Simpson Street Wins North East Fit Out / Refurbishment of the Year

We are delighted to announce that our company HQ, Simpson Street School, has won the 2021 North East Insider Property Award for Fit Out / Refurbishment of the Year!

The Old School, Simpson Street, is a Grade II listed, former Victorian school building, in Deptford, Sunderland.

The £1m renovation project transformed the 1800s building into a sustainably stylish working environment and 8 luxury loft apartments. BDN Ltd acted as architects and engineers in the conversion and restoration of this much-loved building.

The school closed in the latter half of the 20th Century and subsequently fell into disrepair whilst in use as artist studios, suffering from vandalism and arson attacks. The building was carefully restored and adapted, with the former teaching spaces being well suited to modern open-plan office space. Historic features of the original design were revealed and celebrated, including restoration of the slate roof, stonework, timber roof trusses, timber sash windows, and internal glazed brickwork.

”We are honoured to have won the NEPA 2021 Fit-out/Refurbishment of the Year award. Simpson Street is a stunning building and we are overjoyed to have brought it back to its former glory. We are incredibly grateful to everyone involved in the project for being so invested in bringing our vision to fruition.”

Richard Marsden
Managing Director

The development of Simpson Street has not only transformed the working environment for BDN but has also given a new lease of life to an important piece of Sunderland’s heritage. Our office relocation highlights our aim to make a difference to the local economy and future generations. We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised through this award.

Congratulations to all other winners and nominees!

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