We are an international team, working from nine different locations across the UK, Cyprus and India. But we are also one team, combining experience and flexibility. Sector and skill experts are matched to each project across the practice, so that every project can be delivered efficiently and by the right team.
With 30 years’ experience since qualifying, Alison has a wealth of expertise, particularly in the education, research and commercial sectors.
As well as Alison’s responsibilities as company secretary, she leads on HR for the practice, supporting ADP’s ongoing commitment to our Investors in People accreditation and all aspects of staff welfare, training and development.
Alison is also a director of our collaborative company Corde, and a trustee of the Marudyan UK charity.
Outside of ADP, Alison is Vice Chair of Governors at King Edward VI Handsworth School, and a Trustee on the board of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham.
Joe is a board director with responsibility for design quality across the practice, covering sustainability, technical and quality management.
He has 20 years’ experience across a wide range of sectors, including workplace, education, research, healthcare and leisure. He has led a number of award-winning schemes, winning a national RIBA award, and has delivered significant masterplans.
Joe is a Civic Trust assessor and schools technical advisor, regularly contributing to education sector conferences.
Outside of work he enjoys rugby league and exploring the Lake District with his family. A keen runner, he aspires to run a sub-three-hour marathon – no harm in being ambitious!
The Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research is a new home for public health research in Bradford. As a city, Bradford faces a number of public health challenges – so it seemed the ideal location to build a new facility that would use collaboration to tackle those challenges.
The University of Huddersfield’s first project through their current consultant framework is this gamechanging extension to the Joseph Priestley Building, which has allowed the University to teach science in a wholly new way. The building would challenge “siloed” approaches to learning and research – both fostering collaboration between students and researchers of different disciplines, and […]
The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (FAHACS) at the University of Leeds was spread across campus, and they came to us with the challenge of bringing the school together within a single building.
The Sir William Henry Bragg Building is the largest single investment in the University of Leeds’ history. Its origins lie in our masterplan for the University, where we identified several key science facilities that were no longer fit for purpose. Instead of redesigning each facility, the Bragg Building brings together the Faculty of Engineering and […]
A new library is always a milestone in the life of a university. The Laidlaw Library was no exception: nestled between two Grade II listed churches in a busy, city-centre campus, the site needed to house 4000m2 of learning and library resources, with 1000 reader seats and 6,800 linear metres of book stock.
We’ve completed a wide range of projects for Macmillan Cancer Support, but each one brings its own unique challenges and opportunities. In the late nineties we designed the oncology and therapies centre at Halton General Hospital – around 15 years later, the centre’s success led Macmillan to approach us again, this time to expand the […]
We’ve developed a close relationship with the Salford Royal Hospital over the past decade, working on eight separate projects there. This has involved various challenges – from creating a new heart care facility to refurbishing the outpatients’ reception.
As one of our board directors, Craig’s role focuses on the strategic direction and management of the practice. Alongside this, he continues his involvement in projects through leading design reviews and his role as an accredited RIBA Client Adviser.
Craig is particularly interested in the outcomes a project can achieve. By measuring key sustainability, belonging and engagement factors, he makes sure that we deliver aspirational projects which provide clients and communities with real value.
Outside of ADP, Craig is a member of the Construction Excellence Committee, coaches children’s rugby, and (when time permits) is also refurbishing his family home.
Our brief at Chesham Preparatory School was to design a suite of new facilities – a swimming pool, dining hall, performance space, and additional classrooms – along with landscapes around the buildings. The range of spaces presented opportunities as well as challenges, but the key hurdle to overcome was the fact that the site was […]
The Elmsbrook Local Centre is our ambitious vision for a true zero-carbon town centre in north-east Oxfordshire. The developer – A2Dominion – needed the centre to reflect the sustainable values of the wider community, which is the country’s first true zero-carbon development on a large scale.
In a historic city like Oxford, opportunities for new housing are few and far between. We were excited to have the chance to convert a 1960s office building in the city centre into a suite of compact flats, adding a rooftop extension: the challenge lay in making the best use of limited space.
Activate Learning is a group of further education colleges in the South East, including City of Oxford College, Banbury and Bicester College, and Reading College. We’ve completed a number of projects for the group in the past – ranging from campus masterplans to teaching buildings.
Stephen leads the global business plan and operational management of the practice on behalf of the board. His practice-wide role involves supporting public sector and commercial projects, as well as business development and client liaison. He has significant experience in a range of sectors – particularly the education and residential sectors.
