From the first interrogation of the site, through to the consideration of design, safety and economy are our guides
BuroHappold’s ground engineering group provides its clients with a capability that spans structural, building, civil and environmental engineering.
We employ an integrated ground engineering approach where our geotechnical and geoenvironmental specialists work together in multi-disciplinary teams. This was particularly crucial in delivering the site-wide basement car park at the Battersea Power Station Development, London.
From your projects earliest stages through to end delivery, you can be assured of our capability in managing all possible ground related risks, such as contaminated land. We identified and treated contamination hotspots on the former industrial site of the Bath Western Riverside residential development, unlocking the development potential of 70 acres of land.
You can expect safe and economic ground solutions because we conduct extensive site investigations and assessments. Just one example is Harvard University’s Allston Science Complex, USA, which enabled the construction of the 22,500m2 basement structure.
The redevelopment of brownfield sites is fundamental to the delivery of safe and sustainable developments. Urban regeneration and the increasing recognition of the need to conserve green spaces means that many new developments are now planned on such old industrial sites. With this transition comes special challenges such as cost, risk to people and the environment, and the management of potential environmental and financial liabilities. However, it also provides opportunities for bringing derelict land back into beneficial use (providing homes, jobs and places for recreation), remediating contamination and enhancing the natural and built environments.
BuroHappold’s geoenvironmental team has extensive experience working on sites with contaminated soils, polluted waters and hazardous gases and vapours. This experience extends from the initial investigation, identification and assessment of contamination, through to the resolution of technical, engineering and environmental issues that arise on sites during remediation and redevelopment. Our team understands the commercial and technical issues of land contamination and has a proven track record of successful project delivery related to; property transaction (acquisition and divestiture), requirements under planning (NPPF) as well as potential liabilities under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act.
Our expertise covers all technical disciplines and spans all phases from initial due diligence, intrusive investigation, risk assessment, remedial design and through to final verification.
Our geoenvironment services include:
- Research and publication of good practice guidance
- Due diligence
- Pre-planning assessment
- Ground investigation
- Expert witness
- Risk assessment for; Human health, Controlled waters and Hazardous gases and vapours
For more information on any of our geoenvironment services please contact Specialism Director, Hugh Mallett.
Management of geotechnical risk and an achievement of efficient ground engineering solutions is a core requirement for our clients
BuroHappold’s geotechnics team has extensive experience supporting projects throughout the entire project design and construction life-cycle, ranging from concept design and optioneering to detailed design delivery and support on site.
Our team’s expertise brings together technical and commercial drivers with a view of delivering value to clients and maximising development opportunities. Our project portfolio includes many types of foundations, earth retention systems, ground improvement and earthworks. The support offered by our team extends from permanent works design to developing efficient temporary works solutions, along with appropriate instrumentation and monitoring programmes. Our team has developed a particular expertise in numerical analysis and simulation of complex soil-structure interaction challenges. This capability, supported by high quality ground investigation, enables us to unlock the full potential of sites in congested urban environments and intricate settings.
Our broad civil engineering experience combined with specialist geotechnical engineering and analytical expertise allow us to provide a focussed, high quality service across a diverse range of sectors. Working within the overarching multi-disciplinary environment of BuroHappold, we are able to offer an integrated solution to engineering solutions in the ground.
Our geotechnical services include:
- Ground investigation
- Foundation design
- Earth retaining structures
- Slope engineering
- Ground improvement / modification
- Underground structures
For more information on any of our geotechnics services please contact Head of Ground Engineering, Peter Scott.