Purcell has followed recent success at the AJ100 Awards with two RIBA London Awards, including the RIBA English Heritage Award for Conservation, awarded to Martin Stancliffe and his team for 20 years of work at St Paul's Cathedral.
This award recognises a major 20 year programme of work to revitalise Wren’s magnificent Cathedral. Led by Martin Stancliffe, who joined Purcell as a Senior Principal in 2004, the project has extended to virtually every part of the building. The team of architects and consultants has worked in close cooperation with the Cathedral authorities to ensure that St. Paul’s has remained open and in use throughout the entire project.
Externally, works have included: structural repairs to the peristyle of the dome, reconstruction of the west steps, comprehensive stonework repairs and cleaning. The south churchyard has been reordered to display the remains of the pre-fire Chapter House.
Internally, works have included: the liturgical reordering of the interior, together with comprehensive cleaning and relighting schemes. New archiving and conservation facilities have also been created. Disability Discrimination Act compliant access arrangements have ensured that the Cathedral is now accessible to everyone. A new fire detection system has also been installed.
Work has also extended to the Crypt where staff, visitor, conference and education facilities have been provided. The OBE Chapel and Nelson’s burial chamber have also been reordered and relit.
“This holistic and thoughtful approach to the care of an important building sets new benchmarks in the conservation of our historic fabric.”