Professional Description

Architects, Masterplanners, Heritage Consultants

Area of work

  • Nationwide and Worldwide


We are architects, masterplanners and heritage consultants. Our designs evolve from a deep understanding of our shared heritage and respond to the qualities of each place. We work to improve the lives of those who use our buildings, and the long-term sustainability of each project.

Purcell is an award-winning Employee Owned Trust made up of over 250 people across the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong. Our people are key to our success. We are an AJ100 practice and ranked No.1 for heritage architecture in the WA100. In 2022, we were awarded Building Design's Architect of the Year Employer of the Year Award.

We seek out a detailed understanding of context, place and people to create sustainable solutions.

As the world’s largest team of heritage specialists, we unlock opportunities to sustain and enhance historic places. Our holistic approach brings together conservation excellence and innovative design.

The future of our built heritage has always depended on how it responds to a changing world. For over 75 years we have helped our clients care for and enhance their buildings and landscapes.

We create designs that respond to each unique place, drawing on the wealth of inherited resources to facilitate the continued evolution our historic places.  

Heritage Consultancy
Our team of Heritage Consultants articulate the significance of each clients’ places - why it matters and how it has evolved. This process of discovery is the foundation for our conservation approach and design ideas.

Our research and advice helps unlock development and guide our clients through the planning process; identifying opportunities, guiding interventions and enabling positive change.

Our masterplans set out a long-term vision for diverse and complex sites. We work with our clients, understanding their needs and aspirations, to create a practical strategic plan. They define a course of action for our historic places to adapt to the changing needs of society and the wider environment.

The future of our historic places depends on how they can adapt to change.
For over 75 years we have advocated for adaptive re-use and pragmatic conservation of existing buildings. Our expertise includes balancing sensitive conservation with energy efficient improvements.

Social Conscience
We strive to make places for people that leave a lasting positive impact, serving everyone in our communities and honouring our responsibilities that reach far beyond the boundary of a site or building.

Awards and Accreditations
Our accreditations demonstrate how we ensure best practice standards and regulatory compliance, a credibility that recognises our high-quality service, environmentally informed approach, safe systems of delivery and ethical standards.

We are also proud to showcase a range of awards from respected industry and specialist bodies from across the globe. See our most recent awards here.

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