We aim to wow students, parents and teachers. It’s innovation that people value the most and we have no desire to churn out flat-pack designs. Gavin Elliott, head of education
We have a reputation for the design of exemplar places of learning, illustrated by our award winning schools.
We recognise the critical importance of high quality school design and this continues to form a significant part of our work. We were particularly active in both the Academy and the Building Schools for the Future programmes and more recently we have been innovating to meet the challenge of low cost schools.
Our Stirling Prize shortlisted vertical school at Hampden Gurney reinvented the idea of the urban school and has stimulated a consistently creative approach to our work ever since.
Our design philosophy has produced an unrivalled body of work, representing quality and quantity; our schools have achieved outstanding levels of user satisfaction as evidenced by the Post Occupancy Evaluations we undertake.
Project director Sue Emms talks about the design of Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, BDP's Building of the year. Hear what users have to say about their fantastic new building.
5 Cities, 5 Places, One Day is a short film created for BDP's 50th anniversary. This documentary visits five buildings in five different cities showing each over the course of one day, with commentary from local people and users.
Sue was appointed Chair for BDP’s North Region in 2019 and is responsible for guiding the strategy for our Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, and Liverpool studios. She is also our Sector Head for Education in the north of England having designed and deliver some of our most innovative and award winning education projects.
Robyn Poulson explains how the award winning Centre for Creative Learning at Francis Holland School maximises , and takes the curriculum outdoors to encourage engagement with nature for a beneficial impact on learning, development and creativity.
Andrew Loke advocates considered masterplanning for cohesive, sustainable development in South East Asia, to maintain the ecological balance and reinforce the natural heritage of the region.
Children returning to school may be welcome news to parents but the format and structure of the school and timetable may look very different in the future post the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Roycroft celebrates the protean engineering properties, structural efficiency, beauty and positive carbon impact of wood as a building material.
BDP has reported its highest turnover to date at £106.8M with a pre-tax profit of £9.5M.
The Architect’s Journal has revealed that three of our recently completed projects have been shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards.
Daniel Walder advocates designing schools for a more blended approach to the social and academic aspects, with spaces that encourage and enhance social interaction as part of the school experience.
The Centre for Creative Learning at Francis Holland School in London’s Sloane Square was opened on 3 July by award winning author Sarah Crossan.