Inclusive design

Inclusive design at BuroHappold goes well beyond simply satisfying the requirements of government legislation. It’s about understanding people; their needs, concerns, and what they really want from a building engaging the more social aspects of the built environment that others overlook.

What’s the point of a building if you can’t use it?

Inclusive design is a dynamic ever developing field.

We are passionate advocates of making design of all scales more inclusive to bring it to the fore, ensuring that designers remember that buildings and the built environment are, before anything else, for people. Our work ensures that the built environment is not just easy, comfortable and operable, but that it doesn’t include barriers that really don’t need to exist.

The ideas of inclusive and universal design let us get involved in some very interesting design problems. It can demand a high level of creativity in addition to engineering prowess, something that shows through in the projects we’ve worked on. Whether it’s helping to design interactive displays for children at the Massar Children’s Discovery Centre, or consulting on policy for large scale masterplans, it’s work that we do across all our sectors.

We're all about socially sustainable design – design that doesn’t preclude people from the built environment.

To find out more about how we can help put people at the centre of your project, contact one of our inclusive design experts or your local office.


The Library

Project

23/07/2013

The refurbishment of the 1980s main University Library is part of the stunning new Forum centrepiece for the University of Exeter, that connects the existing main University Library with the existing Students Union building via a...

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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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12/05/2011

2013 will be seen as a significant year for the City of Birmingham with the opening of Britain's biggest ever public library. Situated in the heart of the city adjacent to Centenary Square, the new complex will replace the...

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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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21/12/2012

Forming the centrepiece of Leeds Millennium Square, the Grade II listed Leeds Institute building needed extensive refurbishment to remodel the existing layout, upgrade services facilities and restore the iconic Victorian building back to its former glory. BuroHappold’s multi-disciplinary engineers delivered a holistic and sympathetic approach design to ensure the future of the building.

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17/10/2012

Lying at the entrance to the Thames Gateway, the Barking Town Square development is central to the area’s much needed regeneration. This mixed use development is being undertaken in two phases. The first focuses on refurbishing and extending Barking Central Library to create the Barking Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC), which will offer a variety of educational courses from providers such as the University of East London, Barking College and Barking Adult College. The second phase comprises the construction of 200 apartments on six floors that are located directly on top of the LLC and clustered around a central, landscaped courtyard.

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30/08/2012

British Land and Blackstone, the owners of Broadgate, have recently submitted a planning application to the City Corporation, which details their proposals for the development of 5 Broadgate. This entails the demolition of 4 and 6 Broadgate and the creation of a new building to be occupied by UBS. In addition to this, an addendum to the 5 Broadgate planning application has been submitted to retain 3 Broadgate, and further applications have been submitted to deliver the enhanced public realm and landscaping proposed in Sun Street Passage leading to Primrose Street, and for the introduction of retail space in the new Sun Street Square.

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Project

18/05/2011

The O2 Arena sits within the former Millennium Dome – one of BuroHappold’s key projects of the late 1990s as a building within a building.

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Project

05/05/2011

August 2006 saw the opening game at  the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium in London, the new home for Arsenal FC, one of Europe’s most prestigious and successful premiership football clubs. This opening game marked the beginning...

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Project

04/05/2011

Situated in Birmingham’s flourishing and vibrant Westside district, The Cube stands elevated and proud on an ever-evolving skyline. Inspired by the area’s origins as a jewellery quarter, this £76M high-end, mixed-use development...

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Key Contact

Neil Smith

Associate

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