BEN ADAMS ARCHITECTS

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BEN ADAMS ARCHITECTS

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Ben Adams Architects has developed a reputation for elegant, contextual and sometimes unconventional architecture that balances function with ingenuity and delight. Their work is underpinned by a rigorous process that balances context, constraints, and concepts.

The practice is particularly skilled in working with complex sites and existing buildings, designing in a way that unlocks potential and value for both users and clients. BAA's portfolio includes Senator House in the City of London, Merchants Hall in Islington, ​Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch, The Fjord Building in King's Cross, as well as major mixed use schemes in both Los Angeles and Bucharest.


Core Team

Ben Adams, Director

Ben Adams, Director

Ben founded Ben Adams Architects in 2010 and has over 20 years of experience, working on large-scale and complex projects across multiple sectors. Ben’s approach combines a rational process of design-driven by brief, sustainability, and contextual analysis, with a strong instinct for the ‘correct’ design response for people and place, cumulatively developed on each and every project.

Ben has developed an award-winning portfolio including Nobu, Merchants Hall, Informa, Monotype, Scott House for The Office Group and Express Building in Manchester. He is also an Expert Panel member for the NLA

Nicholas Jewell, Head of Research 

Nicholas Jewell, Head of Research 

Nicholas Jewell has worked on many of the BAA’s most notable projects from complex refurbishments and extensions to large-scale new builds, including Merchants Hall, Barley Mow and Jamestown Road.

Heading up the practice’s research activity, he also leads the internal sustainability group which consistently explores opportunities inherent in live projects. He also provides strategic direction for BAA’s initiatives, whether around materials, concepts, smart construction or energy efficiency.

He has particular expertise in urbanism and evolving narratives around city-making and has researched and written widely on new typologies driven by densification, and the changing boundaries between public and private space in cities.

Francesca Pont, Associate Director

Francesca Pont, Associate Director

Francesca works across the hospitality and office sectors, and has significant experience in designing and remodelling large existing buildings, with a proven track record of delivering outstanding and award-winning projects. She has a particular interest in working on complex retrofit projects, relishing the challenges inherent in demanding briefs, fast-paced programmes, tight urban sites, and budget constraints, to deliver maximum design impact which exceed the expectations of her clients. Her recent projects include King William Street in the City of London, a major mixed use regeneration project at Graphite Square, and the complex retrofit of an iconic building in Moscow.

Patrick Hammond, Associate Director

Patrick Hammond, Associate Director

Patrick has worked on some of BAA's most significant projects including Northampton Road and Jamestown Road. He is currently leading on a major infrastructure development at Watford, co-ordinating the detailed individual requirements of multiple stakeholders including TFL and the local authority. He heads up BAA’s technical team, managing the technical review process from procurement to delivery. Leveraging new technology to improve the efficiency of in-house processes and connectivity across the design team, he works to improve and standardise smart working practices.

Merchants Hall

Merchants Hall

A former Royal Mail sorting office transformed into BREEAM 'Excellent' offices.

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The Fjord Building

The Fjord Building

A workplace retrofit with an industrial, Scandinavian aesthetic for a creative working environment that responds to its locale.

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Express Building 

Express Building 

BAA’s first Manchester project is a contemporary refurbishment of a much-loved city landmark.

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What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

  • FOOTPRINT+ is the place to showcase how we can build sustainable developments and reduce the carbon footprint of building projects. In tackling the climate crisis, these are the conversations we need to be having.
    Peter Kyle
    MP for Hove, Shadow Minister for Justice
  • Despite the global impact of COVID-19 the UK property industry is resilient. FOOTPRINT will provide a forum for everyone to create a deliverable agenda for sustainable growth in the UK property market.
    Francis Hilton
    Pelican Developments
  • The construction sector has a huge role to play in enabling Local Authorities to meet ambitious carbon zero targets. I believe that FOOTPRINT will be the event that supports the creative discussions and working relationships required to achieve Zero Carbon living.
    Duncan Baker-Brown
    Architect, Lecturer at University of Brighton & Campaigner for Circular Economy
  • At last an event that addresses the key issues facing design, construction and development in the UK. The rich mix of consultants, clients, stakeholders and government together with the great location will make Footprint a huge success.
    Paul Monaghan Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
    Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding member of Architects Declare
  • The idea of the jobs fair on the last day is brilliant. It's exactly what school and university leavers need, and as a CDO, I realise that finding high calibre candidates to work for your organisation is a hugely time absorbing process.
    Adam Brockley
    Founder of Scape Student Living
  • As we move to create the ‘new normal’ post Covid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to re-write the rules around our environmental impact on the planet, this conference does exactly that.
    Gavin Stewart
    Executive Director Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
  • FOOTPRINT is a hugely exciting opportunity to address the climate emergency which we all face as global citizens.
    James Blakey
    Planning Director Moda Living
  • FOOTPRINT+ has been set up to answer a need in the property market. We have all traipsed off to the South of France previously to meet up and discuss property issues. This is no longer a responsible action given the carbon footprint of getting there. Combined with the exit of Britain from the EU, we, in the UK market need to meet and discuss our national and international concerns. FOOTPRINT+ is set up to permit us to do this in an accessible, affordable and responsible way
    William Edgerley
    Director Edge Ahead Limited
  • The climate emergency is the biggest challenge humanity is facing. At WSP we are proud to be the catalysts of change in our industry. Now, we all need to come together to re-invent the way we design, the way we build and the way live. Footprint+ will help us do this
    Diego Padilla Philipps
    Net Zero Lead Structures, WSP
  • The MIPIM of Sustainability
    Will Arnold
    Head of Climate Action, The Institution of Structural Engineers