After a year of working in collaboration together, architectural practice Purcell announced today that S T Walker & Duckham joined the Purcell family on 5th June 2015. Combining their resources, skills and experience will help boost Purcell’s profile in the West Midlands.
The purchase of Worcester-based practice, S T Walker & Duckham, further increases Purcell’s regional presence and strengthens their legacy in heritage architecture.
Mark Goldspink, Purcell’s CEO said:
“Combining S T Walker & Duckham’s conservation expertise and local intelligence with our own means that our clients benefit from a broader skills base that they can tap into. We expect that this acquisition will also help us raise our profile within the West Midlands”
David Duckham, S T Walker & Duckham’s owner and director commented:
“We collaborated with Purcell last year on business development initiatives, which proved beneficial on projects for Weston Park and Historic Royal Parks. This acquisition is a natural progression of our ongoing working relationship. My team and I are very excited about the opportunities that this partnership opens up for us.”
Purcell will maintain S T Walker & Duckham’s existing client base. David added:
“The integration of both companies will take place over the next year. Our clients will continue to receive the same high quality service which they have come to expect. They will also benefit from having a greater pool of expertise and services that Purcell offers”.
Best known for their conservation work, S T Walker & Duckham’s clients include the National Trust, English Heritage and local authorities. The team is currently leading a major roofing scheme at Attingham Park near Shrewsbury.
S T Walker & Partners was set up over 60 years ago by Maurice Foreman and S T Walker in Birmingham. David Duckham’s practice was founded in Worcester in 1990 in succession to earlier practices. The practice has completed numerous repair and refurbishment projects including Grange Court in Leominster, Kenilworth Castle, Tamworth Castle, the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. The practice has also designed high quality new buildings such as the RIBA Award winning Technology Building at Malvern College and visitor centres for Upton House, Banbury and Peveril Castle, Derbyshire.
Purcell has 15 regional studios across the UK and a studio in Hong Kong. The practice opened a Nottingham studio in 2013 to serve the East Midlands and recently moved to new premises in Nottingham city centre to accommodate the growing team. Purcell has been operating in the West Midlands for many years, with projects including Wolverhampton Art Gallery, CoRE (the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence) in Stoke-on-Trent and Weston Park in Staffordshire.