Fire & Flood Recovery

Purcell have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise through our involvement in the reinstatement of a range of fire damaged projects. We have developed an understanding of the complex processes involved, and sensitive issues that arise, in restoring heritage buildings. From initial emergency measures and local authority consultation, to drying out methods, detailed surveys and the production of construction information, Purcell offer the specific specialist services required to guide a building’s reinstatement and restoration and help clients to bring their building back to life.

We have successfully collaborated with teams of consultants and specialists, each of which have the relevant knowledge and experience, to deliver successful projects. We understand the necessity to demonstrate to clients and authorities the forensic processes involved in reinstating a heritage asset in order to deliver a successful project which satisfies the end user whilst also conforming to conservation or heritage requirements.

Emergency Response

From the early stages of a project it is essential to appoint the correct team with the relevant knowledge and experience of projects of this nature in order to understand and advise on the immediate and long term emergency measures.

Following an initial condition inspection, Purcell offer guidance on the methodology for the immediate emergency works which may consist of: stabilisation measures, temporary propping requirements, safe access procedures and temporary weather proofing.

Invariably buildings also suffer from the affects of post fire damage in the form of water saturation which may create short and longer term material and services infrastructure weaknesses. In conjunction with the emergency works, sensitive and controlled drying out procedures are also considered at this stage.


As Purcell offer both architecture and heritage consultancy, we understand what is important to protect, restore and reinstate as well as using our creativity to unlock opportunities within often complex historic context.

By intelligently exploring the history, context and significance of each site, we help to identify the constraints and positively inform potential opportunities for each project.

Actively engaging with local authorities, government bodies and heritage organisations from the outset establishes trusting relationships, which allows more flexibility and opportunities for negotiation. By openly sharing our knowledge, thoughts and experiences, clients and design teams as a whole have confidence in our approach to a project.

Developing a bespoke conservation philosophy whilst keeping an open mind allows us to creatively respond with unique, contextual and sensitive proposals. Conservation philosophies differ per project and we understand that there is a balance between client aspirations and the requirements imposed by Planning and Listed Building legislation, current building standards and financial cost implications.

In addition to research based desktop investigations, thorough and informed on site forensic investigations provide us with an understanding and intimate knowledge of the building.

These initial survey, investigation and planned recovery measures underpin the strategy for conserving and reconstructing fire damaged buildings.


The reinstatement of a building is a culmination of the processes involved in establishing an understanding of all aspects of the building. These processes manifest themselves in the form of a series of reports, documents, recommendations and final construction drawings which are used to communicate with all members of the design team, construction contractors, specialist tradespeople, local authorities and clients. Actively engaging with all stakeholders in this manner helps to gain consensus for the development.


We work as one team of many experts.

Having significant experience within this particular sector we can draw on our well-established relationships with other consultants and specialists, to build a team with the relevant knowledge, experience and understanding, to provide the specific services required to efficiently and successfully deliver these often complex and sensitive buildings. Our network of experts and consultants includes-

  • Project Management - with specific experience in mobilising and coordinating the specialist team members
  • Heritage Consultancy - understanding the significant elements of the listed building both pre and post fire
  • Structural Engineers - specialising in heritage buildings
  • Mechanical and Electrical engineers - with the knowledge and expertise required to sensitively incorporate modern services within listed buildings
  • Quantity Surveyors - who can provide the relevant financial surveying and advice with specific expertise in dealing with insurance claims.

When a project requires broader advice, we can draw on our network of many experts and tradesmen to provide specialist advice, guidance, and practical skills and experience whatever the nature, size or scale of a project.

  • Drying out specialists
  • Building pathologists and timber surveyors
  • Traditional plaster work specialists
  • Decoration, restoration and finishes specialists
  • Emergency strip out and demolition contractors