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Architects Design Partnership (ADP] LLP is a national practice, their 8 UK studios support clients across the  country - from Glasgow through to Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford, London and Sherborne as well as the new studio which opened in Edinburgh in late 2015. 

ADP work with organisations across the spectrum of health, science and research industries - including 14 universities in the north-west alone; the NERC, British Antartic Survey, Rutherford Appleton and Daresbury Laboratories and have recently been working with Culham Science Park developing their overall site masterplan. 

In the Higher Education sector, the practice have delivered a number of high profile teaching Laboratory buildings, including the Central Teaching Laboratory - winner of both an S-Lab and Guardian Newspaper Higher Education Award.

In the healthcare sector, they support clients across the spectrum of acute and community healthcare provision and deliver turnkey commercial pathology hubs which improve  turnaround times for samples, increasing quality of service and ultimately, patient care. 

A current project is for the University of Leeds, where ADP have been commissioned to deliver an £85m project to develop a new science quarter.


ADP's work at Oxford Science Park spans three distinct buildings. Collectively, the Medawar Centre, Florey House and Magdalen Centre 2 provide over 26,000 square metres of flexible office space and supporting facilities, such as car parking, café and conference facilities. Magdalen Centre 2 also includes a nursery, located to maximise access to a children's garden area to the rear of the building and create views over a small brook.

Working closely with the developer, we have endeavoured to create a special setting for these buildings, far removed from the anonymity of many business parks. Since our involvement with Oxford Science Park began, the new landscape, paving bridges and parking areas (some of which are decked), have become as important as the buildings in creating a delightful place to work.

The buildings themselves take slightly different approaches, but all demonstrate close attention to detail, careful choice of material and close integration with the landscape.