A high quality learning environment is essential for stimulating minds and enabling students to achieve their full potential

The best buildings can enable this, assisting with high achievement and attracting the teachers who can help to deliver a world class learning experience to their students.

From “getting the basics right”, with high quality ventilation, daylight, and simple controls, through to innovative designs, we bring our experience and skills from over a hundred school projects in the last decade to benefit the generations of tomorrow.

Services we offer


  • Feasibility and economic viability assessments
  • Masterplanning
  • Building design optioneering and collaboration with architects
  • Environmental and sustainability assessments
  • People flow projections and assessments
  • Inclusive design
  • Structural, civil and ground engineering
  • Building environment, MEP and facade engineering
  • Acoustics and lighting design
  • Transport and traffic consultancy
  • Fire, security and technology services
  • Project management
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation and operational advice

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Select one of the tags on the map below to find some of our project highlights for that building typography

Engineering Building

Business Management

Arts Culture

Science Research

Non Heritage Refurb

Library

Masterplans

Sports Facilities

Academic Support Office

Heritage Research

Teaching Learning

Sustainability Energy Infrastructure

Catering Hospitality

Student Union

Student Residence

Project Highlights

Aerial shot of Yale University, Residential Colleges

Outstanding education and minimal carbon impact

Yale University, Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College

This new 460,000ft² residential college comprises two buildings housing student residences, dining areas, and additional academic and administrative facilities. Buro Happold provided MEP and sustainability consulting services throughout the project to minimize its carbon impact on the campus, and ensured it achieved a LEED-NC Gold rating.

We provided complete BIM across both buildings to produce all the MEP, IT and security documentation required for the later construction phases of the project, creating a streamlined, efficient building programme that reduced the development’s impact on wider campus operations and kept the project on budget for our client.

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World-class sustainable facility enabling great science and a community hub

Brown University, Engineering Research Center

This new 80,000ft² academic and research building for the Brown University Engineering Research Center was part of a plan to increase faculty by 30 per cent, focusing on the areas of micro-nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, energy and the environment and entrepreneurial education. Buro Happold provided integrated engineering services including structural, MEP, lighting design and energy modelling.

Through a seamless engineering approach, the team maximized the performance of the various building systems to create an innovative facility worthy of the distinguished engineering institution.

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Flexibility: the future of engineering

UCL at Here East, London

Here East is a new creative hub for the capital and was awarded the prestigious AJ100 Building of the Year in 2018. Based in the former International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), Here East is now home to University College London. Buro Happold delivered the original engineering design as well as working with iCity to modify and adapt the facility for its new incarnation. The design had to be flexible, encouraging the growth of both high-tech creativity and high-value employment opportunities.

To achieve this, the design team replaced the original interior with a series of mezzanine floors and the windowless building envelope was removed and replaced with a fitted glass facade, maximising natural light and ventilation, creating an exceptional new space for learning.

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Latest Research

In our latest research, we are finding out the role university estates play in the business of higher education and the academic experience.

Gathering the views of vice chancellors, estate professionals and students to uncover and address a number of key topics.

Over three white papers, we explore the key issues facing UK universities in the changing global education landscape. In the course of our discussion, we aim to highlight simple, cost effective improvements that can be made to university estates to enhance learning environments and the student experience.

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