BDP returns to Edinburgh following Pattern Design acquisition

Lindsay Johnston

ARCHITECTURE practice BDP has opened a new studio at Thirlestane Road in Edinburgh city centre.

The business said the move forms part of its acquisition of Pattern Design in July 2021 and follows a ‘strong’ year of growth, with revenues of £131.3 million achieved. The firm has also expanded its presence in Northern Europe and South East Asia.

Co-founded in 2009 by Lindsay Johnston and Dipesh Patel, Pattern has won a series of international competitions and major commissions in the Middle East, North and South America, Europe, China and the UK, most recently working with Everton Football Club on its new 52,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool.

BDP also continues to operate from its studio in Exchange Place, Glasgow.

Lindsay Johnston, architect director at BDP’s Edinburgh Studio, said, “It is very exciting to be part of the BDP global interdisciplinary practice and to realise our ambition to grow the company’s presence in Scotland. Pattern’s wealth of experience in creating iconic sporting venues increases our ability to deliver major international sports projects. Our team in Edinburgh will continue to focus on sport whilst also stretching BDP’s reach across Scotland to work in other sectors and disciplines to support our clients.”

Scott MacKenzie, chair of BDP Scotland, added, “Across our 60-year history, we have held a strong connection with the city of Edinburgh. We have a lineage of major projects in the city including the Scottish Widows HQ, buildings at Napier University Business School, and most recently, at St James Quarter. Our new partnership with BDP Pattern, not only reinforces our strength in the sport and stadia sector but also emphasises our commitment to designing the most sustainable and innovative buildings for Edinburgh and for the whole of Scotland. It’s wonderful to be back.”