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Purcell is taking on staff as it seeks to continue a ‘measured’ recovery from job cuts made after the Brexit vote. Nevertheless architect numbers fell by 11 over the year, pushing the practice down three places to just outside the Top 10.

A mood of optimism has since returned, according to chief executive Mark Goldspink, with the 12-office practice recently moving into larger studios in both Manchester and Bristol.

‘We did reduce our numbers because of the uncertainty, but for us it has picked up again,’ he says. ‘We have been recruiting and we have jobs available at the moment around the UK.’

Key successes in 2017 included its appointment to the £35 million refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery in London in collaboration with Jamie Fobert Architects. This followed Westminster City Council’s decision last August to approve the practice’s plans for an infill extension at the adjacent Grade I-listed National Gallery. In Manchester, Purcell has been appointed to the £330 million refurbishment of the city’s Grade I-listed Town Hall.

‘We also managed to get on a four-year, £40 million Parliamentary Estate framework, alongside three much larger companies,’ notes Goldspink. ‘We are punching with the big players. Our reputation for historical refurbishments helps us compete.’

Former Royal Navy senior logistics manager Vanessa Murphy joined Purcell as people director last summer, and Goldspink says she has helped bring about a change in thinking at the practice. ‘Vanessa has brought a fresh approach, she’s straight-talking and has led a programme to redefine our values and identify people we can promote through the ranks.’

The practice hopes to continue on an upwards curve throughout 2018. ‘The past 12 months have been a steady, measured improvement and I hope we will be bigger again in 12 months’ time, ’ says Goldspink. GP


UK architects 2018 115 hide graph
52 2008
62 2009
65 2010
71 2011
70 2012
74 2013
75 2014
97 2015
123 2016
126 2017
115 2018
Overseas architects 2018 9 show graph
0 2008
0 2009
1 2010
2 2011
5 2012
4 2013
4 2014
12 2015
8 2016
9 2017
9 2018
Percentage of women architects 2018 31% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2018 1% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2018 £14.0m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2018 £0.9m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2018 £14.9m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2018 £1.6m
Total fees income 2018 £16.5m
Total income 2018 * £19.3m
 UK architectural income
 Overseas architectural income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per architect

Fees per UK architect 2018£91,018


2018 awards 4 show graph


2018 ranking 11 show graph

Purcell on LinkedIn

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