Site, Campus and Portfolio Development
From day one, your vision becomes bigger with BuroHappold. We expand its parameters, pushing harder, exploring further and investigating more deeply into every project. Our teams of leading engineers not only meet every challenge, but also stretch your ambitions to create a truly transformative structure.
When we connect our engineering professionals around an approach, magic happens. It is something that perhaps clients miss out on with more traditional, silo-styled practices. It is the connections between these specialisms where the magic happens, creating fertile ground for invention and new ideas. We call these approaches ‘Service Offers’ – start exploring them by choosing one from the list below.
What’s needed to ensure that a site or estate achieves its full potential? With the optimal spatial, economic, social and environmental solution?
A systematic approach that combines an understanding of underlying future demand, with a complete appreciation of the assets, challenges and opportunities offered by the site. A robust business case and acquisition strategy to enable informed decisions to be made. Masterplans underpinned by infrastructure that is integrated with the public realm and designed to be resilient and adaptable to changing needs.
We have been working on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London since 2003, and our approach to infrastructure design is reaping benefits as the Park moves from being the site of the greenest and most inclusive Olympics ever, to providing housing, jobs, educational, cultural and sporting facilities for a new community.
Effective campuses and estates are great places for people to live, work and play. Competition between universities, business parks and city developments is driving Estates Directors to look for ways to enhance their organisation’s brand and further improve performance – asset utilisation, user experience, and resource consumption.
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It is important that the necessary expertise is brought together to assess and prioritise the constraints, assets and redevelopment opportunities of a site to help a potential acquirer understand what really matters. This may range from market demand and planning policy to ground conditions, the availability of local utilities and existing infrastructure, transport access, flood risk, site contamination and other environmental challenges.
By accurately assessing the severity and likelihood of risks, and the potential costs of risk mitigation, including compliance with current and forthcoming regulations, clients are able to negotiate the right purchase price.
At Discovery Park in Kent we drew on the input of sixteen different engineering disciplines to enable the preferred bidder to build up a complete picture of this complex site.
It is crucial that developments are targeted at a well-defined and realistic need, and set at an appropriate scale of the development. A thorough examination of development viability can feed robust financial models and business strategies that inform our clients’ investment decisions.
In Latvia, our economics team evaluated the strategic feasibility and economic viability of an Eco-city at a beautiful yet remote site. We worked with our client to deliver a robust Integrated Development Plan that addressed the key development risks identified during due diligence, and provided specific recommendations and economic options.
Our Integrated Development Plans typically cover investor engagement, regulatory approval, design development, construction procurement and delivery, and long- term governance and operation. Where the planned development is exposing our client to new challenges, we can provide them with insight into skills gaps and recommendations on how best to strengthen their project team.
For urban developments to function properly they need to be supported by quality infrastructure that can meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs. Easy access to the local road, cycle and public sector transport network are essential. Utility services including water, electricity, gas and ICT need to be reliable, affordable and sustainable. Public spaces should encourage interaction and streets should be safe and welcoming.
Building from an understanding of the aims of the development – economic, environmental and social, our engineers and consultants examine the full range of needs generated by the planned uses, the capacity of the local networks and model the development’s impact on the surrounding areas.
The current and future needs may vary considerably, and our infrastructure experts work hard to balance the often conflicting demands of the different phases of a development; in the early phases when project cash flow is especially critical, demand is often also relatively low for highways and transport, drainage, energy, utilities and other systems. We seek to design solutions that work effectively for early users, yet are scalable to meet the requirements of later phases.
Oversized infrastructure is often not only costly, but highly inefficient. At King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia, we re-engineered the original masterplan to move from extensive concrete drainage systems sized to cope with 1 in 100 year flood events to a broader system approach that combined pipes and concrete channels with swales, rivers and wadis. This ensured that citizens and their property would be protected, without burdening the scheme with over-engineered and costly conventional systems. It also created high quality green spaced for residents to enjoy for much of the year.
In ensuring that the masterplan responds fully to the unique context of the site, we provide our clients with a complete view of its opportunities and its constraints. Flood risk, contaminated or unstable land, protected habitats and barriers to access, all require expert input and careful handling if the development is to be successfully taken forward.
Leveraging our long track record of working on complex masterplans, we combine the input of multiple engineering and consultancy disciplines to create efficient and integrated solutions, and strategies for energy, ICT, water, waste, environment and transport, that provide guidance through multiple phases of the development, simplifying and speeding up design decisions.
Regulatory approvals processes can be lengthy, with rejection delaying projects by months or years. It is important to have a safe pair of hands though the planning process, drawing on a deep experience of development and the planning process to challenge the need for certain studies and to bring together all the required expertise to ensure that any assessments are robust.
At Convoys Wharf in London, we provided a full range of technical support and input to the developer and key regulatory and borough stakeholders to support the smooth passage of a development proposal through the planning process, pre-testing the acceptability of proposals and approaches.
Working for Crest Nicholson on their 70 acre Bath Western Riverside development, we provided innovative solutions to a number of significant challenges and risks affecting ground conditions, utilities and energy, flood risk and transport.
To build wider buy-in for the development, economic impact assessments can be provided to clearly demonstrate the wider value to the local economy.
It is increasingly important to maximise asset performance. We work with estates departments to assess operational and space efficiency, energy use and dilapidation & renewal status, and recommend broad ranging improvements tied directly to economic return.
Can the existing infrastructure, systems and facilities be improved, in a way that drives health, wellbeing and increased productivity, reduces energy and water consumption and waste production, and makes a valuable contribution to carbon reduction?
In the USA, our analysis at Lynn University, informed a masterplan that incorporated a number of initiatives to improve performance, reduce cost and create a greener campus. Building on an earlier district energy study at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, our team provided energy planning, utility infrastructure planning and sustainability consulting to align the infrastructure with the strategic direction of the university; reducing costs and climate impact, and reviewing ICT infrastructure to strengthen the research position.