BDP makes a return to Edinburgh with pattern acquisition

Scott MacKenzie, Chair of BDP Scotland
  • BDP’s recent acquisition of the specialist sports and stadia architecture firm, Pattern Design – the practice delivering Everton FC’s new £500 million waterfront stadium – results in BDP’s return to Edinburgh. Previously, BDP held an Edinburgh office from 2008 to 2011.
  • The new Edinburgh studio expands BDP’s presence in Scotland and coincides with BDP’s successful completion of the £1bn St James Quarter development.
  • The new Edinburgh studio will be led by Architect Director, Lindsay Johnston, who co-founded Pattern Design in 2009. Scott Mackenzie, Chair of BDP Scotland, is responsible for leading BDP’s Glasgow and Edinburgh studios.  

BDP has set up a new practice studio at Thirlestane Road in Edinburgh city centre. 

The new studio, which will act as a hub in the heart of the Scottish Capital, comes as part of BDP’s acquisition of Pattern Design in July 2021 and follows a strong year of growth as the business achieved revenues of £131.3m and expanded its presence in Northern Europe and South East Asia. 

Co-founded in 2009 by Lindsay Johnston and Dipesh Patel, Pattern has developed an enviable portfolio of high-profile sports and entertainment projects. The firm successfully won a series of international competitions and major commissions in the Middle East, North and South America, Europe, China and the United Kingdom; most recently working with Everton FC on its new 52,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool.

BDP’s acquisition of Pattern bolsters BDP’s extensive experience in designing famous sporting venues across the UK, including Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club, Aintree Racecourse and Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. 

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

Lindsay Johnston, Architect Director, 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.”

BDP continues to operate its interdisciplinary practice from its original studio in Exchange Place in Glasgow city centre. 

Scott MacKenzie, Chair of BDP Scotland said:

“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.”

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