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Building robust socio-economic and business cases
Working with the environment to deliver resilient developments
Creating efficient city systems to minimise resource inputs and waste outputs
Developing transport solutions to promote active, healthy and accessible districts
Using technology to improve the quality of life for citizens and businesses
Our vision is to make cities great places to live and work. Cities are constantly changing and adapting to evolving demands and challenges. Our engineers and consultants help city leaders to both manage and facilitate this change; adapting, enhancing and planning the built environment on a local, city and region-wide scale.
This has been another financially successful and busy year for our Urban Development ‘Cities’ team, with projects on every continent. From the design of a new city centre Enterprise Campus for Bristol University, and the development of Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea, the most significant regeneration programme in the UK, to masterplanning new cities in Saudi Arabia, we are working on every level across all disciplines.
Helping clients plan for a more sustainable future, we have helped the New York State Canal Corporation and NYPA to envision a bold new future for the 500 mile canal system, a National Historic Landmark, and at Neues Gartenfeld in Berlin, we have developed a self-sufficient and car-free masterplan for a new residential area, setting new standards for urban design. We are also helping the London Borough of Kingston transform the area around its central station and help promote a more active lifestyle.
Global warming continues to be one of the key urban challenges. We are working to reduce greenhouse gases in New York, particularly supporting those on a ground level responsible to implementing that change through better infrastructure. Our ongoing our consultancy work for C40 around addressing the challenges of emissions and air quality, led to two C40 events this year, that brought together city environmental planners and directors from around the world. BuroHappold’s tools and methodologies have empowered them to take more effective action on air quality.
The BuroHappold Bridges team has enjoyed another successful year, with the delivery of the stunning Northern Spire, and an international win for our design of a new river crossing in Budapest. They also were a major contributor to our winning concept for a new urban centre in Linköping, that combines new public spaces with a high speed rail interchange. In addition to major urban developments, we are working on projects in almost every sector, from university campuses to airports, and commercial office developments to sports stadia.
BuroHappold took 16 of its brightest young engineers to Berlin recently. Alongside architects from Allies and Morrison and Henning Larsen, two of our most important collaborators, the team was tasked with finding innovative solutions to a topic associated with one of our live masterplans.
How can we make it car free
Over the course of three days, the group looked at issues such as:
- How to apply textbook car-free urban planning best practice to the Gartenfeld masterplan, understand its compromises and explore possible improvements.
- Develop a brief for the point of interface/transition between the car-free neighbourhood and the broader car-based urban plan. If home is where the hub is, what should the hub be?
- What community functions must it embrace?
- How should it evolve over time as mobility trends change?