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250 16% BDP 1 Top of the table for the fourth year in a row, despite having 20 fewer architects than this time last year. Highlights of the past year include St Joseph's Care Village (AJ 10.7.03, pictured below), the Armada Housing project in Den Bosch, the Netherlands (pictured bottom), South Bank University's Keyworth Building featured in this week's building study, and countless others - BDP is responsible for about 2 per cent of all new, non-housing buildings in the UK each year. Last year the practice mourned the death of its founder, Sir George Grenfell Baines, who died in May at the age of 95.Baines, who set up his first practice in 1937, launched BDP in its current form - a multidisciplinary practice of architects/designers/engineers - in 1961.On a happier note, the practice moved to new offices in architect-friendly Clerkenwell last May. Director and former chairman Richard Saxon is standing for the next presidency of the RIBA.

Rank 2003 1 Number of architects 2003 270

'Of the six years I've been at Atkins this is the best in terms of office buzz, workload and turnover, ' says director John Cherrington. The UK branch of this 170-office worldwide network has just won a competition for a 40,000-strong Resort City in Bahrain and is working on stadia concepts for Libya's Olympic bid. Closer to home, major projects include the Colchester Garrison, a military town for the 16th Assault Brigade, Liverpool City Academy and Northampton College (pictured). Over the next year, says Cherrington, 'We're going to focus our attention on airport design, and pursue that fiercely. We've only been known for the civil engineering side and we want to change that'- the practice has already won a terminal in Montenegro. The Glasgow office will be pursuing healthcare projects. Referring to the tiny percentage of female staff, Cherrington says: 'We're a fantastically cosmopolitan group and there's no reason we don't have more women. If they apply and they're good, of course we take them on.'

ATKINS ARCHITECTS 2 175 2% Rank 2003 2 Number of architects 2003 172

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