For me the Round Foundry is an excellent example of creative regeneration through teamwork. Ten years ago this group of buildings had the appearance of a nondescript collection of old sheds, car spray shops and junkyards located in an unsavoury part of town. In reality it was the 200 year old and last surviving engineering works of the early industrial revolution. Read the rest of this entry →
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What would uncle George have thought?
My wife’s uncle George owned an umbrella shop on this spot for decades. But BDP triumphed where the IRA failed. They demolished the building (George’s brolly business was long gone by then) to make way for this scheme, threaded through the heart of Belfast.
If you need a pointer, head for the glazed dome: a translucent 38 metre-wide carapace tops the development, punching the skyline and visible from pretty much anywhere across the city. Read the rest of this entry →
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 riverside Broomielaw district was derelict in the 1980s and Glasgow office proposed a general plan for its revival. A series of city blocks aligned with the river and sightlines provides the grid. BDP has gradually developed most of the blocks for a succession of clients as ownership changed, keeping to the plan but innovating as well.
This is a place. Its genius is being a place within a place, and achieving just what BDP’s masterplanners envisaged at the outset.
The place that once typified many post-war piecemeal development areas – a flat bit of grass at the back of a bus station – somehow managed to create even more separation between the Albert Dock and the city centre. With the imperative to regenerate the Paradise Street area it could have been sacrificed to being “that bit at the back”, left over after planning, or even worse a service yard for a mall. Read the rest of this entry →