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BDP launches Joanna Yeates cycle tour

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BDP has officially launched Cycle for Jo’ – a fundraising cross-country cycle ride in memory of murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates

Yeates worked at the practice’s Bristol studio but went missing and was found dead on Christmas Day.

Featuring more than 180 riders, the month-long itinerary visits all of the company’s UK offices, raising money for charities Missing People, Red Cross and RSPCA.

The tour leaves BDP’s Clerkenwell office in London on 6 May.

BDP chief executive Peter Drummond said: ‘We chose Missing People because the charity was a great support to Jo’s family and we hope that we can raise tens of thousands of pounds for this important charity as well as two of Jo’s favourite charities in her name.

Martin Houghton-Brown, Missing People chief executive, added: ‘It is deeply heartening that even in times of crisis friends and colleagues of Joanna Yeates are so selflessly supporting other individuals affected by the missing issue.

‘BDP’s extraordinary fundraising efforts will help the charity to improve and expand our services, so that we can continue to provide specialised support to the 250,000 people who go missing every year, and their families left behind.’

The company has also planned a memorial garden and design prize in honour of Yeates.


Cycle for Jo, full itinerary

London 6 May

31 riders and 3 support members will set off at 9.30 am from BDP’s London Studio in Clerkenwell after speeches by Martin Houghton-Brown CEO of Missing People and BDP Chief Executive Peter Drummond – the event will start at 8.15 am. The cyclists will take the road towards Harwich, Suffolk with 23 of the original group continuing onto Holland via the English Channel and an overnight stay on the ferry. The next morning will include a casual 25 mile ride to BDP’s Dutch studio at Benthuizen where the team will meet up with members there for an architectural tour of Rotterdam, on two wheels.

Benthuizen 6 May

At the same time as the big send off in London 4 riders and 1 support member from the Dutch studio will set off for Newcastle via the North Sea crossing and on the first day will ride as far as the Scottish borders. The following day will take in a gentle ride down into Scotland’s beautiful capital to meet with members of the Edinburgh studio and enjoy the Scottish hospitality. A total of 440 miles will be covered by sea and road making this one of the longest and possibly toughest legs on the tour.

Edinburgh 11 May

4 riders from Edinburgh will travel from Multrees Walk in the city centre, across the belt of Scotland alongside the dark deep water of the canal route, arriving at their neighbouring studio in Glasgow after a tough 60 mile cycle.

Glasgow 12 May

A group of 26 members will leave the Glasgow Studio just off Buchanan Street to travel along the Scottish west coast to Troon. After a well earned rest a smaller group of cyclists will continue via the Irish Sea ferry to Larne in Co Antrim the next day. A total of 125 miles will have been covered when they arrive in Belfast for a well overdue pint of Guinness and a warm welcome from the Belfast team.

Liverpool 14 May

With family and fun at the core of this particular leg  28 BDP members plus a mix of family and friends will undertake the ride from Chavasse Park to Manchester 35 miles away, laughter and good spirits will keep them going through the streets and canals of the north east.

Manchester 14 May

10 studio members will leave Ducie Street near Piccadilly Station and cross from Lancashire into Yorkshire to take on the 40 miles tough TransPennine route to Sheffield. Speed and a competitive edge will fuel this leg and it could be over in half the allocated time if the going is good.

Belfast 16 May

A small group of 3 comprising an architect a planner and a engineer will travel down the spine of the Emerald Isle from Bruce Street Belfast to Dublin. Over  100 miles will be tackled with the support of a high profile British Red Cross Landrover.

Dublin 20 May

A strong team of 6 cyclists will depart Blackhall Green to travel across the Irish Sea and along the North Wales coastline to their destination in Liverpool. A total of 170 miles will test this team to the max as they will have no powered support and carry all supplies themselves.

Sheffield 20 May

Hills and more hills that is what the Sheffield team asked for and what their route from North Bank  n Central Riverside through the Peak District will certainly provide!  75 miles and 29 participants will tackle the best of British slopes.

Birmingham 23 May

The participants for this 98 mile leg comprise staff from the Colmore Row BDP Studio and guests from the Birmingham property community. 98 miles separate the 14 strong peloton from their Bristol studio colleagues via Pershore, Tewkesbury, Gloucester.  They set off from the corner of Colmore Row/Newhall St Birmingham on Monday 23 May, setting off 8.30am.

Bristol 24 May

The true relevance of the tour will be on everyone’s minds when the team leaves central Bristol, the home and workplace of Jo Yeates. The Bristol group of 25, plus a number of clients, will take on 72 miles in a lasting tribute to Jo and her family, finishing in Winchester, Hampshire the county in which Jo grew up.

Winchester 25 May

Only a gruelling 68 miles stand in the way of group of 12 riders from St George’s Street, Winchester and the London studio when the circumnavigation of the BDP studios will be complete and an incredible 1500 miles (approximately) will have been cycled by over 180 participants.



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