CHETWOOD ASSOCIATES =16 71 35% The practice is working on three major mixed-use urban development schemes as well as more quirky projects such as a private house in the Andes with a 360infinity view, and a green hotel in Clerkenwell which draws on some of the design ideas explored in Laurie Chetwood's idiosyncratic Butterfly House (AJ 18.12.03, pictured). Managing director Laurie Chetwood says: 'We have had to learn to balance the commercial with the lateral with the imaginative.'
Rank 2003 17 Number of architects 2003 70
PERCY THOMAS ARCHITECTS =16 71 15% The only Welsh practice to make it to the survey, Cardiff-based Percy Thomas has a total UK workforce of 151, with a further 35 employees abroad. Healthcare is the practice's largest sector - it is currently working on the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. It is also heavily involved in cultural and education projects as well as ongoing work for the Ministry of Defence.
The Wales Millennium Centre is due for completion in the autumn.
Rank 2003 16 Number of architects 2003 78
KEPPIE DESIGN 18 68 22% The second largest Scottish practice, Keppie has formed a joint venture company with Seymour Harris and is considering a formal merger. Public-sector work accounts for about 60 per cent of Keppie's workload. 'We've got a great track record in schools and hospitals and the market is full of work, 'says Keppie's Andrew Pinkerton. 'We believe that PFI does produce good design and are keen to push the possibilities it opens.' The practice is also involved with LIFT and Procure 21.
Rank 2003 26 Number of architects 2003 57
ANSHEN DYER =19 65 31% The fastest riser in terms of percentage change in number of qualified architects, Anshen Dyer reports a 62.5 per cent increase on last year. The practice is currently working on a £422 million PFI project at the Manchester Royal Infirmary as well as major PFI hospitals in Birmingham and London.
Director John Cooper says: 'We are elegantly riding the crest of the wave of the healthcare bonanza.'
Rank 2003 20 Number of architects 2003 40
BENOY =19 65 14% Benoy is going global with projects in Spain, Poland, Ireland, Greece, Saudi Arabia and the Ukraine. Its new Hong Kong office has secured work in Beijing and Shanghai. Closer to home, it completed the Bullring in Birmingham and picked up city centre masterplanning projects in Leicester and Nottingham. It has also designed 'The Bubble', a structure designed to hover over the water of one of the docks in Swansea's waterfront development area.
Rank 2003 =24 Number of architects 2003 58