“PEOPLE FRIENDLY ENGINEERING” Andrew Swain-Smith, chair, building services engineering
Our environmental design group house building services, mechanical, electrical, public health and infrastructure engineers, specialist lighting designers, acoustic and sustainability consultants, BREEAM assessors and building physicists.
Our engineering teams collaborate with other design professionals, drawing on our pool of specialists to deliver cutting edge, award winning projects.
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Life is better with optimism. As engineers and designers we are excited by the opportunity to facilitate great architecture, enhance how our clients live, work and play, and design engineering systems which are optimised to requirements.
We see engineering as a creative discipline. Beyond the competency to deliver technical engineering solutions we challenge ourselves to look at projects holistically, working collaboratively to deliver places and spaces which provide the best overall response to the brief and project context.
We don’t copy/paste; our solutions are developed through a continual process of questioning. By doing so we protect ourselves from complacency and approach every project attentively and inquisitively.
We engage with the cities in which we live and work, actively seeking to influence the narrative of development for the better. As a key function within a design led interdisciplinary practice we enjoy contributing to our big conversation: ‘placemaking for a modern world’.
We build and support teams in which individuals are given the opportunity to develop career paths in response to their passions and interests. We encourage our engineers to ‘take responsibility where they see it’, a mantra which covers our approach to meeting client’s needs, developing and driving our future strategies, and working to enhance the environments and communities in which we work.
We use technology wisely. Our Digital Engineering and BIM adoption strategy was highly commended at the construction news awards as “A truly disruptive approach to the market, changing the way processes are being taken on. Very clear on their business model, with sustainable commercial objectives” ultimately debunking the myths and normalising BIM delivery for our engineers and clients.
We provide our engineers with the flexibility to work in a way which suits them. Technology has given ‘place’ both a physical and virtual context allowing life to be balanced around the commitments and aspirations of working, living and playing. Whilst the virtual place helps us to offer a flexibility we also create high quality studio environments, and an active social calendar, as there is no replacement for conversation and kinship.
We believe delivering projects should be an enjoyable experience for all involved. In response we engage fully with the process of design and delivery, forming mutually supportive relationships to ensure success can be enjoyed and problems overcome. We always seek feedback from collaborators and clients to help us to ensure we remain friendly people to work with.
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced the start of works on its new visionary headquarters.
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.
We have had a double win at the Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) awards which celebrate the work of women in the construction and engineering industries.
Celebrating Tomorrow’s Engineers, we speak to building services technical apprentice Jesse who joined BDP in 2018.
Three BDP apprentices are following in the footsteps of the practice’s founder, Sir George Grenfell Baines by learning their trade in Preston.
Ged Couser looks at the challenges of designing cancer hospitals that facilitate the concept of team science in both research and treatment.
In the fight against the coronavirus, London's ExCeL exhibition centre has been rapidly repurposed into an emergency COVID-19 facility, NHS Nightingale Hospital, in order to treat and support thousands more patients.
BDP has won two of the top awards at this year’s Teambuild. Team R.O.O.T won the Procurement Prize, and Martha Andrews won the Leadership Prize for the most promising individual competitor.