BSD reacts to: Guy Martin: Building Britain

Now available on All 4, Guy Martin has starred in a new, two-part miniseries with Wickes – Guy Martin: Building Britain – which examines the construction industry’s skills shortage. Our associate director, Jo Jones, watched the 10-minute episodes – so you don’t have to – and gives her thoughts on the programmes. The miniseries saw… Read more »

A Christmas message from Managing Director David White

At this festive time, we can reflect back on what has been a transitional and significant year for our industry. I don’t expect this to get any less challenging in 2019 but I am pleased to see just how hard all our offices have been working to deal with the increasing workload. I appreciate each… Read more »

Sustainable Kettering office hoping to score national award win

Our ecologically sustainable Kettering office, which has been certified as carbon neutral as well as gaining Passivhaus status – a rare achievement in the UK – has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award. Located on the Kettering north Business Park, our headquarters has been nominated for the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)… Read more »

How BSD met Grade II* listed challenges to create £1.8m boutique hotel

A suite overlooking cathedral gardens, original fireplaces and character windows are just some of the features included in a new £1.8m boutique hotel in a historic location in Leicester. Two empty office buildings in Peacock Lane and New Street – adjacent to the site of the car park where King Richard III’s remains were discovered… Read more »


ONE of the country’s most iconic, natural landmarks, Sherwood Forest, has benefited from a new visitor centre which will accommodate the Forest’s 350,000 annual visitors. The Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre was completed by Woodhead Construction and designed by JDDK Architects. We provided M&E services for the project and were appointed by Kartar Consulting – which… Read more »

Church tower in the heart of Southwark transformed into £1.8m gothic seven-storey apartment

The derelict bell tower of a church dating back to the early 18th century has been transformed into a quirky, gothic, seven-storey, one-bedroomed apartment, worth £1.8m. St Thomas’ Church – located next to London’s iconic The Shard – also houses the oldest surviving Victorian operating theatre in England, now a museum, and Duddell’s Cantonese restaurant…. Read more »

#UKCW2018: Our reaction to UK Construction Week 2018

UK Construction Week (9-11 October) has been held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, for four years – bringing together 35,000 construction professionals from all over the world to discuss challenges, successes and the future of the industry in Britain. Jo Jones, associate director at our Birmingham office, takes over the blog this week… Read more »

BSD sponsor Freddie Tuilagi for 2018/2019 season

BSD are delighted to be sponsoring one of the Leicester Tigers, Fred Tuilagi, for the 2018/2019 season. BSD continues to be an intrinsic part of the city of Leicester and we can think of no better way to show our support for the city than to sponsor one of the senior squad members. If you… Read more »

STEM learning in the early years

Little Tikes has launched a new collection of toys: ‘STEM Jr’ which are aimed at getting children thinking about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Tom Smith, senior mechanical engineer at our Birmingham office, has taken over the blog this week to talk about this new toy range in line with our aim to combat… Read more »


KINGSMERE Community Centre, Bicester, has officially opened its doors, redefining traditional designs, and bringing the ‘community centre’ into the 21st century. The state-of-the-art facility – which was project managed by Buro Four, designed by Robothams and was provided with mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E) services by Building Services Design (BSD) – features office spaces, a… Read more »

International Women in Engineering Day – highlights

This week we’ve featured a number of different perspectives on the subject of women in engineering ahead of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). Today we’re rounding up our engineers’ comments and providing our final thoughts on the topic. Charu Gupta – what does an engineer look like? ‘I think the reason more women aren’t… Read more »

International Women in Engineering Day – we’ve still got a way to go…

Today we hear from another one of our talented engineers in the energy and sustainability department – Jane Goodman, who has 20 years’ experience in the property industry. I started in the architectural field in 1998 but moved into engineering in 2014 so I could gain a more holistic understanding of sustainability and information on… Read more »

International Women in Engineering Day – what does an engineer look like?

It’s International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on Saturday (23 June) and we’re celebrating with some of our fantastic female engineers across our seven offices. Our first blog is from Charu Gupta, who is an energy and sustainability engineer at our Birmingham office. My five-year-old daughter took part in the INWED ‘draw an engineer’ competition… Read more »

#MeetBSD – featuring CAD/BIM manager Ellie Hayes

Next up in our #MeetBSD series is Ellie Hayes – who oversees all of our CAD (computer-aided design) and BIM (building information modelling) services at BSD. She’s based at our Kettering office and has worked with us for 17 years. What do you do at BSD? Here at BSD, I look after all things CAD… Read more »

#MeetBSD: Energy and sustainability manager Ben Tysoe

In a brand new series taking you behind the scenes of BSD, we introduce you to those people who have helped to make the company a success over the past 26 years – our employees. Energy and sustainability manager Ben Tysoe has been with us for more than a decade, after joining the Kettering office… Read more »

BSD embrace circular economy

With sustainability at the core of BSD’s business ethos, the company has continued its commitment to implementing a circular economy approach during the relocation of one of their other offices by repurposing high-grade office furniture for the Cambridge office. A ‘circular economy’ offers an alternative approach to the traditional linear economy approach of produce, use,… Read more »

Final charity count for 2017/2018

BSD raises funds for Bloodwise Each year, BSD employees vote for the charity that they would like to support and fundraise for over the financial year. After nominations last May, our employees voted overwhelmingly in favour of Bloodwise, a specialist blood cancer charity, as BSD’s 2017 Charity of the Year, in memory of a young… Read more »