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For the birds

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Which well-known architectural practice is anxious to have nature play a larger part in its environment than traffic? Not some rustic niche designer, but the country's largest practice, BDP. Its new head office, despite being in the heart of London's Clerkenwell, is quite hard to find.

Former chairman Richard Saxon explains that this is because 'we don't like to be surrounded by roads'. The previous office was also tucked away, despite being just off Tottenham Court Road, and this time the practice has opted for the very centre of Erick van Egeraat's masterplan. 'You can open the windows and hear the birds singing, ' says Saxon.

There is a nice little bridge link to the main entrance above a garden courtyard; a good place to work.

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