"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."
Lucy Townsend, 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 Lucy Townsend 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 refurbishment project to provide a new home for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a world first for a retrofitted sustainable office building, setting new standards for low energy use, carbon emissions and impact on natural resources as well as user experience and wellbeing measured against multiple benchmarks.
Award winning, BREEAM Excellent office building that supports collaboration and agile working.
A visioning and feasibility study to break down barriers between the plant and microbial scientists and the horticulturists and entomologists working in the glasshouses, controlled environment rooms and insectary.
Stripping the existing four-storey building back to its concrete frame and repurposing it to provide state-of-the-art teaching, research and support space.
Wren Hotel makes the most of its tight urban site offering 137 compact and luxurious bedrooms in the heart of Dublin.
BDP has been overseeing the phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital in Bloomsbury, London.
Construction of the largest home for engineering in any UK university. Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will provide world-class sustainable research facilities, alongside flexible and innovative teaching and learning spaces for 8,000 students, staff and academics.
The construction, maintenance and use of buildings generate around a third of carbon emissions globally. Furthermore, the industry is responsible for one half of raw material extraction and a significant amount of replacements and transfers of mass during a product’s life.
Our ecologists sit within our specialist sustainability team. They have been supporting landscape design on projects for over ten years, developing considerable knowledge and expertise across evaluation and valuing tools, including the BREEAM Land Use and Ecology calculators, the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Biodiversity Impact Assessment and more recently the Biodiversity Metric 2.0 calculator.
Our sustainability specialists have extensive experience in working collaboratively with architects, building services, structural and civil engineers, and cost consultants to lead on strategic approaches to designing net zero carbon buildings.
Rapidly diminishing natural resources and increasing global consumption means an renewed approach is required to resource management in the built environment with the aim of optimising resource flows in design, construction and operation.
BDP has successfully cemented a place on the Homes England Development and Regeneration Technical Services (DaRTS) framework from 2023 to 2027.
A new, modern Urgent & Emergency Care Centre for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, designed by BDP, has opened to the community.
A mini revolution in offices, triggered by the pandemic, Brexit and hybrid working, has reinforced the need for incubator space, where socially conscious occupiers develop their first business ideas, in a safe and bustling environment, purposely designed for ‘collision’.
The planning committee at Camden Council has resolved to grant planning permission for BDP’s proposed new entrance building for Great Ormond Street Hospital.