Tim Hamilton has followed Robin Partington out of the door at Hamiltons, leaving the practice he founded 43 years ago
The AJ understands Hamilton has stepped down from his position of chairman, retired from the business and set up a new design management firm called Total Design.
The news comes just weeks after ex-Foster + Partners ace Partington also left (pictured) the huge London-based practice - ranked 7th in this year’s AJ100 table.
Since those figures were compiled earlier this year the outfit has lost a large chunk of staff, dropping from 170 qualified architects to a combined workforce, totalling 125 staff.
However remaining partner John Silver does not believe Hamilton’s exit will cause turmoil. he said: ‘Tim’s retirement has been planned and managed for some time now, hence there has been no interruption to the work of the practice as a consequence of his departure.’
In a joint statement Silver, Ian Bogle, Jason Flanagan and David Lawrence added: ‘This represents a key moment in the development of the business. After more than 40 years at the helm, Tim leaves the firm in great shape with an exciting and diverse workload and a bright future. We are confident that his unique experience and strong business acumen will serve him well in the next stage of his long and successful career.’
Meanwhile Hamilton, who will continue to work as a consultant to the company he founded in 1966, said: ‘Leaving the business in a financially strong position, having weathered the worst of the current storm, I feel very proud to hand over to the team who I believe display a unique combination of skills and abilities, and who are supremely well placed to take the practice to greater heights.’
Following Hamilton’s departure Craig Casci will continue to specialise in housing and masterplan markets while Paul Birch will become a consultant to the firm.