Economic development

Local, regional and national economies function best when they are both spatially and economically interconnected. All too often the spatial configuration and urban design of places is not based on sound economic rationale or good commercial positioning.

The global economy is changing rapidly and profoundly. Recent crises, affecting many parts of the world, have created structural shifts in the way individual economies behave. This situation presents ongoing challenges. For mature developed economies there is a need to manage change effectively – decline as well as expansion - in a manner that yields sustainable opportunity and capitalises upon the latest technological advances. In areas of rapid economic and population growth, the transition to a sophisticated knowledge-driven economy is particularly challenging. In these places, new prosperity often occurs inconsistently across communities. Economic growth needs to impact positively without adverse environmental or climactic consequences.

Our professional knowledge and strong academic links are matched by our genuine passion and interest in making economies function for the betterment of local communities.

BuroHappold engages with clients to address challenges across a broad range of themes including - Industrial & sector strategy; Enterprise & SME development; Education & skills; Innovation & knowledge transfer; poverty alleviation & social inclusion; Urban resilience; and, Infrastructure & environment.

BuroHappold provides a wide range of technical and qualitative services in economic development. These include – Economic analysis & policy research; Economic strategy; Economic impact assessment; Business modelling & business case; Evaluation; Economic & spatial masterplanning; Delivery & implementation. These services, honed over many years of applied experience, respond directly to both client needs and to the ever-evolving challenges of sustainable economic growth. 

Our sectoral expertise encompasses – Tourism, heritage & recreation; Education; Health; Extractive industries; Business & financial services; Digital technology; Manufacturing; Government; Property & real estate. 


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Project

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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Project

23/11/2011

The Hamad International Airport, located in Doha, Qatar, will serve as the official gateway to the Middle East and set the benchmark in airport service standards, efficiency, and passenger convenience. Hamad International...

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Project

13/06/2014

Al Ha’ir Lakes is the fifth and final zone of Wadi Hanifah. Located 25km downstream of Riyadh, Al Ha’ir is at the end of the wadi catchment and receives the greatest amount of water flow in the Wadi. 

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Project

13/06/2014

Perched on the eastern edge of New York City, the Jamaica Bay parklands cover more than 10,000 acres of land surrounding one of the most bio-diverse urban estuaries on the Atlantic seaboard. Historically, sections of the parklands have been separately owned and managed by the federal National Park Service (NPS) and the city Department of Parks, with limited collaboration in land management and provision of services.

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Project

13/06/2014

Detroit’s economic and population decline, driven by changes in the US auto and wider manufacturing industry, is a globally recognized story - as are the social, employment and urban consequences for those who remain in the city.

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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

13/06/2014

Al Hada enjoyed a reputation as one of Saudi Arabia’s premier tourist destinations. Located on the edge of the dramatic Hirithi escarpment, the town’s elevation provides a cooler climate enabling Saudis to benefit from a more outdoor lifestyle during summer months.

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Project

13/06/2014

Dar Es Salaam faces some key social and economic challenges as one of the poorest countries in Africa, with growing inequality despite GDP growth of 5-6% per year. There is a growing backlog of urban infrastructure requirements and transportation relies primarily on privately provided mini-buses. Water and electricity household connections remain low and 80% of housing is ‘informal’. In the past, masterplans for the city have not been implemented due to a lack of coordinated planning and inadequate resources.

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Moscow Agglomeration View of the Development to the South-west (copyright Andrei Chernikov Architectural Studio)

Project

10/07/2013

The city of Moscow is experiencing a period of rapid population growth; over the last decade the population has risen from 8 million to over 11 million. This growth has mainly been caused by high levels of both internal and...

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Project

15/11/2012

Jeddah is facing the challenge of sustainably managing its growth for the coming 20 years. During this period, the city will be required to create nearly 1.2 million new jobs and develop around 50,000 new homes per every year.

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Key contact

Jim Coleman

Director

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