PRP strengthens its board with new promotions

UK architecture firm PRP has announced a raft of senior promotions at board level to underpin the next era of leadership for the practice.

Manisha Patel has been promoted to senior partner, joining Neil Griffiths, Brendan Kilpatrick, and Anne-Marie Nicholson at this level, and Scott Sanderson, Richard Harvey and Alistair Weir have been promoted to the board as partners.

On the board, which is now made up of four senior partners and five partners, Scott will oversee technical and BIM in the practice, Richard will retain his ‘design champion’ focus, while Alistair will assume board responsibility for the Manchester office. Rick Burgess has stepped down as partner and board member but will continue his role as technical and BIM director.

The promotions come at a time of significant growth for PRP, with increasing turnover and exposure to more high profile projects. The practice employs more than 280 staff and has offices in London, Surrey and Manchester.

Brendan Kilpatrick, Senior Partner at PRP, said:

“These promotions highlight PRP’s culture of encouraging and rewarding talent internally. We’re confident that this next era of leadership will uphold our position as the leaders in housing design and delivery and underscore our future ambitions.”

In recent weeks, PRP has won planning permission for a series of projects that reflect its expertise in multiple sectors and service areas.

Earlier this month, the practice won detailed planning consent for the £1.6bn flagship regeneration of the Clapham Park Estate in Lambeth for Metropolitan. Comprising 2,532 new homes, it is considered to be the largest full detailed planning application of its kind in the UK. In addition, the practice’s ‘High Path’ masterplan for Clarion Housing Group’s £1bn Merton Regeneration Project was approved.

PRP has also finished work on several significant projects, including the extension to Space Studios in Manchester. Designed by Alistair Weir, the project adds more than 90,000 sq ft to the home of shows including Cold Feet, Cradle to Grave and Coronation Street. The £14m extension effectively doubles the amount of space available to the film and TV industries on the site. Elsewhere, the practice completed work on the 1970s modernist estate, Maiden Lane on behalf of the London Borough of Camden, which has since been shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards.