In 2006 one of Britain’s largest architectural practices and engineering designers, BDP, decided to grow its international business relying on its extensive experience in sectors such as education and retail. Expansion has been driven by acquisitions in the Netherlands and Abu Dhabi and by the creation of an Indian subsidiary. BDP’s approach combines architects with engineers, designers and urban planners in one practice. Its sustainable designs appeal to clients such as Ikea and have helped secure contracts to design 10 new universities in Libya. Overseas sales have grown 74% a year, from £5.5m in 2007 to £16.5m in 2009.
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