With over 22 years of experience in design and guest/operational delivery, Chris Finch and David McCarthy combine to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Coupled with their technical marine know-how, Chris and David blend creative design solutions with extensive operational and vessel delivery/refurbishment experience and are backed by a talented and multi-skilled team.
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We provide executive and marketing support through research & development, GA space planning, statistical analysis and feasibility studies. Our expertise and highly collaborative approach enables us to easily integrate within a larger team or lead/support multiple designers. From articulating an owners’ brand vision to working closely with site teams and shipyards, our experience working in these environments ensures we help contribute to a successful delivery.
Our extensive experience is underpinned by our knowledge and understanding of the critical importance of compliance within the industry, thereby incorporating SOLAS, IMO, VSP (USPHS), Mobility, Environmental, Safety and Security considerations. Our knowledge allows AD Associates to work quickly and effectively with clients at both corporate level and design, build and operations. We thrive on working collaboratively with clients and partners alike, building trusted relationships throughout every stage of the project.
Our strengths are forged on operating as a trusted team with broad expertise and competencies, supported by strong project management. By working closely with the owners’ team of consultants, contractors and suppliers and within a framework of respect and competence, we bring strong communication and leadership skills alongside our creativity, technical knowledge and extensive experience and have the proven ability to deliver within short timelines and budgetary/weight management control. We understand the environment and we contribute where we know we can add the most value.
It is this well organised, integrated approach, that combines design creativity with marine-specific operational and technical knowledge, which enables us to offer a unique and complete service to deliver exceptional projects.
Whether tackling a full-scale newbuild or a periodic refurbishment AD Associates can demonstrate our historic and most recent projects as both lead architect and supporting roles. Chris and David have been instrumental in the design & delivery of numerous cruise, river and yacht vessels, from Crystal Cruises Esprit & Mozart, refurbishments for Star Cruises & NCL, to prestigious vessels such as P&O Cruises, Britannia and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth.
Our most recent projects are described in a little more detail below.
Crystal’s entry into the river cruise market heralded the arrival of Crystal Mozart and a significant project for AD Associates to play a pivotal role in the expansion of the brand.
Working closely with Crystal Executives and operational specialists alike, AD Associates had a strong collaborative presence from the very beginning, attending site visits and developing the project’s brief. With a challenging eight months between purchase and delivery, AD Associates demonstrated their ability to work within tight timescales, leading throughout the process from concept, design, and delivery, not just on the interiors but exterior styling and vessel livery too.
AD Associates have experience working with a diverse network of cruise operators, including P&O Cruises. Aboard the Azura cruise ship we designed two significant food & beverage outlets both with unique concepts. Creatively responding to the clients brief, these outlets have now become signature venues aboard many P&O Cruises vessels.
Brodies features a design concept built on the shell of a Victorian London pub, combining a sports bar, live entertainment and casino into one multi functioning space. An eclectic palette defines seating groups and creatively responds to IMO regulations, whilst a central island bar acts as a focal point for guests to enjoy.
Inspired by the journey from vine to glass, The Glass House design emphasis was to facilitate an appreciation of fine wines aboard Azura. In response to this, AD Associates custom designed the glass wine cellar which is both aesthetically and operationally a success.
Entering service in 2017, with a further two vessels of the same class a year later, Crystal Bach and Mahler represent the first newbuild river vessels for Crystal.
Representing as lead from the outset and as the sole designer during the construction and delivery phase, AD Associates has been instrumental in the initial concept / R&D of the vessels, working closely with Naval Architects and specialists alike to optimise the design.
Throughout AD Associates have provided a vast array of services, from weight and budgetary analysis, brand presentations to site supervision, mock-up and acceptance tests. We proudly await the vessels delivery to complete dressing out and quality assurance reviews.
Distilling the Crystal experience down into a much smaller package challenged AD Associates to reimagine this sleek and sophisticated yacht. Characterised by Crystal’s unique understanding of luxury, Crystal Esprit required AD Associates to lead on conceptual design, working closely with guest experience and technical teams to achieve operational effectiveness and ensure compliance with regulatory and port state authorities. The project concluded with significant site support and assistance as the vessel entered service.