Our Commitment to Social Values
When our founder, Professor Sir George Grenfell Baines, first coined the idea of building ‘sustainable places for people’, he spoke to the importance of creating spaces which enrich the communities and environments around them. As an early nod to the emphasis on social values in today’s industry, the idea of designing inclusive, responsible and resilient spaces has been part of our ethos since the inception of the practice in 1961.
We care about the wellbeing of our employees and those who experience the places and spaces that we design. Our extensive Employee Assistance Programme and BDP Mind Mental Health First Aiders provide health and wellbeing advice to support colleagues across the practice. Through our human-centric approach to design, we focus on inclusion, wellbeing, accessibility and connectivity to ensure all our buildings and spaces generate a strong sense of belonging for all.
Employee engagement is also important to us at BDP, so we have a number of forums that ensure participation by colleagues in key strategic areas. These include BDP Belonging that champions our equity and inclusion strategy, BDP Lab that promotes innovation and BDP Life where employee representatives are consulted on strategy and policy decisions.
As our industry rises to the urgent need to cut carbon emissions and combat the climate emergency, we draw on our unique interdisciplinary expertise to deliver environmentally responsible, low and net zero carbon designs and promote the sustainable and ethical procurement of third party products and services.
Our own operational performance is monitored against annual objectives and we have developed solutions like our carbon counter and social value tool kits to help reduce our environmental impact and enhance the quality of life for local communities.
By building strong, purpose-driven partnerships with the people we serve and collaborating with stakeholders throughout the design process, we ensure our projects create social value for local communities that stand the test of time.
We work closely with local schools, charities and social enterprises to support community engagement initiatives related to education and training, career development, work experience and job creation.
Good governance is the cornerstone of good business. That’s why, as a practice, we are committed to promoting transparency, ethical behaviour and accountability both within our own operations, and externally with our clients and strategic partners. We continually review our policies and procedures to reflect changes in legislation, market conditions and best practice.
The go ahead has been given for Gap House, an innovative new concept in affordable eco-housing, to be built on disused council-owned garage plots in Bristol.
Equitable architecture and placemaking begins with learning about the people we are designing for. In this report, we set out some of the guiding principles we can adopt to bring positive impact to our communities and the value it can bring the various stakeholder groups that shape them.
BDP has been appointed to design the Jiabao Smart Bay Future City Practice Zone, a new smart and sustainable city neighbourhood in Shanghai.
To mark BDP’s 60-year anniversary we launched an internal ‘Move for Trees’ steps challenge to support the health and wellbeing of our colleagues whilst helping the environment
We have overseen the completion of the first of 40 community NHS diagnostic centres opening in England, reusing the NHS Nightingale Hospital equipment.
As the city of Glasgow plays host to the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26), our interdisciplinary design teams continue their efforts to influence global climate change and the sustainability agenda.
To celebrate World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October, we chose to shine a spotlight – and camera – on the amazing 21 trained mental health first aiders (MHFAs) that work with BDP Mind.
Once again, we are taking to the roads with a team from our Bristol and London studios joining the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (RAB) on a 980 mile, nine day cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.