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ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French, or from

medieval Latin residentia, from Latin residere ‘remain’

We work to create desirable places where people want to be. Balancing the practical requirements of end

users with architectural aesthetics, navigating intricate planning requirements and overcoming resource

limitations to achieve affordability without compromise on quality: this is what Buro Happold does best.

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The world is changing. Cities are growing, people are more

mobile and the planet is becoming smaller and more

fragile. For some, making a place called home is becoming

increasingly difficult.

Constraints in land availability, particularly in growing urban

areas, difficult economic conditions, the push to reduce the

carbon embedded in housing and dwindling energy resources

worldwide, are all challenges which Buro Happold is helping

its clients overcome.

The residential sector is increasingly interesting to investors

keen to take advantage of a market in which every property,

providing the price is right, can be relied upon to be let or

sold. In the UK it is estimated that one in five households will

be renting their homes from a private landlord or agent by

2016, creating a huge opportunity for new rental properties

to be brought to market. The last few years have seen a small

increase in the percentage of US homes which are rented and

emerging economies are seeing growing urbanisation create

huge demand for accommodation within cities.

The end clients in this sector are as varied as the properties

they buy. Individual tenants and purchasers, buy to let

landlords, high net worth individuals, property developers

and collective investment companies are all represented. What

unifies these clients is the need to maximise their investment,

ensuring that they secure quality properties at appropriate

prices. Whether affordable homes at the lower end of the

market, or super-prime developments in exclusive locations;

value and margin remain the key considerations.

At the top of the market, to ensure the finished product will

achieve its full value even the smallest detail must be perfect.

Quality and craftsmanship may come before budget, but this

is not a license to spend clients’ money. Rather it is a challenge

to identify what creates value and to concentrate the efforts of

our designers in achieving this. At all levels, intelligent design

can produce cost effective solutions; with the innovative use

of materials, or use of advanced structural analysis to create

breath-taking designs which help set properties apart from

the crowd.

There is a fundamental need to create sustainable homes able

to adapt to changing climate conditions. The natural world is

a precious resource that we squander at our peril and growing

concern for the environment has put sustainable development

at the top of the social, regulatory and corporate agenda. How

we interact with the environment is one of the major themes

and challenges of the 21st century and governments are

increasing the pressure on homeowners and developers to

find ways to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions.

The residential sector provides considerable opportunity

for high quality redevelopment to bring existing buildings,

including sensitive and heritage properties, back into use.

However, it is not all about the large scale and the iconic –

projects such as Retrofit for the Future are showing the way for

small scale redevelopment of residential property.

Perhaps more than any other sector, the residential sector

provides opportunities for large and small scale developments

which are inspiring, individual, culturally responsive,

sustainable and commercially viable. Buro Happold is excited

to be leading the march to challenge traditional ideas of what

a home should be and creating better places for people to live,

work and play.


Prestigious mixed use development

in Pudong area of Shanghai

Highly sustainable design built

to LEED Platinum rating

Pudong bounded by Huangpu

River and the East China Sea

Steel x-columns cleverly integrated into

structure to maximise usable space

Tongshan Street, Shanghai, China

Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Image: Pelli Clarke Pelli

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Buro Happold has more than four decades of experience in the residential sector, with projects ranging

in size and scope from multi-million dollar apartment blocks, such as Skybox, Worli Towers and Dubai

Mixed Use, right down to individual homes and property upgrades.

Our combined expertise in developing inspirational new

buildings and breathing new life into existing and historic

properties has enabled us to work on some of the most

exciting, innovative and valuable residential projects across

the world. We are showing the way forward in designing

buildings that tread lightly on the environment. Our projects

are not only cost effective to build and operate, but have

flexibility built in; utilising technologies with the capacity to

reduce energy costs and future-proof buildings against carbon

reduction targets.

Buro Happold is committed to pushing the boundaries on

every project, new build or refurbishment, to achieve the

maximum quality, flexibility, sustainability and affordability

for our clients. It is this commitment that sets us and our

projects apart.






