Air quality

Poor air quality has negative effects on health, the environment and the economy. In recent years, air quality has become a key consideration in planning new developments and regulatory authorities require robust evidence to demonstrate that those developments do not worsen local air quality.

BuroHappold’s specialist scientists and consultants have in-depth experience in addressing air quality issues through the planning, design, construction and operation of projects.  Using the most up to date air quality dispersion models in our assessments we work closely with transportation, energy, utilities and building services colleagues to find solutions in advance of planning and construction. 

We provide a wide range of services to both private and public sector clients in the UK and Internationally. Recent air quality assessments have involved residential, mixed-use, industrial, rail  and airport developments.

Our services include:

  • Providing air quality advice during the master planning stage
  • Air quality assessments for environmental appraisals, environmental statements and public inquiries
  • Assessment of air quality impacts from road traffic and airports
  • Assessment of air quality impacts from industrial processes such as power plants, incinerators, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants and boilers
  • Construction dust assessments
  • Preparation of air quality monitoring programmes and emission inventories
  • Preparation of indoor air quality plans  to comply with BREEAM standards



The Money Hill Consortium engaged BuroHappold to assist in the design and preparation of outline and detailed planning applications for a development that will include 605 new homes, a medical health centre, primary school and...

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Jazan Industrial City



BuroHappold has been commissioned by the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the construction and operation of the proposed Jazan Industrial City.  The...

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The current King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's third largest air facility and occupies an area of 102 km². Jeddah is close to Islam's holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the Hajj Terminal...

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Folkestone Seafront



The redevelopment of Folkestone Seafront represents an important part of the town’s regeneration and will bring 1,000 new homes and up to 10,000m2 of commercial and leisure uses to the prominent beach side site....

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Convoys Wharf



The 16ha Convoy’s Wharf site, whose use as a dockyard and wharf dates back to the times of Henry VIII, occupies a significant part of the London Borough of Lewisham’s river frontage. 

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As one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the south west, Bath Western Riverside comprises approximately 70 acres of land west of the city centre adjoining the river Avon. The project is a major opportunity for Bath to deliver a platform for the city’s future economic and social prosperity.

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Stretching between Mecca and Medinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, the brand new 460km long Haramain High Speed Rail project is a bold step towards a truly connected Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our team have designed the four main stations, combining efficiency and aestethics into landmarks for the cities they are serving.

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Discipline Director

Trevor Curson


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Regional Leaders

Saudi Arabia

Sherif Hassan

Senior Environmental Consultant

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Middle East

Dr Rob Cooke

Dr. Robert Cooke


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