MASON RICHARDS PARTNERSHIP =26 55 9% Up 11 places, Mason Richards Partnership, the second largest Midlands practice, has offices in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Bristol and a total workforce of 286. The practice is thriving on a broad base of small projects which straddles volume housebuilding as well as more commercial work. It also tops the list for earning the most fee income per qualified architect.See page 62 for the secret of its success.
Rank 2003 =37 Number of architects 2003 46
TERRY FARRELL & PARTNERS =26 55 11% Terry Farrell has been on fighting form this year. His plans to open Buckingham Palace to the public and return its grounds to the Royal Parks gained momentum with the publication in May of his book, Buckingham Palace Redesigned.
He has also waged a sustained campaign to transform the Thames Gateway into a national park on the basis that it would benefit ecological balance, tourism and employment, and that the government's home-building targets can be reached using only a fraction of the land.
The practice itself has seen an increased emphasis on masterplanning and mixed-use schemes. Its masterplan for Paddington Basin is under way (the practice has also designed one of the Phase 1 buildings, a 23,000m 2commercial development called The Point). Terry Farrell & Partners has also just been commissioned to oversee a city-wide masterplan for the whole of Manchester. It recently completed a series of three luxurious (600-650m 2, guide price £4 million) courtyard houses in Petersham for Berkeley Homes Richmond (AJ 4.12.03, pictured). A Consulting and Diagnostic Centre for the London Clinic, the first British hospital to use geothermally sourced power, has just started on site.
Rank 2003 =18 Number of architects 2003 63
SQUIRE AND PARTNERS =31 52 15% The big news is - Squire and Partners has opened a bar - 6 St Chad's Place - next door to its new offices. Just the ticket if you find yourself in the King's Cross area with time on your hands. Check it out for yourself.
Rank 2003 =24 Number of architects 2003 58
ROLFE JUDD =31 52 19% Having previously specialised in commercial work, Rolfe Judd has moved more heavily into urban regeneration and residential projects, with commissions from commercial housebuilders such as Berkeley accounting for about 50 per cent of its work.Current projects include Tabard Square in London, a 21-storey mixed-use development (pictured) and a masterplan for a mixed-use office and residential development around Cambridge Station. 'We think of ourselves as urban designers, ' says director Charles Graham.
Rank 2003 27 Number of architects 2003 55
ARCHITECTS DESIGN PARTNERSHIP =31 52 37% The bulk of ADP's work is in the education sector - it has entered into framework agreements with Derby and Sussex universities and is carrying out a 20-year masterplan for Sussex University. The Birmingham office, which it established three years ago, has expanded to about 20 staff and moved to a dedicated building, a development which director Roger FitzGerald describes as 'a statement of our confidence in the Midlands'.
Rank 2003 =40 Number of architects 2003 45