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BDP remains at the summit of the AJ100

For the eighth year in a row, BDP has taken pole position in the AJ100 – the definitive list of the UK’s biggest architecture firms.

The firm, which has offices across the UK as well as in Dublin and Singapore, employs 344 registered UK architects, 58 more than its nearest rival Atkins and 66 more than third-placed Foster + Partners.

In 2007 the firm won £54.8 million in UK architectural fees and £17.9 million internationally; the latter boosted by a commission for seven new universities in Libya and a hospital in Ukraine with French partner Groupe 6.

The meteoric rise of London-based Hamiltons is also notable. The practice has risen from 39th place in 2006 to claim fifth place.

Hamiltons, which is working on the £240 million Indescon Court development in London’s Docklands, has 196 architects.

The firm also generated UK architectural fees of £20 million, a figure achieved with the help of its £160 million development of a 35-storey residential tower in Birmingham for British Land.

The highest-ranked first-time entrant was NBBJ, ranked 68th.

AJ100 practices gathered at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf yesterday (14 May) for the awards ceremony, where Royal Gold Medal winner Ted Cullinan was the guest speaker.

Commenting on” target=”_blank”>BDP’s continued dominance, BDP chairman, Tony McGuirk (pictured), said: ‘The secret for large practice is how to keep quality and growth at the same time. We are not about growth for growth’s sake.’

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