Head of Design, Architect, BA DipArch RIBA, SPAB Lethaby Scholar 1976
Niall's charitable sector work in the late 1970s and early 1980s honed his keen talent for establishing government funding for projects with big ambitions but small resources. His commonsense approach to his projects ensures that they make the most economic use of available resources. He also has a knack for using processed materials, developed years before the concept of sustainability was invented.
Niall was a founder of the Vivat Trust for building preservation in the UK and the Brunel Engineering Centre Trust, Bristol. He is also founder and chairman of Clevedon Pier Trust, responsible for restoring the Grade I listed, 19th Century pier.
He is proud of the fact that there are few practices in the country which have won as many RIBA and Civic Trust Awards as Purcell.