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Purcell is delighted to share the news that we’ve been shortlisted for seven projects in the RICS awards this year. The award events will take place across twelve national regions from 19 April – 24 May. From monumental cathedrals to aircraft hangars, here are Purcell’s shortlisted projects:

Yr Ysgwrn in North Wales © Paul McMullin

Yr Ysgwrn

Shortlisted for Building Conservation in Wales

Yr Ysgwrn is a cultural symbol for the people of Wales. It is a simple 19th century farmstead, yet represents the life and achievements of one of Wales’ most famous poets, Ellis Humphrey Evans who is better known by his bardic name Hedd Wyn. Purcell was appointed as the lead consultant to explore a sympathetic strategy, design and oversee the delivery of the project of the innovative museum and visitor destination.

Clifton Cathedral in Bristol

Clifton Cathedral

Shortlisted for Building Conservation in South West

The Roman Catholic Cathedral in Clifton was built in 1969-73 to the designs of Ronald Weeks, E S Jennett and Antoni Poremba of the Percy Thomas Partnership. The building was also the last major cathedral to be built in Britain. We were assigned to repair the building, roof and structure, which is composed of offset, superimposed, hexagons and part-hexagons rising up in three layers to a hexagonal, pyramidal cupola, above the sanctuary.

John Wesley’s New Room courtyard restoration

John Wesley’s New Room

Shortlisted for Tourism and Leisure, and Community Benefit in South West

John Wesley’s New Room in Bristol has been an active part of local, national, and international religious and social culture since its inception in 1739 at the birth of methodism. Purcell designed a new extension within the existing courtyard for an education suite, an administration hub and an enlarged library and archive facility. Read more…

The new roof of Killerton House

Killerton House

Shortlisted for Building Conservation in South West

Killerton House is a Grade II* listed mansion and garden estate in East Devon, built in 1778-79. The principle behind the project was to return the house back to its pre-war appearance: a clean lined, creeper-covered, crisp Georgian manor house seen on a summer’s afternoon. A roof and chimney restructure formed an important part of the renovation. As the most visited National Trust property in the South West, it has over 250,000 visitors annually.

Café in Delapre Abbey © Louis Sinclair

Delapre Abbey

Shortlisted for both Building Conservation, and Tourism and Leisure in East Midlands

Delapre Abbey in Northampton is a Grade II* redundant country house with 12th Century Convent origins, converted to a house in the 16th Century. The site comprises the Grade II* listed Abbey, Grade II Listed Stables, Billiard Room and Walled Gardens, as well as key outbuildings situated with the surrounding parkland. The project brings substantial parts of the Abbey and outbuildings back into public use as an events space and visitor asset, ensuring its sustainable future. This includes the careful repair of the fabric and extensive conservation to restore the fine historic interiors to the principle rooms.

The Great South Window in Canterbury Cathedral © Richard Chivers

Canterbury Cathedral Great South Window

Shortlisted for Building Conservation in South East

The Great South Window in Canterbury Cathedral holds precious mediaeval stained glass, including the 12th Century ‘Ancestors of Christ’, thought to be the medieval world’s most extensive genealogy of Christ in any art form. Securing the restoration of Canterbury’s majestic Great South Window demonstrates how contemporary conservation goes far beyond the physical materials, the stone, mortar and glass. The people of this project, world-class craftsmen, architects and engineers, are undertaking the same work on the same site that they have been for fourteen hundred years, continuing the constant cycle of learning, care and renewal that makes buildings such as Canterbury Cathedral resonate with life. Read more…


Aerospace Bristol’s concorde hangar © Jack Hobhouse

Aerospace Bristol

Shortlisted for Tourism and Leisure in South West

Aerospace Bristol is a museum that weaves a once active airfield back into Bristol. It has created a base for learning to inspire the next generation of engineers whilst, spurring a curiosity for aviation in those of all ages. Purcell were appointed to transform the listed WWI aircraft hangars into a first-class aviation heritage museum. Bristol has been named as the museum destination of the year 2018 with Aerospace Bristol at the top of the list; adding to a culture rich programme already present in this city steeped in history. Read more…

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