ADG, established in 1985, has grown in experience to place the practice at the forefront of design in Plymouth, the Southwest and now expanding throughout the country. The Architects Design Group has created buildings, places and spaces for 30 years. We combine commercial awareness with practical experience to add value for clients regardless of size or scope. A changing market demands a flexible response. We design in the present, anticipate the future, and question the norm to deliver sustainable design solutions.
The current practice started in 1985 in a basement office on North Hill in Plymouth as a partnership between Ian Potts and Alec Macleod. Marc Nash Joined the partnership in 1987 and Phil Burgess joined two years later in 1989. Alec left the practice in 1990 to pursue an alternative career and the remaining partners developed the practice to where it is today. A growing workload led to a move to larger premises at Hotham Place in Millbridge where the practice acquired and redeveloped an existing church to form a unique and bespoke office environment. As the practice developed with a growing portfolio of clients in an expanding range of sector experience, the skill set developed with a wide range of expertise.
Bob Macdonald joined in 1999 and the scale of projects continued to increase with expanding staff numbers. Another house was purchased and converted to accommodate the dedicated conservation team but this proved inadequate to meet the demands for space. This led to a further move in 2005 to the Tamar Science Park where the range of services expanded into Planning Consultancy, Interior Design, Façade Engineering and Graphic Design. With staff numbers exceeding 50 and a turnover exceeding £3 million the practice was involved in major regeneration projects throughout the South West of England and worked for National clients in other parts of the country.
The recession of 2008 resulted in a decline in workload that reflected the general construction economy and a gradual reduction of commissions led to a smaller practice. A further office move in 2011 to Studio 5-11 provided a purpose designed open plan environment for the remaining staff. Having weathered the effects of the downturn the practice is starting to grow again. We have maintained the core staff and skills that have provided our clients with a great service over many years and that will provide a solid foundation for the future of ADG.