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.
As a studio director, David is closely involved in managing the Birmingham studio. He has extensive experience of managing client relationships and business development, particularly in the education sector.
His education experience spans both city centre and campus sites, and he has led strategic masterplan projects with extensive consultation and engagement processes.
David also led the award-winning St Marks Student Residences project for the University of Leeds.
Our development at Gloucester quayside started life as a brown field site. The Council had a vision to transform it into a vibrant hub for the community, centred on a health centre combining two GP surgeries.
One of five universities in Birmingham, Newman University is fast growing as a major centre of learning within the city. We took on the task of designing a set of new student accommodation halls for the University, helping to support its growth.
When we were appointed to work on the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, the project was already beset with issues. Another practice had given initial designs to King Edward’s School, but with these over budget the project had ground to a halt. We took on the challenge of reviewing the designs to make the final facilities […]
Designing a new school on the outskirts of Maidenhead posed significant challenges from the outset. The site was on green belt land, as well as a flood plain. This meant that we would have to look closely at the structural aspects of the design, while creating a school that fitted seamlessly and sensitively into its […]
We have designed and delivered a growing number of schools for Star Academies (previously known as the Tauheedul Education Trust). Delivering a number of schools for the same trust can present opportunities – for instance, we’ve carried over a number of successes and lessons learned from one project to the next.
Ranjan doesn’t take anything for granted – he researches every element of a project down to the last detail. Sustainability and “doing the right thing in the right way” are of utmost importance, and he believes that there is no greater motivation than a commitment made. As director, Ranjan runs our Delhi studio with zeal and determination. These qualities are recognised and appreciated by his colleagues, clients and consultants, helping him to develop strong professional relationships.
Ranjan likes to unwind by cooking, and he enjoys putting his amateur chef skills to test by experimenting with unconventional food.
India suffers from a lack of skilled paramedicals – a problem which has plagued its healthcare system for some time. India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare set up the Regional Institute of Allied Health Sciences to help bridge that skills gap, with a vision for eight teaching institutes across the country.
Conceived to support a new housing zone on the outskirts of Delhi, Pacific World School needed to balance a grand scale with a wholesome, fulfilling environment. To meet this challenge, we knew that we had to apply lessons learned from other projects for the client, planning for a school which could accommodate 6,240 pupils over […]
The Lucknow Cantonment Board – a governmental body in northern India – appointed us to design a new convention centre. The building would replace an existing community centre, and needed to provide a full suite of facilities for hosting conferences and conventions: meetings halls, a large multi-purpose hall, accommodation for visitors, and outdoor spaces.
Helen leads our successful Manchester studio team.
Through consultation and attention, she delivers designs for the people who live, work, play and study in our buildings. This approach was brought to the RIBA National Award-winning Laidlaw Library at the University of Leeds.
Helen spends time mentoring and supporting others in achieving their potential, and is a member of Women in Property.
She also has an acute interest in how we can all deliver on the country’s carbon-zero aspiration, and is working with the practice to move this forward.
Outside of work, and around raising a family, Helen rides bikes and runs in her local Peak District hills.
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 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.
Graham joined ADP with experience of healthcare, residential, community, railway, MoD and commercial projects. He has used this cross-sector experience to deliver a range of prestigious developments.
Graham now leads the Sherborne studio as studio director, and is the framework lead for a number of higher education clients. His key projects include the School of Humanities for the University of Bristol and a major £21m coastal regeneration project.
Graham is a passionate advocate of freehand drawing, but has also used computer 3D modelling for over 30 years – predating BIM!
Away from the studio Graham is a keen motorcyclist and sea kayaker (though usually not at the same time).
Set within a row of Victorian villas in Bristol’s university quarter, the School of Humanities – part of the Faculty of Arts – had become overcrowded and no longer fit for purpose as the faculty’s student cohort grew. The University had extended it in the 1980s; commissioned to look at possible development opportunities, we took […]
First built to defend the British south coast from the threat of French invasion, Fort Bovisand is one of Plymouth’s least disturbed Palmerston Forts. This lack of human activity isn’t without its downsides, however, and the fort has long been falling into a state of disrepair. The Fort Bovisand Trust commissioned us to breathe new […]
Liz is a studio director who co-leads our London studio. She has extensive experience in the education, research and healthcare sectors, with particular expertise in leisure and community projects.
With a dual master’s degree in Architecture and Town and Regional Planning, Liz has eased projects through the planning stage in sensitive and difficult locations, often working with complex stakeholder groups. She is especially adept at working on masterplans, and taking forward early-stage feasibilities and design briefs.
Liz’s award-winning schemes include Augustine House at Canterbury Christ Church University, and the Forum in Southend.
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.
Every successful project deserves a sequel. The Forum – designed by ADP in 2013 – has transformed Elmer Square in Southend into a cultural hub, and the Council decided to team up with South Essex College once again for a “younger sibling” nearby.
Southend-on-Sea’s iconic pleasure pier – the longest in the world – has had a rocky history. The original pavilion at the shore head burned down in 1959; a bowling alley that replaced it met a similar fate in 1995. The Council now want to build a new pavilion on the site, and appointed us to […]
Founded in 1906, Phyllis Court is a historic private members club on the banks of the Thames in Henley. Members expect the highest quality of facilities – so when the Club appointed us to design a new fitness centre, we knew that we would need to approach the project from the members’ point of view, […]
Living with autism can present difficulties at every turn, from the anxiety of eye contact to troubles communicating. It also affects people in radically different ways – which makes designing spaces for people on the spectrum a tough (and rewarding) challenge.