The Hacienda

Manchester, UK

The Daintree Building

Dublin, Ireland


Birmingham, UK

Clarence Dock

Leeds, UK


Potsdam, Germany

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The Cube

Birmingham, UK

Worli Towers

Mumbai, India

Tongshan Street

Shanghai, China

Mission Bay, Block 13W

San Francisco, CA, USA

Battersea Regeneration

London, UK

A snapshot of our work in residential


Flagship development in former

industrial area of Central Manchester

Installation of systems focussed in areas

where new works were permitted,

to minimise works within listed areas

Materials from collapsed or

redundant areas of the site

reused on the refurbishment

Edwardian Baroque mill built

in 1912 by H.S. Porter, using

Accrington brick and terracotta

Royal Mills, Ancoats, Manchester, UK

Architect: FSP Architects and Planners Image: Buro Happold / Daniel Hopkinson

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An overview of our problem-solving capabilities in the residential sector





Turning exciting spaces into exceptional

ones through innovation and design rigour




Problem solving to create sustainable,

energy efficient and environmentally rich

residential spaces


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Overcoming problems to open brownfield

and greenfield sites for development





Retaining building integrity through sensitive

and elegant solutions


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There isn’t a continent on the planet which doesn’t hold at least one example of our work, whether

new build, or refurbishment. From iconic buildings such as The Cube in the UK, to stunning

developments like Tongshan Street in China, Buro Happold brings a combination of excitement and

expertise which can turn a great project into an incredible one.

While other areas of the housing market have struggled

in the recent economic downturn, the market for highend

property has remained strong. Prime property in

major cities like New York and London is still seen as a

safe investment for buyers unaffected by worries about

mortgage availability, and there are regular reports of

rising numbers of buyers targeting key properties.

Location in this market is truly ‘king’. Price is often

not an issue, but perceived value definitely is. Buyers

of prime property are looking to invest their money

safely, in properties with a strong likelihood of gaining

value over time. These individuals bring with them

an experience and expectation of quality which

encompasses all areas of the property; from obvious

features such as size, layout, choice of materials and

detailing, to the operation and efficiency of services,

security arrangements and the state of surrounding


Many new build properties at this end of the market

are sold off-plan, to purchasers who expect to have

considerable input into the finished scheme. This can

create a juggling act for developers trying to keep costs

and schedules under control, while meeting client

expectations and is an area in which our experience

and approach can really make a difference. Creativity is

at the heart of everything we do at Buro Happold and

it has enabled us to deliver some of the world’s most

outstanding buildings.

Images Foster + Partners, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Zander Olsen / Make


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Index Tower, Dubai, UAE


The Index Tower is a £200m, 80-storey, mixed-use

development at the heart of the new financial centre

of Dubai.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the development consists

of a triple-height entrance lobby, 25 floors of office space

with 520 luxury apartments, four floors of double-height

penthouses, shops, a restaurant, pool and health club.

Incredible views across the financial district to one side and

the desert to the other ensure that this is a property which

will draw buyers and tenants once completed.

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The tower’s eye-catching geometric design grows from its

complex glazed facade and external concrete fins, creating

a building which is both stunning and sustainable. Buro

Happold’s engineers designed the facade to intelligently

respond to the local climate, keeping occupants

comfortable while massively reducing the energy

consumption of heating and cooling systems.

The Index Tower won the 2011 Council on Tall Buildings and

Urban Habitat, Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa.

Client Union Properties

Architect Foster + Partners

Image Nigel Young / Foster + Partners


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The Cube, Birmingham, UK

Drawing inspiration from its location in Birmingham’s

traditional jewellery district, The Cube is an intricately

patterned jewel-box, soaring 50m into the air and holding

40,000m 2 of high quality retail, office, residential and hotel

accommodation. An angular skyline restaurant sits on top

of the building, affording spectacular panoramic views of

the city.

