Marketing opportunities

BUILDING DESIGN helps companies market their products and services to professional decision-makers.

Whether you want to increase brand recognition, get your products specified, drive traffic to your website or generate high-quality leads for your sales teams, we have solutions to help you grow and protect your share of the UK market.

Below is an overview of the main opportunities we offer.


BUILDING DESIGN online content marketing platform

Extend your reach and influence without adding to your workload by using our content experts to promote your key products and services.

BUILDING DESIGN online is the most comprehensive source of product and service information available to professional designers, specifiers and buyers working on UK projects.

We cover all major manufacturers and most specialist suppliers. We've illustrated thousands of products and systems for specifiers and buyers to choose from.

  • Easy to search, browse and refine
  • Optimised for desktop, tablet and smartphone
  • The best source of qualified product and service information for the UK B2B marketplace
  • Unique workflow tools to help buyers progress their interest
  • Used by leading brands to extend their reach and influence

Website users

BUILDING DESIGN online is used by leading designers, contractors and end users looking to find the products and services they need to work on their projects. They use the site because it gives them access to qualified information in a standard format that is easy to use.

Below are some of our regular visitors who come to find the best solutions for their projects.

"A fast and powerful tool that enables me to research topics of specific relevance to my design and construction projects, and build a tailored library of information." William Bolton, Senior Architect, Inverclyde Council

Buyers and specifiers from the organisations below have visited the BUILDING DESIGN website multiple times over the past 30 days.

UK GovernmentGovernmentLondon
Balfour Beatty plcConstructionLondon
ISG PlcConstructionLondon
Vinci Construction UKConstructionWatford
Persimmon HomesConstructionManchester
Berkeley GroupConstructionCobham
Mace GroupBusiness ServicesLondon
University College LondonEducationLondon
Nottingham Trent UniversityEducationNottingham
Transport for LondonPublic TransportLondon
Perkins&WillArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Stride TreglownArchitecture and PlanningBristol
BDPArchitecture and PlanningManchester
University of NottinghamEducationNottingham
Encon Insulation & Nevill LongBuilding Materials and ToolsPlymouth
Glasgow City CouncilNon-Classified EstablishmentsGlasgow
Travis PerkinsWholesalersNorthampton
SavillsReal EstateLondon
bp p.l.c.Oil and EnergyLondon
SIG plcBusiness Supplies and EquipmentSheffield
Mott MacdonaldEngineeringCroydon
The University of EdinburghEducationEdinburgh
Fife CouncilPublic ServicesLeven
VinciCivil EngineeringWatford
WestgateBuilding Materials and ToolsStafford
Newcastle UniversityEducationNewcastle upon Tyne
Department of FinanceGovernmentBelfast
Kingston UniversityEducationKingston upon Thames
University of the West of EnglandEducationBristol
BAE Systems, Inc.Defence and SpaceFalls Church (VA)
Bandvulc Tyres LtdRubberIvybridge
HuntersArchitecture and PlanningLondon
ITVBroadcast MediaWhiteley
Stoke on Trent City CouncilGovernmentStoke-on-Trent
Leeds City CouncilGovernmentLeeds
WATGArchitecture and PlanningLos Angeles (CA)
The University of SheffieldEducationSheffield
University of LincolnEducationLincoln
Loughborough UniversityEducationLoughborough
Oxford UniversityEducationOxford
Pringle Richards Sharratt ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Ryder ArchitectureArchitecture and PlanningNewcastle upon Tyne
Turner & TownsendArchitecture and PlanningLeeds
Thermo Fisher ScientificResearchFrederick (MD)
Northumbria UniversityEducationNewcastle Upon Tyne
Leeds College of BuildingEducationLeeds
Murphy Philipps Architects LimitedArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Oberlanders ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningAbingdon
Wates Group LimitedConstructionLeatherhead
Squire and PartnersArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Axis MasonArchitecture and PlanningLondon
ArchitecturePLBArchitecture and PlanningWinchester
BLDA ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningLondon
DLG ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Dunedin Stone LimitedBuilding Materials and ToolsTranent
Hopkins ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningLondon
ESB GroupOil and EnergyDublin
PLP ArchitectureArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Oxford Brookes UniversityEducationOxford
Obex Protection LtdManufacturingWorcester
Mountford Pigott LLPArchitecture and PlanningNew Malden
MulalleyConstructionWoodford Green
Stiff + TrevillionArchitecture and PlanningLondon
Travis Perkins Trading Company LimitedBuilding Materials and ToolsNorthampton
ThalesInformation Technology and ServicesDoncaster
University of LiverpoolEducationLiverpool
Kee SystemsBuilding and Maintenance ServicesLondon
Graham Garner & Partners LtdEngineeringBroadstone
C2J ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningCardiff
Armstrong BurtonArchitecture and PlanningSutton Coldfield
SAS InternationalBuilding and Maintenance ServicesReading
The University of ManchesterEducationManchester
VolkerWessels UK LtdCivil EngineeringHoddesdon
University of SurreyEducationGuildford
IBI Group IncDesignToronto West (ON)
AECOMManagement ConsultingSwindon
NHS WalesMedical PracticeCardiff
Scape Group LimitedConstructionNottingham
Halstock Cabinet Makers LtdManufacturingYeovil
GSKPharmaceuticalsPhiladelphia (PA)
IDP LimitedArchitecture and PlanningCoventry
Keepmoat HomesReal EstateLondon
EPR ArchitectsArchitecture and PlanningLondon
University of WestminsterEducationLondon
Warrington Borough CouncilGovernmentWarrington
University Of CambridgeEducationCambridge
Akt IiEngineeringLondon
Base InteriorsBusiness ServicesLondon
Ibstock BrickBuilding Materials and ToolsIbstock
MEIT Consultants LLPConsultantsLondon
Lifschutz Davidson SandilandsArchitecture and PlanningLondon
University of KentEducationCanterbury
Sandy BrownConstructionManchester
Sheffield Hallam UniversityEducationSheffield

