Following the opening of its Manchester office, Hawkins\Brown is working on several projects in the North West, including the University of Manchester’s Schuster Annexe, plans for which were unveiled in November. The practice’s Tariff Street studio in the city’s Northern Quarter houses 15 staff with capacity for 30, and is headed by Katie Tonkinson, who grew up in the city.
The practice didn’t take its eye off the ball commercially, with fees from UK projects reaping £17.1 million, compared with £14.8 million in last year’s survey. The practice says this growth is the result of a strategy to develop its five core sectors of residential, education, infrastructure, workplace and civic/community cultural. It has also grown its interior and urban-design studios.
Hawkins\Brown now employs 88 architects, up on last year’s 72. The workforce is 40 per cent female, including two new female partners, taking the total number of female partners to 10. A spokesman says: ‘We are particularly pleased that during this period of rapid growth we have managed to stay very close to the 50:50 gender balance that has been a feature of our practice for many years.’
A clutch of business wins during 2015 included the masterplan for the regeneration of Harrow’s Grange Estate. Education projects include a new ‘Innovation Central’ building for Cardiff University and a new architecture school in Reading. Meanwhile, it won planning for a £58 million urban-sciences building at Newcastle University and completed a research and education building at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
The practice picked up 14 awards in 2015 as well as three commendations, and it made the shortlist for a further 33 awards. It is set to enjoy another strong year, with high-profile completions at the east London digital quarter Here East, the Bartlett School of Architecture and Exeter University all due in the coming months.