"Sustainability goes far beyond carbon emissions. It is about changing mindsets and behaviours. It requires an integrated and collaborative approach to design, operation and management from all stakeholders. Collective ambition is critical, and our aim is to drive this through effective advocacy, analysis and thought-leadership."
Philip Gray, Head of Sustainability.
The delivery of a holistic sustainable design sits at the centre of BDP's design philosophy. Sustainable outcomes are fundamental to our overarching approach to delivering Places for People and our aim is to deliver environmentally, socially and economically progressive places, focused on maximising the health, wellbeing, happiness and productivity of the people who use them.
With our in house sustainability and design expertise we work closely with clients to identify sustainability drivers and establish sustainability policies, objectives and targets for proposed developments that respond to the global climate and biodiversity emergency. Considering all impacts of a project at the outset, and maintaining scrutiny throughout enables us to maximise the positive impact development can deliver. The delivery of a sustainable building will not necessarily deliver a sustainable development. How the building is operated by its users, within its context and the implications for resource use associated with transport, water and waste management, for example, is crucial.
In addition, our holistic understanding of the dependencies and interaction between urban design and the sustainability agenda ensures our proposals are capable of responding to an ever-changing legislative, economic and technological landscape.
We are actively engaged with industry to ensure that we are contributing to the national and global agenda, and that our design approach continues to deliver progressive, practical and financially sound solutions in response to environmental, social and economic challenges.
Our sustainability team offers a wide range of consultancy, assessment, design and management support services. Sitting at the heart of BDP's operation, we are able to utilise skills from across the practice. We possess specialist expertise in life-cycle assessment, circular economy and resource management, energy and carbon consultancy and ecology services and have expertise in developing, implementing and monitoring bespoke development environmental strategies. We also hold licences for all major UK and North American environmental assessment methodologies, including BREEAM, LEED, WELL Standard, fitwel, and SKA assessments.
The sustainability team also manages and monitors BDP's Sustainability Policy and ISO 14001 and 50001 certification, which we have held since 2011 and 2015 respectively.
Head of Sustainability Philip Gray sits on the BDPLab panel, and is responsible for our Shared Value strategy.
The first building in London and the first major office in the UK, to be awarded a new elite standard for BREEAM of ‘Outstanding’.
Landmark project that has changed the way the industry thinks about sustainable construction.
This project involved the conversion of the 1967 PJ Carroll’s cigarette factory, one of the best examples of Miesian architecture in Europe.
This unique project brought together two councils to share experience and knowledge, to design and deliver innovative cost effective solutions for new secondary schools...
A low energy research project to test and study methods of improving the environmental performance of school buildings.
A six-storey showcase of fresh thinking. We designed a transparent north elevation to catch limited light and complement the canal basin while the street side displays a confident punctuated stainless-steel façade.
Over the last financial year, we have demonstrated our commitment to respond to the climate emergency with revisions to our practice Sustainability Policy...
When designing sustainable buildings amid a climate emergency, time is of the essence. Yet, in the early stages of concept design, complex assessments are often needed to understand the impact of specification decisions and can result in extended time frames.
Ed is an Architect Associate and holds the position of Sustainability Champion within our Glasgow Studio.
As the city of Glasgow plays host to the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26), our interdisciplinary design teams continue their efforts to influence global climate change and the sustainability agenda.
Plans to develop Sheffield Hallam University’s city campus, providing a key gateway to the city centre, have been approved.
Building Services engineer Diarmuid Reynolds explains how ten years of research has closed the knowledge gap in global office energy use.
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced the start of works on its new visionary headquarters.
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.