Gold aluminium cladding on three sides ensures that

The Cube will gleam day and night, while bronze-tinted

anodised metal panels, selected for their durability, add

depth to the facade. A complex filligram screen optically

closes the fourth side, allowing daylight to play on

residential terraces, while light streams into the building’s

full height atrium. Panels are independently replaceable,

in case of damage during the life of the building and the

gigantic jigsaw pieces defy conformity, creating angles

and drama through their positioning. Inside the building,

a regular grid of columns supports the floor plate, stepping

back at each residential level, to create terraces offering

stunning views across the city from all apartments.

Designed to be a multi-use space where people can live,

work and relax, The Cube has been described as ‘a city

within a city’. The abstract glistening facade rises up in

the urban landscape and provides the home of a 24/7

community and is set to become a destination in its

own right.

Client Birmingham Development Company

Architect Make

Image Zander Olsen / Make

Daylight enters through

filligram screen which optically

‘closes’ one side of building



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Tongshan Street

Shanghai, China

Located in the Huangpo River Complex district of Pudong,

Shanghai, Tongshan Street combines sustainability and

high quality design in a fabulous new complex designed

by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The stunning development

provides over 700 luxury apartments in eight slender

towers, set within exquisite landscaped gardens. An iconic

hotel, a clubhouse, significant areas of retail and leisure

space and extensive underground parking complete the


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Buro Happold provided MEP, facade, traffic, sustainability

and structural engineering on the project, which makes

extensive use of high-performance glass and metal,

to create intricately woven facades on the apparently

delicate structures. Inside the buildings, occupants will

enjoy consistently comfortable temperatures, due to our

angular triple glazed facade. Internal spaces are flooded

with sunlight from the south, while providing exceptional

views of the river to the north and the gardens on all sides.

The complex feels like an oasis of calm, its tranquillity

maintained by restricting cars to the edges of the site and

the underground parking areas.

This project both recognises the advancement of this

prosperous region and inspires future growth and

investment, in an area targeted for extensive infrastructure

and urban development over the coming years, with a

luxurious new area for people to live, work and relax.

Client Vanke Real Estate Company Architect Pelli Clarke Pelli

Image Pelli Clarke Pelli




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External columns protect from wind

and seismic activity without interrupting

residents views across Mumbai

Worli Towers, Mumbai, India

This trio of landmark towers in the heart of Mumbai will boast

high end offices, a five star hotel and luxury apartments,

capitalising on Mumbai’s unique atmosphere. Collaborating

again with Foster + Partners, our strong relationship is

delivering a spectacular set of buildings.

With an ambitious project completion date, our structural

designs have been optimised through the use of cutting edge

high rise construction technology. Through careful placement

of external columns, our engineers have ensured that

occupants will enjoy incredible views across Mumbai from


all apartments, without any compromise on building stability,

in a region subject to powerful wind and seismic activity.

The 200,000m 2 of luxurious office, residential and hotel space

being crafted in the heart of bustling Mumbai are described

by developers Omkar as ‘three jewels set to redefine

South Mumbai’. Aiming to set the standard in luxury and

sustainability, the Worli Towers development is leading the

charge into Mumbai’s commercial future.

Client Omkar Architect Foster + Partners Image Foster + Partners


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Aino Mina, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Buro Happold worked as part of the design team on the

Award Winning Aino Mina project, creating a new city where

people will live surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of


Designed to be both culturally and contextually appropriate,

Aino Mina is situated on the northern edge of Kandahar.

The site rises gently so that the mosque, seen against the

mountains bordering the Arghandab Valley, creates a

powerful and beautiful symbol for the development.

The development will eventually create more than 20,000

new homes; accommodating up to two million people and

supporting the fast emerging Afghan economy.

healthcare centre, mosques and community centres for each

of the four main districts, while its sparkling water features

provide welcome relief from the summer heat. The houses

in these neighbourhoods can be accessed by car but our

design means that people are able to walk across the entire

development without encountering the interruption and

noise of traffic.

The project was awarded ‘Residential Project of the Year’ and

‘Sustainable Design of the Year’ in the Middle East Architect

Awards 2011.