Amrit is one of our studio directors, and leads our Newcastle studio.
He has extensive knowledge in the healthcare sector, and has worked on a range of primary health care, specialist care, mental health and acute hospitals. His interest in healthcare design is further strengthened by his outside academic interests in medical health planning and elderly care in Europe and America.
Amrit also has extensive experience in the hospitality sector, delivering architectural and interior-led hotel projects.
Outside of ADP, Amrit is a talented saxophone player, who enjoys food, travel and rugby.
Built in 1910, Spanish City is a truly iconic building for the people of the North East. Sadly, over decades of poor maintenance and ill-advised changes to the building, it eventually fell empty for over 20 years. We were tasked with the challenge of restoring it to its former glory – making it a shining […]
Faced with tight budgets and limited land, many clients have taken a creative approach to building new schools. In the case of Harris Aspire Academy, the London Borough of Bromley decided to repurpose an old police station, converting it into a professional skills sixth form building. It was a project which posed unique challenges – […]
How can education suit the learner as well as the teacher? And how can we design schools which reflect that? These were the questions we asked ourselves when designing Jesmond Gardens Primary School – a multi-award winning school in Hartlepool, County Durham.
The National Centre for Children’s Books – or “Seven Stories” – is the only place in Britain dedicated to saving, celebrating, and sharing our rich literary heritage for children. We originally designed the centre in 2005, returning a decade later to refurbish it for a new generation.
As one of our studio directors, Natalie is responsible for the business development of our new Cyprus studio. She has particular experience within the education sector and masterplanning.
Natalie’s greatest strengths are her philosophy of uncompromised quality and passion for what she does, which gain clients’ trust from the very first meeting.
She is an RIBA, ARB and Cyprus ETEK member, and is keen to promote ADP’s experience in Cyprus and the EU.
Travelling, exploring, hiking, exercising, socialising – everything that doesn’t involve standing still is what Natalie enjoys in life.
As a studio director, Wayne is primarily responsible for managing the Oxford studio. He is also involved in the continuous development of the practice BIM strategy and our integrated design joint venture, Corde, as well as being a lead support for our India studio. Wayne’s key strengths are in the education and community sectors, and his expertise ranges from developing school briefs through to managing higher education frameworks.
Outside of work, Wayne is a school governor, captains a squash team, and occasionally shows glimpses of his former county-standard golfing. He juggles these with being a father of two amazing daughters while building a new house with SIPs.
As a city famous for education, Oxford was lacking in science education centres for younger children. It was also direly in need of space for smaller science and innovation companies. With this in mind, the Oxford Trust and Science Oxford teamed up to create a science education and innovation centre in the East Oxford suburb […]
Oxford has grown rapidly over the last 50 years, but a lack of new schools has placed a real strain on resources. To remedy this, we were appointed to design a completely new secondary school in the northern suburb of Marston, along with an Alternative Provision (AP) Academy on a nearby site.
Forming part of a new community being built on the outskirts of Didcot, Aureus School needed to serve as one of the beating hearts of that community, echoing and supporting its values. Didcot is emerging as a technology town of the future, and the new school’s curriculum would reflect this with a focus on STEAM […]
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.
Built in 1938, the University of Reading’s sports pavilion was in dire need of replacement. The University chose us to design a new pavilion, located south-west of the existing building so that it could be demolished after the new building was complete.
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.
Herpreet is responsible for managing client relationships and developing new business, and was instrumental in setting up ADP’s studio in Delhi NCR.
Herpreet has a real affinity to the city which she grew up in, and is interested in the growth of the city as a diverse and inclusive community through the delivery of considered and sustainable development proposals.
She has experience in the residential, offices, education, healthcare and commercial sectors in the UK and internationally.
Herpreet is a trustee for Marudyan UK, which supports children who live below the poverty line in India by giving them access to education. She also mentors and tutors at several schools of architecture and is active in local diversity outreach programmes.
Faced with space shortages and keen to improve standards, three GP practices in Tewkesbury appointed us to design an entirely new “super-surgery”. The main challenge was meeting the different needs of the three practices under one roof.
Dianna is one of our studio directors, and an RIBA accredited Conservation Architect.
She is particularly interested in the sensitive conservation and renewal of the historic built environment, and has extensive experience of restoration and regeneration projects.
Dianna also has a strong track record of producing masterplans for existing estates and campuses. Her masterplans build on existing and historic qualities, allowing strategic growth for the future.
When not in the studio, Dianna enjoys travelling, trekking and using her new teppan.
Building a new school from scratch is always a challenge – but when an existing school decides to move to an entirely new site, the challenge becomes even greater. Durston House School tasked us with designing a school which was true to their history and core values of character, curiosity, and capability. But the new […]
Our close working relationship with St. John’s School in Leatherhead spans over ten years, and began with a strategic masterplan. The School wanted to create a stronger sense of identity, preserving its stunning historic buildings while adding a range of high-quality, contemporary facilities. Over that decade the School evolved and became co-educational – and our […]
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 […]
As the nation’s first public gallery dedicated to photography, the Photographers’ Gallery holds a special place in the heart of British photographers. The gallery wanted to refurbish and extend the spaces; O’Donnell + Tuomey designed the project up until planning, and we then took it through the detailed design and delivery stages.
The Aurora Centre aims to promote science studying the earth’s polar regions. We had two main tasks: to remodel temperature-controlled laboratories including an aquarium, and to improve non-laboratory areas. This included extending the conference room, providing a collaboration space and seminar rooms, and making the entrance lighter and more welcoming – all while avoiding too […]
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