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Hawkins\Brown is biggest winner from London mayor’s framework table

London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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Hawkins\Brown has emerged as the biggest winner of work handed out by two major London bodies in the first year of the £35 million Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel (ADUP II)

The practice won six schemes from project commissioners the Greater London Authority and Transport for London (TfL), worth a total of £652,448 in fees, in the 12 months following the panel’s high-profile launch in April 2018.

It also won a further scheme worth £144,046 in a joint venture with Allies and Morrison and SOM.

London and Cambridge-based practice 5th Studio came second in the league table with £188,540 of work. City of London firm TateHindle sits in third place with £150,000.

The figures – revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the AJ – only include the 32 contracts so far awarded by mayoral bodies Transport for London and the Greater London Authority. A further 37 deals have been awarded by other public bodies but these are not shown. Some of the figures given are approximate.

Sixty practices were chosen for the 14-lot ADUP II panel last spring – whittled down from more than 225 shortlisted applicants.

The framework replaced the original ADUP panel, which was announced in 2012 to promote ‘quality architecture, public realm, urban regeneration and sustainable development in the capital’ and was officially launched two years later. It delivered more than 80 projects worth £22 million in fees during its lifetime.

Lot 6a of ADUP II – covering over-station development and transport infrastructure interface (housing) – has seen by far the most action from the mayoral bodies, accounting for half of the projects so far awarded. Practices appointed to this lot were: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, dRMM, EPR Architects, Hawkins\Brown, HOK International, Maccreanor Lavington, PLP Architecture and TateHindle.

Hawkins\Brown partner Seth Rutt said: ‘Hawkins\Brown’s long-term strategy has been to structure the practice around teams with deep specialisation in five core business sectors, but to bring the teams together in a way that encourages seamless collaboration, opens opportunities for creative thinking and delivers practical solutions to complex projects.

’We attribute our success on the framework to the range of specialisms within the office, which means that we’ve been successful across a diverse range of lots.

’Furthermore, our ability to assemble teams in-house that demonstrate a broad range of complementary technical skills seems to have given us a competitive edge in this framework, which is characterised by complex and interesting projects involving more than one discipline.’

Full table of GLA/TfL awarded contracts through ADUP II framework April 2018 - April 2019
Hawkins\Brown £652,448
5th Studio £188,540
TateHindle £150,000
Hawkins\Brown, Allies and Morrison, SOM £144,046
MAE £123,822
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris £120,000
HOK International £106,000
Maccreanor Lavington £83,020
Gort Scott £79,000
PLP Architecture £70,000
Allies and Morrison £65,290
Arup £49,825
AECOM £48,465
EPR Architects £44,004
Adam Khan Architects £39,614
Alan Baxter £36,000
Fletcher Priest Architects £26,800
Grimshaw £23,470
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  • Government contracts for architecture generally go to the same architects, giving the public the same answers. Most new developments lack character and a diverse sense of place.

    With over 90% of architects within the micro SME sector (1-10 employees), how is the government and the London Mayor addressing monopolisation by certain companies?

    We already know the shortcoming in diversifying the workforce within the real estate sector, particularly architecture. How are the government and London Mayor addressing this? The public purse deserves effective developments by professionals who represent a diverse community, especially London.

    As practitioners we submit countless surveys, a response from those who conduct these surveys would be greatly appreciated.

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