Europe’s largest building design practice, BDP, has announced today that it has opened a studio in Abu Dhabi after agreeing to merge with local based multidisciplinary design practice SYNA. BDP’s international director David Cash has described the move as an effort to 'become a true global player'.
Founded in 1961 and ranked in the top 10 architects in the world, BDP has designed distinguished schemes such as the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London. BDP was responsible for creating a new master plan for the Grand Slam tennis venue and designing the new 11,000-seat No 1 Court, a broadcast centre, the Millennium Building and a new Court 2. However, the practice is best known for its focus on community projects, such as schools, universities, hospitals and city centre regeneration.
SYNA has more than 30 years of experience of designing viable and successful projects across the Gulf particularly in the hospitality sector, and has had offices in Abu Dhabi since 1993. SYNA’s project experience includes the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai and Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna, Abu Dhabi.
“We celebrate our 50th anniversary next year and during that time have established ourselves as the largest and one of the leading architect-led interdisciplinary practices in Europe, but now is the right time for BDP to become a true global player,” said David Cash, BDP’s international director and now the new chairman of the BDP Abu Dhabi studio.
“We consider the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be one of the most exciting places in the world to display our range of skills and experience and we view Abu Dhabi as fast becoming the major commercial centre within this region,” he added.
The BDP Abu Dhabi practice will be run by Nadine Nackasha, who managed the original SYNA practice in Abu Dhabi and Gary Dicken, who has relocated to the Emirate from the BDP Manchester studio. Gary has been working with BDP for the last 23 years.
Nackasha explained that BDP will to continue to invest in building a world class building design practice in Abu Dhabi that will offer the full range of services, adding sustainability expertise and specialist engineering skills, including acoustics and lighting designers, so that clients can enjoy the diversity that BDP has to offer locally as they would find in BDP’s London or Manchester studios.
“BDP will relocate a number of specialists from the UK to work alongside the former SYNA team to create a new exciting building design studio in Abu Dhabi,” said Nackasha. “This international expertise combined with the local knowledge and understanding of the Middle East market from SYNA will create a compelling new practice in the region.”