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Name: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris 
Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services
Date founded: 1989
The boss: Peter Morris
Location: London
Latest turnover: £27m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 37.1
Latest EBITDA: £6m

The four directors – Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan, Jonathan Hall and Peter Morris – founded Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) in 1989 when the public purse could no longer provide architects with a guaranteed source of work.

Since AHMM first opened, the practice has cemented its reputation for producing aesthetically desirable, yet functional buildings. “Our focus has always been on the quality of our work, its clarity of concept, its intelligence of thinking and the delivery of the building itself,” said managing director Morris. This approach has garnered the company several awards, including the Architectural Practice of the Year 2013.

Working on the new Google campus in King’s Cross would be a dream job for most architecture practices, but AHMM has a long history of working for such high-profile clients. AHMM’s UK workforce now stands at 316, who have helped the company complete projects such as the William Street Quarter – a privately funded housing programme – and the corporate obelisk of 240 Blackfriars.

Other significant schemes have included Westminster Bridge Road, 1 New Burlington Place, and 61 Oxford Street. According to Allford, the business is in a position to be selective when it comes to work. “In practice, this means we can work on a diverse range of projects in size and sector for committed clients: all of which look to solve highly complex mixes of programme with imaginative yet refined design propositions,” he said. Until recently, most of these projects were in the UK, but the company has branched out into the Middle East and south-east Asia.

While AHMM is also looking at work in China, Doha and Hungary, these could be considered one-offs rather than a concerted strategy to become a global practice. This included the £77m overhaul of the Roeterseiland Campus for the University of Amsterdam. 

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