In view of the changing environment associated with the spread of COVID-19, I would take this opportunity to confirm that BDP has an existing Business Continuity Strategy in place to ensure that the health risks to our staff are minimised and that we continue to service the requirements of our clients. The potential social and business impact of the Coronavirus is, of course, unprecedented and we will continue to review and update our plans in light of evolving circumstances and government guidance.
BDP employs over 1350 staff in 16 locations around the world. 1000 of those are located in the UK / Ireland in 10 different locations. We have long experience in deploying this resource in a flexible manner across our IT network in order to accommodate the peaks and troughs of large-scale project demands. The processes and protocols which we have established over many decades will help us to mitigate the impact of a potential event occurring in any one location associated with the spread of COVID-19.
Approximately 70% of BDP staff have access to a company laptop which provides direct access to the BDP network and associated software licences allowing a significant proportion of our project activities - including BIM - to be carried out remotely. We also provide remote desktop access for the remainder of our staff, ensuring that powerful workstations are available for advanced modelling and visualisation activities remote from BDP’s studios using personal equipment to access BDP networks securely. All staff can access BDP email via business or personal phones.
While it is difficult to forecast the impact of the virus, it is evident that social distancing measures are likely to increase over the next weeks. We have already directed our staff to take a number of steps in this respect including the following measures:
BDP’s leadership team monitors government advice across all of our locations and is meeting regularly to review our policies and processes and to put in place mitigation plans accordingly. I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that BDP will continue to support you and your business and we will take whatever action is necessary to maintain continuity of service to our clients and contacts over this difficult period.