Buildings

Buildings define us; our lives are intertwined with the built environment. Far from simply providing the physical fabric in which we grow, buildings share the ambitions and dreams of people and are a lasting testament to past and future generations.

At Buro Happold we have the confidence and experience to ask ‘What if....?’.

We help our clients achieve more than they knew was possible. Our designs are approached with a level of rigour that encompasses the finest detail to the broad lateral thinking required to find original solutions for every client. As a result, our buildings are relevant and desirable; they can transform the landscape or blend seamlessly into the existing environment.

Using a holistic approach, our multidisciplinary teams collaborate to optimise design to ensure that our buildings “touch the earth lightly”. Our passion for creating sustainable buildings is at the heart of what we do – we seek to achieve more by using less, applying our imagination and our experience to every opportunity that comes our way. Our aim is to improve people’s lives through our work.

We have the confidence to ask 'What if....?'

Whether looking at the fabric of a building, its internal environment or its effective operation, our wealth of experience allows us to create awe inspiring innovative buildings the world over.  So if you want an iconic museum housing the worlds most precious artefacts in the desert, if you want to create a stadium that can be demountable and reused in another part of the country or if you want to revitalise a derelict wasteland into a treasured resource loved by the community, at Buro Happold the answer is “yes, we can do it. Now what if...?”

One Angel Square copyright Palin Images
Buro Happold

News

14/11/2013

Ahead of its official opening by the Queen, The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally friendly new build in the world. One Angel Square has been awarded a score of 95.16%;...

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Mei Ren
Buro Happold

Blog

14/10/2013

As some of you may have already seen, the University of Manchester, the biggest campus based university in the UK, recently launched a procurement process for a £250m engineering campus, the single largest construction project...

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One Angel Square
Buro Happold

Project

28/08/2013

One Angel Square, Manchester UK, the Co-op’s new head office achieved the highest interim score for a commercial office building under the BREEAM accreditation scheme, earning it the highly coveted status of BREEAM...

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Buro Happold

Project

15/01/2013

The Brunswick, formerly known as the Brunswick Centre, is a Grade II Listed, mixed use, low rise, high density urban development within a concrete and glass megastructure. Comprising retail units, cinema, social housing and car parking, the Brunswick is one of London’s iconic buildings from the 1960s and is a 2008 winner of The Civic Trust Awards.

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Buro Happold

Project

12/06/2012

The London 2012 Olympic Waterpolo Arena is the first ever bespoke waterpolo venue constructed for an Olympic Games, and has been designed to satisfy the unusual sightline requirements of this sport.

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Buro Happold

Project

23/04/2012

Opened to the public in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool is one of the world’s leading city history museums and the largest newly created national museum in the UK for over a hundred years. Situated alongside the Three Graces in Liverpool’s historic waterfront setting, it will showcase Liverpool’s social history and popular culture while setting a global benchmark for other museums of its kind.

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Buro Happold

Project

27/02/2012

Located in the southern part of Turin in the Lingotto district, the venue, features a 400m oval ice track and is the work of Buro Happold, HOK SVE and Studio Zoppini Associati, winners of an international tender for the project.

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Buro Happold

Project

19/02/2012

Buro Happold worked as part of ‘Team Stadium’ an integrated design and construction team led by Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver the Stadium which, in legacy, will be a world-class athletics venue for the communities within London and beyond.

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Buro Happold

Project

23/11/2011

The New Doha International Airport (NDIA), located in Doha, Qatar, will serve as the official gateway to the Middle East and set the benchmark in airport service standards, efficiency, and passenger convenience. Opening...

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Buro Happold

Project

27/09/2011

Elegantly placed in the rural Arkansas landscape, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a series of seven concrete, glass and wood pavilions set along a stream bed. Within the complex are permanent and temporary galleries, a library, meeting areas, an auditorium, indoor and outdoor areas for public events, sculpture gardens and walking trails.

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Buro Happold

Project

19/04/2011

A shimmering, transparent form sitting on the famous Lansdowne Road site, the Aviva Stadium offers Dublin both a visually spectacular venue and the first truly ‘responsive’ stadium building of its type in the world, its form and...

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Buro Happold

Project

19/04/2011

Designed around the theme of assembly and open debate, the Forum is a central part of the University of Exeter’s campus. The Forum Project saw several structures built or refurbished and enclosed under a stunning gridshell roof. As well as unifying these buildings and hosting a dramatic new reception, the roof shelters a range of state of the art teaching and discussion spaces.

