BDP celebrating 50 years

2011 sees BDP celebrate 50 years in business. The company has a variety of events planned throughout the year to celebrate.


61/11 Continuous Collective: BDP at 50


Exhibitions in London at RIBA from 23 May to 24 June and in Manchester from 6 October – 5 November

BDP celebrates its 50th year as the UK’s leading interdisciplinary design collective.  The exhibition traces the ethos and work of the practice from its founding in 1961 as part of the emerging cultural change of the North West of England to the present day international design firm.  The rebellious founding partners, led by architect and town planner George Grenfell Baines, broke with the tradition of the existing institutions to form a design firm equally sharing between the different design professions.  The RIBA and others were not too pleased at the time.  This seminal idea has stayed intact and grown over the ups and downs of half a century.

Book and film

61/11 Continuous Collective, written by Hugh Pearman with contributions from Owen Hatherley and Lee Mallett, will be launched together with a film by Camilla Robinson, entitled 5 Cities, 5 Places, One Day.

Cycle for Jo – charity cycle ride

As part of the series of events marking BDP’s 50th year BDP has launched Cycle for Jo where cyclists from all BDP studios will ride in relay teams between each studio to raise money for charity. Following the tragic death of Bristol studio based landscape architect, Jo Yeates last Christmas, BDP is dedicating this sponsored cycle tour as a way of paying tribute to her.

Cycle for Jo will involve over 150 riders from BDP on a relay tour around all of its studios in the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Studios in Abu Dhabi and India will also join by cycling in their studio areas. The first team will leave London on 6 May and the last team will arrive back in London on 25 May.

Cyclists are giving their time and their energy, BDP is funding all the logistics, support and safety needs, and BDP is looking to friends, especially those in property and construction, to support the tour through corporate sponsorship or personal gifting. All donations will be split between three charities – Missing People, the British Red Cross, and the RSPCA.


BDP Placebook (a dedicated website to voting for your favourite BDP places and buildings) and an interactive timeline will both live from May.  Book readings and filmscreenings will also be organised between the two exhibitions.



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