BDP wins new €350m University in Cyprus
BDP, the UK’s largest design practice, has won the contract to deliver the masterplan and phased delivery of the new Cyprus University of Technology.
The new €350m university’s first phase includes the refurbishment of four government buildings.
The university, which opened last year, is to be expanded on three sites, two on the edge of the city of Limassol and one in the city’s historic centre.
The university is expected to serve more than 7,000 students by 2015 and forms a major part of Cyprus’ plans to increase economic development.
BDP will be working on the masterplan with Cypriot government departments responsible for antiquities and town planning.
BDP Project leader Gary Dicken was in Cyprus for the contract signing ceremony with Professor Anthony Constantinides, President of the Governing Board/Vice Chancellor of the university.
David Cash, BDP’s recently-appointed International Development Director, said: “This new contract in Cyprus is a hugely exciting project. Our approach to the Cyprus University of Technology will be in keeping with the BDP approach to our strong record in designing for education - to provide transformi, human-centred learning environments.
“The interdisciplinary expertise within BDP of urbanism, engineering, architecture and other design disciplines is well-placed to service growing markets worldwide “
He added: “Our strategy is on track to evolve BDP from a major European practice to a leading world design organisation.
New Manchester studio chairman Gavin Elliott said: “This is a marvellous and richly-deserved project for the BDP team based in Manchester. The continued diversification of BDP’s activities globally will make the practice more robust in the long-term.”