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Marina Towers
Buro Happold

Event

19/03/2014

Chicago office director Matthew Herman will be speaking at the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB) Seminar on June 12 at the Harris Bank Auditorium in Chicago. Matthew, alongside Pranav Seth, project architect...

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Key market findings at pre COP 19 in Warsaw
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News

18/11/2013

The Construction Marketing Group (CMG) in Poland, supported by Buro Happold, has revealed key initial findings from a perception survey on green building and its financial value in the Polish market. The results were launched at...

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NYC Skyline
Buro Happold

News

15/11/2013

In the face of increasing natural threats to urban environments, government agencies are engaging with experts, including top engineering firms, across the US to establish benchmarks for resiliency and to apply them to new...

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Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Buro Happold

News

08/10/2013

The new international terminal at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku has officially opened. Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s president recently attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for the...

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ATC Webinar
Buro Happold

News

26/09/2013

Erleen Hatfield, PE partner in Buro Happold's New York office, recently presented a nationally available webinar titled Improvements to BIM Structural Software Interoperability for the Applied Technology...

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SMART urban infrastructure
Buro Happold

Blog

13/09/2013

Typically implementation of physical, SMART city infrastructure refers to the deployment of resilient, fixed and wireless data communications and telecom outside plant (OSP). These OSP assets can be encapsulated within the...

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The Living City resilient connectivity
Buro Happold

Blog

29/08/2013

Information technology systems deployed within the Living City are designed to provide local government and urban communities with a seamless SMART experience; computers and intelligent devices operating autonomously (and...

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Library of Birmingham copyright Christian Richters

News

29/08/2013

Following five years of planning, design and construction the new Library of Birmingham is due to open to the public. Appointed in 2008 Buro Happold has been a key member of the design team, that created this state of the art new...

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Buro Happold

News

14/08/2013

Buro Happold, as part of a design team with Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) and Fabric Images, has taken first place in a competition sponsored by Volvo Car Italia and The Plan magazine to create a pavilion for...

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Construction work
Buro Happold

Blog

07/08/2013

A recent fire at the Al Hirma Tower, Dubai highlights once again the importance of fire safety on construction sites. International Planning Stages cover a building project from concept/preparation stages through to design,...

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Blog

24/07/2013

Buro Happold’s fire expert in New York, Carl Keogh, is a member of the 30 strong committee of private and public sector experts which have authored a new guide that identifies critical fire safety challenges unique...

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Buro Happold

Blog

12/07/2013

Ramadan started in the Middle East on Wednesday (10th July) after the moon sighting committee had spotted the crescent moon and it will last for 29 or...

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Bubbles
Buro Happold

Blog

05/07/2013

Folklore says that during an iPod design review Steve Jobs grew frustrated with his development team as they claimed they couldn’t make the prototype any smaller. So he dropped it into an aquarium. As bubbles emerged from the...

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Peter Stephenson
Buro Happold

Blog

03/07/2013

Recent seismic activity in the Middle East, including the largest earthquake the region has experienced for 45 years (17.04.13), has raised concerns over the structural integrity and safety of buildings, particularly those...

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News

21/06/2013

Throughout the year the Institution of Structural Engineers issues several awards to exceptional individuals and teams. To recognise these exemplary achievements within the institution and/or the structural engineering industry,...

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2013 SEAo NY Awards
Buro Happold

News

12/06/2013

On Monday June 10th Buro Happold took home the top prize in two categories at the 2013 SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards; Yale University School of Management won the New Buildings over $100M category while the...

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World Environment Day
Buro Happold

Blog

04/06/2013

World Environment Day takes place on the 5th June every year and this year’s theme is food. UNEP, which coordinates the event, is focusing on the environmental effects of food production, consumption and waste, and is...

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Peter Stephenson receives Freedom of the City of London

News

04/06/2013

Peter Stephenson, associate director for Fire Engineering and based in our Dubai office, recently returned to the UK to receive the Freedom of the City of London. This unusual accolade is one of the oldest surviving...

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Buro Happold

Blog

04/06/2013

The risk of fire during the construction phase of a building project was highlighted last Saturday by a blaze at the construction site of the new Kuwait University Campus in the Shadadeyah area of Kuwait. The possibility of...

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Crystal Bridges
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Video

27/10/2011

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