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Make Architects


Last year wasn’t quite the year of growth Make had anticipated. Although architect numbers remained constant, UK architectural fees slumped from £18.39 million to £14.22 million as Brexit uncertainty hit market confidence. Director Jason Parker describes it as a ‘transition year’, with a number of major London projects coming to completion, including Rathbone Square for Great Portland Estates and Hanover Square in Mayfair.

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice is now working on a large number of promising feasibility projects, many of which are outside its core workplace and residential commercial work.

‘We’re really optimistic about next year. We’re looking hard at hospitality and hotels,’ says Parker, adding that the practice is also targeting work in the higher education, retail and arts sectors.

Make is hoping to further expand its international workload after enjoying strong growth during 2017 at its Australian office, which is busy on experiential retail, hospitality and food and beverage projects. The Hong Kong office is also expected to grow.

In the UK, Make had the disappointment of the end of its involvement in footballers-turned-developers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ mixed-use St Michael’s scheme in Manchester. However, it remains active regionally with projects in York, Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford, where it completed the Big Data Institute, its fifth building for the University of Oxford. In Swindon, the practice is hoping for the funding go-ahead on the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

In London, successes included planning permissions for the residential-led regeneration of the former Hornsey Town Hall in Islington, and, in the City of London, 20 Ropemaker Street and the 36-storey 1 Leadenhall.

Parker hopes that London’s natural momentum can help override the current uncertainties that are holding back market commitment, and is confident Make will fare better in 2018.

He says: ‘We’re feeling pretty good. There’s so much work bubbling around.’


UK architects 2018 74 hide graph
53 2008
44 2009
43 2010
40 2011
46 2012
53 2013
54 2014
67 2015
79 2016
74 2017
74 2018
Overseas architects 2018 11 show graph
0 2008
2 2009
6 2010
5 2011
5 2012
4 2013
4 2014
5 2015
3 2016
11 2017
11 2018
Percentage of women architects 2018 30% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2018 19% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2018 £12.3m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2018 £1.9m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2018 £14.2m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2018 £2.9m
Total fees income 2018 £17.1m
Total income 2018 * £17.1m
 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£136,683


2018 awards 4 show graph


2018 ranking 24 show graph

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