About ADDC

Mike Wood is a Chartered Architect and Director of Derby based ADDC Architects.

Awards won by Mike Wood have been:

  • RICS/Times Conservation Prize
  • Civic Trust Commendation
  • George Rennie Conservation Award
  • RICS Silver Award for Regeneration
  • RICS Bronze Award for Community Benefit
  • British Steel Colourcoat Award
  • Six Brighter City of Derby Awards

Mike has operated at a senior level in a number of organisations and has the ability to relate to people in all walks of life and to successfully lead and inspire others. His work as a Conservation Consultant bought him in contact with the Clean Rivers Trust in 2001. Since then he has collaborated with the Trust on several projects involving waste management and pollution control. He worked for the Trust in the design of interpretive facilities in Cornwall and he has an active interest in environmental protection. He is currently working with the Trust on proposals for major zero and low carbon energy production in the UK and on a water, sanitation and energy initiative in Ethiopia.

He has a wide experienced in leisure and commercial work in Derby, including the design of Virgin Active Health Club, Days Hotel, Brunswick Brewery as well as numerous, town centre shopping, leisure and housing projects throughout the UK.


Currently working on a Hotel in Kent and a Crematorium in Lancashire, Mike has a wide ranging and up to date knowledge of architectural practice and of government and industry thinking on sustainability issues and is an experienced Historic Buildings and Conservation adviser. For a period Mike was employed in the Design and Conservation section of Derbyshire County Planning Department before setting up in private practice. His innovation and design work in the field of conservation and renovation has received a number of Awards and wide recognition and for some years he was appointed an assessor for the Civic Trust Award Scheme.

Throughout 2004 to 2007 ADDC provided Architectural Services to the Government funded Derwent NDC and undertook reseach into a number of innovative green technologies leading towards the development of an eco-learning resource. Works included the successful completion of an Award Winning Regeneration Project.

The Derwent Area had been highlighted by the Home Office as one of the 28 most deprived areas in the United Kingdom. One of the key factors identified at the outset was the need for community involvement throughout the project. This started with local consultation and continued through to the detailed stages such as painting and landscaping. Local unemployed people between the ages of 18-30 were taken on as trainees throughout all stages of the construction process. Local contractors were used. All criminal activities were to be 'designed out' in collaboration with the police. Although 60% of site workers were trainees, each phase of the refurbishment was completed on time and within budget.

Within the NDC programme, we worked closely with all the major stakeholders; the community in particular, to develop design briefs and an inclusive iterative design process. We used workshops and information days to engage with people who would have been traditionally hard to reach.

ADDC were approached to design the Playing for Success project at the Gateway Centre by Derby City Council on the basis of our reputation as a client focused practice working on the NDC projects. The Playing for Success initiative establishes out of school hours study support centres at high profile sports venues. The centres use the environment and medium of football, rugby and other sports as motivational tools, and focus on raising literacy, numeracy and ICT standards particularly with children who are struggling in school.

In 2005 ADDC were commissioned by EMDA to develop the design concept for the National Rail Centre which was the subject of a successful bid to be established in Derby.

During 2005 and 2006 ADDC was engaged on a regeneration project in South Normanton, whose High Street was described on television as the worst in England. The project was initiated by Derbyshire County Council as a means of targeting improvements to local services in deprived areas, improving the local economy and triggering further investment. It involved commitment and extensive collaboration between stakeholder tenants - PCT, Parish and District Council and Police alongside County Council user departments - Education, Social Services and Library Services and private service operators. ADDC developed the detailed brief and building design in conjunction with a broad spectrum of input.

Mike has worked for a number of years as Consultant Architect to the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust. Theirs is a 16 mile linear regeneration project for a disused canal linked to the Trent and Mersey system. In addition to the restoration of navigation through Derby the Trust’s objectives include the development of sustainable communities alongside the Canal and initiatives to promote ‘green’ environment, investment and wildlife corridors in the urban areas through which it passes. At present feasibility work is taking place on devising a Regional Tourist attraction called the Derby Arm and a new Marina both of which will contribute to the future running costs of the Canal. Other promotions include residential, commercial, leisure and amenity schemes with adjoining landowners prepared to adopt and benefit from sustainable principles in their developments and will involve the reuse and recycling of materials and waste, innovative energy projects involving water and wind, allocating land for allotments, encouraging exercise and recreation, walking and cycling. Local communities are already engaging with the Trust and enthusiastic for the canal project.

In 2008 Mike was appointed a non executive Director of Derby Cityscape The government funded Urban Regeneration Company responsible for encouraging and planning the successful inward investment of a £350million regeneration program. This has brought further prosperity to a strong and buoyant local economy. Derby is the strategically significant UK base for Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier.

In 2008 Mike accepted the invitation to join the Industrial Liaison Group at Derby University associated with the Faculty of Arts. Over the years he has mentored many budding young graduate Architects and he continues to support initiatives for developing closer links between universities and local business and industry.