“A combination of heritage expertise and design creativity leads to innovative solutions for historic buildings and environments, giving them a new vitality and a truly sustainable future.”
Alan Davies, Head of Heritage
Our heritage teams have undertaken the complex refurbishment of internationally renowned theatres, concert halls, museums and other cultural institutions. We have succeeded in preserving and enhancing their character whilst discreetly adapting them, functionally and technically, to make them truly fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Our built heritage defines who we are and represents a great source of inspiration, creativity and emotional growth. Our sensitive approach to its conservation and adaptation reinforces the values we place in our past, present and future - ensuring we deliver imaginative and far-reaching projects.
Specialist skills include conservation, innovative use of sustainable materials, intimate understanding of site significance and building history and creative-led design philosophy. We are also able to benefit our clients with our expertise in working collaboratively with statutory authorities to ease projects through the necessary legislative phases.
BDP was awarded a full interdisciplinary contract for client advisory services to help ensure the safe and secure future of the Grade I listed Palace of Westminster.
As part of a major repairs programme to bring Lancaster Castle back into public use, seven buildings have been brought back to life.
Complete refurbishment of the Central Saloon and galleries 37-40, including new roofs and the incorporation of highly sophisticated services.
The refurbishment and the creative adaptation of the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building.
Redeveloping a world-class performance space. This was the first complete refit for the Royal Albert Hall since 1871.
Leighton House Museum is a Grade II* listed building with an internationally significant collection, located within the Holland Park Circle of similar artist’s houses. BDP has supported the client in developing the project for over 14 years, and the relationship that has been forged and has resulted in a scheme which is of the highest quality and refinement, and which will enable the museum to fully realise its ambitions.
A complete upgrade of the existing museum to create physical and intellectually accessible environments together with the provision of new visitor facilities.
Refurbishment and upgrade of historic galleries. BDP’s building services engineers designed the new air conditioning and environmental control systems that were retrofitted into the historic wings of the National Gallery of Ireland.
To find out more about our heritage team's work and recent projects have a look at their latest brochure.
BDP's meticulous restoration and extension of the Grade II*listed Leighton House secured yet another accolade, claiming victory in the Cultural Project category at the AJ Architecture Awards 2023.
Leighton House, the remarkable studio-house of Victorian artist and former President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-96), is set to reopen to the public in October 2022 following an £8m transformation.
Gavin Stevenson analyses the importance of acoustics in realising major heritage refurbishment projects.
Martin Jarvie explains how embracing adaptive reuse of old buildings is the future of the built environment.
In our report we explore the different methods and techniques that we have applied to projects to make old buildings carbon neutral.
BDP’s sensitive refurbishment of Lancaster Castle has been awarded a prestigious national prize by the Civic Trust.
Our designs for a mixed use, 253-home development at Weir Mill, Stockport have been approved by Stockport Council. The plans, for our client, Capital & Centric, include restoration of the mill buildings and the construction of two new buildings to create a thriving new community.