Helping you create vibrant places where communities and businesses can grow and thrive
Are you undertaking a complex urban transformation project; whether at regional or city level, or at city block scale, or in the spaces that make up the fabric of the city? Tackling a wide range of technical challenges, our work has unlocked major regeneration projects in cities around the world.
Our work is characterised by an outcome-based approach to urban development, integrating the input of experts across a range of specialists. Our strategic planners and economists assist with creating a vision and developing strategic briefs. Our technical experts understand any site’s constraints and work with urban and landscape designers to create a resilient infrastructure framework, and guide applications through the planning system.
Areas of expertise
Breathing new life into former industrial sites
We can help you breathe new life into a former industrial site. Buro Happold’s work on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has seen the transformation of a contaminated site, firstly into the home of the world’s greenest and most accessible Olympics, and now into its vibrant Olympic legacy mode, with new neighbourhoods, a football stadium, a high-tech incubator hub, and the Stratford Waterfront cultural and educational district.
Our urban regeneration specialists are also transforming underutilized urban infrastructure, such as railways, bridges and man-made waterways, for the 21st century. Find out more about our work to renew ‘Stranded Assets’
Developments based around new transport hubs are a particular specialism – dense mixed use developments based around transit hubs that provide homes and employment, retail and facilities.
They deliver increased revenues to the transport provider, and enhanced connectivity to the community. Vibrant new districts include Transbay, San Francisco and Battersea, London.
Working with civic leaders we are helping to plan and design new districts and cities that will shepherd in a new, more sustainable approach to urban living, such as the King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) and the 75ha Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) financial district in Kuala Lumpur. On Detroit Future City and Future Riyadh we have helped city leaders to examine and overcome the obstacles in the way of their vision.