Places of Worship

With our decades strong understanding of context and community intertwined with our founding expertise on historic buildings, Purcell are entrusted with creating sustainable futures for places of worship and the communities that they serve.

Jonathan Deeming, Partner

Places of worship have a fantastic ability to move and motivate people. People look to them in times of peace, in times of celebration and in times of reconciliation — they are buildings that breathe history and embody the whole gamut of human life.

Purcell’s renowned experience has become synonymous in this field since we began 70 years ago. Our practice is built on our association supporting some of today’s most celebrated abbeys, churches and temples.

As community facilities, performance venues, visitor attractions and education centres, these buildings must evolve and adapt to changing requirements; from ensuring their sustainable longevity through to increasing accessibility.

From supporting parish churches to transforming UNESCO World Heritage Sites — such as Canterbury and Durham Cathedral — we look after some of the world’s best-known religious landmarks. We are a trusted partner to numerous parishes and faith groups both in the UK, Australia and Asia.

Across our studios, we have an unrivalled lineage of architects and surveyors specially trained to repair and conserve these highly sensitive buildings whilst designing new spaces to enable their current and future communities to thrive.

Our principal expertise came from the foundation of the company and our founder, Donovan Purcell, who was the Leading Architect at Ely Cathedral. Our relationship with the Cathedral has spanned from the 60's through to today — as a practice, we are proud to build long-standing relationships.

We have the honour of being the lead architect on extensive architectural and restorative schemes at some of the UK’s most cherished and multi-faith religious estates. Our team draws on our strengths: heritage consultancy, masterplanning and architecture to conserve and reimagine existing environments whilst designing world-class buildings for all gatherings and occasions.