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Location London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Surrey

Staff 85 architects 31 other designers 155 admin/support/technical staff 13 main board directors, all but two of them architects 61 group and associate directors and associates What type of work does the practice specialise in?

We are the world's largest residential design practice. We work on greenfield and regeneration projects including masterplanning new settlements, large-scale urban mixed-use developments, and remodelling local authority estates and retirement villages. We have specialist experience in other sectors including healthcare, education, mixed use, workplace, retail and leisure. Current projects include the £1 billion regeneration of South Kilburn, residential mixed-use designs for Wembley's regeneration, and a landscape project for 100 green spaces around the country.

Recent successes?

We won the 2006 Sustainability Awards Low Energy Building of the Year for our low-energy project, the St Matthew's Keyworker Development. Our Grove Village PFI project won Best Regeneration Scheme at the 2006 MEN Property Awards, and Denham Garden Village was Best Retirement Development at the 2006 What House Awards.

How long has the practice been in existence, and what is the mix of ages?

Founded 44 years ago by three Bristol graduates we now have around 340 people speaking more than 35 languages. There are 74 staff under 30, 170 between 30 and 45 and 103 over 45.

What benefits do you offer staff?

In addition to company pension, discretionary bonus scheme, health insurance and cycle2work schemes, we offer maternity/ paternity leave, childcare vouchers, bursaries, study-leave breaks, and learning, training and CPD programmes. We organise international field trips, tours and annual design competitions.

Which CAD packages do you use?

AutoCAD, SketchUp and M-Color.

Staff spotlight on. . .

Name Richard Harvey Age 29 Status Associate Education University of Westminster Part 1 and 2, London South Bank University Part 3 When did you join the practice?

I worked part-time with PRP when I was studying for my diploma but re-joined the practice when I qualified in 2004.

What do you like about working there?

The diversity of the office staff and work is great. The wealth of history and expertise has enabled me to develop my practical skills along with a greater sense of responsibility to the built environment. The practice ethos encourages ownership of work from project inception to completion. Regeneration projects in particular have provided a challenging and rewarding focus for my work, that has included mixed use, private and social housing in urban locations.

Contact details PRP Architects Ferry Works, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0QT Tel: 020 8339 3600 miriam. sharkey@prparchitects. co. uk www. prparchitects. co. uk

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