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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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.
The landscape setting and the theme of integration of activities were the key Read the rest of this entry →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.