Studio Culture

We are a collective of talented, collaborative and diverse individuals.

We create studio environments where everyone can thrive; from celebrating our successes and facilitating development, to partnering with charities and supporting the wellbeing of our people. Proud of where we’ve come from, we continually strive for better.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

More than just initiatives, this is conscious inclusion throughout all we do.

We work to invest in a culture where difference is valued and respected, creating an environment where our employees’ diverse national and socio-economic backgrounds are shared and learned from. As employee-owners we all have a voice. Our global teams are made up of over 24 nationalities, and gender measurements as we currently report stand at 51:49 female:male, with a 43% female Board.

We continue to strive for an equitable environment, supporting neurodiverse employees and those who need further wellbeing support or practical flexibility, equipment and adjustments. As of 2021, 79% of our employees believe this is an inclusive place to work.

Wellbeing & Benefits

We recognise how important mental health and wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health and that we all have different backgrounds and experiences.

Our mental health policy draws together a studio-wide network of mental health first aiders - our ‘Purcell Pals’ - and a toolkit of resources. This Employee Assistance Programme includes resources for line managers in supporting mental fitness and we continue to invest in Resilience training to provide our employees with the tools to support their mental health. We promote agile, flexible and hybrid working, understanding the importance of work life balance. Wellbeing will always be a key focus for us, and we recognise the challenges that all practices in the construction industry face. 

As well as supporting agile, flexible and hybrid working, our benefits package includes annual leave increasing with long service, life assurance, company pension scheme, enhanced parental leave, study sponsorship with paid study leave, sabbaticals, employee assistance programme, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, subscription fees, company day out and a volunteering scheme.

Learning and Development

As a team of specialists and experts, we create and support a blended learning environment, with programmes, such as our Classical Design Programme (with study trip to Rome), Conservation School (this year in Canterbury) and Leadership Development; knowledge sharing through our Toolkits, Heritage Building Series and CPD’s.

We’re proud to invest extensively in a broad programme of training and development, providing Architectural, Heritage and Professional sponsorship and development, also supporting individuals with apprenticeships.

Making a Difference

Together we can achieve great things. One of our core values is ‘TEAM – together we can achieve great things’, both within local communities and for each other.  

The annual Purcell Awards provides a diverse platform for peer recognition, celebrating achievements of all sizes and at all levels, including the ‘making a difference’ award.  

We work with local charities to support talent accelerator programmes, as well as education and social mobility charities, offer mentoring and apprenticeships, working with PlanBee, Shape my City and Future Frontiers. In 2022, we introduced our Volunteering scheme, committing to support 1875 hours of volunteering time per year.  Our studios hold regular coffee mornings, bake offs and events to raise money for different charities chosen by the teams each year.

We believe a person’s future should not be determined by their background, so we empower our employees to find ways to make a difference.