What we do for our clients

Whether you're an established market leader or an innovative start up, we make sure that well- presented, detailed information on your most important products and services is available to specifiers and buyers whenever they need it.

Illustrated pages that we create for you are given prioritised ranking in search results and are actively promoted offline.

Over 97% of all online page views are generated by illustrated pages.

What you get online

  1. Pages prepared for you by our content experts
  2. Your branding on every page
  3. Up to 12 captioned illustrations per page
  4. No duplication of your own content
  5. Consistent formatting to facilitate comparison
  6. Detailed descriptions with key features and benefits
  7. Copy spec functionality if it's a product
  8. Links to specific pages on your website for each entry
  9. Downloads to help buyers progress future interest
  10. Videos to educate and inform
  11. Cross-referencing to maximise conversion opportunities
  12. No competitors featured on your pages
  13. Contact details and workflow tools to help buyers progress their interest
  14. Metrics so you can assess how your pages are performing
  15. Ongoing account reviews and CMS support to make sure your profile is accurate and up-to-date

How you benefit

  • Your key products and services are promoted to professional decision-makers
  • Awareness of and trust in your brand increases
  • New business opportunities are generated
  • Your website ranking benefits from high-quality in-bound links
  • There is minimal demand on your time and resources
" updates our content as I'm busy so don't have time to do all of it myself! It's a pretty smooth process - I send them new project information as it comes in, and they upload it and also prompt me to choose the best case studies to promote in their email bulletins." Mark Chessell, Chief Executive, IOTA

Help us to help you

We provide a full content editing and production service for value-added subscriptions. Tell us what you'd like to promote and we'll do the work for you.

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Benefit from high-quality exposure to professional decision-makers interested in keeping up-to-date with sector innovations.

Promoting your products and services through bulletins is a great way to increase your brand's reach and generate tangible returns on your marketing investment.

What you can promote

Any product or service that is illustrated and published on the BUILDING DESIGN website can be promoted, including case studies, products, articles, CPD, news and events.

"Thank you. It looks good! I recognised one company we've recently had an enquiry from." Marketing Manager, Kee Safety Ltd

What you get when you are featured

  • Strong visual representation for maximum impact
  • Informative title and snippet
  • Prominent branding to build familiarity and trust
  • Read more or visit your website options for buyers to get more info
  • Re-promotion to our social media followers


  • Builds confidence in your brand
  • Extends your reach and influence
  • Creates new business opportunities
  • Drives traffic to your website
  • Easy to assess ROI - you can see the audience you've reached
BUILDING DESIGN bulletin metrics*
Address book12,764
Delivery rate98.84%
Opens - buyers exposed to promoted brands2,176
Clicks - buyers wanting more info96
Send to open rate17.05%
Open to click thru rate4.41%

* Averages are based on the last 3 issues published

View the audience you could reach

See who you are reaching

When you are promoted in a bulletin, you can gauge the quality of your exposure through your metrics dashboard. We report the job title, company and location of everyone who opened the bulletin and everyone who clicked through to your promoted project, product or service.

Bulletins are included in all value-added subscriptions.

It takes less than two minutes to book and schedule a slot.

