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Newforma Customers Rank in the 2021 UK Architects’ Journal AJ100

September 29, 2021

By Julia Fritz

Newforma congratulates our UK customers who are standouts on the AJ100 list for 2021! Even amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, these firms continue to thrive and lead the design industry.

Thirty-one of the AJ100 are Newforma UK customers including 8 of the top 10!

The Architects’ Journal Top 100 (AJ100) ranks Britain’s largest practices by number of qualified architects employed in the UK. Standout firms are recognized in categories including Practice of the Year, Building of the Year, and Collaboration of the Year.

Newforma customer Foster + Partners retained the top spot on the AJ100 for the 10th year in a row with a roster of 304 qualified architects!

Standout Awards

A special shout out goes to Hawkins/Brown who won “Best Practice of the Year” and “Building of the Year”! What an amazing achievement! This innovative firm was able to grow their staff in 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. It also expanded in areas such as Scotland and the north of England, and recently turned its ownership over to their 260 staff members. The firm took first place for Building of the Year with the Plumstead Centre in London. Newforma customers Sheppard Robson and Grimshaw also made the short list for the Building of the Year award.

Awards for Collaboration

Newforma customer BDP won the Collaboration of the Year award working across six NHS Nightingale Hospitals to take the top spot this category. Grimshaw made the short list for this award with Buro Happold for the Platform Design Programme.

Sustainability Recognized

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) was the winner of the Sustainability Initiative of the Year award with its CARBON whole life carbon tool. CARBON is a free and simple-to-use carbon calculator, designed to support the design team in having informed conversations during design, and with clients and consultants about the carbon impact of a project. This tool enables clients to view the carbon impact of changing the design including adding another story to the building or taking out a basement. Grimshaw made the short list for the Sustainability Initiative of the Year with its Climate Emergency Task Force - Integrating Net Zero Carbon. Also making the short list was tp bennett for the Responsible Sourcing Charter and Supply Chain Questionnaire.

Community Impact

Newforma customers also made the short list for one of the most notable awards, Community Impact of the Year. These firms include Atkins for the Havant Thicket Reservoir community engagement, Stride Treglown for The Deaf Academy, Exmouth, and Hawkins\Brown for Plumstead Centre London.

Newforma Customers Ranking in the AJ100 Top Ten

  • 1 - Foster + Partners
  • 2 - BDP
  • 4 - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • 6 - Sheppard Robson
  • 7 -Hawkins\Brown
  • 8 - Grimshaw
  • 9 - Stride Treglown
  • 10 -Atkins

“It’s great that Newforma is partnering with more and more AJ100 practices every year. Eight out of the Top10 architects in the UK use our Project Center software to realise their projects and we’ve been partnering with many of them for more than 5 years.” says Peter Allinson, Enterprise Sales Executive at Newforma.

Newforma looks forward to another great year of partnerships with these leading firms!