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WIMBERLY ALLISON TONG & GOO =58 35 29% Last year saw the completion of the Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai - 7,000 dwellings in 36 towers with retail and commercial space at podium level. Significant milestones in the coming year include the construction of a Sheraton in Cairo; the start of a five-star resort in Ireland; and the completion of a five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. 'WATG's growing workload reflects the increasingly buoyant market in the Gulf, ' says director Jeremy Heyes.

Rank 2003 =67 Number of architects 2003 33

BARTON WILLMORE =65 34 18% UK architects account for just 17 per cent of the total workforce of 206. Barton Willmore opened its eighth office - in Solihull - last year. Castle Village retirement homes, which it designed with PRP Architects, won the Best Retirement Development category of last year's National Homebuilder Design Awards.

Rank 2003 =64 Number of architects 2003 34

HAWKINS\BROWN =65 34 38% Hawkins\Brown has just obtained planning permission for one of the first of John Prescott's Challenge funding schemes for key worker housing. The £16 million,208-unit development, for Acton Housing Association, is on a brownfield site in Surrey and is due for completion in 2006.

Rank 2003 =69 Number of architects 2003 32

PENOYRE & PRASAD =65 34 32% 'In the last year, a number of sleeping projects in sport, culture and housing woke up, ' says Sunand Prasad. The practice also won work in healthcare, education and housing. Its designs helped the Building Better Health Consortium to win preferred bidder status in three London LIFTs. Its first hospital project and first PFI school with library go on site this year. 'We hope our high-density secondary school exemplar design for the DfES will get built at least once, 'Prasad adds.

Rank 2003 =93 Number of architects 2003 24

BABTIE GROUP =68 33 3% In all, Babtie has 3,500 employees in the UK and another 550 abroad, making it by far the largest of the AJ100 companies in terms of both UK total workforce and total global workforce (not purely architectural). The practice is also the leader in terms of total UK fee income, having earned £180,000,000 in 2003.

Rank 2003 =67 Number of architects 2003 33

DLG ARCHITECTS =68 33 24% Planning has just been submitted for the refurbishment and extension of 71 Lombard Street, the former Lloyd's HQ. DLG is working on a £50 million residential/retail/leisure project in Camberley and has just won an OJEC competition for the London College of Fashion, part of a general move towards education work.

Rank 2003 =74 Number of architects 2003 31

HOPKINS ARCHITECTS =68 33 24% Current projects include the new-build £41.8 million Evalina Children's Hospital opposite the Houses of Parliament, the Wellcome Trust headquarters on London's Euston Road and a £3.15 million refectory and library extension at Norwich Cathedral. Manchester City Art Gallery picked up a RIBA award.

Rank 2003 =47 Number of architects 2003 41

OXFORD ARCHITECTS =68 33 6% With offices in Bristol, London and, funnily enough, Oxford, Oxford Architects is the fourth largest practice in the Midlands and has grown by 15 per cent in the past year. Its portfolio spans the housing, commercial, industrial, education and health sectors. Major projects include the Orchard Centre, a fast-track mixed-use 8ha development in Didcot's new town centre, due for completion in January.

Rank 2003 =79 Number of architects 2003 28

RH PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS =68 33 12% Current projects include the £10 million Aegis Institute near Laxton in Nottinghamshire, the first international centre for the study of genocide.The centre is due for completion in 2006 Rank 2003 =58 Number of architects 2003 36 WATKINS GRAY INTERNATIONAL =68 33 15% With an emphasis on PFI work, Watkins Gray has designed some 30 schools in three years. The practice is also involved in Primary Care Trust healthcare facilities, intensive care and cardiac units as well as mixed-use urban regeneration schemes. It is currently working on Thorny Island, a mixed-use Ministry of Defence project comprising housing and retail and leisure, as well as projects in Ireland and Poland and an MoD contract in Cyprus.

Rank 2003 =74 Number of architects 2003 31

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