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George Baines, founder of BDP, dies in sleep aged 95

The founding partner of the Building Design Partnership, Professor Sir George Grenfell Baines OBE, died in his sleep last Friday aged 95.

Baines set up his first practice in 1937 before launching BDP in its current form in 1961. The practice is now the UK's largest.

Baines studied architecture at Manchester University, qualifying with distinction. He set up the Grenfell Baines Group with £350 he won as third prize in a competition to design a new Parliament House in Southern Rhodesia. By 1947 it had five offices across the north. BDP continued to grow with large public sector projects, new universities and hospitals such as Manchester, Bradford and Surrey and the first design for a Channel Tunnel Terminal in 1974.

Baines, who retired in 1974, was knighted in 1978. He leaves his second wife and four children.

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