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Chapman Taylor


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Chapman Taylor retains its position in the rankings, reporting ‘excellent’ growth in China and across Asia. In September the practice opened a new studio in Beijing to supplement its office in Shanghai. This will work on major urban masterplans in and around the Chinese capital. Ongoing projects in China include the Global 100 theme park on Hainan Island.

Other international markets have expanded steadily, with projects under construction as far afield as Vietnam, Russia, Thailand, the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan, where it is building the 12,000m2 Caspian Waterfront entertainment centre in Baku.

Closer to home, the practice is working in Germany on the urban masterplan at Plaza Grafinger Strasse in Munich, on the City Plaza urban development in Wuppertal and on an urban regeneration project within Aachen’s medieval city centre. In France, it is designing the Shopping Promenade Claye Souilly near Paris.

According to the practice, its international operations mean it is ‘well-placed’ to deal with the challenges of continuing political and economic uncertainty in the UK market.

Architectural fees for work delivered out of Chapman Taylor’s UK offices fell slightly from £17.4 million to £16.6 million, and the practice expects to maintain this level in 2019. In the UK, the practice is expanding its work in the residential sector with major schemes including Castle Park View in Bristol, which will provide 375 build-to-rent and affordable homes. At 26 storeys it will be the tallest building in the city. The Kampus development in Manchester city centre will deliver 500 apartments for the build-to-rent sector.

Transport and mixed-use commissions are also growing, and design work is in progress on the 54,000m² Axiom retail and leisure development in Castleford. However, the practice’s £1.4 billion plan to extend Brent Cross Shopping Centre is currently on hold. Significant 2018 completions include BUPA Place at MediaCity in Manchester. At 13,700m2, the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ project is now the largest single-occupancy building in the city.

Looking ahead, the practice celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and is hoping for further global success.

‘Strong international growth and a broad portfolio of global projects will lead to an increase in the Chapman Taylor Group’s performance compared with last year,’ says main board director Adrian Griffiths.


UK architects 2019 71 hide graph
115 2008
79 2009
66 2010
47 2011
47 2012
44 2013
44 2014
51 2015
65 2016
71 2017
73 2018
71 2019
Overseas architects 2019 209 show graph
252 2008
199 2009
152 2010
142 2011
143 2012
172 2013
168 2014
117 2015
182 2016
208 2017
195 2018
209 2019
Percentage of women architects in the UK 2019 35% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects in the UK 2019 10% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects paid to UK offices 2019 £10.7m
Architecture fees for overseas projects paid to UK offices 2019 £5.9m
Architecture fees for all projects delivered out of UK offices 2019 £16.6m
Architectural fees for projects delivered out of overseas offices 2019 £18.7m
Total fees income 2019 £35.3m
Total income 2019 * £35.3m
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£128,636


2019 awards 20 show graph


2019 ranking 25 show graph

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