Client Private sector Architect Aedas Image Aedas

Our sustainability expertise fed into the creation of key

features such as the stunning park, which runs through the

heart of the city, linking key buildings including the school,

Park runs right through the

heart of the development

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Supertech, Noida, New Delhi, India

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This stunning new mixed use development in Noida, New

Delhi is breath-taking in scope, comprising a 300m high

iconic tower, a 29-storey office building, two 41-storey

residential buildings and a dedicated five star hotel

building above a retail and leisure podium. Buro Happold is

delivering structural, MEP and traffic management solutions

to developers Supertech Realtors Pvt Ltd

Our MEP specialists are using upper level transformers to

serve load centres in the tower, which is designed to resist

significant earthquake and wind forces. HVAC, plumbing

and fire service designs are being developed in harmony

with the structural and architectural forms, to provide

optimum use of space within the development.

Client Supertech Realtors Pvt Ltd Architect Benoy Image Benoy

Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, UK

Scheduled for completion in 2014, the Carlyon Bay

development is the largest single private sector investment

currently proposed in Cornwall and offers a unique

opportunity to incorporate high quality, luxury, owneroccupied

and holiday accommodation, with leisure and

commercial facilities.

Buro Happold’s sustainability and building environmental

engineers worked alongside architects, environmentalists

and planners, to create a design with sustainability and

the protection of this sensitive site at its heart. The project

will create 511 residential units, including apartments,

penthouses and ‘mews’ houses, along with a hotel and

spa, market place, crèche, restaurants and leisure facilities,

creating a new town for permanent residents and holiday

visitors. The stunning beach has been preserved through the

use of extensive landscaping and a reinforced sand dune,

replacing the concrete sea wall from an earlier design.

Preparations for the phased construction programme are

now underway and the project will create a unique, world

class destination, attracting visitors all year round, whilst

preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of this area.

Client Commercial Estates Group Architect ORMS Image The Neighbourhood



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One of the most seismicresistant


in Turkey


Zorlu Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

The new Zorlu Centre, a beautifully executed mixed use

development, will be a jewel in the crown of Istanbul. The

Zorlu Group’s sustainability aspirations aligned with our

own green ethos to drive a superb example of the future

of large-scale urban design, the first of its kind in Turkey.

Turkey’s turbulent history of earthquakes means the site

provided a huge challenge to our engineers. Intense

seismic load assessment through the complex ‘non-linear

time history analysis’ led to an innovative dual system of

structural design capable of withstanding very high

seismic stress.

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Residential, commercial and cultural spaces, hotels

and convention centres are expertly integrated in a

development which touches lightly on the earth, while

our strength in the area of performance based seismic

design has produced one of the most seismic-resistant

developments in Turkey.

Client Zorlu Developments

Architect Tabanlioglu Architects and Emre Arolat Architects

Images Tabanlioglu Architects


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Pan Peninsula, London, UK

We provided specialist facade engineering on the exclusive

Pan Peninsula residential development, which comprises

two striking harbour-side apartment towers (40 and 50

storeys), a health and fitness complex, restaurants, a cinema

and landscaped gardens. The 762 residential units range

from ingenious studio apartments to luxurious penthouses

and every home has its own balcony, from which to enjoy

dramatic views over East London.

When completed in 2009, Tower 1 became the tallest

residential tower in Europe, so we undertook extensive

modelling and wind testing to ensure comfort levels

within apartments and on balconies. We designed a

bespoke, glazed curtain walling system, using structural

glass, pre-cast concrete and modular balconies, to provide

weather performance to 600pa and, for apartments close

to the elevated Docklands Light Railway, we enhanced the

acoustic performance of the curtain wall.


The stunning towers of Pan Peninsula, topped with glowing

‘lanterns’ that ensure they are as eye catching at night as

they are in daylight, are providing some of the most striking

and sought after homes in London’s Docklands.

Client Ballymore Architect SOM, DMWR Architects Image SOM




Mixed Use Development, Dubai, UAE

The two towers, known as ’The Dancing Sisters’ stand more

than 200m high and hold 250 luxury apartments, a five

star hotel, prime corporate office space, retail and leisure

facilities. Occupants enjoy stunning views of the Persian

Gulf and Dubai city, including the tallest building in the

world, Burj Khalifa.

