Our history

We’ve come a long way from our early days in a shared office near Peterborough in 1991, but some things never change. Firstly, the personal and direct involvement in the business of David White and David Featherstone – and secondly, our focus on results and putting the client first.

  • 2015

    Now employing over 80 people, we begin construction of our new Passivhaus headquarters in Kettering and will relocate the short distance from Corby in 2016.

  • 2014

    With turnover now over £5m, both the London and Manchester offices move to new, larger and more prestigious premises – London to Jewry Street (still in the City) and Manchester to the Media Village. We open our first Leicester office and also receive planning permission to build a new headquarters building in Kettering.

  • 2013

    We’re awarded a £40k grant by the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership to support our investment in staff training and the building of a new headquarters building.

  • 2012

    Wednesday 27 June 2012 at 10.30 am is an important part of BSD history. In the village of Mumby, Lincolnshire it was David White’s ‘moment of fame’ – his time to carry the Olympic torch on Day 40 of its epic 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

  • 2009

    We’re ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times list of the Best Companies to work for.

  • 2008

    We become established in the West Midlands, through the opening of our first Birmingham office, at Fort Dunlop, and also move the Manchester office to Salford Quays. We gain Investors in People accreditation for the first time (which we have maintained ever since), a fitting tribute to our commitment to our people, who now number more than 50.

  • 2007

    We maintain our presence in East Anglia by opening a new Cambridge Office in Stow-Cum-Quy. The same year sees us open a North-West office by acquiring John Troughear Associates in Manchester.

  • 2006

    The Corby head office is now also feeling cramped and moves all of 200 yards across the Corbygate Business Park to larger premises in Brisbane House.

  • 2005

    The London office continues to win new business and moves to Worship Street, in the City.

  • 2004

    Turnover hits the £1m mark.

  • 2003

    We recognise that we’ve outgrown Somersham and merge the office with the team at Corby to create a new modern headquarters at Adelaide House, Corby.

  • 2002

    Phil Pollard, now Director for our Birmingham and Leicester offices, joins the team.

  • 2001

    Eoin Hickey joins BSD – he is now a Director in our London office.

  • 2000

    As work continues to grow, our headcount reaches 20. The London office moves to larger premises in Oxford Street.

  • 1999

    We exceed £0.5m turnover for the first time.

  • 1998

    The head office moves to larger premises, but still within Somersham. At the same time, we expand into the East Midlands and open an office in Corby. The client list now includes J Sainsbury and Cambridge University as well as a number of health authorities and housing associations.

  • 1997

    We win our first £100k project – the lottery-funded refurbishment of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Craig Jackson – now Director of our London and Manchester offices – joins the firm.

  • 1995

    We begin to gain work from London-based clients and open our first London office, opposite Bond Street tube station. David Featherstone joins as Director.

  • 1993

    Another move, this time to Somersham in Cambridgeshire, as the team continues to expand. Shaun Gregory – now Director of our Corby office – joins and major clients include Sears Properties, LIDL and Furniture Village.

  • 1992

    Work begins to flow well and we relocate to a unit on High Load Industrial Estate in Ramsey.

  • 1991

    BSD is established by David White in shared offices with Canham Controls in Crowland. Early clients include Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with total revenue for the year just over £50,000.