With turnovers ranging from £679,000 to £30 million, the six shortlisted architects vary hugely in scale and scope. Here is a snapshot of how each is doing and its immediate ambitions
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Following steady growth over the previous three years, the last 12 months have seen the practice remain more or less stable in numbers. During this period our focus has been on continuously improving our ability to offer a full service to our clients, from inception through to occupation.
We’ve sought to achieve this by means of sustained investment in our technical capabilities through a combination of targeted training and recruitment. Alongside this, after several years of testing Revit on a project-by-project basis, we are now implementing it on all new projects while continuing to evolve the potential of BIM to support the delivery of good architecture.
A significant proportion of the practice’s work remains in London and the South East, although there is an increasing spread of projects elsewhere in the UK, including the West and North West, as well as a continuous pipeline of projects in Oklahoma City and the midwestern United States.
Peter Morris, founding partner
Profit before tax £1.9m
Operating profit £2.0m
Fees from overseas work £3.5m
Practice founded 1989
Practice leaders Simon Allford, Jonathan Hall, Paul Monaghan and Peter Morris
Financial director Nigel Harris
Offices London, Bristol and Oklahoma City
Architects employed 194
Níall McLaughlin Architects
The practice has grown over the last few years to about 30 architectural staff, and we have recently moved to a new studio in Camden. It is our intention to consolidate rather than to grow, and to seek commissions that test our social and intellectual aspirations.
We are looking at new management structures that allow us to more effectively serve our clients. At the same time we want to open up the possibility of individual research for each person in the practice, allowing a culture of lifelong learning.
Most of our work is UK based and we are not primarily motivated towards finding the bulk of our work internationally. About 10 per cent of our work has been abroad, in Europe and the US.
Níall McLaughlin, founder
Profit before tax £400k
Operating profit £300k
Practice founded 1990
Practice leader Níall McLaughlin
Architects employed 20
Reiach and Hall
Currently in its 50th year, the practice continues to enjoy a broad portfolio of work covering all building and client sectors. Staffing levels remain a steady 55 – optimum for an architect operating from one office – and technology plays a large role in our continued success. Reiach and Hall holds 43 Revit licenses and almost all new projects are being delivered in BIM.
The business strategy is to continue working on a wide range of building types across several sectors. In anticipation of the need for an influx of new work in the last quarter of the year, various tenders and proposals have been submitted. Performance over the past financial year has been significantly better than feared, and the outlook for the next year is average – a good result.
Tom Bostock, director
Profit before tax £16k
Operating profit £10k
Fees from overseas work £40k
Practice founded 1965
Practice leaders Andy Law, Angus Wilson, Carol MacBain, James Grimley, Lyle Chrystie, Neil Gillespie, Tom Bostock
Financial director Tom Bostock
Architects employed 33
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Now approaching its 10th year as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the practice continues to work globally across a range of markets and sectors. We continue to embrace change in all aspects of architectural practice, and are using new technologies, in particular BIM, to our advantage where appropriate. The slowdown in China and South America means we expect turnover to be down in comparison to last year.
The practice is looking forward to its move to the Leadenhall Building in December and has invested extensively in upgrading our IT infrastructure. We see the next year as one of consolidation while we bed into our new home, with emphasis on gaining more work in Europe.
Andrew Morris, senior partner
Profit before tax £16.1m
Operating profit £8m
Fees from overseas work £20.8m
Practice founded 1977
Practice leaders Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk, Ivan Harbour, Mike Davies, Andrew Morris, Lennart Grut, Richard Paul, Simon Smithson
Financial director Ian Birtles
Offices London, Sydney, Shanghai
Architects employed 139
Over the last two years Heneghan Peng Architects has grown steadily, with increases in turnover and profit. The practice continues to win significant projects overseas, such as the City Museum of Lahr in Germany, and a large proportion of our fees are generated abroad.
Staffing levels have remained consistent with the practice, employing 20 of its 25 staff in its main office in Dublin and the remainder in Berlin. Though the practice will continue to enter open competitions, work is increasingly being won through invited competitions. We are using BIM and see this software an essential capability on future projects.
Róisín Heneghan, co-founder
Profit before tax £3.51k
Operating profit £1.77k
Fees from overseas work £642k
Practice founded 2001
Practice leaders Shih-Fu Peng and Róisín Heneghan
Offices Dublin and Berlin
Architects employed 23
MUMA’s profits increased slightly over the last financial year. The practice employs ten architectural staff and two part-time administrators but our focus is not on growth in terms of workforce and numbers of projects. The majority of our work is in the cultural sector, but this is owing to the restrictive form-filling aspects of procurement processes requiring specific relevant experience. We would be happy to work in other sectors if the opportunity arose.
Almost all our work has come through design competitions, but more recently we have been invited on to shortlists. We only enter competitions with a transparent judging process and that offer potential in terms of architectural interest or have social/cultural impact. We do not undertake any unpaid speculative work.
Stuart McKnight, founding partner
Profit before tax £243k
Operating profit £58k
Practice founded 2000
Practice leaders Gillian McInnes, Simon Usher, Stuart McKnight
Architects employed 2