“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.
Golnaz is a Sustainability Director at BDP, responsible for coordinating and driving design processes to deliver highly sustainable and regenerative architecture projects across the global practice. She plays a key role in driving the adoption of the Climate and Social Action Design Framework at BDP, which aims to accelerate the goal of achieving Whole Life Net Zero Carbon in all sectors.
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.
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.
At BDP, our commitment to sustainability goes beyond designing sustainable buildings. We believe in working together with fellow industry experts, task forces and partnerships to help mitigate the built environment’s impact towards the climate crisis.
To support the global climate goal to half global emissions before 2030, BDP has recently set Science Based Targets (SBTs) through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
A vibrant new neighbourhood in the Liverpool City Region is set to be built as BDP has submitted proposals for a 1,600-home low carbon development to Wirral Council.
BDP's interior design team has been recognised for its approach to environmentally focused projects, earning a notable placement on Interior Design's ‘Top 100 Sustainability Interior Design Giants of the Year’ list.
Our most recent Environmental Management Report for FY2021-22 has been published, communicating our environmental performance for this year. It explains our plans to achieve our goals to become a more responsible business, reducing our impact on the environment.