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18 Dec 2019
International Architecture Practice BDP Opens New Studio

Major international interdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice, BDP, has announced the opening of a new studio in Leeds following the delivery of a series of successful high-profile projects in the city. The studio will be led by Architect Associate, Vicky Casey, who has relocated from the business’ Sheffield studio.

The practice, which has opened its Leeds base in Bruntwood’s Platform building, now employs over 300 staff across its Northern studios, which includes an additional new studio in Liverpool. BDP’s expansion follows a strong year for the business in which it achieved a 21% increase in global turnover to £107m, with a £9.5m pre-tax profit. In Leeds, the business is aiming to combine the company’s global expertise with the extensive local knowledge developed in delivering a series of award-winning projects in the city.

Merrion House – office building for Leeds City Council:
Merrion House Leeds City Council office building

BDP was the architect and engineer for the refurbishment and redevelopment of Merrion House, the 1970s office building which now provides modern office accommodation for 1,900 Leeds City Council staff in the heart of the city, and has already been awarded two RIBA awards. The practice was also lead-architect for the restoration of The Round Foundry, part of the ongoing regeneration of Holbeck and the wider Leeds South Bank district – one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. The project saw the world’s only surviving first-generation engineering works turned into a mixed-use development, including apartments and affordable housing.

The practice has also been very involved in the early development of Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust’s masterplan for the extensive re-ordering of the Leeds General Infirmary estate, which includes the significant expansion of services for adults and children, and formation of a new R&D sci-tech zone integrating with the Leeds Innovation District, being developed to the North of the city centre.

With over 18 years of experience in the industry, and having lived in Leeds for over 14 years, Vicky Casey brings local knowledge and a passion for the city to the role as office lead.

Commenting on the opening of the new studio, Vicky said:
“Over the last 50 years, BDP has worked on some fantastic projects in Leeds. With a number of new schemes underway and in the pipeline for us, we felt it was the right time to set up a permanent presence here. The city is thriving, and opening a new studio will allow us to further expand our work in the region and marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the business. As a Leeds resident, I’m hugely excited about building a successful team in my home city.”

Sue Emms, Chair of the North at BDP added:
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our Leeds studio, which has been a long-held ambition of the practice and an integral part of our national expansion plans in recent years. The Leeds studio has been set up to build on our already established reputation across a number of sectors and further develop our relationship with the city.

“We now have five studios in the North of England and look forward to bringing our global expertise and track record of delivering high quality complex projects to the market in Leeds.”

The UK remains a buoyant market for the international practice, with it forecasting that the UK will deliver around 70% of its income over the next three years.

Leeds architecture news

27 Mar 2018
RIBA North West Awards Shortlisted Buildings

Bright Building, Manchester is one of 9 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA North West (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards; the winners will be announced at an Awards evening at One Fine Day, Liverpool on 16th May 2018.

Bright Building Manchester by BDP
photo © Nick Caville

RIBA North West Awards Shortlisted Buildings

22 Jul 2017
Houses of Parliament Renewal Contracts, London, England, UK

Houses of Parliament London Building from River Thames | www.e-architect.co.uk
photograph © Nick Weall

BDP have been selected to take forward vital work that needs to be done to protect the heritage of the Grade 1 Listed Palace of Westminster from the substantial and growing risk of failure of its essential services.

Palace of Westminster Building Restoration

21 Mar 2017
Smythe Library Building Renewal Shortlisted for RIBA South East Awards 2017

One of fourteen buildings shortlisted for RIBA South East 2017 Awards:

Smythe Library refurbishment, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent:
Smythe Library refurbishment, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge by BDP
photo : Hufton + Crow

RIBA South East Award for Library refurbishment by BDP

27 Dec 2016

Chris Harding Elected New Chair of BDP

December 2016 – Chris Harding has been elected the new Chair of BDP and takes up the role from 1 January.

He began his career at BDP in Sheffield in 1989 and has been a company director for 14 years. He is currently head of the architecture profession across the practice and was previously head of the education sector.

Chris Harding New Chair of BDP

An active design thinker who has worked on some of the practice’s best projects, he has been elected to stimulate the continuous development of the practice as a socially progressive integrated design firm. He is particularly passionate about creating people centred environments and his work has received the highest acclaim. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of South Wales for his pivotal role in the design and construction of its multi award winning City Campus.

