RHWL PARTNERSHIP 11 90 33% Down in numbers but RHWL's Geoff Mann has big plans for the next few years. He is keen to focus on collaborative projects such as the recently unveiled proposal for a £300 million,33-storey,120m-high tower for P&O Developments next to Waterloo Station (pictured), designed with engineer Chris Wise and artist Christopher LeBrun. The practice has just completed the refurbishment and improvement of the London Coliseum for ENO and is working on football grounds in Norwich and Coventry. It has opened new offices in Frankfurt and Berlin.
Rank 2003 =10 Number of architects 2003 95
AUKETT 12 83 18% The past 12 months have seen the departure of managing director Andrew Lett 'to set up my own company and sail around the world'and objections from foreign shareholders to the company's recent policy of closing European offices and shifting the focus back to the UK. But chairman Ian Mavor has been quick to defend the strategy, saying: 'We have reviewed the whole situation and taken some difficult decisions. This year we have made a small profit, which represents a big improvement on the £1.6 million loss we made two years ago.'Current projects include a 21,000m 2four-star hotel for Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts at Stansted Airport ; and One Thames Valley, a 6,642m 2office development at Reading International Business Park.
Rank 2003 8 Number of architects 2003 103
BROADWAY MALYAN =13 81 14% Current projects include the 40,000m 2Met Office in Exeter; a 50storey residential tower in Lambeth for St George; and the Old Quay residential development in Runcorn. Broadway Malyan and artist Nicholas Pope recently unveiled plans to transform motorway service stations into pleasurable experiences. They envisage 'a Ballardian shattered crystal structure divided by the lanes of the motorway and marked by a giant arthropodic sky sign' (pictured).
Rank 2003 14 Number of architects 2003 90
RMJM =13 81 23% Still the largest Scottish practice - despite having 248 staff in the UK and another 323 abroad, its head office is in Edinburgh.
Current projects include the £15.5 million transformation of Northumberland's Woodhorn Colliery Museum into a major cultural attraction; an£18 million Performance Academy at Newcastle College;
and a mixed-use development in Dubai which includes a 40storey apartment tower, a 32-storey five-star hotel and a mixeduse podium building.
Rank 2003 7 Number of architects 2003 104
CHAPMAN TAYLOR 72 21% 15 Chapman Taylor faced disappointment last September when Coppergate, its £60 million retail project in York's historic town centre, was thrown out by the secretary of state after a lengthy public enquiry. Its 184,000m 2Madrid Xanadu project - the largest shopping and leisure experience in Europe - opens in May, and the practice has just signed an agreement with Sri Lankan practice Architects Co-Partnership to explore new international opportunities.
Rank 2003 15 Number of architects 2003 86