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By recognising the complexity of a city, and truly understanding what is driving change, we continue to engage in some of the most interesting challenges of our time.
Overall it’s been a busy year with a strong focus on design and delivery. Seeing the talent that is emerging across our teams gives us great confidence that we will continue to see significant progress and achievement in the urban development space over the year ahead.
Over the past year we have been involved in some inspirational projects worldwide.
In the UK, we continue to deliver on a substantial portfolio, in particular across the London residential and commercial property sectors. Within the Olympic Park, for example, we have completed design of the legacy highways infrastructure, construction has started at East Wick and Sweetwater, and at the International Quarter we are leading the external works design and co-ordination.
Projects in Europe include delivering a long term development strategy to support the transition of Berlin Tegel Airport into the innovative Urban Tech Republic, while in the Middle East our work on major infrastructure projects such as those at KAEC, Sabah Al Ahmad and KAFD is now substantially complete. Our team in Kuala Lumpur is working closely with clients to advise on smart infrastructure and utility solutions for complex mixed use podium developments at TRX in Kuala Lumpur and One Bangkok in Thailand.
In the US, BuroHappold has received two grants from the J. M. Kaplan Foundation to evaluate congestion in Lower Manhattan. With the help of local partners and stakeholders, we identified the causes that lay behind the degradation of mobility in this busy area, including the overloading of narrow colonial streets with massive numbers of tourists, ongoing construction and poor wayfinding. We are now in the second phase, analysing a tourist corridor as a solution for improving mobility and quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
BuroHappold has a reputation for tackling some of the world’s most challenging built environment problems. Driving this success is our creative and inquisitive approach to engineering, and our commitment to delivering projects that work for our clients, our communities, and our planet.
To remain at the forefront of our field, we undertake in-depth research across our sectors to identify and respond to emerging trends and issues. This year, our urban development specialists have focused on a subject that increasingly dominates our news headlines – connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
Driverless vehicles –who is in control?
It seems that CAVs could soon be a commonplace sight on our streets. But what impact will they have on our lives, and how will they work within our cities?
Over the course of the last year, BuroHappold has engaged in research on the impact of CAVs on the urban realm. We hosted a series of problem-solving workshops – dubbed Design Sprints – with representatives such as Argo, AI, Bosch, Siemens, Uber and BMW from the technology and car industries, as well as city government officials, transit agencies, planners, and urban design firms in nine cities across the world.
Our work highlighted three focus areas:
Integration with existing transit
CAVs can enhance public transit systems by providing first and last mile solutions. To incent-ivise people to transfer from the convenience of sitting in a private space to standing on a train, there will be a need for changes to public transport delivery, as well as regulatory and fiscal interventions.
Future proofing developments
The advent of CAVs is likely to see a reduced need for parking spaces, but more points required to create pick-up and drop-off areas. Developers and cities are well-advised to start incorporating these changes into their plans by creating adaptable parking space and well organised pick-up and drop-off areas.
Changing infrastructure demands
The infrastructure required for CAVs will need investment. At a time when, in many parts of the
world, the public sector does not have the funds, it will be crucial to find other business models.
Following on from these discussions, we are continuing to work with our partners across the world to understand the impact of this emerging technology. By doing so, we aim to find workable solutions that will enhance the life of the people in our cities by addressing the above issues, and many others.
A few photos from some of our sprints
CAV Design Sprint, New York
and Hong Kong
Find out more about our research into CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
Transforming an industrial site into inspirational communities for the people of London
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford City
From 2003 until the summer of 2012, BuroHappold was part of the team that transformed a disconnected and contaminated industrial site in East London into the stage for the world’s greenest and most accessible Olympic Games. Today, we continue to work on projects within Queen Elizabeth II Park, realising its vibrant legacy vision with developments that include the creation of 10,000 new homes, a premiership football stadium, a high tech incubator hub, and embedded cultural offers from world renowned institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells ballet.
From masterplan to Olympic delivery to legacy redevelopment – 20+ years of BuroHappold expertise.
International Quarter London
International Quarter London (IQL) is a 1,300,000m² development that will occupy a prime position in the south east corner of the 2012 Olympic site. Our integrated team of specialists worked across the project to streamline utilities and plan the public realm infrastructure.
We also drew on our crowd modelling expertise to ensure that the design of the public realm allows the safe and efficient passage of crowds from the neighbouring stadium across the site.
East Wick and Sweetwater
This project will transform back-of-house areas and temporary venues from the 2012 Olympics into two vibrant residential neighbourhoods, providing 1,500 new homes that will be serviced from the Games’ existing infrastructure.
We have been responsible for the design of the external infrastructure – including roads, drainage and utilities – using BIM to coordinate works and illustrate strategies to the architects, stakeholders and other third parties in a clear and effective way.
UCL East is envisaged as a radical new campus model that aims to embed the university within the local community and with businesses, as well as providing world leading research, education, entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities.
BuroHappold delivered a series of engineering strategies that could support the immediate requirements of a phased construction of the campus, and also adapt to meet long term requirements. These covered energy, water, ICT, mobility and security.
This new development will bring an extraordinarily influential collection of cultural and educational institutions to East London – including new outposts for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, and the University of the Arts London.
The positioning of these icons in our legacy masterplan maximises accessibility and user experience, while also creating shared facilities that will encourage visitors and residents to enjoy all that the new cultural and education district has to offer.
100 Resilient Cities
Engineering a more resilient future for cities and their residents across the globe
The 100 Resilient Cities initiative aims to stimulate a focus on urban resilience in city governments by supporting them to implement projects, policies and programmes that will have lasting impact and ensure cities across the world are able to withstand the challenges of the future.
BuroHappold was appointed as the Strategy Partner responsible for delivering technical and institutional capacity building, working closely with local officials to determine how resilience strategies can be integrated across their cities, as well as the resources, staff and tools required to facilitate this.
Coordinating a dynamic review process to realise a large scale urban development
The largest private sector development in Thailand to date, One Bangkok will create an extensive array of commercial, residential, hotel, retail and public spaces. Our involvement with this ambitious project exemplifies the value that our integrated approach adds to our offering.
Although initially engaged as structural engineers, we drew from 13 different disciplines across our practice to lead a dynamic review process that effectively streamlined the design process. This diligence saved time and money for our client, bolstered our reputation in Thailand and enabled us to extend our presence in the region. Due for completion in 2025, One Bangkok will not only establish a thriving community in the heart of the city, but boost property values in the surrounding area.
Leveraging a stadium development to kick start wider community regeneration
Under the iconic arch of the new Wembley Stadium, we are transforming a derelict post-industrial estate into a vibrant mixed use scheme that will create 11,000 new homes, and establish retail, hotel and commercial facilities to support 10,000 jobs. Taking the construction of the national football stadium as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Brent, our integrated team of analysts, engineers and consultants has been working on the project since 2002.
We developed a sustainable masterplan and framework in which to deliver attractions that will draw visitors to the area, as well as establishing the social infrastructure required to improve quality of life for local residents – now and in the future.
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