Fentress Architects designed the slender, glass clad towers

to look like two dancers in rhythm with each other, one

convex and one concave. Our specialist facade engineers

oversaw the complex design and installation of large folded

sheets of glass curtain walling, which dress the two ‘sisters’,

providing incredible views and maintaining year round

comfort inside.

Client The Private Office Architect Fentress Architects

Image Fentress Architects





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Sustainable development combines resource efficiency, long term asset and risk management,

holistic business innovation and the respect of people, to ensure that we do more with less, helping

our clients and communities create a built environment fit for the future.

Urban development is taking place at a scale and speed

never achieved before and needs to be adaptable to

changing climates and environments. Existing cities are

seeking to remain competitive and economically viable

in an increasingly global marketplace.

The creation and delivery of new high-quality, functional

urban environments is a complex process, demanding

inspirational vision combined with an understanding of

the present and historic context. At Buro Happold we are

pioneering the design of low-energy, high performance

and modular forms of building. We are also continuing

to examine and identify new and more responsible

ways to limit our use of natural resources – adopting

more efficient approaches, seeking better ways to move

people, products and waste around and encouraging

new and improved technologies to meet existing needs.

As engineers we believe that innovation is central to the

development of efficient, flexible urban environments.

Working in partnership with our clients, we create

accessible and sustainable developments, which meet

the needs of today’s residents, while safeguarding the

places that we create for future generations to come.

Images Buro Happold, NORD Architecture, X-Architects


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Elmswell Housing, Suffolk, UK

This 26-home scheme, developed by Orwell Housing, was

designed to demonstrate the very best in sustainable

design, achieving an EcoHomes ‘Excellent’ rating.

The houses were built using an innovative material made of

a hemp and lime matrix, which provides excellent thermal

and structural properties, as well sound environmental

credentials. Garden walls are made of unfired earth blocks,

which have good compressive strength and require a

fraction of the manufacturing energy of a fired brick.

Buro Happold developed the energy strategy for the

development. To reduce carbon emissions by 60% compared

to a building regulations compliant building, we integrated

woodchip heating through a district heating network, heat

recovery and highly insulated walls. Water consumption is

reduced through the collection of rainwater in underground

tanks, for flushing toilets and watering gardens.



We also secured a £100,000 Low Carbon Buildings

Programme grant for the installation of the heating scheme

on behalf of Orwell Housing.

This project won the January 2006 RIBA competition to

design sustainable affordable housing in the Suffolk village

of Elmswell and a Housing Design Award in 2007.

Client Orwell Housing

Architect Riches Hawley Mikhail Image Buro Happold


Retrofit for the Future, London, UK

This ambitious project, delivered as part of the TSB Retrofit

for the Future competition, sought to refurbish a pre-cast

concrete end of terrace house in London’s Thamesmead

Estate to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon emissions.

The sustainability strategy for this project was led by Buro

Happold, working with Fraser Brown McKenna Architects,

Galleons Housing Association, Martin Associates surveyors

and Axis Europe Contractors.

The Thamesmead estate is a typical example of the poorly

insulated and undervalued concrete dwellings built in

the UK during the 1960s. Following extensive retrofit

works using Passivhaus principles, the property has been

transformed from a four to a six bedroom house, superinsulated

with external cladding, triple glazing and high

levels of air tightness. Fresh air is provided by a mechanical

ventilation system with heat recovery (MVHR). Photovoltaic

panels and vacuum tube collectors provide renewable

electricity and water heating.

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Buro Happold’s role covered product specification, sizing

of major renewable and M&E systems, whole house

energy modelling, Passivhaus calculations, overseeing

construction, thermal imaging and monitoring equipment

installations. Buro Happold was also responsible for

designing, commissioning and monitoring a fully functional

solar-air collector, incorporating aerogel insulation,

integrated into the external insulation on the south facade,

pre-heating the MVHR. This product won ‘Passive Product of

the Year’ at the 2013 CIBSE Building Performance Awards.

A full post occupancy evaluation of the project will be

conducted over the summer of 2013, one year after a seven

person family moved into the dwelling.

