline planning for New Osbaldwick, a controversial 540-unit 'exemplar scheme'on greenfield land in York for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. As part of its policy of developing its regional presence, it has just opened a Southampton office with projects including a 532-unit development for Crest Nicholson at Pitwines in Poole.

Rank 2003 =12 Number of architects 2003 94

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