34 employed architects, 9% female architects, new entry
The 52-year-old Newcastle-based stalwart, blasting its way into the rankings for the first time, admits that ‘after a turbulent few years’ the last 12 months saw a period of ‘consolidation and cautious growth’ with its staff numbers almost back to pre-recession levels. The 92-strong practice, which recently converted from a traditional partnership to an LLP, offset a slowdown in its public sector work with a significant upturn in private sector contracts. Long known as a sports and education specialist, the company is nurturing a growing reputation for commercial mixed-use schemes and for delivering quality office space. The practice’s No 1 Rochdale, an immaculate, cost-saving headquarters building for the local council, was awarded the BCO’s Best of the Best award in 2014.