Refurbishment reaps rewards for clients

Refurbishment or renovation projects increase the value of your assets, according to experts at Buro Happold.

‘Reskinning’ building envelopes to upgrade thermal performance, making deep interventions to introduce daylight and introducing low carbon building services solutions all serve to add value to older buildings. Refurbishment or repurposing of a property also means reduced void time on rental periods, as well as lowering planning risk.

As building stock needs updating, and developers seek to mitigate risk amid global financial uncertainty, demand for refurbishment/ renovation projects is accelerating.

At Buro Happold, we understand the particular challenges involved in refurbishment engineering, from working within restricted areas, to careful preservation of existing infrastructure, as well as skilful management of humidity, vibration and noise whilst a building remains in use. Our engineers understand the pressures facing our clients and will always look beyond a brief to provide truly transformational outcomes, within budget and on time. Read about some of our recent refurbishment projects below:

Inside the new David Attenborough Building, the creation of an outstanding environmental benchmark for refurbished developments

David Attenborough Building: a sustainability framework with first class honours

A highly efficient lighting scheme was adopted, incorporating daylight linking systems along with photovoltaic panels on the roof. An exemplar of sustainable design and a vibrant hub for the conservation community within Cambridge and beyond. Read more >

HereEast: redeveloped former International Broadcasting Centre now a hub for technical innovation

A key element of the design was the need to develop a highly flexible space that could be sub-let to a wide range of businesses, encouraging the growth of both high-tech creativity and high-value employment opportunities. Read more >

Appleton Tower: a stunning new outlook for Edinburgh

BuroHappold’s reinvigorated facade has extended and enhanced the life of this university building. Users now experience improved comfort, accessibility and environmental performance, with a new rooftop terrace to enjoy. Read more >

UCL 22 Gordon Street: 120 per cent increase in usable floor space within the existing building footprint

An existing 1970s building, retrofitted and extended to increase teaching space and replace ageing MEP systems. A BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building for the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture. Read more >

UCL 22 Gordon Street, located in a busy, built up area straddling two different sub areas of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area

Manchester Corn Exchange: facing unique challenges in a historical commercial property

An outside in, inside out design approach connects the historic property to the streets and surrounding area, future proofing an important city landmark. Read more >

Bristol Aero Collection: aviation history unlocked to the public

The refurbishment of two Grade II listed hangars, which date back to the First World War, and the creation of a purpose-built hangar to house the iconic Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde to fly. Read more >

To discuss your next refurbishment or renovation project, contact us today.

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