Building Design Partnership

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BDP
Founded 1961
Headquarters 11 Ducie Street, Piccadilly, Manchester, UK[1]
Services architecture, engineering
Number of employees
950
Website BDP website

BDP, formerly known as Building Design Partnership, is a firm of architects and engineers employing over 900 staff in the UK and internationally.

History[edit]

The firm was founded in 1961 by George Grenfell-Baines with architects Bill White and John Wilkinson, quantity surveyor Arnold Towler and eight associate partners: Brian & Derek Cobb, Keith Ingham, Peter Renninson, David Rock, Lorrie Rossant, N Keith Scott and Sid Tasker. The associates were made full equity partners in 1964. Grenfell-Baines was the first chairman.

BDP was the end result of a series of experiments in profit sharing and multidisciplinary working begun by Grenfell-Baines in 1941 with the Grenfell Baines Group. A 1962 policy statement committed BDP to “the principle of equal status for all professions”.[2] The firm expanded rapidly over the following decades and had 30 partners and 700 staff by the time of Grenfell-Baines’s retirement in 1974. The firm has been associated with a variety of large public and private projects, such as the controversial bus station in Preston, Lancashire that was designed by BDP's Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson, and retail projects such as the Liverpool One complex.[3]

BDP’s principal offices, inherited from Grenfell Baines & Hargreaves, were in London, Manchester and Preston. By 1970, there were branch offices in Belfast, Glasgow and Guildford plus international offices in Memphis, Rome and Johannesburg.

BDP ceased to be a partnership in 1997 and became a limited company.[citation needed] As of 2016 BDP was reported to be the UK's third largest architecture firm, with 950 employees. In March 2016, the Japanese engineering firm Nippon Koei bought all of the stock of BDP for a total sale price of £102.2 million.[4]

Professions represented in BDP offices in 1968[5][edit]

Current locations of BDP Offices[edit]

Building Design Partnership Ltd., UK[edit]

Building Design Partnership (Ireland) Ltd., Ireland[edit]

BDP.Khandekar, Netherlands[edit]

BDP Ltd., China[edit]

BDP Ltd., UAE[edit]

BDP Ltd., India[edit]

Selected Projects[edit]

Image Gallery of BDP Projects[edit]

People who have worked for BDP[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "BDP Contacts". BDP. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  2. ^ White, Bill (1987), The Spirit Of BDP, Preston: BDP, p 22.
  3. ^ Owen Hatherley (31 July 2012). A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain. Verso Books. pp. 70–77ff. ISBN 978-1-84467-909-6. 
  4. ^ "UK's third-biggest architecture firm BDP bought by Japanese engineering giant", Dezeen, 3 March 2016.
  5. ^ BDP (1968), Experience in Industrial Building, Preston: BDP.

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