Ged Couser

Principal, BDP

Ged, who has over 20 years’ service with BDP, is a highly experienced award-winning Architect Principal who leads the architect profession group in BDP’s Manchester studio. He is also a CABE BE and is a member of the RIBA Places Matter Northwest Design Review Panel and a former President of the Manchester Society of Architects.

His particular expertise lies in the Healthcare and Sci-Tech sectors within which he has extensive design and project delivery experience. He has worked on a number of high profile projects and was the Project Director for the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital project in Liverpool, the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre which is an 11 storey 27,000m² specialist cancer centre and is currently involved in the Christie Patterson Laboratory Project.

Ged and a team from Manchester studio designed the conversion of the Grade II* listed G-MEX conference centre into the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West. The temporary emergency facility has 750 beds dedicated to the treatment and care of COVID-19 patients.

The venue is part of Manchester Central’s exhibition and conference complex, a former railway station opened in 1880, which closed in 1969 and reopened as an events venue in 1982. The building’s main hall is divided into 18 wards, underneath a 64m wrought-iron single-span arched roof, one of the widest unsupported iron arches in the world. Working under main contractor IHP/VincI, BDP collaborated with clinicians, consultants, contractors, Manchester Central and the British Army to meet a two-week deadline for completion, ready for admitting patients on Monday 13 April 2020.


Our 2020 annual conference will be a Global virtual experience and we’re calling it our Brave Get Together.
Ahead of our Brave Get Together this 4 November we caught up with Ged Couser and James Hepburn, the men