- Website: www.wilkinsoneyre.com
- Sector: Architecture
- Country: United Kingdom
- Revenue: €30M to €40M
Building a reputation
WilkinsonEyre is a leading architectural practice with headquarters in London and Hong Kong. Founded in 1983 by Chris Wilkinson and propelled forward when partner Jim Ayre joined the firm four years later, their work exemplifies the ideal of architecture as a fusion between art and science.
“We recognised the importance of staff retention”
Over the last decade, the company has developed an award-winning portfolio, including international projects such as the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China and the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. In the UK, they have focused on smaller projects including the complex specialist requirements of The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and the Weston Library, part of the University of Oxford’s world famous Bodleian Library. These successes have earned some impressive awards, including the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize and two RIBA Stirling Prizes.
Founder Chris Wilkinson explains their strategy: “When the UK market remained fragile, we put more emphasis on work abroad and showed courage in resisting a conservative urge to specialise in specific sectors.”
The rest of their success, says Chris, is due to focusing on the basics: holding on to established talent. “While cautious of market conditions, we also recognised the importance of staff retention and concentrated on retaining a strong skill base.”
103 – The height in storeys of the Guangzhou International Finance Center
The praise and reputation garnered from working on high-profile projects has opened up further invitations to some highly competitive design competitions. To that end, WilkinsonEyre is currently working on the restoration and conversion of Battersea Power Station in London, a new R&D building for the Dyson HQ in Malmesbury and new high-rise towers in Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and the City of London.