BDP appoints new head of its Bristol studio

Architecture director, Akshay Khera, has been appointed as head of the Bristol studio of global design practice, BDP.

The practice says his appointment supports its continued growth in the region as ‘a widely respected, socially progressive practice with an embedded multidisciplinary approach across the healthcare, housing, education, and workplace sectors’.

The firm said: “ With more than a decade of experience designing buildings and spaces in Bristol, the South West, and Wales, Akshay is passionate about improving the built environment in the region. He is committed to delivering sustainable spaces that create a sense of community and wellbeing designed with end-users in mind.”

Having joined BDP Bristol in 2004, in 2010 Akshay Khera went on to lead the practice’s Delhi and Abu Dhabi studios, where his international portfolio included notable projects such as the masterplan for the Indian Institute of Technology, and the University of Birmingham’s Dubai Incubator campus. He returned to Bristol in 2019, and has brought his proven expertise in collaborative communication and design to lead a number of projects. These include the University of Bristol Dental School, projects for the University of the West of England, and the International HQ for the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts.

He said: “Once again, Bristol has been named as one of the UK’s best places to live, and it is known to be one of the highest-growth cities across multiple major asset classes. The opportunity for growth in the region in all sectors remains strong, and as a multidisciplinary consultancy, we are perfectly placed to help our local clients understand their investment and property portfolio strategies. By delivering designs that are contextual, sustainable, and people-centred, we aim to deliver stimulating spaces in schools and universities, stress-relieving environments in healthcare facilities, a strong sense of community in housing developments, and workplaces that foster collaboration and wellbeing.”

BDPs’ current portfolio of work includes a series of healthcare projects, including the new elective care centre at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital.

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