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ADP has just nipped into the top 25 this year, by adding one architect. This is a practice that is distributed around the UK, with offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Sherborne. The Oxford and London offices are the largest, with 15 architects apiece. Edinburgh, which only opened in 2015, has just completed the Learning Commons building for Herriot-Watt University. The only international office is in Delhi, with six architects and a total staff of nine.

Now 52 years old, ADP has converted to an employee-owned structure with the significant majority of its shares being owned by an Employee Ownership Trust on behalf of all 130 employees. It has also won the Investors in People gold standard, a considerable achievement.

Schools are a particular strength of the practice, and it has recently completed Eden Boys’ School Birmingham for Tauheedul Education Trust. In higher education, the practice estimates that it is working for one quarter of the UK’s institutions. It has designed the ICEPS building for the University of Leeds, which will be a £96 million integrated campus for the faculties of engineering and physical sciences to build on a shared interaction between disciplines. Also at Leeds, last year the practice’s Laidlaw Library won an RIBA National Award.

The practice’s masterplan for the University of Sussex is aimed at protecting the coherence and calm of Sir Basil Spence’s original vision for the site by banishing cars to the periphery. As part of this work, ADP has designed a car park with a façade based on fractal geometry.


UK architects 2017 74 hide graph
55 2008
64 2009
67 2010
62 2011
65 2012
64 2013
66 2014
66 2015
73 2016
74 2017
Overseas architects 2017 6 show graph
0 2008
0 2009
0 2010
5 2011
6 2012
6 2013
9 2014
5 2015
6 2016
6 2017
Percentage of female architects 2017 41% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2017 5% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2017 £7.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2017 0
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2017 £7.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2017 £0.2m
Total fees income 2017 £7.9m
Total income 2017 * £7.9m
 UK architectural income
 Overseas architectural income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per architect

Fees per UK architect 2017£85,165


2017 awards 4 show graph


2017 ranking 24 show graph

ADP on LinkedIn

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