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Pollard Thomas Edwards


UCA Film & Media Centre, Farnhamjames newton

It has been another good year for the housing design practice, with architectural fees up from £10.7 million to £11.1 million and architects up from 86 to 89.

‘Even though the context is quite challenging politically, funnily enough the housing agenda is very high on the list, as is the quality agenda through the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission,’ says senior partner Teresa Borsuk. ‘We’ve really not seen a downturn in workload. Having said that, it is more of a challenging market, especially in London.’

She reports growth in the factory-built, custom-build market, where PTE’s ongoing projects include Beechwood in Basildon for Swan Housing Association. ‘Third age’ housing for retirees is also attracting a lot of interest and investment. Lots of PTE’s larger developer clients are saying they need more standardisation, and Borsuk expects a move towards what she prefers to call ‘intelligent replication’.

The practice is also designing more housing for local authority clients, with projects including the South Kilburn regeneration for the London Borough of Brent and the 70-home Dover Court Estate project for the London Borough of Islington. Regionally, PTE has seen growth in a ‘doughnut’ area around London, and in Cambridge, where it is working on the Wing urban village next to Cambridge Airport.

The year ahead is looking positive for PTE, with the prospect of some further growth. It currently has 5,624 homes under construction and 3,000 more in for planning. However, delivering quality is becoming more challenging and, amid Brexit, it has also experienced the departure of some of its non-UK staff.

‘It was a good year but you have to keep on your toes and ahead of the game,’ says Borsuk. ‘We’re spinning a lot of challenging plates. But we’re hopeful that the profession is resilient and that we are resilient.’


UK architects 2019 89 hide graph
50 2008
42 2009
44 2010
41 2011
48 2012
48 2013
63 2014
65 2015
79 2016
79 2017
86 2018
89 2019
Overseas architects 2019 0 show graph
5 2008
0 2009
0 2010
0 2011
0 2012
0 2013
0 2014
0 2015
0 2016
0 2017
0 2018
0 2019
Percentage of women architects in the UK 2019 46% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects in the UK 2019 11% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects paid to UK offices 2019 £11.1m
Architecture fees for overseas projects paid to UK offices 2019 0
Architecture fees for all projects delivered out of UK offices 2019 £11.1m
Architectural fees for projects delivered out of overseas offices 2019 0
Total fees income 2019 £11.1m
Total income 2019 * £12.5m
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£83,459


2019 awards 11 show graph


2019 ranking 21 show graph

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