Client Galleons Housing Association

Architect Fraser Brown McKenna Image Buro Happold


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High performance triple

glazed facade significantly

reduces energy use


Tongshan Street, Shanghai, China

The Tongshan Street project in central Shanghai is a unique

development expected to set new standards for large

scale residential-led projects in terms of sustainability and

financial return; both key drivers for developers Vanke, one

of the largest developers in China. Buro Happold’s specialist

sustainability consultants worked to ensure that the project

achieves a LEED Platinum rating for the residential clubhouse

building and a LEED Gold for the remaining development.

The high performance facade is the first step in reducing

predicted energy use to meet the LEED targets and our

facade team developed a triple glazed option with external

shading, significantly improving on the local China code,

whilst realising the architect’s aesthetic aspirations. The

exposed roof structure of the residential clubhouse is a key

feature of this stunning building and the use of timber for

the roof not only helped to create an impressive space, but

also reduced the amount of carbon embodied in the structure.

The Shanghai climate requires significant amounts of heating

and cooling throughout the year to provide internal comfort.

Our approach moved away from the traditional residential

development method of locating heating / air-conditioning

equipment within each apartment and instead used an

‘Energy Centre’ approach. By centralising the necessary

equipment into a remote Energy Centre, each apartment

could be made larger and building elevations were released

from air-conditioning louvers, so architecture and project

value were not compromised.

The Energy Centre also allowed Combined Heat and

Power, or Co-Generation, equipment to be considered,

producing significant running cost savings for Vanke and

attracting funding from the Shanghai government, which

is encouraging developers to install their own power

generating equipment to reduce pressure on central

electricity infrastructure.

The overall energy performance of this project is significantly

below local benchmarks and already meets the Chinese

government carbon emission reduction targets for the end

of the 13th Five Year Plan, so the project is effectively future

proofed until the year 2020.

Client Vanke Real Estate Company Architect Pelli Clarke Pelli

Image Pelli Clarke Pelli


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Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, UK

Carlyon Bay is a strikingly beautiful area of the Cornwall

coast scheduled for redevelopment to create a new

residential and leisure community which will include more

than 500 homes.

The project has sustainability underpinning all aspects of its

development and our experts integrated efficient structural

design, sustainable procurement of materials and the use

of technologies such as rainwater harvesting, CHP district

heating, renewable energy production, passive lighting,

ventilation and cooling to minimise environmental impact

and reduce operating costs.

Largest single private sector investment

currently proposed in Cornwall

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We predict a reduction of CO 2 emissions by 25% compared

to Building Regulations Part L (2006) with up to 15% of

renewable energy generated on site. Our future-proofed

energy strategy has been designed to enable the operator

to continually enhance the performance of the buildings

over time.

Client Commercial Estates Group Architect ORMS

Image The Neighbourhood


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Xeritown, Dubai, UAE

The masterplan for the new residential development of

Xeritown uses best practice sustainable design to create

a distinct new Green District in Dubai. The development

features a public promenade, retail, education, leisure

facilities, a library and a mosque; along with mixed residential

properties, including Arabian courtyard villas and apartments

of varying heights which create an iconic new skyline.

Our sustainable design uses facades to minimise solar gain

and enable natural ventilation, while the orientation of the

building groups makes the most effective use of wind for

ventilation. We have created an energy and water strategy

with measures targeted at achieving a 20-30% reduction

in consumption throughout the district. Up to 10% of

the energy for the residential buildings will be generated

through solar energy.

The striking urban promenade which links the urban areas,

uses flowing water channels, cycle and jogging tracks, an

urban sunshade and other elements to complement the

stunning landscape, enticing residents out of their cars and

into healthier lifestyles.

Client INJAZ, a member of Dubai Properties Group

Architect X-Architects (Dubai) and SMAQ (Berlin) Image X-Architects


Worli Towers, Mumbai, India

This high end development in the Mumbai commercial

district takes the combination of luxury and sustainability to

new heights. The project aims to be one of the few buildings

in the city to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. This has

necessitated reductions of 40% in drinking water and 35% in

annual energy demand across the three 65-storey towers.

