BDP was built on a strong foundation of social responsibility - a commitment to building better communities whilst protecting the environment that we inhabit. 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.
Mentoring sixth form students at the Open City Accelerate design mentorship scheme
Through our partnerships with schools, peers, charities and social enterprises we aim to inspire the next generation of designers and bring opportunities to a greater variety of young people with an interest in the design sector. We regularly participate in careers fairs, workshops, and presentations with different age groups to give advice and insight into wide range of careers and offer students virtual and in-person work experience.
In the absence of relevant degrees, prior experience or access to funding, many promising - but disadvantaged - individuals face barriers to obtaining work or industry exposure. Through our apprenticeships and work placements, we aim to change this and provide aspiring students from every background with space to explore their ambitions and interests.
Our studios may be separated geographically but we are united by our interest in social good with an emphasis on community impact. Through our in-house volunteering programme, our employees can explore and contribute to charitable initiatives close to their own interests and values. We also participate in local and national charitable events such as the Deloitte Ride Across Britain.
To help build a better, more diverse future, BDP understands the importance of encouraging as many young, talented individuals as possible to pursue a career in the built environment.
For over a decade, we have been fortunate to welcome young people into our studios through several key partnerships, providing them with meaningful placements and opportunities to experience a variety of professions.
At the end of last month, a team of 15 brave rowers from our Birmingham studio took part in the annual Dragon Boat Race, raising over £2000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Trust. The course stretched along Birmingham’s historic canals, and saw some familiar local company teams such as Graham Construction, Cushman and Wakefield and Gymshark compete against one another to take home the coveted trophy.
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 recorded strong growth and positive financial results for the financial year ended 30 June 2021. The practice achieved an operating profit of £13.6million - an increase of 2% on the previous year.
As a practice with a longstanding history of designing education infrastructure and learning spaces, we strive to inspire people at every stage of their education.
2021 marks the 60th anniversary of a seminal meeting between our founder, George Grenfell Baines, and his partners at Bryn Mor in Anglesey, when Building Design Partnership first came into existence.
For National Apprenticeship Week, we spoke to three of our apprentices from across the practice during an online roundtable session hosted by Maria Glynn, our apprenticeship programme co-ordinator.