BDP wins major projects in India and China

The competitive UK landscape market has pushed BDP to look farther afield for work -- with the firm's tenacity paying off with major projects in China and India.

BDP landscape architecture director Andrew Tindsley explained that the "increasingly challenging environment" in the UK had strengthened the firm's resolve to look for work overseas. It now has plans to open an office in Delhi, India, in early 2010.

"It is still very difficult in the UK," said Tindsley. "Everything we bid for is highly competitive, which is why we are keen to bid abroad."

BDP has been working in India for around two and a half years and it incorporated as an India-based company in April. The first employees in its new Delhi office are expected to be in place in January, with the studio officially launching in March. Around 12 employees from the UK, Holland and India are expected to work in the office in the first year.

"I am visiting India quite regularly now," revealed Tindsley, whose firm won a competition to design a town square, streets and a public park in the Nan Tou historic quarter of Shenzhen in China earlier this year.

BDP is also working on masterplanning new settlements ranging from 40-160ha around Calcutta, as well as a major development project in Mumbai.

The Mumbai scheme covers 15.4ha adjacent to an affluent residential area and home to the Indian film industry. The brief is to develop three parcels of land, each with a different use allocation.

BDP's vision is for an urban oasis, which will be a highly sustainable mixed-use development with carefully integrated elements. Taking inspiration from the natural geology of the area, the development will use strong building forms. Water and greenery will create visual interest and a diversity of habitat.

Work could be completed by 2013. "There is a good role for landscape architecture [abroad]," added Tindsley.

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