Our experts used cutting edge modelling techniques to

find the optimum services solution. A centralised cooling

and ventilation system satisfies the vision and comfort

levels demanded by such a high end development, whilst

intermediate plant floors have been designed to discreetly

supply the building in the most effective way possible.

Treated wastewater from the building is innovatively

recycled to supply the evaporative cooling system, providing

massive water savings. We have also proposed a central

energy strategy which will take advantage of diversity

between the buildings to provide a more resilient and

efficient energy supply.

The approach of our building environment team is unique in

Mumbai, balancing cost, comfort and striking aesthetics, on

a project with sustainability at its core.

Client Omkar Architect Foster + Partners Image Foster + Partners


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Highland Housing Fair, Inverness, UK

The 2010 Highland Housing Fair (HHF) aimed to stimulate

quality design, innovation and sustainability in housing by

creating an exemplar community, promoting eco-friendly

living and making exciting, inspirational use of materials.

The five hectare site comprised 27 plots and Buro Happold

worked on seven of these, including the feature site,

designed by NORD Architecture, which used wood burning

stoves and highly efficient thermal stores for space heating

and hot water systems. The challenging geometry of this

scheme also provided an opportunity for highly innovative

structural engineering designs.

The other plots included the complex geometry and locally

sourced materials of JM Architects; HLM Architects’ dwellings

designed to meet Passivhaus standards for insulation,

airtightness, indoor air quality and the use of renewable

energy; A+J Burridge’s unusual building which made striking

use of glazing and Studio KAP Architects’ design for a large

house with smaller work studio, which demonstrated how

Passivhaus principles could be applied at both small and

large scales.

Technologies used on these properties included mechanical

ventilation heat recovery systems which make buildings

extremely airtight, whilst still providing fresh air for

occupants; a bespoke solar shading system, which ensured

that energy consumption and occupant comfort were not

compromised by the large expanse of glass in the Burridge

building; air source heat pump systems, under-floor heating

circuits, thermal hot water systems and rainwater harvesting.

The Highland Housing Fair provided us with an incredible

opportunity to explore and showcase the very best of

modern ecodesign and at the end of the fair, all homes went

on to be sold, or rented and are now occupied.

Client Highland Housing Alliance

Architect JM Architects / NORD Architecture / HLM Architects /

Studio KAP Architects / A+J Burridge

Image NORD Architecture



All homes now occupied,

leaving the legacy of a living,

breathing, contemporary village


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Index Tower, Dubai, UAE

The 80-storey Index Tower provides some of the most

sustainable office, residential, retail and leisure facilities

in Dubai. Buro Happold have provided specialist facade

engineering for the tower, which intelligently responds to

local climate conditions. In August temperatures exceed 41°C,

yet our designs ensure that the temperature inside the tower

will never surpass 28°C, without the use of air conditioning,

significantly reducing energy consumption and cost.

The tower is oriented east to west, making the most of

spectacular views and significantly reducing solar gain.

The east/west walls are formed from insulating concrete ribs,

up to 2m thick, while a complex cladding system forms the

external envelope of the building. Unitised curtain walls,

pre-cast concrete cladding, aluminium rainscreens, structural

glazed assemblies and external shading devices all work

together to ensure that internal spaces are permanently

comfortable for occupants.

The Buro Happold team led the process of identifying,

incorporating and managing the installation of these

systems, creating a seamless and highly efficient facade,

which pushes the boundaries of sustainable design.

Client Union Properties Architect Foster + Partners

Image Nigel Young / Foster + Partners


Zorlu Centre

Istanbul, Turkey

The Zorlu Group’s aim to submit the Zorlu Centre for a

BREEAM International Assessment combined with our

experts’ intrinsic commitment to sustainability to create a

first for Turkey.

Our extensive experience in this field allowed us to create a

cohesive and sustainably-driven development, integrating

the many elements of modern life into a 600,000m 2 ‘Micro-

City’ project with environmental responsibility at its heart.

Our holistic design process has helped to minimise energy

consumption, reducing both running costs and carbon

footprint, whilst creating a strong, stable development for

the future of Istanbul.

