01/ History

The Architects Design Group has created homes, buildings, and places for over 30 years. ADG bespoke draws on practical experience and commercial awareness, to ensure each project is carefully crafted into a high quality, beautiful building, regardless of size, scope or budget.

02/ Approach

ADG bespoke's design approach aims to balance creativity and innovation, with end user experience and a particular focus on high quality craftsmanship. ADG bespokes design solutions are environmentally responsive and appropriate to each individual bespoke client brief and aspirations, site context, materials, programme and budget.

03/ Vision

Design is a journey of discovery and it is one that ADG bespokes is passionate to embrace, our work reflects this. It is well known that the ‘devil is in the detail’, ADG bespoke works with a close network of contractors, consultants and suppliers to help us deliver this vision of high quality craftsmanship.

01/ Our Mission

At ADG bespoke we are firm believers in the ‘fabric first’ approach that places site orientation, robustness, material choice and insulation at the top of any sustainable design criteria. As a result building services can be designed to be more efficient, in terms of energy, space and cost. Good sustainable design is also about future-proofng and adaptability, at bespoke we understand these issues.

02/ Energy Use & the Environment

We all have the ability to respect and improve our environment through thoughtful design, materials use and the incorporation of low energy systems, no matter how large or small the project might be. ADG bespoke's personal ethos, backed up by our quality assurance systems, requires us to build this thought process into all of our work.

ADG bespoke's close links to energy experts can help us to analyse energy use before any design is signed-off. Because ADG bespoke take our responsibilities seriously we are currently taking the leap into providing our own Passivhaus design services that will ensure we can provide very low energy use buildings with great internal environments. At ADG bespoke, we don’t believe that low energy buildings have to be ugly or boring, and the solutions that arise from adopting a sustainable design ethos can create really striking architecture.

Client Testimonials

01/ Nick & Alison Raynsford

"We are very happy to recommend ADG Bespoke warmly on the basis of our experience of their work remodelling our existing Plymouth home and adding a new studio annexe. From the initial design stage to the successful completion of the project, ADG Bespoke provided an imaginative, responsive and thoroughly professional service, guiding us through a complex series of choices to deliver a transformational change with which we are delighted."

02/ Peter & Di Richards

"Thanks very much for your and your team’s work. We were Impressed by the speed with which you got us through planning, as well as leading us through the design phase. Your help was invaluable in turning our vague ideas into something functional and in-keeping.”

03/ Private Client

"We have used ADG Architects of Plymouth who have been extremely good. The architect we’ve worked with, Dan Stewart, is knowledgeable, patient, helpful and thorough, and his designs have gone down well with the AONB. I would thoroughly recommend them."

Bespoke Team

ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Director Phil is a Director of ADG and has won a number of awards which include the Offsite Magazine awarded for Best Small Project to his modular luxury apartment lifted onto Cardinal House in Mayfair London. In addition Phil has developed a wide portfolio of commercial clients in the UK and a number of Devon based developers. Phil is an active Rotarian and involved with music at St. Judes Parish Church in central Plymouth. He is the proud father of 4 children and relies heavily on his wife Dee for everything outside the office!
ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Associate Architect Dale joined nearly 20 years ago having gained a background in both architecture and engineering at Cardiff University. His experience spans a wide range of project sectors, sizes and stages. Dale has particular interests in environmental design and earth-sheltered construction and he was key to the delivery of the sustainable holiday project ‘The Village’ for the Watergate Bay Hotel. His favourite projects reuse and breath new life into under-loved existing buildings. Dale lives in a village on the edge of Exeter with his wife and young son where he enjoys running and cycling and anything creative.
ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Architect Dan qualified as an Architect in 2013, and has worked as a Project Architect designing, detailing and project managing luxury one-off private houses throughout Devon and Cornwall. Prior to working in the luxury housing sector he worked in London on large scale residential and mixed-use developments. He comes to ADG having worked in other renowned local practices on projects such as the RIBA Award Winning ‘Stairway to Devon’ at Royal William Yard, Plymouth. Dan has a passion for the conservation and re-use of existing buildings, enjoys creative design solutions on challenging sites, and researching and implementing renewable technology and low-energy design. Dan lives with his wife in Plymouth in their newly self-renovated house. He enjoys real ale, exploring the moor and walks along the coast path.
ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Senior Architect Jez Joined the team as an Architect in 2002 and has extensive knowledge of the residential and mixed use development fields, working on both public and private sector residential projects, as well as delivering projects for private clients on one-off housing schemes. Jez has a strong background in residential construction and has completed two of his own self-build schemes (with much help from his wife and family), one being awarded “Eco Self Build House of the Year” in a national competition. These practical construction skills give Jez a rounded knowledge of construction techniques, detailing and materials. When he’s not in the office Jez enjoys the simple pleasures of life, such as teaching nuclear physics to his primary school age sons, reading the Screwfix catalogue and fettling his Veedub campervan.
ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Part 2 Graduate Kat joined ADG in early 2013 after graduating from Plymouth University. She has worked on a great range of projects within various sectors and at all stages of the design process. Her key interests are sustainable urbanism, energy performance and socio-economical aspects of building. Kat also studied fine arts with a specialism in sculpture techniques. Since 2004, she worked on various creative enterprises including interior, graphic and theatrical set design. Kat loves spending her spare time painting, making objects, upcycling furniture, and occasionally horse riding.
ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Part 1 Graduate Dina joined the team in summer 2016 after graduating from Plymouth University. She enjoys being part of a team as she has the opportunity to take on projects and learn about every design stage from the initial concept to completion. She has worked on both new build and historic projects. Dina loves travelling as it is basically part of her life as she has kept friendships and loved ones in the countries she has lived in including Kuwait. Also she enjoys going climbing with her partner as much as she enjoys having nights in, knitting and watching films.
ADG Bespoke Architects Design Group Phil Burgess Plymouth Devon South Hams Cornwall


Graphic Designer Chris joined the ADG team in 2004 after finishing his degree in Graphic Design at the University of Gloucestershire. Chris can create bespoke branding, wayfinding, wallpaper murals and internal and external graphic applications. Chris' particular interest is around how colour and typography can affect the appearance of graphic design. Chris was born in Leicestershire but at a young age moved to the South West with his family where he now lives in Plymouth. Chris is married to Natalie and has a beautiful daughter, biased of course, and he's a keen cyclist both on and off the road and loves living by the coast.