Higher Education

Every university is different. The way we think about campuses is evolving, and the built environment has to respond to that.

We get to the heart of what makes each university unique, walking in the shoes of our stakeholders to get a full understanding of every brief. By engaging with staff, students and communities, we unlock the potential of campuses across the country, combining evidence from these engagements with our own research and expertise.

A university is not simply a place to teach, research, learn and relax. It is a place to belong. We design spaces which improve the wellbeing of those who use them, and empower people to share expertise and facilities together.

We embed sustainability in everything we do. It’s an attitude that informs not only our designs, but our culture and whole way of thinking – ensuring that our projects embody the highest standards of environmental performance.

Our specialist experience includes:

  • Future academic workplaces
  • Future learning spaces
  • Science and research laboratories
  • Student residential
  • Strategic and smart campus masterplans
  • Spatial optimisation
  • Lecture theatres and teaching spaces

Academic Third Space Concept

Our third space concept embraces more diverse and inclusive spaces for students and staff. There are a range of zones reflecting different social learning activities for both groups and individuals, and a variety of sensory environments. New technologies have been integrated to capture students’ experience, needs and wellbeing.

Our Higher Education projects

Related insights + news

News | 2nd November 2023

Leeds Architecture Award 2023

We are delighted to announce that the Sir William Henry Bragg Building has won a Leeds Architecture Award 2023. The new facility was selected as one of two projects in the ‘Buildings above £10m in value’ category. The awards are run in partnership with Leeds City Council, Civic Trust Leeds, RIBA and the Leeds Society […]

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Insights | 22nd August 2023

Re-imagining Third Space

In 2020 ADP developed a new post-Covid space concept called Third Space – a space that supports active learning, hybrid working, and fosters social connections across university campuses. This year our national and regional higher education directors; Jon Roylance and Amy Brazenall, have been evolving our Third Space concept, reflecting feedback from students. Our concept […]

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News | 3rd August 2023

Sir William Henry Bragg Building shortlisted for Leeds Architecture Award

Our landmark project for the University of Leeds has been shortlisted for another award! The collaborative research building is up for the New Building (over £10 million) category. The Sir William Henry Bragg Building is a major milestone within our wider campus masterplan for the University of Leeds. This collaborative research building provides a range […]

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Lead contacts

Jon Roylance

— Higher Education Sector Director
Jon Roylance

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Our Higher Education Clients

  • Aston University
  • Durham University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Keele University
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Newman University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Teesside University
  • University College Birmingham
  • University of Abertay
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Staffordshire
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Huddersfield