Stephen is a Fellow of the RIAS, and a nationally elected trustee of the incorporation. He is also one of the 25 accredited sustainable design architects in Scotland recognised by the RIAS.
Stephen enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and keeping fit. He can often be found on the tennis courts or golf course.
Designing a new early years centre is a challenging – but exciting – project. As children’s first formal experience of education, the Hallglen Early Years Centre needed to inspire a lifelong love of learning, and to give young children a nurturing, safe environment to explore and discover together.
We’ve worked on several refurbishment projects for Heriot-Watt University, designing spaces from lecture theatres to a café. On every project, the University emphasised the importance of understanding how students learn in the 21st century: spaces needed to be flexible and varied, with up-to-date technology that would encourage students to stay on campus.
This new facility tackles many of the assumptions of the packaging industry, giving an alternative – and highly efficient – way of doing business. The building needed to bring the design and manufacturing processes into one place, cutting out the time involved in going back and forth between concept and delivery.
As managing director, David has overall responsibility for the financial operation and business strategy of the practice. He is also managing director and chairman of Adpak and Corde. Adpak is ADP’s subsidiary offering multi-disciplinary services, and Corde is a joint venture company set up between ADP, AKS Ward and KJ Tait, delivering an integrated design service enabled through BIM.
David is also chair of our Indian subsidiary, and a trustee of Marudyan UK, our charity that supports educational projects for below-poverty-line children in India.
David steered the practice though its transition to employee ownership, and is a director of the practice’s employee ownership trust.
As executive chair, Roger is responsible for the board’s composition and performance, ensuring that the practice has a clear strategic vision. He is also on the board of ADP’s subsidiary, Corde.
Roger has a passionate commitment to ADP’s design output – an interest reflected in his ten years as awards assessor for the Civic Trust. He has also been an awards assessor for the RIBA.
Responsible for numerous award-winning schemes, he has overseen ADP publications such as Education and Contextualism and the AJ’s ADP at 50.
A member of the Society of Artists in Architecture, Roger donates paintings to Article 25 for fundraising events. He has written and illustrated books on the buildings of Britain, London and New York.
Perfectly placed at the heart of the new Trumpington Southern Fringe neighbourhood in Cambridge, Clay Farm Community Centre is a focal point for both its existing and emerging communities.
Designing houses well is one of the most important challenges for an architect – particularly when those houses need to respond to a complex, traditional setting. Our challenge was to design this house in Kent as a daringly modern response to its historic surroundings, taking a highly sustainable approach. The family wanted their home to […]
Our design for the Forum focused on bringing the three different types of user together in a shared community space. A central atrium helps students and members of the public to feel more connected, while giving the building itself a powerful, unified identity.
We’ve worked closely with the University of Sussex for over fifteen years, from developing their masterplan to designing a number of new buildings for their campus. Founded in 1959, the campus is characterised by its listed buildings designed by Sir Basil Spence, as well as the surrounding South Downs National Park. Growth in the late […]
A decade had passed since the last masterplan for the Knowledge Gateway – the University of Essex’s research and business park in Colchester – and the University commissioned us to create a new one. The masterplan would help to increase density on the site, and would explore options for a number of new buildings including […]
Oxford Castle is one of the city’s oldest sites, with a history stretching back almost a thousand years. It had most recently been used as a prison, but following the prison’s closure, Oxfordshire County Council wanted to open up the Castle as a destination for the whole city to enjoy.
We’ve delivered several projects at White Rose Office Park, helping developers Munroe K with their mission to evolve the site into a northern nerve centre for innovation. Munroe Court is a key part of that mission: this large office suite for HSBC needed to be sustainable and flexible, with the option to be split into […]
After several key projects at White Rose Office Park, we were commissioned to devise a masterplan for the whole site, as well as the adjoining Millshaw Park Industrial Estate. Munroe K – the developers – had a radical vision for the park, which would be a heartland for innovation and act as a focal point […]
Over the past decade, we’ve completed several projects at White Rose Office Park – from office buildings to a masterplan of the entire site. Munroe K, our client, had wanted for some time to improve the public transport links to the site by constructing a new railway station. This would lie on the Leeds–Huddersfield line, […]
We’ve delivered several projects on White Rose Office Park, which is home to a number of significant companies. One of these tenants – a major sports broadcasting company – had outgrown its existing offices, and needed a large extension that would connect seamlessly with the existing block.
Interested in working for us?
As a friendly, employee-owned practice, we’re frequently looking for creative people to join our team. You’ll be able to find your niche among a wide range of projects, sectors and roles – from architects to support staff.