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.
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.
This year our Christmas charities programme has pledged more than £33,000 to 19 charities local to our studios.
This week we’re celebrating Tomorrow’s Engineers Week and, as ever, we want to inspire as many young people as possible to consider this creative, exciting and rewarding profession as a career path.
Ben Warren and Nariza Hopley from our London architectural team participated in Accelerate, a UK design mentorship scheme run by Open City and The Bartlett, which aims to diversify the workforce of London’s built environment industries to be more representative of the city’s diverse communities.
As the importance of integrating social value into design increases Beth Bourrelly explores its effects on social cohesion, wellbeing and happiness.