The Bristol studio of global design practice BDP has appointed Adam Darby as associate architect, bringing with him significant experience and expertise in the residential sector.
BDP, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is a global interdisciplinary practice of architects, engineers, designers and urbanists with over 1,000 staff and studios around the world.
Previously an associate director at Assael Architecture in London, Adam has a strong portfolio of past projects for big name institutional developers, funders and operators including Legal & General, Cubex, Longharbour, Grainger, Apache Capital and Essential Living.
His portfolio of work includes significant build-to-rent schemes in Bristol such as Box Makers Yard at Temple Quarter, and Millwrights Place at Finzels Reach, as well as its affordable housing scheme, Coopers Court.
London-based projects include a major new build-to-rent scheme at Walthamstow Mall for Capital & Regional and Longharbour, as well as mixed tenure housing developments in Lewisham and Staines Upon Thames for Legal & General and London Square.
Adam, who has more than 10 years’ experience of design and delivery in the UK residential sector, said: “I’m delighted to have joined BDP, an international practice at the forefront of designing people-centered progressive and sustainable places and communities of the future.
“The boom we have seen in the build-to-rent sector in key regional cities like Bristol is set to continue, as it offers an adaptable model that suits a range of demographics and can be applied to varying locations. It works alongside other tenures and commercial uses like retail, leisure, food & beverage and even logistics, as well as being a sound investment opportunity for institutional funders and operators.
“In the years ahead, we’re likely to see this concept extend beyond city centres to suburban and semi-rural areas, applying the build-to-rent ethos to houses and family living. There is also a huge opportunity to capitalise on modern methods of construction (MMC) in delivering these schemes.”
Nick Fairham, chief executive of BDP and lead architect director of the Bristol studio, said: “We would like to extend a big welcome to Adam Darby. It’s brilliant to have him on board, bringing with him significant expertise and experience in the wider residential sector, particularly build-to-rent. This growing part of the market offers huge opportunity for cities, towns and semi-rural areas to raise the standard of rental housing as part of a broader mix of homes to create thriving, long-lasting communities.”