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Welcome to this month's ADG Newsletter

This month's newsletter includes articles on progress with City College Plymouth's new STEM building, The Wall Competition, Boringdon Hall's new Gaia Spa and a new life for an old Torquay B&Q building. 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.

Fixing our Broken Housing Market...

The Government White Paper published on the 7th February 2017 identified key areas to address in the provision of new housing. These include:

  • Planning for the right homes in the right place
  • Building Homes Faster
  • Diversifying the market

There are complex issues facing our industry. The effects could be wide ranging and change the way we work and collaborate with our development partners.

Housing projects are an important part of ADG’s practice with over 300 homes currently being constructed and several significant schemes at planning stage. We are well placed to assist our clients, whether they are Housing Associations, larger contractors, or smaller builders and developers, in responding to the housing need. ADG’s experienced Housing Team is currently formulating a practice strategy in response to the White Paper and we look forward to sharing this with our housing clients.

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Former Torquay B&Q site due to get face lift...

The site lies to the north of Torquay town centre, within the primarily residential ‘village’ of Torre and in close proximity to the local amenities and shops. The site contains a number of existing buildings, which are currently unoccupied. The primary building, which takes up the majority of the site, is a former B&Q Warehouse and it is linked to a group of Victorian shop fronts which will be brought back into use. The proposals also include the adjoining former chapel, most recently used as a Korean Mixed Martial Arts Centre.

The proposal is for a small residential development consisting of 22 dwellings, made up of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments, townhouses, cottages and three mews facing onto Southland Road. Approximately 660 sqm of commercial space is being retained along with basement car parking and integrated garages. Each of the dwellings have private terraces or balconies depending on their level and these are generally all south or west facing. The Cottage Terrace to the northern edge contains three 2 storey 2 bed units, which are accessed from a private lane off Laburnum Row. Overall, a wide variety of architectural styles have been employed to create a vibrancy and distinctive feel for each of the built forms and it is hoped by the client that once completed, they will lift the regeneration of this part of Torquay.

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The Wall Competition...

'The Wall' is an international competition to design a national landmark that conveys notions of religion and faith. Our entry focused on the journey an individual would take and the experiences they would have. Our design provided multiple paths through an oval-form structure, culminating in a central, private prayer space.

The walls of the structure are formed of individual brick, each brick donated, labelled and associated with a specific prayer. The shortlist for the competition was announced on 8th February 2017, more details here:

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Gaia Spa becomes The Sunday Times' Best British Spa Hotel 2016...

Last year, The Sunday Times named Boringdon Hall as the Best British Spa Hotel in their 2016 Best British Hotels Guide. The hotel beat leading spa hotels throughout the country to receive this much coveted accolade.

Boringdon Hall’s Gaia Spa is the largest spa in the South West and the largest new build spa in the UK, to date. It measures over 1800 square metres and features 12 treatment rooms and a luxury Spatisserie restaurant.

"The ADG design team were responsible for obtaining planning permission and producing the detailed design drawings for this large extension to the Grade 1 listed building. It is testament to the skills of our staff that the CAD visualisations of the project closely resemble the completed building. We are pleased to see the success that this development has generated in winning national accolades and awards and it proves that we have the skills locally to deliver the best quality buildings."
Marc Nash, ADG Director.

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Key city centre office block undergoes large refurbishment...

St Andrews Court is an existing 5 storey office building dating from the 1980s. The building is located within the western edge of the Barbican Conservation Area on Notte St and is bounded on its west and east sides by Finewell Street and St Andrews Street respectively.

Last year ADG obtained planning permission for our client, Developing London, to see this building brought back to life as 21st century office accommodation. The entrance and reception will be moved so that it is approached from the south via a landscaped external space. The current rooftop plant room is to be expanded and converted into additional office accommodation that will be largely glazed to provide views across the city centre roofscape. This will improve the appearance of the building when viewed from higher levels, especially from the south, east and west, by creating a more distinctive element to the skyline than the current unattractive plant room ‘box’.

The intention is to retain the original design elements and improve their appearance and longevity using modern materials and systems. The curtain walling and windows are currently all single glazed and will be replaced with double glazed aluminium equivalents.

The inclusion of street level space that can house premises such as shops, financial services and cafes will provide the potential to bring positive activity uses within greatly improved, landscaped surroundings that will enhance this area of Notte St.

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Existing exterior views of St Andrews Court

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New rooftop meeting room extension

STEM building starting to take shape...

The £13million state-of-the-art STEM facility at City College Plymouth is being funded by HotSW LEP, Plymouth City Council and the Regional Growth Fund, and has seen more than 200 employers involved in shaping its development. The building will provide a flexible learning environment that simulates ‘real work’ scenarios with industry-standard workshops, laboratories and studios. It will be equipped with high-tech resources to support a broader and more relevant STEM curriculum.

Work on the new STEM building started in February last year and is due to be completed in autumn 2017. With the full height of the five-story building now reached, work is underway developing the full package of facilities inside.

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Long established relationship with Health Education England SW continues...

Adgective Graphic Design has continued its working relationship with Health Education England SW, now in its 7th year. Adgective started working with the Deanery, based on Plymouth Science Park, back in 2010 after winning a tender opportunity to create new prospectus', banners and leaflets for its Foundation programme which sees Undergraduates placed into working environments around the county.

This year we've been commissioned to continue working on their prospectus', marketing literature and welcome brochure for those wanting to move into the Deanery's catchment area.

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New brand flourishes with Adgective's help...

Adorable Gardens, based in Hartley Plymouth, is a gardening business set up by Shane Jones and offers a full one-stop garden maintenance service.

Shane came to Adgective with a strong idea of what he was after and we were able to create a new brand identity which streamlined Shane's vision into a design that is usable across a full marketing package.

The final design will be used on the company website, social media outlets and business stationery.

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