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AHR

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AHR’s slight slip down the rankings is deceptive. The practice reported a significantly improved performance in 2017 following a refocus of its business during 2016-17, with particular success in its regional markets. Architectural fees from UK offices rose from £13.14 million to £17.88 million.

According to managing director Martin Wright, its strength has been its diverse portfolio across many sectors and of both public and private work. ‘We’re a strong regional practice with multiple locations working across multiple sectors,’ he says.

AHR has reorganised its Birmingham and Shrewsbury offices into a combined Midlands business unit, bringing together their respective strengths in the commercial and public sectors. It has continued to reap the benefits of its 2016 acquisition of PCKO, with the housing specialist’s expertise used around the practice.

‘The market continues to be competitive but buoyant, with a good balance of public and private sector work. We are also seeing a continued interest in major regional cities, such as Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham,’ says Wright.

Notable successes over the year include a competition win for the Royal College of Physicians’ £35 million Northern Centre of Excellence in Liverpool. The London market, however, proved more challenging, with a shorter pipeline of work.

AHR’s strongest sector remains education, which accounts for 34 per cent of its work. Higher education projects include student accommodation, as well as major academic facilities such as the Oastler building for the University of Huddersfield. The university has now appointed AHR to design the £30 million Barbara Hepworth Building for the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Looking ahead, the overall picture is ‘very positive’, according to Wright, with the practice happy with the progress it has made so far against targets for 2018.

Architects

UK architects 2018 95 hide graph
190 2008
174 2009
207 2010
185 2011
149 2012
118 2013
112 2014
94 2015
101 2016
102 2017
95 2018
Overseas architects 2018 46 show graph
592 2008
980 2009
915 2010
825 2011
843 2012
301 2013
286 2014
43 2015
42 2016
49 2017
46 2018
Percentage of women architects 2018 25% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2018 9% show graph

Income

Architecture fees for UK projects 2018 £16.2m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2018 £1.7m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2018 £17.9m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2018 £2.5m
Total fees income 2018 £20.4m
Total income 2018 * £30.0m
 UK architectural income
 Overseas architectural income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per architect

Fees per UK architect 2018£133,455

Awards

2018 awards 8 show graph

Ranking

2018 ranking 18 show graph

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