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Purcell confirms job cuts

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Architect and historic building specialist consultant Purcell has confirmed to the AJ that it is looking to make a number of redundancies

The top 10-ranked AJ100 practice, which only last month reported that its workforce had ballooned from 241 to 302 for the year ending 30 April 2016, said it was ‘undergoing a review of its people requirements’.

The exact numbers of staff affected by the restructure across the practice’s 13 UK offices, which includes studios in BristolCambridgeCanterburyEdinburghLiverpool and London, is unknown.

The practice’s accounts revealed that the company’s wage bill had shot up from from £8 million to £10.7 million in the last financial year. And, while the firm recorded a 28 per cent rise in its income – up from £16.7 million in 2015 to £21.3 million – pre-tax profits only increased from £2.3 million in 2015 to £2.6 million last year.

Mark Goldspink, Purcell’s chief executive officer, said: ’[The company] is currently undergoing a review of its people requirements to support the long-term development of the business. Our immediate priority is minimising the impact on our people.

‘We are working with them to find alternative options wherever possible, including applying for vacancies in other studios.’

Earlier this year the practice won planning permission to convert two decommissioned prisons, Dorchester prison in Dorset and Shepton Mallet prison in Somerset, into new homes.

The company, which snapped up Norwich-based Reynolds Jury Architecture in September, is also continuing to work on its competition-winning design for a £15 million visitor centre next to Bristol’s Grade I-listed St Mary Redcliffe church.

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