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HTA Design


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Now in its 50th anniversary year, the housing specialist moves up the rankings after adding a further eight architects over 2018. Architectural fee income rose by nearly 10 per cent to £11.1 million.

This progress is part of a longer-term trend, with HTA enjoying strong growth every year since it become an LLP in 2013. In those five years, staff numbers have increased from 85 to 200.

‘It was an optimistic year,’ says managing partner Simon Bayliss. ‘More turnover and more profit than the previous year, and a good quality of work.’

HTA continues to work across all forms of housing, both urban and suburban, including the regeneration of Winstanley and York Road estates in Battersea and recently completed student housing above Holloway Road tube station in Islington. Besides major housing clients such as Countryside and Berkeley, the practice is working with new entrants to the UK market such as US build-to-rent developer Greystar, for whom it is on site on the 2,000-home redevelopment of the former GlaxoSmithKline headquarters in Greenford. Looking ahead, the practice is interested in exploring opportunities in multigenerational housing.

HTA’s long-established commitment to modular design is paying off – this now accounts for almost 25 per cent of its turnover, and the practice is currently on site with 44-storey 101 George Street in Croydon, which will be the tallest modular building in the world.

Amid all the positives, Bayliss does however sound a note of caution, with the market so far proving much tougher in 2019.

‘Since Christmas, uncertainty in the wider world definitely feels like it has hit the market,’ he says, adding that this is by no means like the catastrophic falling off experienced in 2008. ‘There are good projects still coming in.’

Yet HTA’s outlook remains relatively optimistic, with hopes for a further 5 per cent of growth in 2019.

‘We have a great team, some fantastic clients and a number of areas of distinct expertise where we are leading the market,’ says Bayliss. ‘We see our focus on a single sector of housing as key to a successful future.’


UK architects 2019 74 hide graph
59 2008
46 2009
49 2010
47 2011
43 2012
36 2013
44 2014
57 2015
63 2016
64 2017
66 2018
74 2019
Overseas architects 2019 0 show graph
5 2008
0 2009
0 2010
0 2011
0 2012
0 2013
0 2014
0 2016
0 2017
0 2018
0 2019
Percentage of women architects in the UK 2019 38% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects in the UK 2019 8% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects paid to UK offices 2019 £11.1m
Architecture fees for overseas projects paid to UK offices 2019 0
Architecture fees for all projects delivered out of UK offices 2019 £11.1m
Architectural fees for projects delivered out of overseas offices 2019 0
Total fees income 2019 £11.1m
Total income 2019 * £13.5m
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£76,793


2019 awards 7 show graph


2019 ranking 24 show graph

HTA Design on LinkedIn

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