How can your commercial asset pay you back?
Profitable, resilient, sustainable developments. Buro Happold’s commercial projects vary wildly, but our aim is always the same; to create smart buildings that offer a happy, healthy work environment. The way we work has changed, and therefore our environments must be designed to reflect this; they must be flexible, intelligent and allow for future growth or change of use.
We encourage all our clients to put sustainability at the heart of their vision – it can mean saving large sums in energy reduction, lower maintenance, or gaining more profit from improved productivity or higher yielding entities. Our global specialists are expert in harnessing natural light and ventilation, recycling grey or black water and designing passive (non- powered) heating and cooling systems. Alongside great design, these measures all add up to making your building more attractive for tenants, landlords or developers and accelerating the return on your investment.
The Olympic Media Centre is an example of how we engineer spaces which allow for rapid re-configuration of floor layouts – saving time, space, money and hassle. Building human engagement into commercial design is also important; strategically-placed refreshment areas and interactive information points at London City Airport mean increased flow and interactivity. At Battersea Power Station, our engineers looked at the whole picture; what is needed to help this community to thrive? From site investigations through to sustainable transport links, waste management, water, energy and employment opportunities for local people, Buro Happold’s global expertise and local knowledge proves that any vision, however ambitious, can be realised.
Our specialist commercial services
- Strategic consultancy and economic assessment
- Structural and facades design
- People Movement
- Supply chain ‘greening’
Areas of expertise
Commercial, flexible office design
As well as sustainable, flexible design, our engineers always put the human experience at the heart of any building. Intelligent lighting, glare-free glazing and self-regulated temperature and ventilation are all key to a happy, healthy workforce. Contented employees equal improved productivity, increased profit and higher ROI.
Thriving commercial residential communities
Seventy per cent of the world will live in cities by 2050. Governments and developers face the pressing challenge of how to make the most of land, whether reusing brownfield sites or starting fresh.
BuroHappold’s consultants look at how zero carbon housing can be achieved, how to speed up the building process without losing quality, and most important of all, what does it takes to win the hearts and minds of local communities.
Tall and supertall buildings
Designers of the world’s successful tall buildings must consider both function, form, and the needs of those who will call the building home. We understand the challenges involved and our experience and holistic approach will always maximises value whilst addressing the key issues that face these projects.
We engineer iconic buildings, such as the National Bank of Kuwait HQ, that are not only beautiful, but buildable. Helping our clients de-risk their investments by addressing both natural and commercial risks in projects such as Nanjing Youth Olympic Centre or Lodha Place in Mumbai.
Why shop in store when you can click online? Today’s customers are notoriously fickle, so it is essential that retailers create inspiring and compelling shopping experiences. The difference is in the detail: smooth navigation through the centre using our People Flow modelling can dramatically increase footfall, dwell time, mood and yield.
Whether it’s a shopping mall or a greenfield development, a retail-led urban regeneration scheme or multiple-use complex, we combine state-of-the-art facade engineering with low energy heating and ventilation systems to create comfortable, sustainable retail spaces.
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What our clients say
We chose Buro Happold because of their experience on other projects and because of the level of expertise they had. They are capable engineers, they are always willing to help, and have been quite innovative.David Pringle, Director at The Co-operative Estates Group
Buro Happold really understood our needs and the motivations of the project and they are very much team players. They overcame significant engineering challenges while respecting the unique character of the site. They were able to apply their expertise across the multi-disciplinary team and present innovative ideas on some really intricate designs.Mark Woodrow, Joint Managing Director at Packaged Living Limited
The different elements of Buro Happold work well together. If we ask a question, we get one co-ordinated answer. The disciplines seem to be well glued together within Buro Happold. They are structured well, and we get good advice from them. They are using a joined-up approach, working together honestly to get the job done.Kevin Leahy, Senior Technical Manager at Berkeley Homes