Chris said: “This is a fantastic moment in our history. With a predicted two billion more city dwellers by 2050, urbanisation and the liveable city agenda is a key opportunity for BDP. Our pairing with Nippon Koei creates a global architecture, engineering and design firm to meet the challenges of a dynamic and changing world.”

The role of Chair is re-elected by BDP’s Board every two years. Chris takes over from David Cash who has chaired BDP since 2012, having played a key role steering the practice to become a leading international design collective.

14 Nov 2016
Cardiff University Innovation Campus, South Wales, UK
Design: Hawkins\Brown ; HOK ; BDP ; DPP
Cardiff University Innovation Campus
image from architects

Cardiff University Innovation Campus Building

23 Jun 2016
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, England – Hospital, healthcare

Alder Hey Children's Hospital design by BDP Architects
photo courtesy RIBA

A RIBA National Award Winner 2016 – 23 Jun 2016

12 Dec 2013

BDP appoints new chief executive

12 December 2013 – International design practice BDP has appointed a new chief executive. The role is re-elected by BDP’s board of directors every two years and Peter Drummond, who has been in the post since October 2004, made the decision to pass the baton on, and not seek re-election.

John McManus

John McManus will be the next chief executive. He will be the first architect to become chief executive of the BDP firm when he takes up the role on 1 January 2014. John is based in Glasgow and will take responsibility for all the day to day operations of BDP. John studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and joined BDP in 1985. He currently leads the Glasgow studio and has led design teams on major commissions within all of BDP’s key sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Under Peter’s leadership BDP has gone from being a UK based practice to a major international design organisation with six international studios and current projects in 37 countries. Peter Drummond will become chair of the south region, taking overall responsibility for all operational aspects of the London and Bristol studios.

Chairman David Cash said: “As we see the first encouraging signs of returning confidence in the marketplace, these moves are designed to place BDP in a strong position for the future. I wish both John and Peter every success in their new roles.”

10 Oct 2012

BDP Wins Design Competition In Düsseldorf, Germany
BDP has won the Düsseldorf Ulmer Höh design competition to redevelop a former prison site in Germany. BDP’s Dutch studio was up against five German practices for the 15 hectare mixed use urban redevelopment project.
The site is contained within a city block and incorporates mature trees and historical buildings. BDP will use these qualities to transform the enclave into a lively city neighbourhood.
The existing city block structures are repeated along the site’s perimeter, seamlessly connecting the new quarter with the city. Inside the perimeter blocks, where the prison complex stood, a green oasis will be created from which all the new homes will benefit. It will be a very special open green space within an otherwise densely built-up area.
Of the huge prison complex, only the chapel building will be retained. It will be converted into a community centre and become a meeting place for the new residential quarter.
The jury was impressed with the way the imprint of the prison was incorporated into the design of the public realm. According to its report, BDP’s design puts quality and atmosphere above commercial efficiency.

9 Aug 2012

BDP Announce Three Project Wins in China

9 August 2012 – BDP has announced three project wins in China at the UK Trade & Investment Infrastructure Summit in London, the flagship opening event of the British Business Embassy. The conference brings together top global decision-makers, with around 200 business leaders, policy makers and investors from around the world, to provide a unique opportunity to address how British businesses pursue global growth and partnerships.

Nanjing Road ; XJTL University Suzhou ; Artall Tiancheng Business Centre:
Nanjing Road Building XJTL University Artall Tiancheng Business Centre design by BDP Architects
images : BDP

The British Business Embassy helps showcase global business partnerships along with the best of what the UK has to offer in some of our most successful, high growth industries such as fashion, architecture, technology, life sciences, advanced engineering, automotive and aerospace.

Nanjing Road, Shanghai
After winning an international competition, BDP has been appointed to design a world class new destination in the Huangpu District of the East Nanjing Road in Shanghai. This sits within the Bund Historical and Cultural Conservation Zone, and features clusters of historic buildings which will be renovated to include high-end retail, food and beverage, leisure, a luxury club and a boutique hotel.

Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou
This new international university is run in partnership between the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University. BDP is appointed to masterplan a large-scale campus to provide world-class teaching, laboratory and research facilities, and design the humanity building, science building and training centre, and international exchange centre.

