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.
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