Environment & Infrastructure

The Environment + Infrastructure consultancy is one of the key units of BuroHappold. 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.

Environment

Environmental consultancy is integrated into all services we offer at BuroHappold.  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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13/06/2014

Working closely with architects SOM and our colleagues based in the UK, USA and China, our team prepared a detailed economic strategy to support a concept masterplan for the proposed JingJin New Economic City.

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14/06/2012

The masterplanning and design of the London Olympic Park and Legacy proposals began in autumn 2003. Part of the EDAW Consortium, BuroHappold provided strategic engineering advice and design. The challenge was to develop a setting for the Games which achieved both planning approvals from the four local London Boroughs and provided a compelling masterplan for a successful bid to the International Olympic Committee in Singapore in July 2005.

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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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Project

29/09/2011

With the goal of expanding its scientific core discipline, Harvard University has embarked on an ambitious master plan to develop their Allston Campus with the proposed Allston Science Complex. 

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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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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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Project

13/06/2014

Ad’Diriyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

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Project

27/01/2012

The M8 Harthill footbridge is a landmark structure situated approximately halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow, crossing Scotland’s busiest motorway.  Connecting the M8 Motorway’s first ever service station to the town of Harthill, it replaces an existing overbridge that has fallen into a state of disrepair. The M8 is the main East-West corridor through Scotland with the Heart of Harthill Services providing a well known midway point.  Several interesting sculptures line the route, the new structure will add to this providing an iconic gateway for motorway users passing from one side of the country to the other.

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Project

27/01/2012

The Sackler Crossing plots a serpentine path over the Lake at Kew Gardens. BuroHappold was commissioned to design a crossing in collaboration with John Pawson Architects, this project was completed in May 2006. Clear visual connections are established between the bridge and the repeating natural forms of its setting – the gently rounded contours of the land, the smooth expanse of water and the powerful vertical lines of the trees.

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Project

21/10/2011

Located in the Diplomatic Quarter on the northwest perimeter of Riyadh stands Tuwaiq Palace, a complex originally designed as a diplomatic club but now used by the Saudi government as a hospitality centre. The demands of the...

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