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HLM DESIGN 49 41 22% HLM has 344 staff,195 of whom work abroad.Current projects include the £50 million PFI Brent ACAD centre, an extension to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and two £30 million PFI prisons, at Ashford and Peterborough. It has just won a competition for a military college in Oman.

Rank 2003 =28 Number of architects 2003 54

ARUP ASSOCIATES =50 40 20% Current projects include 1 and 2 Plantation Place, a commercial development in London; Vauxhall Cross Interchange; a sports hall for Imperial College, London; Guangzhou University, China; and the Kensington Oval in Barbados for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Rank 2003 =37 Number of architects 2003 46

CAREY JONES ARCHITECTS =50 40 8% The second largest practice in the North East, Leeds-based Carey Jones'workload includes a new residential/commercial/leisure riverside quarter in Wandsworth; a 270,000m 2mixed-use masterplan in Leeds;

and the French Gate transport interchange in Doncaster. Carey Jones is renowned for its office parties. Last year's themed Robin Hood extravaganza resounded way beyond Sherwood Forest.

Rank 2003 =62 Number of architects 2003 35

STEPHEN GEORGE & PARTNERS =50 40 3% The third largest practice in the Midlands, with offices in Leicester, Nottingham, Leeds and Solihull. Current projects include a 15.3ha mixed-use regeneration scheme on a brownfield site next to Oldbury town centre; student and key worker housing in Leicester; and a masterplan for Solihull, including 11,000m 2of retail and commercial development along with 230 dwellings.

Rank 2003 =58 Number of architects 2003 36

FLETCHER PRIEST ARCHITECTS =53 39 0% Current projects include a £3 billion masterplan for Stratford City with Arup Associates.Despite the dearth of female architects, director Michael Fletcher says that 'around half 'of the total workforce (39 in London and 10 in Germany) is female, adding somewhat enigmatically: 'There are three pregnant architects in the office and none of them is a woman.'

Rank 2003 =47 Number of architects 2003 41

THE CHARTER PARTNERSHIP =53 39 10% The three major areas in the past year have been the biotech sector, defence and urban regeneration, although the practice is also heavily involved in PFI education projects.

Rank 2003 =52 Number of architects 2003 39

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