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Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kongedmon leong

Purcell slips four places after the number of UK architects at the architectural and heritage consultancy practice fell from 115 to 104 during 2018. Total architectural fees, however, were up slightly from £16.5 million to £17.9 million.

‘2018 was a good year for Purcell,’ says managing partner and chief executive Mark Goldspink. ‘We more or less retained our turnover and profit levels. In terms of sectors, we found we generated more work in the public and culture sectors.’ That work includes projects at Manchester Town Hall, Battersea Power Station, the Palace of Westminster and the National Portrait Gallery, the latter with Jamie Fobert Architects. These projects helped compensate for a dropping off in high-value residential.

Public sector projects now represent 25-30 per cent of work. The practice is also strong in higher education, with its expertise in working with both historic and 20th-century buildings helping it get on to the University of Oxford framework. Another key trend has been an increasing diversification into new build – currently this makes up a record 25 per cent of the practice’s turnover. Projects include a 37,000m2 new build at the £200 million Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Purcell is also targeting growth in its overseas work, particularly in Australia and Hong Kong, where it last year completed the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, a revitalisation of the former Central Police Station for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron. International projects currently account for 10 per cent of Purcell’s turnover, and this figure is expected to double in the next two years.

This year, however, the practice has responded to the current lack of market confidence by making around 10 per cent of its staff redundant. ‘We’re being cautious and prudent,’ says Goldspink. ‘We still have a buoyant order book but we are seeing a slowdown of future orders.’

The practice recently became a limited company in preparation for becoming employee-owned next year.


UK architects 2019 104 hide graph
52 2008
62 2009
65 2010
71 2011
70 2012
74 2013
75 2014
97 2015
123 2016
126 2017
115 2018
104 2019
Overseas architects 2019 6 show graph
0 2008
0 2009
1 2010
2 2011
5 2012
4 2013
4 2014
12 2015
8 2016
9 2017
9 2018
6 2019
Percentage of women architects in the UK 2019 38% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects in the UK 2019 3% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects paid to UK offices 2019 £14.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects paid to UK offices 2019 £1.6m
Architecture fees for all projects delivered out of UK offices 2019 £16.4m
Architectural fees for projects delivered out of overseas offices 2019 £1.5m
Total fees income 2019 £17.9m
Total income 2019 * £20.8m
Fees paid to UK offices
 UK income
 Overseas income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per architectural staff

UK office architecture fees per UK architecture staff 2019£104,414


2019 awards 7 show graph


2019 ranking 15 show graph

Purcell on LinkedIn

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