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The top brass at PLP are unequivocal about the seven-year-old company’s fortunes over the last 12 months. ‘2015 was the best year ever for us,’ says founding partner David Leventhal, ‘not least because a number of projects that define us as a practice were completed and made public.’
Among them were the Edge, a super-green commercial block in Amsterdam, handed the highest BREEAM rating ever for an office building; and the practice’s proposed behemoth at 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London. The approval for the 62-storey tower must have been particularly rewarding for the company’s co-founders who worked on the Pinnacle – the long-stalled stump of a skyscraper the building will replace – while at their previous practice, Kohn Pedersen Fox.
PLP now boasts a workforce of around 200 people from 34 countries, all ‘working in one great big room’ on the City fringe. ‘At our current scale we can tackle projects all over the world from a single, open-space studio,’ says Leventhal. The practice has six projects in the City, each acting as a billboard for further enquiries. ‘If you can make it here, the world comes to you,’ he adds.
PLP has active research teams too, looking mainly at issues thrown up by the densification of the world’s urban centres. As well as the intriguingly named Cartube – an urban transport system that ‘will radically reinvent urban mobility’ – it has developed concept proposals for London’s first all-timber residential high-rise. Earmarked for a site in the Barbican and developed with the University of Cambridge, the ‘plyscraper’ is billed as a ‘renewable structural system’ aimed at ‘weaning us from our dependency on carbon-hungry steel and concrete’.
The only anxiety over the firm’s future success lies in the threat of the UK leaving the EU. ‘We are firm believers in the European project,’ says Leventhal. ‘We hope the false promise of nationalism will not thwart this most important social and political experiment.’
Percentage of Female Architects 2016
Architecture fees for UK projects 2016 £21.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2016 £3.5m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2016 £25.3m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2016 0
Total fees income 2016 £25.3m
Total income 2016 * £25.3m
UK Architectural Income
Overseas Architectural Income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc
Fees per Architect
Fees per UK Architect 2016£275.15k
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