Coastal and marine

Key to all aspects of engineering coastal sites is consideration of the environmental aspects from materials, sustainability and ecology to low impact construction techniques and long-term maintenance requirements. Increasingly, climate change plays an important role in delivering projects, even when not adjacent to the coast, or a water course. During their lifecycles projects take into consideration increased flows, water levels, storminess, sea level rise and increasing surface water run off. Our team brings innovative design solutions to these primary challenges.

Our links within the industry and academia ensure that we are leaders in a rapidly developing industry. Our expertise extends to the use of a wide range of computer modelling tools, including HEC RAS, ISIS and Tuflow for Rivers, and CEDAS, DIVAST, TRIVAST and RMA models for coastal engineering. These technical packages are supported by a range of GIS platforms, interpretive software and presentation tools.

Our team delivers coastal engineering solutions from concept to completion. The coastal zone is a highly complex and sensitive environment that is in a constant state of change. Wave, current and tidal conditions can vary widely along short lengths of coastline and this means that substantial effort is required to define parameters for the design of coastal structures.

Introducing structures into a coastal zone can affect the balance of the physical environment. Breakwaters and groyne structures modify littoral drift characteristics and sediment transport along large stretches of coastline. The introduction of such structures can be used to great effect to improve coastal protection or create beaches for leisure and tourism.

We develop coastal management strategies and provide advice on the management and conservation of the coastline. This covers the assessment of alongshore/littoral drift including accretion and erosion patterns to beach design, nourishment and maintenance and the design of breakwaters, revetments and rip rap protection. We design jetties, quay walls, reclamations and other coastal structures.

Our coastal expertise includes the following services:

  • Analysis of wave, current and storm surge
  • Analysis of wave impact forces, overtopping and wave run up
  • Specification and management of physical and numerical modelling

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Project

28/02/2013

Qianhai is being developed as the new central business district of Shenzhen on the coast of Da Chan Bay. BuroHappold and Field Operations scope of work was to focus on a pilot zone of 465 hectares comprising of waterfront open space, two river water parks and the urban planning of Guimian sub-district within the wider Masterplan of Qianhai. BuroHappold’s aim was to develop sustainable solutions across the site covering water, waste, energy, and traffic.

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Project

08/02/2013

A new environmentally responsible masterplan is set for a new urban district to the northwest of Hanoi. The development include medium to high end residential accommodation for up to 60,000 people, a business district, university accommodation for the Agricultural University , Science Park and leisure areas.

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Project

22/11/2012

The Kama Tri-City region is one of the major industrial centres in Russia. It sits upon 30% of the world’s potash resources, a key fertiliser, and also holds metals, oil and gas reserves. It should be a buoyant area. All the major businesses together with new players have plans for expansion. Instead it is suffering from a declining working-age population and increasing proportion of elderly residents.

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Project

26/05/2011

The Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is the jewel in the crown of Saadiyat Island, the city’s new cultural district. 

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Project

26/05/2011

The site of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development is adjacent to the Arabian Gulf coastline, 85km south of Kuwait City. From two environmentally impoverished hyper saline creeks, an ecologically rich waterway city is growing....

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Project

11/05/2011

Redefining historical cultural spaces requires a certain set of skills: vision, perception and a delicate touch. The redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre included the creation of a 1,030 seat auditorium with a thrust...

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Project

05/05/2011

Hayle Harbour was constructed in the mid 18th century and until the 1970s served as one of Cornwall’s major industrial harbours. Located within the Hayle Estuary on the southern side of St Ives Bay on the north-west...

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Paul Brenton

Paul Brenton

Associate Director

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