Artall Tiancheng Business Centre, Nanjing
The 32,000 sq m project will maximise the public spaces in the centre, link existing buildings with covered walkways and create a 26 floor tower. The tower will provide office space that will sit above an art gallery. A key driver in the design for business centre is the natural and climatic assets of the site and location and how these are optimised for passive and active sustainable design solutions.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said: “I warmly congratulate BDP on winning a series of new architectural and urban design and masterplan contracts. BDP’s successes are an excellent reflection of the strength of British companies in providing the expertise needed to deliver major infrastructure projects around the world.”

“With the world’s spotlight on the UK this summer, we are working hard through the British Business Embassy programme to help companies capitalise on the unique opportunity we have in 2012 to secure new contracts and investments, such as those won by BDP.”

29 Jun 2012

BDP Elects David Cash As New Chairman

David Cash has been elected as the new Chairman of international architectural, engineering and design firm, BDP and takes up the role from 1 July.

David Cash
photo © Sanna Fisher-Payne

David began his BDP career in Preston in 1980 and has been a company director for 22 years. He was Chair of BDP’s northern studios for 14 years, and in 2008 when international expansion became a central element to the firm’s development plan, he became the Director for International Development. David has been instrumental in increasing BDP’s presence worldwide, developing studios in India, China and the UAE. David will continue to develop BDP internationally and remain Chair of the MENA region.

He said of his appointment: “My role as Chairman will be to give direction to the firm for the next few years. As a company we always to need to be improving and evolving in these changing times, rather than be afraid of change we need to embrace it. If I can take BDP from being a UK-based company that does projects overseas to a world-based organisation, I would feel like I had made my mark.”

David takes over the role from Tony McGuirk who chaired BDP for six years. Tony developed the ethos of ‘Creating Places for People’ which created the platform for BDP’s re-emergence as a major design force.

Other appointments at BDP

Heather Wells has been appointed group finance director taking over from John Parker who previously held the position. She will now form part of the firm’s Executive together with BDP’s chairman and chief executive.

Chris Harding is BDP’s new Chair of the architectural profession. Chris has been with the firm for over 20 years and worked on some of the BDP’s best known projects including the Channel Tunnel, St Peters Campus for the University of Sunderland, the Millennium Building for the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Bournemouth Public Library and several leading research centres for the University of Cambridge.

Architect Scott Mackenzie, based in the Glasgow studio, has been appointed head of the education sector. He is currently working on new build facilities for both Inverness and Kilmarnock Colleges and the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre. He is also project director for the Robert Gordon University Garthdee Campus. Scott joined BDP in 1999, has been a director since 2006 and a company director since 2011.

Steve Merridew has been appointed BDP’s new head of sustainability. Steve, recently named one of Building Magazine’s Top 50 Rising Sustainability Stars, joined BDP in 2008 and has a strong background in low energy design, masterplanning and infrastructure.

Essex Business School, England – 15 May 2012
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Essex Business School building design by BDP Architects
picture from BDP Architects

The Essex Business School at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus has received unanimous planning consent for a new three-storey 5,550 sq m higher education research and training building.

The Planners’ Report states “In terms of the overall design and architectural standard it is considered that the proposed scheme represents an innovative and, importantly, sustainable approach that is considered to be wholly appropriate within this context…..It is considered that the proposed building would add considerably to the overall innovative architectural standard achieved within the University campus and could become another key building on the site, in its own right.“

The Business School is the largest faculty in the University and the current accommodation which has reached full capacity is scattered across six separate buildings. The new school will bring the faculty under one roof with sufficient floorspace to allow it to develop into one of the premier business schools in Europe. These facilities will not only allow the Business School to expand, but will also be available to other faculties within the University, and will attract businesses and other organisations to engage with the students and staff members.

The architectural character of the new Business School aims to create an exemplar of zero carbon approach as part of the School’s ethos to lead the development of sustainable business strategies.. BDP Project Architect Keith Watson said “It has been designed to be visibly sustainable at every level, from its orientation on site, choice of structure and materials, landscaping and passive engineering strategies.”

A winter garden acts as a buffer zone, supporting the passive ventilation and heating strategy of the teaching building, whilst also being the arrival and meeting space showcasing the green and social character of the new School. The Business School gables wrap into the winter garden and at each end house social functions – café at the east end, and staff and post graduate social spaces at the west end.

The building, which BDP is designing on an interdisciplinary basis, is due for completion in December 2013.

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