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Purcell results show turnover and staff up by more than a quarter

WINNER: Purcell's victorious scheme in the St Mary Redcliffe church competition [June 2016]
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Architect and historic building specialist consultant Purcell grew its turnover by more than a quarter in the 12 months to April 2016

The top 10-ranked AJ100 practice recorded a 28 per cent rise in its income – up from £16.7 million in 2015 to £21.3 million in the last financial year.

However, the practice’s latest company accounts for the period up to 30 April 2016 show only a small increase in pre-tax profits, which have edged up from £2.3 million in 2015 to £2.6 million last year.

The firm’s wage bill rose from £8 million to £10.7 million, with a rise in staff numbers from 241 to 302. Profits from two overseas subsidiaries in Asia together made £130,000 profit during the year to April 2016.

In February last year Purcell was appointed to design a new centre for military heritage at Larkhill in Wiltshire and four months later was selected ahead of Carmody Groarke and Eric Parry Architects to win the contest to design a £15 million visitor centre next to Bristol’s Grade I-listed St Mary Redcliffe church.

Westminster councillors last year overruled officer advice and allowed artist Damien Hirst to proceed with a huge basement extension designed by Purcell at his Grade I-listed John Nash villa in London.

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

Last year, after the reporting period, Purcell announced it would merge with Norwich-based Reynolds Jury Architecture.

Purcell's approved plans to extend Damien Hirst's house at Hanover Terrace

Purcell’s approved plans to extend Damien Hirst’s house at Hanover Terrace

Purcell’s approved plans to extend Damien Hirst’s house at Hanover Terrace

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