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Centre for the Physics of Medicine, University of Cambridge

November 2, 2011 in 2000s, Education

Welcome to the silicon fen, a hub of laboratories fed with talent directly from Cambridge University, conducting private and public funded research into all manor of mind-expanding things. Sited next to the world-famous Cavendish Laboratory, BDP’s is one of the most recent additions to the longish list of Laboratories conducting esteemed research on the periphery of Cambridge. Read the rest of this entry →

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Ron Cooke Hub, University of York

July 27, 2011 in 2010s, Education

The Hub is the University of York’s flagship building on its Heslington East development, and recently the recipient of a York Design Award 2011.
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University of Bradford

July 26, 2011 in 1960s, 1970s, Education

Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Science and Civil Engineering Buildings
This group of buildings was the first of several projects designed by BDP for the University of Bradford in the 1960-70s period.
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Berrick Saul Building, University of York

July 6, 2011 in 2000s, Education

The Berrick Saul building is a beautiful, sinuous addition to the Heslington West Campus of the University of York.
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Heslington East, University of York

June 10, 2011 in 2010s, Education, Masterplanning

The challenge was to create a new campus on a green field site, based on the same principles and values as the adjacent original campus which dates from the 1960s, in a way that made a coherent whole.

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University of Wales, Newport – City Campus

May 25, 2011 in 2010s, Education

The planning of the building is very well considered and fluidly knits together considerably diverse uses in a positive manner. As is increasingly usual in academic buildings public access in the form of commercial revenue earning usage needed to be considered. The architects solved this by locating a more public internal street at the ground level which also allows access into the auditorium and performing spaces.

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Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle

May 5, 2011 in 2010s, Education

Having just visited the recently completed Richard Rose Central Academy in the heart of Carlisle, I was amazed at how such a large open learning environment has created such a calming and businesslike atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry →

Underley Hall Chapel, Kirby Lonsdale

April 27, 2011 in 1960s, Culture, Education

The story begins on Euston Station, where George Grenfell Baines (GGB) got into the Preston train and sat next to a stranger who it transpired was the RC Bishop of Lancaster. By the time the train got to Preston, he had secured the commission. Even for GGB this was remarkable! Read the rest of this entry →

Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate

April 18, 2011 in 2000s, Education

Completed in 2006, Marlowe Academy is a product of the last decade’s school building boom that actually delivers what it says on the tin: a transformation of education. The building, which drew on the full spectrum of BDP’s design talents covering architecture, structural and environmental engineering and landscape architecture, also amounts to a transformation of school design. Read the rest of this entry →

Bridge Academy, London

April 15, 2011 in 2000s, Education

You can receive a building as you find it, as raw materiality, and indulge in its aesthetic. This, it would seem, is the ultimate test. But many buildings have stories within them, about which they, in themselves, are mute. That story can be so minor or uninteresting it isn’t worth knowing. Or it can be rich and disclosive. Read the rest of this entry →

Hampden Gurney School, London

April 14, 2011 in 2000s, Education

This is a very lively and elegant piece of architecture, but more importantly it is a model establishment in a dense urban environment.

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St Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland

April 5, 2011 in 1990s, Education

Its all about the light up there….. picture the sun rise over the Wear estuary, fishing boats moored on buoys and the majestic Wear bridge in the background. I first observed St. Peter’s in the early morning light with the mist hovering above the water.

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