“Rapid global urbanisation and the rebalancing of economic and environmental imperatives pose fascinating challenges. Creativity is at the heart of our response; shaping places that are attractive, competitive and sustainable.” Francis Glare, urban design director
We provide a creative lead in our approach to masterplanning and regeneration. Our track record is second-to-none; tackling issues of de-industrialisation and market stagnation to deliver places of enduring quality with flair and imagination.
Our masterplans respond to local conditions and client aspirations whilst also promoting universal qualities of environmental harmony, social cohesion and physical beauty. True places for people.
Liesl is our urban design director in Benthuizen studio. In this short video she tells us about her career in BDP.
Thirty minutes of physical activity every day is being promoted as a goal to help keep us fit and healthy. Andrew Tindsley hopes the urbanism team’s work in places such as Cornmill Gardens, Ladywell Fields, Green Spine Church Street and Hoe Stream will help those who use them hit the target.
How do you define urbanism to a complete stranger? London studio’s Martin Savage wonders if we should even try to brand landscape architecture, town planning and urban design together when the disciplines embody such an array of skills and talents and for such different environments.
Francis Glare acknowledges the tremendous pressure on cities with an apparent rural exodus that is driving migration and challenging city planners with the task of delivering bigger cities quickly, but wonders if rapid urbanisation produces good places to live and the great cities of the future.
Manchester studio’s Rodrigo O’Malley asks if our current housing crisis is, in many aspects, a reflection of our professional failure to critically engage with space and society.
Planning director Anna Sinnott is one of the presenters for an intensive one-day course, organised by UCL Urban Laboratory, on university urbanism focusing on campus development and university-led urban regeneration.
Urbanism director Anna Sinnott explains how engaging local people is at the heart of what we do, making our expertise available to them and combining our design skills with their in-depth local knowledge to co-produce great streets and public spaces.
Head of Urbanism Francis Glare looks at how our experience of working in India is informing our masterplans with an emphasis on infrastructure and retrofitting and lower density neighbourhoods.
BDP works closely with artists and recent collaborations have been on projects such as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, The Hive at Kew, Grosvenor estate in Mayfair and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
BDP has completed a new flagship building for Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP). The 70,000 sq ft Bright Building is the new headquarters for CityVerve, Innovate UK’s Internet of Things city demonstrator, as well as the home to various tech businesses.