51 employed architects, 33% female architects, 35th position in 2014
According to chairman Tony Barton the firm’s design ethos is ‘to bring out the best of each site’s individual character’ and recent work includes conserving the Café Royal’s historic interiors, ahead of its new use as a hotel. Majority-owned by an employee benefit trust, most of the practice’s work remains in the UK, where it is managed from several regional offices. The company does have a sunnier outpost in the Caribbean, however, where new business on Trinidad and Tobago now includes conservation projects at Stollmeyer’s Castle and The President House in Port of Spain. The Business Pioneer of the Year-shortlisted firm has also invested significantly in R&D, working on a water-less cleaning system to remove grime and soot deposits from historic buildings.