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In the spotlight: BDP

Written by Roma Publications


With offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow and abroad, BDP is a leading architectural practice, responsible for the creation of some truly imaginative and innovative developments. The practice has been in operation since 1961 and has built up an enviable portfolio of projects over the past 54 years.

As one of Europe’s largest collections of architects, BDP works across all major sectors, ensuring the practice can meet all its clients’ needs – whatever they may be. Over the years, this has equated to an exhaustive list of happy customers as well as more than 800 industry awards, including two nominations for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.

Architectural projects which BDP have been responsible for have included Enterprise South Liverpool Academy; Southmead Hospital; Royal Albert Hall; St John Bosco Arts College; and Lancashire County Cricket Club. The practice was also responsible for Liverpool One, a retail regeneration scheme designed to transform Liverpool City Centre. BDP was responsible for masterplanning a 42-acre area of the city, creating a mixed-use development which combines new and refurbished buildings.

At present, BPD is involved with the refurbishment of Manchester’s Victoria Station. The £44 million Network Rail commissioned project has been designed to transform Manchester Victoria Station and is part of a wider £1 billion scheme of works by Network Rail aimed at improving rail services across the North of England.

BDP’s interior design work is also much sought after, with work spanning a wide range of building types and sizes. Interior design projects have included Senate House at the University of London; the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital; and the 7 More London project.

BDP is also responsible for the delivery of civil structural engineering works – a sector which has allowed BDP to work on even more prestigious projects, including Aintree Racecourse. Working on Aintree Racecourse, BDP re-configured the entire course – including stables – and created a new pre-parade ring.

BDP also provided services for Victoria Square, a mixed-use city centre scheme in Belfast. The project – which was designed to spark a renaissance in the city – included penthouse apartments, entertainment spaces and pedestrian friendly streets – both open and covered.

A spokesperson for BDP said:

“BDP is a major international practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists. We create outstanding places for people.

“Working in interdisciplinary teams we produce integrated, holistic and sustainable solutions. Our cumulative depth of experience gives us leading edge expertise across a wide spectrum of sectors. Originally established in 1961 as Building Design Partnership, BDP now has studios across the world. These combine local knowledge with the vision, values and infrastructure of a major award winning practice.

“We are passionate about good design. Curious by nature we are thought leaders, innovators and early adopters of new technologies. In a constantly changing world we create clever solutions which add value for our clients.

“We place people at the centre of our thinking. The best designs spring from fusing people, activity and place to produce experiences which are unique, inspiring and surprising. Founded on the idea of interdisciplinary working, a one-team ethos is fundamental to our approach. Within our studios different professions are encouraged to spark off each other and deliver innovation through collaboration.

“We respect and care for each other and the world we inhabit. Our design community nurtures the skills of talented people within a stimulating environment to support our evolving practice and consistently produce great work for our clients.

“We eliminate risks to our projects and take pride in running a sustainable and profitable business delivering the highest level of service to our clients.”

In addition, to its broad range of services, BDP is also capable of delivering a range of landscaping schemes. Undertaking all aspects of landscaping works, BDP provides masterplans for cities and towns, creating spaces that encourage movement, social interaction, recreation and gathering.

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