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CAPITA PROPERTY CONSULTANCY 8 98 8% Architects represent just 5 per cent of the total UK workforce of this multidisciplinary consultancy, which has a total staff of 2,050 and is about to get even bigger. It has just acquired Symonds Group, an industry leader in providing consultancy, management and design services to the property and infrastructure markets. The two will formally merge in the summer to form Capita Symonds, which will have 2,700 employees in 39 offices across the UK.

Rank 2003 =10 Number of architects 2003 95 REID ARCHITECTURE =9 94 26% The number of UK architects constitutes 55 per cent of the UK workforce. Reid has 171 employees in the UK with a further 110 abroad. The practice is designing a 50,000m 2office development as part of the regeneration of Battersea Power Station and has just won a competition for a sewage works on the Sussex Downs. It has also joined forces with Laing O'Rourke and Buro Happold to create a customised office solution team with the aim of achieving mass customisation.

Rank 2003 =12 Number of architects 2003 94 SHEPPARD ROBSON =9 94 15% Sheppard Robson shows the biggest decline in number of architects of any AJ100 practice, with 27 fewer than last year, and 81 fewer than in 2000, when it topped the AJ100 table with 175.Operating from London and Manchester, the firm concentrates on six broad sectors: science, health, education, commercial, interior design and urban regeneration. Current projects include a subterranean hotel, spa and retail building in Manchester; an office building for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Manchester; the Experian data centre in Nottingham (pictured); an aircraft hangar in Dubai; and a high-density affordable housing scheme in Madrid.

Rank 2003 6 Number of architects 2003 121

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