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BUILDING DESIGN business list rental

Maximise returns on your direct marketing campaigns by tapping into our database of professional designers, specifiers and buyers.

Over 30,000 named business email addresses to choose from...

Decision-makers in key and complex organisations, including local authorities, and leading consulting, contracting and client organisations are thoroughly researched and checked each year.

High-quality lists

We don't supply generic emails - 98% of our contacts have named business email addresses.

  • Named business email addresses
  • Tailored to match your requirements
  • Easy to segment by business sector, job role or geographical area
  • Unlimited use during rental period
  • GDPR and PECR compliant
  • CTPS checked

Tailored selections

Contacts can be selected by business activity, job function or geographical location. Address books can be de-duplicated against your own contacts to give you new business opportunity files.

Use our lists to

  • Maximise the effectiveness of your direct marketing campaigns
  • Generate high-quality leads for your sales team
  • Build brand awareness
  • Drive traffic to your website
  • Easily quantify your return on investment
"With gone-aways at a minimum and response levels well above average, is a company that truly understands the market and has the capability of compiling a selection of named contacts that matches client needs. I continue to value the additional insights they provide." Client Services Account Director, CIB Communications Ltd

How it works

  1. Plan
    • Tell us who you want to target or call us to talk through your requirements
    • Let us know when you need the address books
  2. Search and select
    • We select contacts to match your profile by business sector, job function or location
    • We process any contacts you want to include or exclude using email addresses you supply
    • We provide you with a list profile and sample for approval
    • We finalise the contact selection for you
  3. Deliver
    • We provide you with a data file to import into your email or CRM system
    • Contacts are classified by business activity, job role and location, making it easy for you to segment your data for specific campaigns

Business list rental rates

Cost per '000 business contacts per year

Platinum marketing subscription
Gold marketing subscription
Silver marketing subscription
Bronze marketing subscription

Managed email campaigns

Make sure your email marketing complies with current legislation and gets delivered in the right format to your intended audience by taking advantage of our managed email campaign service.

What we will do for you

  • Set up a responsive email template that suits your messaging style
  • Include your branding in headers and footers
  • Set up your campaign using source material provided by you
  • Send you a proof for approval
  • Add or suppress your contacts as required
  • Send your campaign to an agreed schedule
  • Provide campaign metrics and reports to help you assess ROI
  • Include up to 5,000 email addresses from our database
  • Supply contact details for opens and clicks for you to follow up as you wish

Notes 1. Contact details will not be supplied for any information channel the user has unsubscribed from. For example, if one of our contacts is registered with the corporate telephone preference service (CTPS), you will not be given their telephone number.

Managed email campaign rates

Responsive email template set up with your branding
First campaign set up, send and reporting
Additional campaigns set up, send and reporting

Campaign set up, send and reporting costs are based on you supplying source material for the email, including subject line, headlines, copy, images, hyperlinks and on page forms if required.

Examples of recent managed email campaigns

To discuss how we can maximise effectiveness of your campaigns and save you the time and cost required to set up and manage your own campaigns.

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Subscription options & rates

Marketing SubscriptionFreeBronzeSilverGoldPlatinum
Reach & Influence Variablex10x20x50x100
Online Illustrated Entries 510204080
Bulletin Features 2x per year4x per year6x per year10x per year
Online Monthly Features 2x per year4x per year
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Subscription RatesFreeBronzeSilverGoldPlatinum
One Year Commitment £940£1,735£2,800£3,995
Two Year Commitment £865£1,595£2580£3,690
Three Year Commitment £825£1,495£2,470£3,495
Extra Illustrated Online Entries £95£80£65£50
Extra Bulletin Slots £155£130£105£80
Extra Monthly Feature £105£80
List Rental Cost Per 1000 £525£450£325£275
4x Solus Email Campaigns £2,025£1,760£1,515
Solus Email Template Set Up £650£650£650£650
Solus Email Cost Per Send £460£460£460£460
Online PromotionFreeBronzeSilverGoldPlatinum
Online Shopfront You build itWe build itWe build itWe build itWe build it
Online Search Rank 32211
Company About Page
Brand Logos
Classified Listings
Product & Service Entries
Max. Illustrations Per Entry 112121212
Backlinks To Your Website
Product Specifications
Cross Selling Opportunities
New Entry Promotion
Social Media Links
Service & SupportFreeBronzeSilverGoldPlatinum
Content Management System
Framework Creation
Full Entry Production 5102040
Account Reviews AnnualAnnualBi-annualQuarterly
Website Metrics
Bulletin Metrics
Major Changes Service
Managed News
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BUILDING DESIGN marketing opportunities
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