Moving on Up: TODD Architects ranked 64 in AJ100 2019

TODD Architects have been officially ranked 64th in the Architects Journal 100 top UK practices of 2019.

This indicates the practice has moved up four places from last year (68th), and marks the 10th (non-consecutive) year we have been included in the this prestigious top 100 list of UK practices.

The AJ100 survey, examines areas such as fees, salary levels and reflects international activity, practice diversity and Awards won throughout the year. The latest results are also politically significant this year as they reveal a resilient performance from the UK’s largest architectural practices, which as a cohort saw increases in architect numbers, salaries and fee income during 2018- despite the imminent shadow of Brexit up ahead.


We regard this important accolade as a tribute to our hard working and ever growing teams across our three offices in Belfast, Dublin and London and to our Management teams efforts in continually investing in and working to develop and expand our sectorial portfolio and client base. Congratulations to all for your commitment and dedication, we recognize our team is our most valuable asset.


Other significant outcomes from the AJ100 revealed that BIM is now practically universal, with 93 per cent of practices declaring that they made extensive use of it, the highest proportion of any individual technology – compared with 59 per cent five years ago and Revit Architecture is now very widely employed, being extensively used by 86 per cent of practices, up from just over half five years ago. We are proud to be counted as one of these innovative and forward thinking practices who utilize both design technology systems.

AJ100 practices are showing an increasing concern with their staffs’ happiness. Asked to allocate 100 points across six factors that might be considered to contribute to the success of a practice, they once again ranked client satisfaction and repeat business highest but ‘being a good place to work’ is now in second place, swapping places with ‘creativity’.


These survey findings accurately reflect our own TODD Architects practice ethos and values of prioritizing client satisfaction, being a good place to work and team creativity, values which we have always regarded as the true signs of practice progression and success.


The AJ100 2019 Rankings & Information 


Insightful AJ100 2019 Survey Facts & Findings



This year’s Team Trip took us to Cambridge and London, with a jam packed and thought-provoking itinerary meticulously prepared and organised by our team for the Friday and Saturday. We concluded our tour on Sunday morning at Royal Wharf, the residential development on which TODD Architects worked on the third and final phase.

Thank you to all helped make the weekend happen, it was great getting our Belfast, Dublin and London teams together- we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!


Our Friday Cambridge itinerary included:

  • A two-hour Cambridge City Walking Tour which will concludes in Kings College Chapel
  • Visit to Judge Business School and new extension designed by Stanton Williams
  • Accordia Housing visit which comprises 378 contemporary dwellings designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Maccreanor Lavington and Alison Brooks Architects, constructed in three phases. This was significantly the first housing development to win the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008.
  • A tour of the award-winning Storeys Field Centre, Eddington, designed by McInnes Usher McKnight (MUMA)


Our Saturday London itinerary included:

  • South Bank Architectural walking tour lead by Director Peter Minnis
  • Visit to Allies & Morrison for a short presentation on their practice ethos and current projects followed by a tour of their London studios.
  • Further Architectural highlights walking tours in the following areas; London City, Euston & Kings Cross, Clerkenwell & Shoreditch
  • Followed by our practice dinner at Pizza East in Concrete, Shoreditch


On Sunday we visited Royal Wharf, a new Royal Docks riverside residential neighborhood (located in the east London Borough of Newham) to have a brief look at the development and our progress on site.

The Royal Wharf master-plan was completed by Glenn Howells Architects. The development is being rolled out on a phased basis, with TODD Architects engaged in the third and final phase. Delivery is scheduled on a fast-track basis with an off-site fabricated structure panel system being used for external and internal wall construction. The scheme includes a wide mix of types, ranging from studio apartments to three and four bed family homes, designed to meet the needs of a range of tenancies, from social and affordable housing through private rental to upmarket riverside private sales.

TODD Architects have delivered Plot 24 and are now completing Plot 20.




Rathview & The Croft are shortlisted: Design in Mental Health Awards 2019

We are delighted to share TODD Architects designed Rathview Mental Healthcare Facility & The Croft early dementia care scheme in Newtownabbey have both been shortlisted in the Project of the Year – Newbuild category in the Design in Mental Health Awards 2019.


