59 employed architects, 20% female architects, =34th position in 2014
Having taken on 10 additional architects and seeing fee income grow by £4.7 million, the past year has been one of growth for HLM. After snapping up Sidell Gibson and Llewellyn Davies back in 2013, the thriving 50-year-old practice has won major healthcare projects in Ghana, Algeria, the UAE and South Africa. It also has plans to move into new markets in the UK with its new ‘33’ interior brand, aimed at high-end hospitality and London residential. Its 2014 focus has been on its staff, with the introduction of the innovative HLM Academy, providing every employee with a ‘personalised career blueprint’. ‘We have recognised that, in a new marketplace, post-recession, we need to equip ourselves with new skills and invest in the capabilities of the next generation,’ says HLM.