Purcell (architects)

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Purcell is an architectural design practice with 14 regional studios in the UK and three studios in Asia Pacific.

Previously named Purcell Miller Tritton, the practice rebranded as Purcell in 2012.[1] It is a limited liability partnership.

The practice is the UK’s 9th largest practice according to the AJ100 in 2016[2] and ranked 83 in the World Architecture 100 in 2016.[3]


In 1947, Donovan Purcell set up a small practice in Bury St Edmunds. Working on church and army buildings for many years, Purcell developed his expertise in conservation and in 1960 was appointed Surveyor to the Fabric of Ely Cathedral.

In 1965, Purcell partnered with architects Peter Miller and William “Bill” Tritton and the practice of Purcell, Miller and Tritton was established. Three years later, the partnership registered with offices in Bethel Street, Norwich and Sydney Street, London.

Over the years, the practice set up studios across the UK to provide strong regional coverage. The practice has grown considerably since its rebrand to Purcell in 2012,[1] opening studios in Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. Purcell acquired Worcester-based architect S T Walker and Duckham in 2015[4] and merged with Norfolk-based practice Reynolds Jury Architecture in 2016.[5]

Internationally, the practice established its first studio in Hong Kong in 2009 and has developed its coverage in Asia Pacific with teams in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

As of 2017, Purcell has UK studios in Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Colchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester, North Wales, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford and York.

Notable employees of Purcell have included Corinne Bennett.


The practice offers design services, heritage consultancy, conservation expertise, funding advice and planning advice. It has worked on many UK listed buildings.

Purcell works across eight sectors: cultural, education, hospitality, places of worship, public, residential, transport, and workplace and retail.


Purcell has worked on notable public and private buildings in the UK and internationally including:


Year Project Award(s)
2008 Kew Palace RICS National Museums & Heritage Award for Excellence; RICS Conservation Award
2010 Arnos Vale Cemetery RIBA South West Town and Country Design Awards: Conservation Award
2010 Stowe House, Marble Saloon Country Life Restoration of the Century
2010 The Hyde, Dillington House RIBA Award
2010 Wentworth Castle & Stainborough Park Country Life Restoration of the Century Award
2011 Leighton House Museum RIBA London Arts & Leisure Award
2011 No. 1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard RIBA South/South East Award
2012 Ballyfin Hotel RICS Project of the Year Award
2012 Florence Institute IHBC North West Award for Conservation
2012 Leighton House Museum Europa Nostra Conservation Award
2012 National Maritime Museum, Sammy Ofer Wing RIBA London Award
2012 No.1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard RICS Award
2012 St Paul's Cathedral, London RIBA English Heritage Award for Conservation; RIBA London Award
2012 Stowe House Georgian Group/EH Special Award for Outstanding Achievement
2012 Tudor House Museum RICS South East Project of the Year Award; RICS South East Building Conservation Award
2013 Florence Institute RICS National Building Conservation Award; RIBA North West Conservation Award; RIBA North West Award; RICS North West Building Conservation Award; Civic Trust Award Community Recognition
2014 Ballyfin Hotel International Hotel & Property Awards, Best Suite
2014 Centre of Refurbishment Excellence RIBA West Midlands Sustainability Award; RIBA West Midlands Award
2014 Coworth Park Spa International Hotel & Property Awards, Best Spa
2014 Creative Arts Building, City College Civic Trust Award
2014 Penarth Pier Pavilion RICS Project of the Year; RICS Wales Community Benefit Award; Pier of the Year
2015 Black Gate RICS North East Building Conservation Award
2015 Hexham Abbey RICS North East Tourism and Leisure
2015 King's State Apartments, Kensington Palace RICS London Building Conservation Award
2015 Oxford University Museum of Natural History Civic Trust Awards, AABC Conservation Award
2016 Base Court, Hampton Court Palace RICS London Building Conservation Award; RICS London Building of the Year Award
2016 Cardigan Castle RSAW Welsh Architecture Award; RSAW Conservation Award
2016 Waddesdon Bequest Gallery, British Museum RIBA London Award


  1. ^ a b "Purcell Miller Tritton changes its name to Purcell". Building Design. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  2. ^ "AJ100 #09: Purcell". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  3. ^ "WA100 2016: The big list". Building Design. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  4. ^ "Purcell acquires S T Walker & Duckham Architects - netMAGmedia Ltd". netMAGmedia Ltd. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Purcell snaps up Norfolk practice". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 

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