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HALSALL LLOYD PARTNERSHIP =90 25 8% The past two years have seen a shift from housing to education and health/community work. The practice is working on a masterplan for East Aston and an area framework project for Aston, New Town and Lozells in Birmingham.Halsall Lloyd retains an interest in housing but the focus is on pioneering new forms of construction.

Rank 2003 =87 Number of architects 2003 25

HTA ARCHITECTS 25 16% =90 'These are very exciting times for HTA, a number of fantastic projects are in the pipeline, 'says marketing director John Nsiah.

'Residential and mixed-use have been our strongest areas and we've recently worked with ODPM on the prestigious Oak Ridge project. We believe in fisustainable placemakingfl - that beyond design there is the public realm, a community. The quality of delivery is our strongest point.'

Rank 2003 =87 Number of architects 2003 25

JOHN MCASLAN + PARTNERS =93 24 38% This year JMP moved to Richard Rogers'old offices in Holland Park. The practice, which is currently working on the masterplanning, refurbishment and extension of King's Cross, plans to build up its involvement in masterplanning and transport infrastructure, an area which will undoubtedly be strengthened by the appointment of Aidan Potter, formerly design director at Terry Farrell & Partners. The practice is also working on the Centre de Solar in Beijing (pictured), and has just been commissioned to work with Marks & Spencer to remodel 10 town-centre stores.

Rank 2003 =98 Number of architects 2003 19

PICK EVERARD 24 13% =93 The fifth largest Midlands practice, architects represent just 10 per cent of its 235 UK staff.

Rank 2003 =93 Number of architects 2003 24

ATKINS WALTERS & WEBSTER =95 23 0% 'I think we've done very well without the trauma of PFI, ' says practice director John Webster. 'We purposely decided not to get involved as we wanted to approach public-sector work in a different way.' The practice is, however, involved in LIFT projects in Bristol for Primary Care Medical Care. Other projects include four colleges of further education; two mixed-use developments, in Croydon and Bristol (pictured); and a performing-arts centre in Guernsey.

Rank 2003 =100 Number of architects 2003 21

MICHAEL LAIRD ARCHITECTS =95 23 13% Current projects include a £100 million world HQ for the Royal Bank of Scotland at Gogarburn in Edinburgh, and an office/retail development at Edinburgh Quay.

Rank 2003 =87 Number of architects 2003 25

PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF =95 23 4% UK architects constitute just 2 per cent of the UK workforce; this US giant has 1,458 employees in the UK and another 544 abroad. The practice has opened a new office in Qatar (pictured) and has since won a US$200 million design competition for a landmark broadcast centre.

Rank 2003 =87 Number of architects 2003 25

HURD ROLLAND PARTNERSHIP =98 22 18% Eight architects down on last year but planning to get the headcount back up to 28 in 2004. Hurd Rolland is moving back into residential following a long stint in commercial and retail work, and is involved in PFI court projects.

Rank 2003 =76 Number of architects 2003 30

STUBBS RICH ARCHITECTS =98 22 23% A decline in office projects has been offset by an increase in retail and education work. Stubbs Rich recently won planning for a rural regeneration scheme in Hereford. 'Our greatest success has been responding to clients'business problems creatively to maximise the value add, 'says director John Rich.

Rank 2003 =83 Number of architects 2003 27

ARCHITECTS CO-PARTNERSHIP 100 21 10% New to the AJ100, Architects Co-Partnership reports a small increase in staff but a whopping 99 per cent increase in fee income - see page 62 to find out why.

New entry Number of architects 2003 17

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