PRP has slipped from last year’s position of 15th in the table, perhaps reflecting a year of strategic upheaval for the practice. The past year has seen changes to its corporate structure with Andy von Bradsky stepping down as chairman, and a reorganisation of its London and Surrey studios.
However, fees for UK projects remained steady at £14.3 million, just a whisker below the £14.6 million of last year. The number of registered architects rose from 85 to 88, with a small drop in the proportion of female architects from 33 per cent to 32 per cent.
PRP lists a number of successful completions over the past 12 months, including its 20-storey Park Heights regeneration project in Stockwell, south London, for housing association Network Housing Group, replacing a dated 1960s residential block. As part of the same Stockwell Park Estate masterplan, the firm has won planning permission for Thrayle House, a 21-storey residential block, which will become the tallest building in Brixton.
In addition, the first phase of Portobello Square in Kensington also completed in 2015, after winning the Estate Regeneration Award and Mayor’s Award at the Housing Design Awards. This was one of 12 prizes that PRP picked up during the year. The practice also won recognition via an RIBA East regional award for its St Bede’s extra-care scheme, located in a conservation area in Bedford.
A spokesperson says the next year will see it recruit a number of urban designers to target growth in masterplanning and large-scale housing schemes outside London. ‘We now have a focus on specific sectors, a streamlined approach to our delivery process (BIM) and a clear concentration on commercial as well as quality objectives,’ the spokesperson says. As a specialist in the affordable housing sector, PRP says external factors influencing its business will include the final shape of the Housing and Planning Bill, as well as planned mergers between large housing associations.