Manchester Engineering Development MECD

Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Client: Manchester University

Specialist Façade Subcontractor: Sipral

Concept Architect: Mecanoo

Delivery Architect: Building Design Partnership

The project moves ahead at a pace. It comprises Manchester University’s Engineering faculty. The majority of the façade is complete and Sipral are currently anticipating early delivery of the façade. The system is unitised and highly insulated. The design incorporates fritting on the glass that is functional, delivering a low ‘G’ value and at the same time playing an important part in the aesthetics of the building.

Snowhill 3

Main Contractor: BAM

Client: Ballymore Hines

Specialist Façade Subcontractor: Rinaldi Structal

Concept Architect: Sidell Gibson HLM

Delivery Architect: Weedons

This comprises a super prime office scheme in central Birmingham. The project is moving fast towards practical completion. July saw the installation of the last element. The project forms the last part of the Snowhill masterplan. The design is principally unitised with very large format stick curtain walling at ground floor level.

Madison - London

Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Client: LBS Properties

Specialist Façade Subcontractor: Yuanda

Architect: Make

This comprises a 53 storey prime residential pencil tower in London’s docklands. The project is moving fast towards practical completion. July saw the topping out ceremony that BDA were proud to attend. The design is principally unitised with very large format stick curtain walling at ground floor level and at the 16th floor level. The design incorporates fins of varying geometry that create a rippled effect linking the design to the surrounding docks and river Thames.


MECD at The University of Manchester

The MECD development reached another milestone in September, topping out at level 7. Well done to Balfour Beatty, the University, and the team. Here we see the topped out structure and the start of unitised install.

100 Liverpool Street, Broadgate, London

Designed by Hopkins Architects for British Land this office and retail building has flexible floor plates and keeping the original structural frame, uses a gently curving façade to give it an updated look. This September we see the new curved lines and work under way on a set of installed façade panels.

In Progress

March visit to the Crescent City job in Baku for hose testing - the façade work is nearly finished.

Wardian London main towers are well under way in late June, with floor levels visibly on the rise around each of the cores. 

August shows Wardian with only another 25 storeys to go! And we can see the integrated façade and balconies.




The LIDL HQ project wins Architectural Project of the Year at the Irish Building & Design Awards 2017. 



BDA has been appointed by PLP Architecture and Mace Developments to the Westferry Printworks job. This development, near Canary Wharf, will be a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood for London.

BDA is proud to be working with Multiplex on One Nine Elms, London

In Progress

Wardian London. Façade testing has been undertaken and construction is now under way. First balcony panels were installed during November.

100 Liverpool Street, London. Facçade packages have been let and detail design is underway.

Capital Dock Dublin. Façade installation has commenced.

First Aid Responder Training


During the winter, the whole team at BDA successfully completed the First Aid Responder (FAR) training course provided by the Order of Malta.


Appointments and Completions


Appointed for Calatrava Dubai Tower

Completions this year have included: 
Providence Wharf Tower in London, a 45 storey pencil tower for Balfour Beatty.

Trinity Square in London, a luxury hotel development.

Citizen M Hotel in Shoreditch, London for Citizen M.

The opening of Path Station in NYC. BDA were delighted to have worked as the façade consultants for Calatrava on this prestigious project.


30 Years in Business

BDA celebrated thirty years of activity this year.

Appointments and Completions


Miesian Plaza in Dublin and One Crown Place were appointed.

Completions this year have included: 
The Diamond Sheffield a new engineering building for Balfour Beatty by 12 Architects.

Nottingham University a faculty extension for Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners

Kerry Global and Lidl HQ.


Sharq Crossing, Doha, Qatar

Sharq Crossing is a large infrastructure project in Doha Qatar scheduled to be completed in anticipation of the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The project consists of a series of bridges and tunnels in the bay of Doha which will link Hamad International Airport and Katara cultural village and the west bay financial district. BDA have been assisting Santiago Calatrava in development of the tunnel and building cladding, glazing and shading devices.

Facebook, Dublin, Ireland

Facebook have recently occupied No. 4 Grand Canal Square. The fit out was carried out by Michael Collins Associates who BDA assisted in the design of Timber Portals which inset into the existing glass façade. The Timber Portals consist of steel bracketry and Douglas fir plywood.

Providence Tower, Providence Wharf, London

Providence Tower construction is underway with a large portion of the unitised façade system is installed.

Grifols Pharmaceuticals, Dublin, Ireland

Grifols Pharmaceuticals new headquarters at Grange Castle Business Park nearing completion. The majority of the glazing elements are complete with the fibre cement cladding panels remaining as part of the installation.



BDA has recently been appointed as façade consultants on the One Nine Elms project in London, UK by Wanda One.


Providence Tower, Providence Wharf, London


BDA have been appointed by Balfour Beatty for the new 43 storey residential tower in new Providence Wharf, London. The tower, designed by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill will be the final building of the Providence Wharf Estate. Construction has started.

Facebook, Dublin


BDA have been appointed for internal glazing fitout design in Facebook’s new Dublin offices.

Marker Hotel, Dublin


The Rooftop Lounge at the Marker Hotel was opened in June 2013 with a bespoke glazing system offering panoramic views of Dublin City. BDA assisted in the design and delivery of this spectacular venue.

Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica


January 2013 saw the launch of the Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica. BDA assisted in the development of the insulated panels which comprise of PIR insulation and fibre reinforced polymer. The modular construction will allow the continuing of research on global change at the site where the hole in the ozone was originally discovered.


Sean Billings 1942 - 2012

Sean Billings passed away at 12.10am on 10 July 2012. He was surrounded by his family and was very comfortable. We thank all the wonderful staff at the Blackrock Hospice in Dublin for their amazing work.



Tate Modern, London


BDA have been appointed to provide technical assistance to Herzog & de Meuron and their Design Team on the new extension to the Tate Modern gallery in London. Construction is due to commence soon.

Digicel Downtown Development, Kingston, Jamaica


The new Digicel development in Jamaica will house their Caribbean headquarters. It will include retail areas and intended to help revive this historic area of Kingston. Designed by de Blacam & Meagher Architects BDA are appointed as the cladding consultants for all façade elements.

Warsaw Spire, Poland

BDA have recently been appointed by Bakkala for the design development phase of this 50 storey office building in the centre of Warsaw. This toroidal, twisting glazed tower has been designed by Belgian architects, Jaspers - Eyers & Partners and developers Ghelamco.

World Trade Centre P.A.T.H. Station Oculus, New York, USA


Santiago Calatrava’s complex steel and glass structure is in the procurement stage. The sliding glass roof for which BDA provided scheme design solutions is currently being tendered.

Peace Bridge, Calgary, Canada

Santiago Calatrava’s pedestrian & bike bridge will connect Downtown Calgary with the community of Sunnyside over the river Bow, the Peace Bridge is currently being installed.

Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica


The British Antarctic survey facility has now been installed on site with all of the blue pods and “BIG RED” moved into position.

The Charles Institute (UCD), Dublin, Ireland

This state of the art research facility for training in Dermatology and System Biology at the UCD campus is now fully operational, since in April of the year.

W Hotel, London, UK

The 5 star W Hotel, London recently opened its doors to paying customers. The high end hotel development was also awarded a prestigious award at the MIPIM 2011 in Cannes.



BDA has been appointed as cladding consultants on the following projects:

Herzog & de Meuron’s designed TM2, proposed new wing to the TATE Modern, London, UK
BIG Architects, A new National library, Astana, Kazakhstan
Jestico + Whiles, 2-14 Baker Street, Prestige Retail & Commercial Building, London, UK