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Only a small inner circle of senior staff at BDP had any inkling of what was about to happen when, in March, the practice’s imminent sale emerged in a notice on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The 55-year-old British stalwart had agreed to a £102 million buyout by Japanese engineering consultant Nippon Koei. One of the nation’s best-known architectural institutions was now a subsidiary of a 3,000-strong company unknown to many in Europe, other than for its failed bid for Hyder in 2014.

Nippon Koei’s opening gambit for the UK’s second-largest practice came in October last year and, according to BDP’s chief executive John McManus, ‘was completely unsolicited’. However, the advances from Nippon Koei, with its huge international workload, were not unwelcome. And the timing was impeccable.

‘In August we’d held a board of directors awayday and were becoming concerned about how UK-centric we were,’ admits McManus. ‘The public-spending indicators for the next two years were worrying us.’

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UK Architects 2016 273 hide graph
344 2008
347 2009
296 2010
295 2011
252 2012
229 2013
203 2014
240 2015
273 2016
Overseas Architects 2016 53 show graph
136 2008
138 2009
116 2010
128 2011
35 2012
40 2013
48 2014
51 2015
53 2016
Percentage of Female Architects 2016 25% show graph
Percentage of BAME Architects 2016 27% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2016 £33.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2016 £2.6m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2016 £36.3m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2016 £6.6m
Total fees income 2016 £43.0m
Total income 2016 * £83.0m
 UK Architectural Income
 Overseas Architectural Income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per Architect

Fees per UK Architect 2016£133.07k


2016 awards 16 show graph


2016 ranking 2 show graph

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