Purcell was appointed to transform various areas and buildings for The University of Essex including refurbishment of part of the original 1960s estate to a create a new suite of specialist research laboratories for the School of Biological Science, redesigning redundant boiler house space within its Wivenhoe campus into state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, designing a new Skills Suite for the Health and Human Sciences department, and exploring the reorganisation of The Albert Sloman Library.
Contributing to the enhancement of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. This rare and unique site is considered to be the most complete example of a World War I aerodrome in Europe.
Historically, Saint Nicholas’ Church occupied the site until in 1955. The Church of England deemed the building surplus to requirements and had the Church demolished. Following this, the site had various uses including, most recently, retail. Purcell prepared a planning application for conversion into a hotel on behalf of the client who recently purchased the building.
St Michael’s Church at Braintree has elements of building fabric which date back 800 years. Purcell was approached to provide designs for the north and south porches. The brief for the project included the design of new north and south porches including the provision for accessible entrance by wheelchair into the church, installation of new porch gates, and installation of new external handrails to the south porch steps.
Borley is a small village on the border of the counties of Essex and Suffolk. Borley Church is Grade I listed. The church comprises a 16th Century south porch, 11th Century nave, 14th Century chancel and a 15th Century crenellated west tower. Purcell was appointed to carry out urgent repair works.