Commercial office

There are thought to be over 3 billion people working in offices around the globe, employed in a vast array of occupations, and working in a wide variety and standard of accommodation.

Offices come in all shapes and sizes and incorporate a variety of functions; many commercial centres balance and integrate home, leisure and work often in one building while in some cities the central business district is king and work is the only function.

Changes to the world economy set new challenges to the commercial office sector; economies shrink, demand falls and occupiers expect better deals; economies boom, demand outstrip supply and office space constrains growth - affordable business accommodation with built-in flexibility and future-proofed systems underpin modern commercial investments and set a challenging brief to the construction sector. Add to this the increasing pressure to deliver greater levels of sustainability and to drive carbon emissions towards zero and you have a dynamic fast changing sector.

Buro Happold has the expertise and experience of creating cutting edge office space that doesn’t cost the earth: literally and figuratively. We create buildings with lower running costs and low emissions by harnessing natural lighting, ventilation and recycling grey-water, creating happier, healthier work environments. We build in flexibility enabling the user to rapidly re-configure their surroundings – saving time, space, money and hassle.

With our multidisciplinary capabilities we can integrate structural and services design to make a better, cheaper building and reduce waste too. We are experts at developing ‘place-making’ strategies, benefiting the client, the end-user and the wider community. It’s our business – let us develop your business too.

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Sanhe Metro Station
Happold Consulting

News

02/12/2013

Large-scale urban development, the creation of new cities, urban extensions and their associated infrastructures, presents numerous challenges. At Happold Consulting we subscribe firmly to the belief that sustainable urb

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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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Goeppert-Mayer office building, Katowice, Poland
Buro Happold

News

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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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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Mei Ren - Sustainability Champion award
Buro Happold

News

31/03/2014

Buro Happold technical director, Mei Ren, has won the Sustainability Champion award at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards 2014, announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Claridge's, London on Friday 21st Mar

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New York City at night - Image credit: dell640
Buro Happold

Blog

18/03/2014

Resilience is defined as the ability to prepare for, adapt to and quickly rebound from shocks and stresses. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastroph

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Haramain High Speed Rail
Buro Happold

News

19/02/2014

Buro Happold has been involved in nine of the 25 biggest construction projects across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The multitude of Buro Happold projects featured on the list is testament to the Gulf region a

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Buro Happold

Project

06/02/2014

La Kretz Innovation Campus is a three-acre site located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles and part of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor, a 4 mile stretch of dilapitated land next to the Los Angeles River that is being...

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White Square Office Centre, Moscow, Russia
Buro Happold

Project

05/02/2014

The White Square Office commercial complex is located in the heart of Moscow. Consisting of three A class office buildings all connected by a three storey underground car park, the site covers a total area of 109,000m2.

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Skolkovo Business Centre
Buro Happold

Project

05/02/2014

Designed to visually reference the form of a Russian doll, commonly known as a matryoshka, the Skolkovo Business Centre is a multi-functioning building incorporating space for offices, restaurants and accommodation as well as a theatre. Buro Happold was appointed to provide a multi-disciplinary engineering service on this ambitious 20,000m2 development.  

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Buro Happold

Project

03/02/2014

Located in a rapidly developing district of Warsaw, Corius is one of three buildings forming the Okęcie Business Park. The structure is seven stories high, with a total leasable area of 9,000m2, comprising prime office space. 

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Buro Happold

Project

31/01/2014

With a total height of a 150m, Oxford Tower is the seventh tallest building in Warsaw. When constructed in 1979, it was the third tallest building and this celebrated tower still plays a major role in defining the city’s skyline.

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Koszyki Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Buro Happold

Project

29/01/2014

Situated in a densely urbanised district of Warsaw’s downtown, Hala Koszyki was built during the early 20th century to serve as a city marketplace. Having survived the War, the building is of great historical significance to the people of the city. 

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Q22, Warsaw, Poland
Buro Happold

Project

Q22

28/01/2014

Designed by the famous Polish architectural office, Kuryłowicz & Associates, and commissioned by leading Polish investor Echo, this 155 metre tall high rise will offer 50,000m2 of leasable office space....

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Northwestern Mutual Building
Buro Happold

News

17/01/2014

As the new year got underway, so did construction of Northwestern Mutual’s new headquarters building. Referred to as the Campus Connection, the headquarters building is located in downtown Milwaukee. The existing Brown...

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Y magazine - Issue two
Buro Happold

News

02/12/2013

What image do you conjure up in your mind if we say the word ‘engineer’ to you? Stereotypical responses cover anything from a backroom geek or hands-on practitioner, to dashing larger than life orchestrators of the great leaps...

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© www.oln.at
Buro Happold

News

15/11/2013

When Microsoft decided to move its German headquarters, Buro Happold, HPP architects and Turner Townsend were engaged to deliver the structured process of site selection, focusing on the designation of technical qualities.

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Buro Happold

News

03/10/2013

The new 32 story Northwestern Mutual Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will represent the company's values and commitment to its customers...

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The first foundation stone
Buro Happold

News

23/09/2013

The first foundation stone for the new HumboldthafenEins mixed use development on the banks of the River Spree in Berlin was...

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The Assay Building copyright Glazzards
Buro Happold

Blog

05/09/2013

With confidence growing in the Midland’s (UK) construction industry, Birmingham’s masterplan (the Big City Plan) means that it’s well placed to encourage strategic sector growth. The last 12 months has seen the creation of the...

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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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City of London ©Tansri Muliani
Buro Happold

Blog

16/07/2013

The annual tall buildings conference organised by the CTBUH was held in London this June and I attended along with Wolf...

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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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Dubai Skyline 01
Buro Happold

Blog

17/06/2013

On 16 April this year, for the second time in a week, Dubai experienced ground tremors following a significant earthquake in Iran, hundreds of kilometres away. These shakes, though relatively minor, caused significant alarm...

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BH Beijing Office Opening Beijing Employe
Buro Happold

Blog

25/04/2013

On 19 April 2013 Buro Happold hosted more than 80 guests in our new Beijing office in Jian Wai SOHO. The Beijing business was launched publicly in July 2011 with the announcement of our role on the Jin Bao Street redevelopment...

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Palestra Thumbnail
Buro Happold

Project

25/05/2011

Completed in July 2006, Palestra was constructed as a speculative commercial office building, aimed to appeal to the high end of the London office market. The original project was designed by Alsop architects, with Buro Happold...

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One Angel Square
Buro Happold

Project

04/05/2011

Part of the British high street since 1863, the Co-op is the UK’s largest mutual retailer with a turnover of over £13 billion. In 2009 the retailer commissioned a new 400,000 sq ft, 16 storey head office building in Manchester to...

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Commercial Offices Capability Statement

Sector Director

Buro Happold

Andy Keelin

Partner


Business Development Contact

Buro Happold

John MacMillan


Regional leaders

UK

Buro Happold

Wolf Mangelsdorf

Partner


Central Europe

Buro Happold

Ian Booth

Partner


North America

Buro Happold

Michael McGough

Principal


Buro Happold

David Herd

Partner


Buro Happold Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Partner


India

Buro Happold

Anil Hira

Partner


Middle East

Buro Happold

Roger Nickells

Partner