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PLP Architecture


4 Cannon Street, City of Londonmichel denancé

PLP slips down a few places after what founding partner David Leventhal describes as a ‘very challenging’ year. With the Brexit crisis affecting its traditional mainstay of London projects, the practice realised it had to take a proactive approach further afield.

‘We can’t sit around and just wait,’ he says. ‘So we knew we had to go elsewhere and that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve gone far to do competitions that we might not have done before.’

Fortunately, this strategy is paying off, bringing the practice substantial work in new regions and in doing so, shifting the balance between UK and overseas workloads. PLP won a major competition to design the Moscow headquarters for Russian tech giant Yandex. In India, it was successful in a competition to masterplan a new campus for Krea University in Andhra Pradesh, a win that has since led to other work in the subcontinent.

The practice is also expanding in the Far East, winning a major residential project in Singapore, and has hopes of expanding its work in Tokyo. It is also pursuing opportunities in the US and continuing to invest in its PLP Labs research arm.

Meanwhile it is at an advanced stage on a number of ‘terrific’ London jobs including the 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper in the City of London and Cleveland Clinic at 33 Grosvenor Place. Leventhal remarks that the same number of new UK projects aren’t coming through to replace those that are finishing, although the practice recently won its first ever job in Manchester: an innovation campus for Bruntwood SciTech at Alderley Park in Macclesfield.

Despite PLP’s success securing overseas work, its expectations are pretty flat for 2019. ‘We’d be happy to stay as we are,’ says Leventhal.


UK architects 2019 93 hide graph
53 2010
63 2011
67 2012
29 2013
39 2014
85 2015
92 2016
96 2017
110 2018
93 2019
Overseas architects 2019 3 show graph
0 2010
3 2011
3 2012
4 2013
4 2014
2 2015
2 2016
2 2017
3 2018
3 2019
Percentage of women architects in the UK 2019 41% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects in the UK 2019 25% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects paid to UK offices 2019 £18.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects paid to UK offices 2019 £5.6m
Architecture fees for all projects delivered out of UK offices 2019 £24.4m
Architectural fees for projects delivered out of overseas offices 2019 0
Total fees income 2019 £24.4m
Total income 2019 * £24.4m
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£163,495


2019 awards 2 show graph


2019 ranking 20 show graph

PLP Architecture on LinkedIn

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