Five BuroHappold projects feature in National RIBA Awards 2016
Five projects engineered by BuroHappold feature on this years National RIBA Awards list, we take a look at our part in making these award winning visions viable.
HOME is a flagship arts centre incorporating five cinemas, gallery space, two theatres and expansive café, bar and restaurant areas, offers its audience a cultural experience in the heart of an inner city location. The RIBA judges citation says of HOME; “The deceptively simple form and enclosure masks a complexity of interconnected and overlapping spaces and functions that are a lesson in being just right. There’s a lack of pretension within the building that reflects the client brief perfectly. Its position (adjacent to a very busy rail line) posed serious technical problems, which appear to have been handled extremely well, and the building gives back more to the public sphere than its neighbours.”
BuroHappold provided integrated engineering design expertise and this was key to addressing and mitigating the numerous risks associated with this difficult site including vibration, due to the proximity of the rail line. Our specialist engineering teams ensured the client’s vision for this former brownfield area was brought to life, creating a vibrant, innovative space that is cleverly realised, while offering exceptional sustainability.
The judges cited this new monastery for an enclosed order of Benedictine Nuns, set in the North York Moors National Park as a truly extraordinary piece of architecture. Sitting majestically within the woodland, rising out of the ground it aims to foster contemplation through its simplicity, beauty, sense of space and tranquility, taking advantage of natural light and views over the Vale of York. The Abbey’s remote location was a key challenge for our team and careful consideration to simplify the construction process was essential.
We selected materials for the structure that were simple and lightweight, allowing them to be manually handled. We also used materials for the curved roof that could be shaped on site, while the roof was designed to be self-restraining, removing the need for further restraint at its top. As well as selecting materials that worked successfully with the location, the building fabric was also chosen to achieve a striking architectural design that is both effective and environmentally sensitive. A straightforward palette of materials demonstrates a thorough ethos carried through from the sisters’ brief.
Gloucester Services, Gloucester, UK
Gloucester Gateway is an innovative service station on the M5 motorway. The service station takes a very different approach with no franchises and serving homemade food and locally sourced produce plus a Farm Shop stocking a large amount of locally sourced produce. The project involves four buildings, a motorway service area and a petrol filling station on both the northbound and southbound sides both sitting within an extensively landscaped parkland in order to create unique service station that minimises visual impact from the development and shield the services from motorway noise. Judges remarked:
“Not since the glorious infancy of the British motorway network, when motorists would travel to the perceived sophistication of motorway services, has a new example of the type itself been worthy of the journey.”
BuroHappold provided the structural, civil and geotechnical engineering services up to RIBA stage E for the building elements of this development. We worked closely with the architect, client and wider design team to develop designs for the building that were organic in form in order to fit more naturally into the landscape. Each building was covered with a heavy fully planted roof to further hide the buildings from the surrounding hills. This integrated with earth bunds in the landscape which were carefully developed to balance cut and fill hence minimising the need to take material off site.
Trafalgar Place, London
Trafalgar Place is the flagship housing project in Lend Lease’s regeneration of Elephant and Castle. Comprising 235 high-quality homes, including 25% affordable housing, integrated within a vibrant landscape and mature trees, the project transforms the built environment whilst referencing the historic fabric of the neighbourhood. The judges cited the scheme as an example of an “outstanding site plan which connects the development to the surrounding context and local community. The quality achieved should be an example for future housing developments.”
“The quality achieved should be an example for future housing developments.”
RIBA Judging Panel
BuroHappold provided bespoke fire engineering solutions to a number of key challenges. Working closely with all stakeholders to enable the project to meet standards through robust research of the safety implications of chosen construction materials – including Cross Laminated Timber – and sourcing flame retardant treatment methods. Solving the restricted fire brigade access to the site was imperative. We were also provided strategies to reduce the number of stair cores required for escape from the code recommendations
Regent High School, London, UK
Regent High School is a secondary school for 1,300 pupils. It is a non-selective, co-educational comprehensive serving an inner-city community in the deprived area of Somers Town in the London Borough of Camden. RIBA judges recognised this “impressively ambitious scheme which is both thoughtful and bold; a successful project set to change the lives of the children attending the school. Impressive site planning reorganises a disparate and piecemeal collection of buildings that was the original school. Selective demolition of existing buildings creates a landscaped court at the site’s centre.”
BuroHappold provided integrated engineering design expertise including; civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental consultancy, ground engineering, building services engineering, computational simulation and analysis, project management, fire engineering, acoustics, risk assessment and inclusive design.