Adderstone Group


24 October 2016 Written by John Angus
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In our next 10 Minute Profile, we delve into the life of John Angus, Adderstone Group’s Senior Architectural Technician.

We find out about his favourite buildings and he shares his advice for anyone wanting to work in architecture. Read more here...


What did you want to be when you were growing up? 

From a young age I’ve been interested in architecture and construction. As a young boy I would often walk around Newcastle town centre, admiring the great images of the new metro system which at the time was being constructed.  I would dream that one day I would be working on projects similar. What I didn’t realise at the time was that some of those drawings had actually been created by my uncle. I believe that I have my father’s engineering skills & my uncle’s design skills and I’ve put them together to become an architectural technician.


What is top of your bucket list?

My dream is to be at Wembley when Newcastle win the FA Cup. I was there in 1998 and 1999 when Newcastle sadly lost, that was two great weekends spoilt by 90 minutes of football.

In the future, I’d like to see La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona finished. It’s been over 100 years in the making and is still nowhere near to being completed. I suppose there is more chance of seeing the La Sagrada Familia finished before Newcastle win the FA Cup!


What is a typical day like working at Adderstone Group?

Mad, just about sums it up! Working at Adderstone Group isn’t like working in a normal architectural practice where the architect does one thing and the technician the other. It’s very much all hands on deck, everyone working together in a team, which is fantastic.


What’s your favourite thing about working at Adderstone Group?

It has to be the variety of projects you’re involved in and working closely with other departments within the group, it helps you understand the whole picture much more easily. 

I can be involved in a project before it’s even purchased, right up until it’s handed over to the end user. Which means you can put a lot into it and take a great deal of pride out of the project at the end.


Outside of the office, how do you spend your free time?

I do like to pop into town now and again, for a couple of drinks and a nice meal with my wife. In Newcastle we have so many great places to choose from, you could go somewhere different every night!

I also like the fresh air and love walking along the Northumberland coast between Alnmouth and Bamburgh. We have some of the best beaches in the world which many people don’t know about, despite Robson Green.


What are your favourite buildings and why?

Cambridge University Library by Giles Gilbert Scott (the man who designed the red telephone box) is a favourite of mine. I worked on nine different extensions to the building over a 20-year period, which was very challenging, but very enjoyable.

I’ve been to Barcelona a number of times and not just for the football or the tapas but for the great buildings of Antoni Gaudi -  La Sagrada Familia, Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera & the beautiful Park Guell. There’s something different to see every time you visit.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in architecture?

Don’t think architecture is all about being an architect, there are many other professions under the one umbrella; technician, technologist, project manager, landscape architect and designer.

You may find that you’re better at making things stand up, not how they look. That’s the challenge and it can be fun finding out.


Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? 

Gaudi of course, I have to find out what’s going on in his head.

Matt Johnson – singer/songwriter of the world’s greatest band, The The.

Miles Hunt – singer/songwriter of the world’s second greatest band, The Wonder Stuff.

Ian Botham – I’ll need a good bottle of red for him.

Oh and my wife, Rachel – after 25 years of marriage she deserves a good meal.



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