Congratulations to all involved and best of luck to the teams for the next stage.


Check out the full shortlist here:


Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School

TODD Architects recently completed the newbuild Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School, which combined with the adjacent existing Drumragh College, forms the first Integrated Education Campus serving the Tyrone region. This new addition marks a major milestone for the school and local community, as they have been campaigning for this new building for thirty years. TODD Architects engaged with the school’s principal, teachers and parents to create the most effective, efficient, sustainable design to facilitate flexible teaching needs and to suit its rural context.

The school comprises of fourteen classrooms for a capacity of 420 students. Located on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Omagh town, both Primary and Nursery school benefit from a new access road, cycle path, car and bus parking with dedicated drop-off provision. Teaching areas are complemented by generous hard and soft play areas with a central sheltered courtyard & associated landscaping. Internally a resource area provides a key node point to each corner of the courtyard with through access to accompanying multipurpose hall and dining facilities.

Omagh IPS was initially established in 1989 and up until the new build was complete was previously housed in temporary portacabin accommodation. During this time the school has grown from strength to strength building on its already renowned reputation for being a child-centred, progressive and parent friendly school, promoting diversity, dignity and respect for all, regardless of race, religion, politics, culture or background.  The school also offers a 24 child Nursery class and wrap around extra care services including Parent & Toddler classes, Omagh IPS Friends Pre-School and After School homework club.

TODD Architects conducted an extensive feasibility study examining the available options for the location of the new building, while focusing on environmental and sustainability factors both in construction and in use. Architecturally the main influences were based on the Classroom configuration developed to follow the progress of pupil’s transitionary cycle from P1 to P7 around the building in an anticlockwise arrangement. Central resource areas grouped around classroom key stages were directly linked to the central courtyard and external learning environment. The continuous circulation loop provided glimpses into the central space and aided orientation for younger pupils. The central courtyard in addition offers sheltered protection from the adverse weather extending the resource area outside.

The scheme started on site in Jan 2017, reaching completion in June 2018, on target and within budget.

“TODD Architects listened very carefully to what we needed to make our school really work for all its inhabitants. We had a vision of a bright, airy dynamic building that also generated a sense of serenity and order to reflect our Integrated Ethos, and that is exactly what TODD’s delivered. Throughout the design journey, there were of course very many challenges and changes, twists and tweaks, but time and again, the TODD Architects’s team produced creative solutions to complete the brief and satisfy our demanding needs of quality, function, design and aesthetics. What I liked most about working with TODD’s was their client-based approach, their architectural aptitude, their accountability and most of all their accessibility.  In summary, I would say that it was an enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable experience working with TODD Architects and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough for any school at the genesis of their design process. “


Anthony Bradley, Principal Omagh IPS

We deliver First Hampton by Hilton to Belfast

TODD Architects have recently delivered the new three star Hampton by Hilton hotel for the Hilton brand located on Hope Street in the heart of Belfast City Centre. This marks a milestone as the first Hampton by Hilton for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

The nine storey 180 key hotel includes all associated support accommodation including front of house areas such as reception, F&B, as well as gymnasium and support accommodation.

The scheme has been designed with careful consideration and incorporation of the international brand standards, while also being directly influenced by its context and location.

The building’s design both externally and internally references the city’s history and heritage, with the industrial design approach extended throughout the materiality.

Official opening: NIAS Enniskillen

The official opening of the new Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) Enniskillen station, designed by TODD Architects, took place on Wed, Oct 17 2018.

The new and already multi award-winning scheme comprises vehicle garaging, offices and crew stand-by facilities. This is the second ambulance station under our current framework agreement with NIAS.

Crews have been operating from the new station since December 2017 which is built on the site of the old Erne Hospital, at a cost of £3.1 million, and accommodates 54 emergency and non-emergency staff and 13 vehicles.

“The new ambulance station in Enniskillen will provide a flexible workspace which is capable of supporting NI Ambulance’s changing and developing workforce.”

– Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health


Read the full feature here.