Value Driven Infrastructure and City Systems
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.
We work with city authorities, utilities and service providers to develop efficient water, drainage, waste, energy, transport, and ICT/telecoms systems that will effectively handle current and future demand
As infrastructure costs rise, we are increasingly helping owners examine the condition of their existing assets, and explore how their usefulness can be extended, with targeted maintenance schedules, refurbishment or upgrades. We also help to breathe new life into obsolete assets, enabling them to make a valuable contribution as a park or a centrepiece of a regeneration scheme.
Looking to the future we are working with partners who are at the forefront of Urban Operating System design. As well as fresh thinking, we also bring our experience of real city needs and challenges, to ensure that practical value led solutions are delivered.
We work with clients and investors to examine funding options for major infrastructure projects, examining the economic viability of different models and identifying how the most attractive return can be achieved.
Our value driven infrastructure and city systems services include:
The management of energy supply and demand is a key challenge in many cities, and a careful balance needs to be struck between adequate provision to meet future requirements of a growing city, and installing over-sized infrastructure that is costly to install, operate and maintain.
Working with city authorities, developers, communities and utility providers, BuroHappold uses its broad and deep experience in this area to make technical sense of complex systems and customer behaviours.
Our understanding of both project finance and the latest utility business models (including MUSCo / ESCo structures) allows us to identify commercial opportunities that can remove the burden on developers of funding essential energy, heating and cooling infrastructure, fundamentally boosting the viability of developments.
Working with cities and regions we analyse the effectiveness of individual systems and examine their routes and interfaces, ownership and governance models. This enables us to assess the governance, infrastructure and operational value of enhanced integration.
By assessing the likely impact of system plans on other networks, we are able to work with network operators to deliver coordinated development strategies.
Combining our understanding of a municipality or region’s vision and business drivers, with the analysis of system trend data, we are able to run scenarios and work with clients to create effective systems strategies and plans. These are informed by our understanding of the technological solutions that are available and imminent.
Over recent years technological advances have dramatically increased the level of system information available to control rooms. This enables them to identify and address emerging problems, and to better manage the capacity available to meet changing demand.
We help clients explore how information can provide early warning of issues to inform rapid decision-making across departmental boundaries. From water sensors feeding flood management responses, to air quality alerts informing real-time travel choices, BuroHappold engineers are utilising real-time data to inform the design of systems that will improve citizens’ quality of life.
Our engineers consider all elements of the water cycle in an integrated way, addressing the needs of effective flood risk management, the remediation of poor water quality, the efficient provision and maintenance of supplies of potable water for drinking and of non-potable water for irrigation. We also propose ways to use water to create high quality public realm and to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat.
We recognise the weaknesses inherent in conventional conveyance-based drainage systems where untreated storm water frequently flows directly into rivers or groundwater.
Our experience of sustainable drainage systems or SUDS, allows us to use a variety of green infrastructure techniques to reduce and manage run-off, including porous pavements, swales, balancing ponds and passive treatment systems.
Working on major schemes, our ground breaking integrated water strategies have promoted the widespread use of treated grey and black water for irrigation, drastically reducing the demand for potable water.
As cities grow and the space set aside for their rubbish fills, there is a drive to examine how to reduce the amount of waste that is produced, and how to best collect, store and treat it.
Our waste consultants start from first principles to examine how waste is created and handled from origin to point of disposal. Their approach also explores opportunities for reduction and re-use as part of a more sustainable ‘circular’ economy, that feeds local business growth.
Beyond waste minimisation strategies, we work with design teams to assess options for local waste management and more efficient collection, storage and treatment options, ensuring compliance with local policy and legislation and a minimised impact on local infrastructure.
Drawing on active research into user travel behaviour, and what drives choices, our consultants help developers and planners to better understand travel demand and also how to influence more sustainable choices.
Our transport models demonstrate to planning departments how the impact of a development on local transport networks can be mitigated.
Our insight helps transport providers better appreciate and meet the complete end-to-end travel needs of their current and future users, enabling strategies to be developed that actively influence consumer travel behaviour.
Benefits include system efficiency and resilience, and carbon reduction with the introduction of ‘healthier’ options.
At a city or regional level, our integrated city modelling allows us to develop a clear picture of the demand for mobility and its evolution over time. Examining the future use of land to meet forecast economic activity, and transport network capacity and expansion plans, we develop comprehensive mobility strategies for regions, cities and districts.
BuroHappold applies its expertise globally, planning, designing, and supporting the construction and maintenance of bridges, tunnels and complex highway structures in cities around the world.
In addition to their role as a vital transport infrastructure component, bridges are frequently valued for their contribution to a city’s image and status. We design and supervise the construction of all types of bridges and our collaboration with architects and contractors results in spectacular creations.