Ensure your design project runs smoothly, with the help of an expert in hitting deadlines, mitigating risks and coordinating specialists

Structural engineers, geo-environmental engineers, fire engineers, lighting engineers, sustainability consultants, IT specialists and many more – the list of specialisms that can make up a building design team has mushroomed in line with the increasing complexity of building projects.

Efficient, realistic and adaptable

Minimising the time and effort you’ll need to spend on your project, you’ll have a single point of contact to provide you with a regular overview of your project, its progress, risks and timetable across multiple design work streams. Your design project manager will be fully informed on the progress of the whole multidisciplinary team.

Ensuring value for money

Regarding budgeting, you’ll receive help in understanding which specialists your project needs and when they should be brought in, as well as clear and simple guidance on the, often complex, technical issues affecting your project.

Balancing creativity with commercial objectives

Maintaining a realistic commercial framework, without compromising creativity, means we take an innovative approach to your project, without losing sight of your objectives. (See the Millennium Dome where we worked with Richard Rogers and Partners and the Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi where we supported Atelier Jean Nouvel) We’ll offer advice on contract and procurement approaches appropriate to the level of complexity of your multidisciplinary project, always working within your budget and cash flow constraints.

Effective risk and change management

With an expert design project manager on board, your design team will work cohesively, mitigating risk to the project and addressing potential problems early. In the event of any changes, however small they may appear, you can be confident your consultant will understand the potential knock-on effects on the whole design process. (See Battersea Phase 3, where several schemes had to be integrated together).

Our design project management services:


  • A single point of contact fully informed on the progress of the whole multidisciplinary team
  • Guidance on which specialists your project needs and when
  • Clear guidance on any complex technical issues
  • Maintaining a realistic commercial framework without compromising creativity
  • An overview of your project’s progress, risks and timetable across multiple design work streams
  • Advice on contract and procurement approaches
  • Improving team cohesion, mitigating risks and addressing potential problems early
  • Effective change management

Specialists working with specialists

When you work with us, you have access to highly experienced design managers. But better still, by working hand-in-hand with other Buro Happold specialists such as People Movement, Geo-environmental, Lighting design, Security and Technology and many more, we can design an integrated solution that lifts the execution and benefits to another level. Find out about the work we did on the London 2012 Stadium.

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