Two of Purcell's projects feature in Conservation, Modernisation and Adaption of Existing Buildings, a recently-released RIBA report showcasing the contribution of architects to the evolution of our built environment – safeguarding heritage and securing its future.

Our built environment is shaped by our country’s culture, economy and society. Today, over 99% of the population of England (according to Historic England: Heritage and Society 2016) lives within a mile of a listed building, structure, or setting. Local heritage brings value, not just in terms of tourism, but by shaping our views of where we live, forming our communal identity and giving us a sense of place.


The report shares the contribution of architects to the development and progression of the built environment - safeguarding heritage and sustaining it for future generations. Durham Cathedral Open Treasure and Yr Ysgwrn are both showcased as exemplary heritage projects, following Purcell's work.

At Yr Ysgwrn, Purcell’s conservation design brings a historical Welsh farmstead back to life as a multiple award-winning cultural centre. Purcell was appointed as the lead consultant to explore a sympathetic strategy, design and oversee the delivery of the project.

Set in Durham Cathedral, Open Treasure is a world-class exhibition experience that has transformed how visitors experience the monument’s rare collections and architectural highlights. Involved since Open Treasure's inception in 2010, Purcell applied its combined expertise on four phases of work undertaken to fulfil the Dean and Chapter’s vision: to widen public access to the cathedral’s hidden treasures, which include architectural spaces as well as pieces from the collection. The process included extensive expert research coupled with valuable programmes of consultation and public engagement.

Purcell specialises in conservation and heritage architecture — the practice has continually grown in size and expertise over the years since being founded in 1947 by conservation expert Donovan Purcell. With our strong commitment to quality, we collaborate on many of the most significant buildings in the UK and Asia Pacific. We provide sensitive restoration and repair schemes and bold contemporary design in historic contexts. Today, Purcell is one of the world’s leading heritage architecture practices with over 70 years of experience, proudly creating sustainable places for tomorrow.