Richard Sagar Mark Adey, FDG, P.Clare Millington
Richard Sagar (left) joined FDG in 1972. Mark Adey has spent 25 years with the firm. Credit: via Nutshell Comms

Fairhursts appoints new MD as Sagar moves upstairs 

Dan Whelan

Mark Adey will take over from Richard Sagar, who will move into a business development and mentoring role at the Manchester-based architect, his latest position in a tenure that has spanned six decades. 

Adey joined The Fairhursts Design Group in 1996 and in recent years has spearheaded the company’s work within the science and education sectors. 

He is currently leading the team delivering Project Atria, the new Heart and Lung Research Institute at the University of Cambridge.  

Adey’s promotion comes as Sagar, who joined FDG as a trainee in 1972, moves upstairs into a part-time consultancy role, having spent the last six years as managing director. 

Other changes at Fairhursts include Laura Sherliker’s promotion to director and Stevie Leigh’s to associate director. 

Sherliker joined Fairhursts from Purcell in 2020, while Leigh has been with the company for four years and heads up FDG’s growing interior design team.

Laura Sherliker Stevie Leigh, FDG, P.Clare Millington

Laura Sherliker (left) and Stevie Leigh have been promoted. Credit: via Nutshell Comms

Adey said: “Not only has Richard’s contribution to the built environment been enormous, he has also had an extremely positive influence on our staff who have grown personally and professionally under his leadership, myself included. 

“Richard is a hard act to follow, but I am excited to be taking on my new position and to be joined by such a talented leadership team which now includes Laura and Stevie, two incredibly talented and driven individuals. Our industry faces many challenges going forward, but we are committed to the future of the business and providing opportunities for the next generation of the FDG family.” 

Fairhursts, which employs around 50 staff across offices in Manchester, Southampton and Cambridge, offers design consultancy to the education, science, advanced manufacturing and office sectors as well as industrial, sports and media organisations in the UK and abroad.  

Recent projects include the delivery of the School of Digital Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, and blocks 19, 22, 23 and 24 at Bruntwood’s Alderley Park in Cheshire. 

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Congratulations to Mark, Laura and Stevie. What a legacy Richard has handed over. All the best in your new roles.

By Andrew Turner

Congratulations Mark – always good to see an old Uni pal doing well.

By Ben Battye

Congratulations Mark – very well deserved, and great to see you taking over in this FDG succession plan. Hopefully see you soon.

By Steve Banks