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Sustainable Design

Purcell is one of the world’s leading design practices, proudly creating sustainable places for tomorrow. For over 70 years, we have championed sustainability in our role as heritage leaders, be it environmental, social or economic sustainability – or all of these. Inefficiency and waste is an anathema to all we do. Today we maintain this commitment in all projects, and in the way we run our own business, achieving our 2020 Carbon reduction programme in line with the Kyoto Agreement four years ahead of schedule.

We have achieved BREEAM Outstanding and Excellent rated projects in the most sensitive of historic settings, and design new buildings that we hope will become enduring, loved and protected structures of the future. We understand that how we repair, repurpose and build today will improve the quality of life of people in these locations for generations to come.


Striving for minimal impact, we aim to deliver projects that offer energy efficient solutions, are built using locally or sustainably sourced materials and implement environmental systems that can deliver realistic payback. Our commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System accreditation and through the active input of our Sustainability Support Group to implementing environmental standards and values to our projects.

We can deliver:

  • Adaptive re-use to existing and historic buildings and sites
  • Strategic sustainability planning
  • Environmentally conscious design
  • Sustainable building materials research and development
  • Green building guidelines, specification and integration in design