Planning permission has just been granted for a new Red Squirrel Children`s Nursery at Dykes of Gray

Collaborating with Algo & The Red Squirrel Nursery, our design will introduce a new purpose built 67 children nursery located within the village centre at the new Dykes of Gray housing development. The internal areas of the building have been organised to maximise natural daylight to important spaces whilst allowing direct access between classroom and outdoor play areas. The massing and materiality are borrowed from an agricultural typology with the use of vertical boards and a highly insulated standing seam roof to create a modern building that fits well within the new housing development.

Former Dundee factory to become mental health hub

We are delighted to receive planning approval for our proposals at Locarno Works, Dundee. Working with Torridon Developments Ltd. and Wellbeing works, Dundee, our design respects the character of the building and allows it to be re-used as a ‘community hub’ for the charity who are relocating from their existing premises. The proposals will bring the existing building back into use, prevent further decline and help revitalise the area. To read article, press link below:

Former Dundee factory to become mental health hub


New Team Member

Welcome Darren

Say hello to our newest team member, Darren!

Darren has joined ABD as a Senior Architectural Technologist. He has over 25 years’ experience as a Technologist and has worked on a vast array of projects from large public buildings, schools and care homes to housing developments, extensions and renovations. He has a Master’s Degree in Advanced Sustainability in the Built Environment focused on low energy housing and has also gained his qualification in Prince 2 Project Management. Here at ABD he will be using his knowledge and experience to assist with the delivery of some exciting projects we are currently working on and help clients get the best out of their project.

Welcome Darren, we look forward to working with you!


St Andrews Brewing

We are delighted to be working with the St Andrews Brewing Co. to design their new venue at the Caird Hall.

St Andrews Brewing Co at The Caird Hall Dundee

St Andrews Brewing’s new venture will feature at the heart of Dundee’s waterfront development in the Caird Hall.

Loads of ideas flowing at the moment so shaping up to be a great project.



Follow what the team are up to at, @StAndrewsBrewCo.

St. Andrews Brewing Co. Caird Hall, Dundee

We were excited to receive planning approval for this contemporary extension project on the outskirts of Perth.

The client approached us looking to turn their existing house that had become tired and outdated into a contemporary dwelling that would suit their modern lifestyle.

Creating an open plan kitchen/living/dining area that opens out onto a south facing deck area allows them to maximise natural sunlight into space and take full advantage of their rural setting. Amazing what can be done with some imagination.


Award for the transformation of Tay Street Lane Mews, a 19th-century building, into a contemporary business hub.

We were presented with the Dundee Institute of Architects ‘Best Small Project – Non-Domestic’ award following the transformation of Tay Street Lane Mews, a 19th-century building, into a contemporary business hub accommodating some of the best of Dundee’s creative talent.

Andrew and the team regenerated the building, which dates back to around 1830 and is built against part of the historic old town wall. Initially a shell, the end result incorporates a striking, modern interior set aside the traditional exterior.

The Dundee Institute of Architects awards were held in Dundee’s Invercarse Hotel on Thursday 16 November 2017.

The property comprises three studios, occupied by The Malting House Design Studio, Open Change and of course, us!


Andrew said,

“We are delighted to have won this award which is very much an endorsement of our decision to embark on what was a fairly daunting project, this time last year. From gaining planning approval in December to moving in seven months later, it is a real-time advert for what architects can do in a limited timescale. The mews truly feels like a home now. The reaction from clients and contacts has been very positive and we don’t have any trouble persuading them to visit us.”