Geotechnical

BuroHappold’s geotechnical group provides its clients with a capability that spans structural, building and civil engineering. As part of our integrated ground engineering approach we work closely with our geoenvironmental colleagues from the earliest stages of the project to deliver economical solutions in terms of approvals, cost and programme. This provides our clients with the assurance they need in managing the risk from unforeseen ground conditions.

We have expertise in advanced ground investigation techniques as well as a complete range of geotechnical design options for all foundation types, basements, retaining walls, tunnels, bridges, earthworks, reclamation, slope engineering, ground treatments and water retaining structures. We work closely with contractors in the design of temporary works, dewatering, instrumentation and monitoring. Aided by advanced finite element analysis we predict ground movements and water flow to help our clients overcome the challenges of working in close proximity to other development.

Our broad civil engineering experience combined with specialist analytical expertise working within the overall multi-disciplinary environment of BuroHappold, allow us to provide a focused, quality service across a diverse range of sectors. These include low and high-rise buildings, brownfield regeneration sites, waterside and coastal developments, transport infrastructure and hubs, energy and masterplanning. Our engineering solutions are developed to ensure potential risks are properly managed whilst maintaining value added benefits for the client. Vital to this is maintaining active academic links and investment in our own R&D programme.


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19/07/2013

This pair of new buildings for St Antony’s College accommodates post graduate students and provides meeting and study space as well as a new entrance and Porters’ Lodge.  BuroHappold worked in close collaboration with...

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14/06/2012

The masterplanning and design of the London Olympic Park and Legacy proposals began in autumn 2003. Part of the EDAW Consortium, BuroHappold provided strategic engineering advice and design. The challenge was to develop a setting for the Games which achieved both planning approvals from the four local London Boroughs and provided a compelling masterplan for a successful bid to the International Olympic Committee in Singapore in July 2005.

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Project

29/09/2011

With the goal of expanding its scientific core discipline, Harvard University has embarked on an ambitious master plan to develop their Allston Campus with the proposed Allston Science Complex. 

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Project

05/05/2011

BuroHappold has concluded the first phase of Wembley Infrastructure (Phase One). We have been involved in the project since 2002 starting with a single project that has evolved into the company providing a wide cross-section of our services to find the right solutions to a series of challenging design issues.

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Project

19/04/2011

Designed around the theme of assembly and open debate, the Forum is a central part of the University of Exeter’s campus. The Forum Project saw several structures built or refurbished and enclosed under a stunning gridshell roof. As well as unifying these buildings and hosting a dramatic new reception, the roof shelters a range of state of the art teaching and discussion spaces.

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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

26/07/2012

The Cutty Sark is the last surviving example of a 19th century tea clipper, a historic legacy that gives it unique status as the only Grade I listed ship in England. 

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Project

26/09/2011

Stratford Town City Link was a proposal for a new state of the art pedestrian bridge over a railway that links Stratford station in east London to a new shopping complex developed by Westfield.

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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 new Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, is located on a dramatic site at the point where two rivers, the Clyde and the Kelvin meet, close to Glasgow Harbour. As well as providing a permanent home for collections not previously on public display, the new museum exhibits the contents of the old Glasgow Museum previously held at Kelvin Hall. Kelvin Hall was the second most visited attraction of its type in the UK, with half a million visitors a year, so the new Riverside Museum is well placed to become a world-class cultural destination.

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Discipline Director

Alex Nikolic

Alex Nikolic

Head of Ground Engineering

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