Higher Education

The higher education sector is constantly evolving. At Purcell, our talented and experienced teams design exceptional learning environments to serve universities and their student’s diverse expectations and needs.

Peter Buist, Partner

For many years, our practice has developed strong relationships with some of the oldest and most established universities in the world. We have a vast knowledge and scale of experience designing, adapting and refurbishing university buildings to create exceptional learning environments. We create flexible university spaces which students and staff love — imaginative buildings that support student’s well-being, success and future.

Many of our education clients are custodians of historically significant assets and at Purcell, a key expertise is understanding the significance and fabric of historic and existing buildings.

We bring buildings up-to-date and create contemporary additions to complement entire estates. Our vast understanding of the importance of educational buildings helps our clients transform their universities into state-of-the-art facilities that students thrive within.

Our practice is successfully appointed to several of the largest university frameworks including the University of Essex’s where we have delivered numerous projects over the last decade. We’re also part of the University of Oxford framework and for many years have built strong relationships with colleges at both Oxford, Cambridge and the University of London repairing and conserving many of their world-renowned buildings.

We help create adaptable buildings for their longevity and sustainable future. We have a strong understanding that as students’ culture and expectations evolve, the way they learn, live, access and process information also changes. Whether students prefer a quiet or collaborative space, at Purcell we use our vast skills to design outstanding and inspirational education environments for multiple types of learning.