Environment & Infrastructure

The Environment + Infrastructure consultancy is one of the key units of Buro Happold. We find the best solutions to technical challenges facing the built environment, from campus to city-wide scale.

As we face up to the global challenges of climate change, rapid urbanisation and the depletion of natural resources our expertise is being drawn upon and challenged like never before. Our project work is global and it enables us to draw on experiences of different environments, climates and culture to constantly enhance and evolve our advice and designs. At the same time, we are engaged with our own research and academia to ensure that advances in science and technology can provide enhanced engineering applications to the benefit of both our clients and society.

Xinjiang New City aerial concept
Xinjiang New City, China

Environment

Environmental consultancy is integrated into all services we offer at Buro Happold.  It is a cornerstone of our business. We are regularly consulted by our engineering colleagues to ensure that every aspect of our projects is environmentally sustainable from design, through construction and finally to its operation.

It is easy to make claims that we are somehow different or better than other practices at developing and delivering integrated solutions. What we can say is that we take great pride in the relationships we develop with environmental regulators in all jurisdictions so that our clients’ projects can satisfy all necessary environmental requirements.

We work on projects in some of the most environmentally degraded regions of the planet; however, we believe that this is no reason to halt development and progress. Instead we assess the development’s impact on the environment and where necessary the impact of the environment on the development through an array of monitoring and modelling techniques; we then devise economically viable solutions through either masterplan design or environmental management.

Having a specialist and integrated environmental capability within such an established company of engineers really does set us apart from the rest of the field.

Infrastructure

At its best infrastructure design should be efficient and elegant. As engineers we delight in this challenge; how can we ensure that the transport, utility, water, waste and ITC networks create a framework that enables a city to function successfully for its businesses and communities? And with all of these systems being inter-related, our understanding of how to develop optimal integrated solutions is an important aspect that few other consultancies can match.

From rapid assessment frameworks and consulting for the World Bank through to designs for zero energy cities in China and collaboration on smart cities with Microsoft and Cisco to engineering design and sustainable development strategies, our teams are engaged at every level of modern infrastructure design and development.

We design solutions for today with the ability to adapt to the expected changes that will occur in future years. We are used to asking the difficult questions of our clients and ourselves. Our world-leading consultants have the expertise to answer the challenges the world faces today as well as those that we face tomorrow.

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