Grimshaw’s workforce has risen by 30 per cent in the past year and is continuing to look for staff across its three offices
The outfit has been steadily moving up the AJ100 league table of the UK’s largest practices, having shot from 89th in 2005 to 39th this year. Now the practice has announced it had succeeded in ‘maintaining a strong workload’ through 2008/2009, despite the economic turbulence, and was even recruiting.
In London, the company says it has seen staff numbers grow from 112 (52 qualified architects) in early 2008 to nearly 150. The New York office has almost doubled in size, increasing from 40 to 70 and the Melbourne outpost is also dong well.
A statement released by the practice reads: ‘Towards the end of 2008, we did unfortunately have to make a handful of redundancies. We also needed to concentrate harder than ever on balancing our costs with our fees.’
‘However, since this time we have been awarded several new projects and have had to actively recruit staff to fill vacancies. We are happy to now find ourselves in the position of potentially leaving this recession stronger than we went into it.
It goes on: ‘When the recession hit, we made a definite decision not to chase inappropriate new work. Instead, we identified the strengths of our practice and placed a strong focus on attracting new work in these areas.
‘Consequently, the past year has seen us win a combination of projects across a range of sectors. Most importantly, we have found new clients with high aspirations, and projects that are fascinating for everyone involved.’