88 employed architects, 33% female architects, 6th position in 2014
The housing specialist has fallen out of the top 10 after a six-year stint, which may come as something of a surprise, given the currently white-hot residential sector. The firm’s contraction, roughly by 10 per cent, can be partly explained by a shift away from ‘low-value work’ and refocus on home-grown projects. PRP chairman Andy von Bradsky says, ‘We made a strategic decision a year or so ago to not accept commissions for working drawings for contractors delivering other architects’ schemes. We are also concentrating on growth in the UK market, rather than overseas. We now do little international work from the UK.’ Nevertheless, given the shortage of affordable homes in London and the increasing need for housing for older people, the company is confident of a return to growth.