30 employed architects, 43% female architects, =94th position in 2014
Flanagan Lawrence has risen in this year’s table, having added eight more architects to its roster and increasing its permanent staff to 81. The expansion reflects the firm’s focus on increasing turnover and profit and growing the business without bank borrowings. The renewed confidence has been rewarded not only by a £2 million increase in architectural fees, but also by critical recognition of the practice’s design excellence; most notably, it won high praise for a public project – Acoustic Shells, its bandstand-cum-shelter-cum-sculpture at Littlehampton, which won the AJ’s Small Projects Special Award, a brace of RIBAs, and was finalist in three categories at the World Architecture Festival. The firm foresees further opportunities for growth in interior design and is investing in its FLInteriors arm.