rg+p has been announced as the 2018 ‘New Member of the Year’ in the architectural industry’s prestigious AJ100 celebrations.
Compiled annually since 1995 by the Architect’s Journal, the AJ100 is a definitive list of the UK’s most successful and innovative firms. Practices which secured a place within the top 100 were invited to a presentation evening at the Tower of London last week (13th June 2018) to discover their final rankings as well as the award winners. rg+p, which has offices in Leicester and London, was announced 89th in the list and crowned the 2018 New Member of the Year, a category to reward a practice which entered the AJ100 for the first time and is judged on quality of work and business success.
After collecting the award alongside members of rg+p’s London team, director, Rob Woolston said: “It’s been a longstanding ambition to secure a place on this nationally recognised list so we’re absolutely thrilled to achieve this. To then receive further recognition from our industry peers with the New Member of the Year award was both extraordinary and unexpected; we’re all exceptionally proud.”
Based on individual surveys submitted by the country’s largest architectural firms*, the AJ100 is designed to provide a snapshot of the profession, measure levels of optimism across the industry and highlight the most dynamic and ambitious firms. rg+p’s placement follows significant growth for the practice, which saw a new Leicester head office open in November 2017 including space for up to 100 people. Currently, the firm employs 96 members of staff across its Leicester and London offices.
Director James Badley added: “It’s certainly been a busy and thriving time for our business, as we’ve made substantial positive changes to our working environment, as well as a number of senior level appointments. To consolidate this with double success in the AJ100, the benchmark of excellence for our industry, is outstanding. This listing and award will elevate our reputation and enable us to compete not just for new projects and clients, but also in attracting top quality architectural professionals to join the team. It’s a significant achievement.”
rg+p’s expertise encompasses work in the residential, commercial, education, leisure, retail and healthcare sectors with services including architectural design, landscape architecture, interior design, masterplanning, quantity surveying, project management, urban design and visualisation. The practice is currently working on some of Leicester and London’s most iconic schemes include Ashton Green, Sock Island and the £360m Royal Warwick Square residential scheme in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.
* The largest architectural practices in the UK is measured by the number of qualified architects employed.
Picture Caption 1: The 2018 AJ100 New Member of the Year Award is presented to rg+p. (L-R) Jayne Arkell of Equitone UK & Ireland, category sponsor; Melvyn King; Victoria Torres; Grant Giblett; Rob Woolston and James Badley (all rg+p) with Emily Booth, acting editor, Architect’s Journal.