Building services engineering

Our innovative design solutions embrace the latest technologies to improve a building’s performance and sustainability.

Integrated building services systems create a balanced and controllable internal environment; natural ventilation, heating and lighting systems are combined with active systems, such as air conditioning, to provide a high level of comfort and operational efficiency.

Building services represent a significant planning and cost factor on any building project, so it is essential to provide a fully integrated design solution that is delivered on time, on budget and which embraces the latest technology. Buro Happold is recognised within the industry as one of the UK’s leading international building services consultants. Designed to provide optimum levels of occupant comfort all year round, our MEP systems set a new benchmark for efficiency and sustainability. As a major global player we have completed projects in a wide range of locations, always making sure we adhere to the codes and standards of the host country.

To achieve the most appropriate solution we adopt a holistic approach, considering all aspects of the design process from ‘abstract’ issues such as occupant wellbeing to the detailed analysis of mechanical components and the impact of environmental regulations on the building’s form and energy usage. Using sound building physics principles and advanced modelling techniques to analyse the envelope and spatial layout, our systems are integrated into the building fabric to create functional internal spaces and balanced, controllable conditions.

With buildings responsible for over 40% of all energy consumption, sustainable design is now top of the regulatory and corporate agenda. Buro Happold has significant expertise in the design of environmentally responsible buildings. Our approach is to ‘design out’ active systems wherever possible in favour of passive internal control methods such as natural ventilation, external shading and thermal mass. Working as part of a team we are able to balance our client’s aspirations with engineering (and budgetary) constraints to design high performance, low energy building systems.

We adopt a holistic approach, considering all aspects of the design process

Future flexibility for any changes of use is something that always needs to be considered both in terms of the engineering systems and commercial viability. To add value to a project we can carry out a whole life costing of the systems and utilities to assess ongoing and initial costs of maintenance, repair, servicing and operation, as well as social and environmental costs.  This process can help the design team and the client choose between alternative designs, systems and strategies and so achieve cost control and certainty right from the start. 

Building services systems set the parameters for the operational efficiency of a building and the ‘quality’ of its internal environment.

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Project

16/10/2013

Newcastle University Students’ Union building has undergone a major refurbishment programme that significantly improved the Union’s service to its student members, providing better representation and participation at the heart of...

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Project

14/10/2013

Queen’s University Belfast has a long history of excellence in teaching, in research and in contributing to the educational, economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. The Library forms an integral part...

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Project

30/09/2013

EMPAC is an experimental media and performing arts centre that is constructed on a hillside on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of a $250m capital improvement campaign. The center is 160,000gsf with a 1200...

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Goeppert-Mayer office building, Katowice, Poland
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30/09/2013

Collaborative working has led to the GPP Business Park in Katowice, achieving BREEAM Outstanding; Poland’s first development to receive such a high score. Buro Happold’s sustainability team worked closely with the Park’s investor...

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The Library
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Project

23/07/2013

The refurbishment of the 1980s main University Library is part of the stunning new Forum centrepiece for the University of Exeter, that connects the existing main University Library with the existing Students Union building via a...

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Buro Happold

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19/07/2013

This pair of new buildings for St Antony’s College accommodates post graduate students and provides meeting and study space as well as a new entrance and Porters’ Lodge.  Buro Happold worked in close collaboration with...

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10/01/2012

Buro Happold, along with HOK and Parsons Brinkerhoff, are designing the major new transit center in downtown Anaheim that’s envisioned as a hub for California’s future high-speed rail network, as well as for Amtrak, commuter rail and other regional transit lines. The station will accommodate passenger arrivals, departures and transfers with supporting retail, restaurants and passenger services within the building. Buro Happold is providing MEP engineering, complete enclosure and facade rationalization, BIM modeling, energy modeling, daylighting, lighting simulation, and sustainability and LEED consultancy.

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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

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12/05/2011

2013 will be seen as a significant year for the City of Birmingham with the opening of Britain's biggest ever public library. Situated in the heart of the city adjacent to Centenary Square, the new complex will replace the...

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Buro Happold

Project

05/05/2011

Buro Happold has concluded the first phase of Wembley Infrastructure (Phase One). We have been involved in the project since 2002 starting with a single project that has evolved into the company providing a wide cross-section of our services to find the right solutions to a series of challenging design issues.

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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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Event

03/04/2014

Sanjeev Tankha, a facades leader based in Buro Happold's Los Angeles office, will present Introduction to ARTIC as part of AIA Orange County's COTE Lecture Series. Alongside HOK's Ernest...

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News

06/02/2014

Claremont McKenna College Roberts Pavilion's groundbreaking ceremony took place on February 11th in Claremont, California. The Roberts Pavilion, at Claremont McKenna College, supports the college’s varsity sports program,...

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WA100 2014
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News

03/01/2014

Buro Happold is delighted to announce that the consultancy has been voted the top service engineer and the number two structural engineer

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News

16/12/2013

California Institute of Technology's Earle M. Jorgensen Laboraty took home three awards from the USGBC-LA Green Gala celebration last week. Buro Happold provided MEP engineering and sustainability services for the John Friedman...

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Supertech Supernova Noida
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News

25/11/2013

Three of Buro Happold’s projects in Mumbai, India have received either the prestigious Gold or Platinum Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) precertification. Omkar 1973, three residential towers of around 300m high and 2...

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News

18/11/2013

Buro Happold is proud to announce our California Institute of Technology Jorgensen Laboratory project has received a 2013 Sustainable Innovation award from the United States...

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North Bennet Street School

News

11/11/2013

Newly expanded North Bennet Street School recently held a special dedication event, opened by  Boston’s mayor Thomas Menino, to reveal its newly completed building on 150 North Street in Boston, USA. The historic and...

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Heydar Aliyev International Airport
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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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News

06/09/2013

Buro Happold’s Los Angeles office is excited to announce that our Morphosis Studio project has won Honorable Mention in the 2013 CBE Livable Buildings Awards. The

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Buro Happold

News

05/09/2013

Buro Happold's Los Angeles office is pleased to announce two of its projects have received the prestigious 2013 American Architecture Award from the

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Buro Happold

Blog

23/08/2013

The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is an effort made by a network of colleges and universities to cut their carbon emissions. As expected, it was a popular topic at the Society...

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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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Buro Happold

Blog

08/04/2013

The construction of Bath Abbey began in 1499 and is regarded as one of England’s finest medieval churches

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Crystal Bridges
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Video

27/10/2011

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