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Purcell has been on a winning streak, landing an impressive haul of new appointments in its core specialism of creative conservation and heritage design.

High-profile contest wins have included the Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre and the National Maritime Museum’s £11.9 million Endeavour Galleries. Meanwhile in Wales, the firm won a regeneration project in Caernarfon Harbour and the restoration of the Grade I-listed Cyfarthfa Castle.

Unsurprisingly the number of architects has increased to handle the workload – from 97 to 123 – with practice bosses thanking a surge in qualifying Part 2 staff for the boom.

Despite the healthy pipeline, practice partners Alasdair Travers and Liz Smith reported a ‘tight’ finish to 2015 amid cuts to conservation budgets, increased competition for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a general dip in client confidence. Their strategy for safeguarding against future funding cuts is to diversify Purcell’s customer base to include more private developers and commercial clients.

Key non-public projects include the residential conversion of Victorian prisons in Dorchester and Shepton Mallet. Other schemes include a Georgian mansion conversion near Swindon and restoration works for a trio of Cambridge colleges: King’s, St John’s and Gonville and Caius.

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UK Architects 2016 123 hide graph
52 2008
62 2009
65 2010
71 2011
70 2012
74 2013
75 2014
97 2015
123 2016
Overseas Architects 2016 8 show graph
0 2008
0 2009
1 2010
2 2011
5 2012
4 2013
4 2014
12 2015
8 2016
Percentage of Female Architects 2016 37% show graph
Percentage of BAME Architects 2016 2% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2016 £16.6m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2016 <£0.1m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2016 £16.7m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2016 £1.5m
Total fees income 2016 £18.2m
Total income 2016 * £20.5m
 UK Architectural Income
 Overseas Architectural Income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per Architect

Fees per UK Architect 2016£135.53k


2016 awards 12 show graph


2016 ranking 9 show graph

Purcell on LinkedIn

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