Concept design

Our approach to concept design involves exploring the potential in all options. This involves understanding the context and rigorously testing our ideas against the planning requirements and site opportunities and constraints to ensure they fulfil the brief. Our process involves challenging our concepts’ massing, capacity, building layouts, forms and materials through sketching, digital and live modelling. As a result, we use both 2D and 3D visualisation to deliver dynamic, well thought out design concepts, that are ready to be refined and developed into functional scheme designs.

Placemaking

We believe in creating places that transform people’s lives, and our design approach is far from ‘one size fits all’. Instead, we develop schemes that respond to the physical and social context around them, as we look to understand what makes a place or neighbourhood special, or in some instances, problematic. Using this information we are able to develop a shared vision that places people at the heart of both our design process and our approach.

By understanding what makes each place or neighbourhood special, we forge a unique, shared vision that places people at the centre of our design approach.

Community engagement

We recognise that successful projects are not designed in isolation. By understanding the needs and desires of residents, communities and other key stakeholders, and empowering them to be involved in the design process, we are able to create places that people love. BPTW has a leading reputation for implementing effective community engagement programmes. We use a range of communication and engagement tools with an approach that centres around proactive participation and engagement. Through this we are able to keep local stakeholders and communities informed, encourage local ‘champions’ and demonstrate how communities’ views have shaped our development proposals.

Sustainability

At BPTW, we aim to bring sustainability to the forefront of everything we do when designing buildings and shaping communities. We are responding to the Climate Emergency by reducing carbon production in building operations and through embodied carbon in construction.

Our ‘fabric-first’ approach locks in the performance benefits of new homes, future-proofing them against legislative change and minimising their reliance on complex solutions to meet environmental targets.

Subscribing to circular economy principles, we design out waste and optimise for a cycle of disassembly and reuse. Where this is not possible, we aim to recycle to avoid extensive embedded energy loss.

As designers, we recognise our responsibility to address economic, social and environmental challenges and aim to create schemes that support health and wellbeing, without compromising on cost, quality or aesthetics.

Innovation

With a focus on exploring innovative ways to design and build better homes, we place a strong emphasis on research and development through, for example, modern methods of construction and offsite construction solutions. This allows us to explore ways to improve efficiency, build quality and environmental performance, while also looking at how to reduce waste and speed up delivery. We remain committed to exploring new ideas and embracing new technology as the way we work evolves.

Collaboration

At BPTW we believe that a diversity of ideas and opinions stems from close collaboration with others, paving the way to better design solutions. Whether this be working in partnership with other architects or specialist consultants, this shared sense of understanding and ownership in projects is at the heart of our collaborative process. For us, bringing together the right skills and knowledge is something that is increasingly important as the scale and complexity of projects we deliver grows.

BIM

BIM is a core part of our service, and the implementation of our BIM protocols have seen successful planning outcomes and delivery on many projects designed in Revit. Using a BIM Level 2 methodology, we are able to work as part of an integrated design team, with projects illustrated in 3D and updated collaboratively throughout the design development stages. With a dedicated team, we have the capability to undertake the BIM Manager role and are continuing to explore BIM’s benefits, as we assist several key clients in assessing its potential impact on their organisations.

Visualisation

Our talented visualisation team are experts in providing multimedia design solutions, transforming concepts for the built environment into reality. We specialise in modelling and producing visuals for a wide range of interior and exterior architectural spaces. From 2D conceptual visuals for planning purposes to high-quality, photorealistic 3D images for sales and marketing purposes, we produce interactive environments and create visuals to inspire and excite, and meet every client’s exact specifications.

We create a multitude of visualisation solutions for planning, consultation, exhibitions and sales and marketing purposes

Technical design

BPTW understand the importance of getting a design right at planning stage, and as a team we believe that early technical involvement is key to securing design quality and preventing the need for changes and value-engineering later on. With half of our architectural work involving post-planning design, we also recognise that through a commitment to collaboration and mutual understanding, every project can be improved at this stage as well. Priding ourselves on our attention to detail, we believe that this balance is essential to achieving a beautiful, well detailed building and ensuring the overall success of the project.