Following a second year of consolidation, which saw its tally of UK architects drop marginally from 111 to 106, tp bennett moves down one place in the AJ100 chart to 14th.
Despite general uncertainty surrounding Brexit and Britain’s exporting power around the world, the Southwark-based practice has seen its share of income from overseas work grow from 2.1 to 5.1 per cent.
Principal director Chris Bennie attributes this growth to tp bennett’s inclusion on various international frameworks for corporate clients headquartered in London. ‘If you are on enough global frameworks there is always something going on somewhere in the world,’ he says.
Total architectural fees are marginally up at £29.3 million. As ever the practice’s winning formula remains a healthy balance of focus across all sectors. ‘That gives us enough cover that if one sector has a hard time then we have plenty of others that are not,’ Bennie explains.
New corporate headquarters in the capital are ‘here to stay’ – says Bennie, who recently celebrated completing landmark facilities for Schroders and Investec. He adds that expertise from London’s mature-student residential market is being hotly sought in other European cities.
With the appointment of a new full-time director of sustainability, tp bennett has now placed environmental responsibility at the centre of its design and business strategy. ‘They can help us to win a project by being able to demonstrate the work of our scheme and product,’ says Bennie.
Meanwhile the firm has made significant progress in improving its mean and median gender pay balance, and has created a series of ‘TPB+’ employee-focused groups and activities covering a range of issues which feed back directly at board level.
‘As leading occupier architects, we are talking about wellbeing all the time and it makes sense if we preach it to our clients we should be practising it ourselves,’ Bennie concludes.