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Welcome to this month's ADG Newsletter

This month's newsletter includes articles on the next phase at Mount Wise nearing completion, the new STEM building for City College and the next phase at St Judes Church. If you require any further information or would like to give us feedback, please email Anne Marshall at or call the office on 01752 388 888.

City College's new STEM building...

The City College Plymouth's new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) building is being designed to meet identified future market needs and to make a significant contribution to the city.

As part of the overall future strategy, the proposed new building will offer opportunities for a direct connection between the College and local Technology and Engineering based companies to create a practical, industry based learning ethos. This will serve to inspire students in the priority sectors of Science, Renewable Energy & Advanced Technology, Computing, Mathematics, Creative Media and Digital Technologies. It is believed that this will ultimately to drive entrepreneurship and innovation into the mainstream curriculum.

The building design will incorporate a series of ‘Student Break Out’ spaces, positioned centrally at each floor, where an uninterrupted physical link through to the open Atrium is achieved at all of the first three levels.

The building has also been designed to ensure minimal enclosed circulation routes and to maximise the effect of the proposed Atrium in the connection of the new and existing buildings. The Atrium will form a ‘Heart’ space for social interaction and collaborative connections between students and staff to ensure an expansive and collaborative learning experience.

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A 'Plymouth Plan' message from PCC...

Consultation has now begun on Plymouth Plan Part Two which is all about the land in the city, it will direct the spatial direction the city goes in for the next 20 years. It will state: which land we will develop; which green space we will protect and where we will direct our resources.

Plymouth City Council have requested land owners response within a short time frame:

To make these decisions we need your help and to do this we have produced eight Plymouth Plan Toolkits. We are asking local people to look at the Toolkit most relevant to them and comment on the above issues. Please click on the link here to view the toolkits. If there are any questions or if you wish to submit further information such as a pdf or photograph please e-mail:, you have until 5pm 8th January 2016 to submit your comments. As well as commenting on the Toolkits, this is also the time to designate local green space you think should be protected. Please let us know which spaces you think should be protected by filling out the survey.

ADG would be very happy to talk to any of our clients about the implications regarding your land or existing facilities.

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South Trelawney first residents move in...

ADG worked closely with DCHA, Galliford Try and Airey & Coles, to provide this forty-seven unit scheme, consisting of two and three bedroom affordable houses, on the former South Trelawny school site in Plymouth and has now been completed with the first residents moving in to their new homes.

This well received and important regeneration project incorporates feature colour panels for dormer and bay windows and forms a striking and positive new addition to the area.

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Mount Wise Phase 2 nearing completion...

The next phase at Mount Wise is now nearing completion. The 2, 3, 4 bed houses and 2 and 3 bed apartments are the second phase in a 5 phase project with additonal phases now in progress.

ADG have been working closely with the client, Plymouth City Council’s historic buildings officer and archaeologists on the second phase of work at Admiralty House. Archaeologists undertook a predetermination assessment of the standing Pavilion buildings on the site of Admiralty House; the former 17th Century governor’s residence to the naval base.

The final master plan design for Mount Wise combines 450 dwellings with a hotel, offices, cafe, retail units and data storage in an underground bunker.

“The Mount Wise project won plaudits from the judging panel, transforming historic naval buildings in the city’s Devonport area. Additional housing has also been sympathetically designed to blend harmoniously with the old. There is a fantastic atmosphere and sense of space – It has been very well received locally.” Michelmores/Western Morning News Property Awards.

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“Next Era Project” at St Judes Church is given the green light...

ADG have been working with the congregation of St. Jude’s church for many years, developing designs for a “Next Era Project” as well as helping with the refurbishment and remodelling of their buildings. St. Jude’s is an active and growing church community which seeks to serve the surrounding area in many ways, from providing an OFSTED registered nursery, through to school and youth outreach programmes, as well as services and groups for adults and the elderly.

The Next Era Project seeks to transform the church’s existing late victorian listed buildings to create facilities appropriate for the 21st Century. This will involve reorienting and replanting the main church building to provide a new welcome space, Sunday school room, café and worship space as well as supporting accommodation including a new catering kitchen and suite of WC’s.

ADG were recently delighted to receive the good news that a Faculty has been granted by the Church of England for our proposed major reordering scheme. This is similar to achieving a Listed Building consent, but more detailed due to the property having ecclesiastical exemption under planning law. Having completed the enabling works for the church under a separate faculty permission, this new consent paves the way for the main project to continue.

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Have you been BIMmed...?

ADG have invested heavily in new BIM technologies over recent years and are now working towards achieving a BIM Maturity of Level 2 this year. This involves the use of Autodesk software products to create a managed 3D environment based on the principles set out in the new British Standard PAS 1192-2 ‘Specification for Information Management using Building Information Modelling’. We have developed a generic BIM Execution Plan and staff training is being developed to get our team up to speed . As well as acting as Lead Designer, ADG are developing the role of ‘Project Information Manager’ to take on responsibility for setting up and managing the ‘Common Data Environment’ (CDE). The CDE is a critical tool for effective collaboration, quality control and avoidance of waste.

As well as the enhanced collaboration tools for information exchange, one of the benefits of a coordinated 3D model environment is the ability to call off accurate rendered visualisations and images for effective communication of the design at any stage of the project.

Two major design projects are being developed in the office using the Revit software and this is delivering added benefits for our clients who are able to interrogate the concept designs at an early stage.

The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building at the at City College Plymouth and Phase 3 at Mount Wise are both being designed utilising the benefits of BIM technology in this new era of 3-Dimensional design software.

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Anne takes on 3 Peaks Challenge...

Our PA, Anne Marshall recently competed in the 24hr 3 Peak Challenge. The challenge started in Fort William for Ben Nevis, then went on to Scarfell Pike and finally finished at the top of Snowdon. The team completed it in the time of 22hrs 31 minutes!

“I am used to competing in marathons, but this was totally different – 11hrs 31 mins climbing time and 11 hrs driving time with virtually no sleep! The weather conditions on Ben Nevis (packed ice and snow at the top) and Scarfell (extremely wet and very windy) were particularly challenging too. I am very proud to have done it sub 24 hours”.

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Gynn Construction gets a website make-over...

Gynn Construction is a Bodmin based construction company specialising in all areas of building, civil engineering and joinery, covering a wide range of sectors.

Adgective is providing them with a new website design to highlight their bespoke buildings, houses and project photographs.

The new website is fully optimised to work on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones and allows the visitors to easily access the full portfolio of work.

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Rafferty's opens new Pizzeria...

Rafferty’s Café and Wine bar is already a well established venue in St Merryn and building on the success of this, Ed & Nicola Rafferty have opened the doors to their second restaurant, Rafferty's Pizzeria.

Rafferty’s Pizzeria will bring a taste of Italy to St Merryn with pizza and pasta dishes. Adgective have been instrumental in producing the graphics for the printed eat-in and take-away menus, signage, loyalty cards, business cards and website. Chris Band says “Working with Ed & Nicola is a pleasure. Their work style is similar to that of Adgective's and the finished product looks and works really well.”

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