Key to many aspects of engineering a successful waterfront development is the consideration of the environment in the broadest sense; sympathetic material choice, sustainability and ecology considerations, low impact construction techniques and long term maintenance requirements.

In post-industrial societies, riparian land adjacent to rivers, lakes, canals and the sea is much sought after and is attracting a development premium. Waterfront brownfield sites are being keenly re-appraised for a variety of uses – from residential and office, to retail and leisure. In many parts of the world, neglected and abused water courses are being rehabilitated, improving the quality of life for local residents, as well as enhancing landscape and ecological value. This in turn has a positive effect on the desirability of nearby post-industrial land for regeneration and alternative uses.

BuroHappold’s expertise is making such regeneration possible in many sites across the globe; protecting coastal communities, rehabilitating and managing water systems, and ultimately unlocking waterfront developments.

Our expertise in waterfront development includes:

  • Reclamation, edge protection and erosion control
  • Optimisation of waterfront spatial planning
  • Climate change management
  • Flood risk management
  • Marina and harbour planning and design
  • Navigation and dredging
  • Waterspace masterplanning
  • Sediment management and water quality control

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