We have won a Civic Trust Award


The Oxford Museum of Natural History’s Roof Restoration

The Grade I-listed museum’s roof is in 3 different sections and contains 8,500 glass tiles which were laid when it was built 150 years ago.  Records suggest it has leaked ever since, that is until Oxford University Estates Services employed Purcell and Beard to fix the leaks and undertake a massive restoration project.

Extensive trials were carried out by Purcell to find a sealant which would withstand extreme weather conditions and prevent rain water ingress.  Beard’s challenges were to:

  • Remove the tiles, clean and replace them with minimal breakages
  • Keep the museum open
  • Protect the dinosaurs in situ and
  • Construct an innovative two deck internal temporary roof because it was impossible to use a traditional external one

The cleaning took place on the rooftop because the glass tiles were too fragile to hoist down. Other works included laser cleaning the metal work and new lighting which was designed by Oxford University Estates Services, Monard and Zumtobel.

Wokingham Medical Centre Receives Commendation

The judges made a commendation for Wokingham Medical Centre, a purpose built facility created from an extension to an existing office block in Wokingham Town Centre, designed by Barbara Weiss.  The new building is modern but welcoming and unites two medical teams on one site.

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to lead this development for our practice  and have much respect, affection and admiration for Andy, Peter and the team.  They have been an excellent contractor to work with and have unfailingly provided the advice, guidance and support that we, at the practice,have needed. I cannot thank them enough”  Dr Vipan Bhardwai, customer