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Architects merge and recruit new specialists.

TWO architectural practices in the North have merged.

Darlington-based ADG Architects has merged with Newton Aycliffe-based Blackwell Architectural Services Ltd.

Jeff Blackwell, principal of Blackwell Architectural Services, becomes a partner of ADG Architects and will work closely with its partners John Bell and Paul Kelly.

The firm has also recruited architect Malcolm Cundick as an associate from his practice Alpha Plus: Architects, while Samantha Lowdon joins as business development manager.

ADG Architects works across a wide range of commercial, industrial, residential, interior design and 3D Modelling projects, with particular specialisms in education, care home, agricultural, historic and ecclesiastical buildings. Clients include 3M, Darlington Borough Council, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Husquvarna, Lyons Tetley, Magnet, North Yorkshire CC, NSK Bearings, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Richmond School, Subsea Innovation, Volvo Trucks and Warburtons, among others.

Mr Bell said: "The merger with Blackwell Architectural Services Ltd and the recruitment of Malcolm and Samantha marks the start of a controlled growth phase for ADG Architects, which will provide extra architectural and administrative resources to support the work of the partners." Mr Kelly added: "We have known and worked with Jeff and Malcolm for a number of years and they share our philosophy of a personal, partner-led, from concept and feasibility to technical delivery and completion, on time and to budget that helps clients grow their business.

Mr Blackwell said: "We all believe very strongly in providing the same level of service, dedication and attention to detail on all sizes of projects, taking a bespoke approach to architecture, planning and design, so I know that we will work well together and build a more successful practice."

In order to showcase its range of services and past projects, ADG Architects, which has been trading for more than 30 years, has launched a new website. It can be found at

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2016
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