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AHR’s UK architect headcount has returned to three figures, pushing the practice back up to 16th in the AJ100 after a marginal slide last year.

Total architectural fees have risen from £20.4 million to £21.3 million, including a rise in fees delivered out of its UK offices from £17.9 million to £19 million. The practice expects to announce a rise in pretax profits for 2018 when it posts its figures later this year, along with a growth in revenue, according to managing director for architecture Martin Wright.

‘We have had a good look at what we are bidding on and how efficient our offices are and we’ve cut out loss-making areas to become more focused and more profitable,’ he explains.

Key wins in 2018 have included the £60 million Chester Northgate regeneration project as well as the office-led mixed-use King’s Square scheme in Gloucester. The practice completed construction of new council offices for Conwy County Borough Council in Colwyn Bay.

AHR’s overseas architect numbers dropped from 46 in 2017 to just 16 – largely accounted for by a management buyout of its Kazakhstan office. Studios in Warsaw and Moscow remain.

The practice is already working across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, and actively seeking work in North and South America as well as Australasia.

‘We will look where we have the specialism and experience to work in new places,’ says Wright. ‘We are looking to stretch our expertise into more areas to cope with variations in the economy.’

The practice – which has eight UK studios – is also considering growing its high-performing Bristol branch.

‘We had a good year of consolidation in 2018,’ says Wright. ‘We are getting exciting opportunities despite the market. Maybe that is down to our multi-sector, multi-location strategy.’


UK architects 2019 102 hide graph
190 2008
174 2009
207 2010
185 2011
149 2012
118 2013
112 2014
94 2015
101 2016
102 2017
95 2018
102 2019
Overseas architects 2019 16 show graph
592 2008
980 2009
915 2010
825 2011
843 2012
301 2013
286 2014
43 2015
42 2016
49 2017
46 2018
16 2019
Percentage of women architects in the UK 2019 32% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects in the UK 2019 13% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects paid to UK offices 2019 £17.1m
Architecture fees for overseas projects paid to UK offices 2019 £1.8m
Architecture fees for all projects delivered out of UK offices 2019 £19.0m
Architectural fees for projects delivered out of overseas offices 2019 £2.4m
Total fees income 2019 £21.3m
Total income 2019 * £28.4m
Fees paid to UK offices
 UK income
 Overseas income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per architectural staff

UK office architecture fees per UK architecture staff 2019£123,052


2019 awards 4 show graph


2019 ranking 16 show graph

AHR on LinkedIn

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