Client Zorlu Developments Architect Tabanlioglu Architects and

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The UK Environment Agency estimates that there is an area equivalent to the size of the West

Midlands (66,000 hectares) currently standing vacant, derelict and available for redevelopment in

the UK. This is a pattern seen in countries across the world. Changing communities and the shift of

manufacturing from the former industrial nations to emerging economies in Asia and elsewhere,

mean that there are many thousands of buildings and plots of land available for redevelopment.

There are opportunities and challenges associated with

brownfield development. For example, a brownfield

site is more likely to be located within an existing

urban development, providing a customer base and

reducing the need for expensive transport and utilities

infrastructure, but demolition, refurbishment and

remediation of contaminated land can be costly.

Existing buildings can provide historic and beautiful

frameworks, within which new structures can be

created, but they can bring a multitude of planning

and protection hurdles to be crossed. Brownfield

sites may be awkwardly shaped, or trapped between

existing buildings and infrastructure, limiting the type of

development which can be undertaken, or the methods

which can be used.

Greenfield development is often controversial and

normally subject to stringent planning regulations. Sites

may be available for development only within very tight

constraints and subject to strict protection measures.

Buro Happold has extensive experience of delivering

successful projects on difficult sites and these are

challenges which we have faced on many projects,

in many settings. Some of our most exciting and

pioneering work has come about in response to difficult


Our combination of imagination and pragmatism

ensures that the potential of sites can be fully realised,

resulting in incredible projects and fantastic new spaces

for people.

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Battersea Regeneration, London, UK

Buro Happold has been appointed by the Battersea Power

Station Development Company to provide multidisciplinary

engineering design and consultancy to Phase one of the

redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. We are delivering

structural and civil engineering, as well as specialist facades,

fire, Inclusive Design, security and water engineering on this

major urban regeneration project situated on 38 acres of

prime development land, within a mile of central London.

Scheduled for completion in 2024, the overall scheme,

London’s biggest ever planning application, will provide

over 8million sq ft of mixed use development, within and

around the landmark building, including 3,400 new homes.

Phase one of the development, Circus West, comprises

1million sq ft of high end residential development, 800

homes in all. A ground floor retail and leisure zone and

two levels of below ground parking are also included.

Early development will improve riverside access, providing

a pedestrian route to Battersea Park. It will also survey

and repair the fabric of the iconic Grade II listed building.

Design development is already proceeding with basement

construction expected to commence in the summer of 2013.

This sensitive site has long been targeted for development,

but the search for a project which protects the iconic

property, without compromising commercial sustainability,

has been long and challenging. Our expertise in the

development of listed and protected sites has been a vital

ingredient in the development of the scheme which will

anchor the wider regeneration of the Vauxhall Nine Elms

Battersea Opportunity Area and be supported by a Northern

Line extension, including two new stations: Nine Elms and

Battersea Power Station.

Client Battersea Power Station Development Company

Architect Rafael Viñoly Architects,

Ian Simpson Architects and LDA Design

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Iconic Grade II listed building

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Mission Bay Block 13W, San Francisco, CA, USA The Botany, Maryhill, Glasgow, UK

The Botany area of Maryhill, Glasgow got its name from the

large number of travellers, destined for Botany Bay, who

passed through the area in the early 19th century. It had

long suffered many of the problems associated with social

deprivation; including high unemployment, crime and poor

health when the local authority approved a regeneration

plan to breathe new life into the 18 hectare site. The scheme

will eventually create more than 700 new homes – a mixture

of high quality social rented and private housing on the

banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Buro Happold were commissioned to provide the multidiscipline

engineering services for the first phase of the

project, creating 35 new homes for Maryhill Housing


This 163 acre brownfield site is being developed as part

of the FOCUS regeneration programme which promotes

‘infill developments’ to provide improved housing and

transportation to all residents and enhance existing

neighbourhoods in and around the San Francisco bay.

Targeted at urban professionals, the Block 13W development

is located within a large new parkland area, just a few blocks

from the Giants AT&T Park. Due for completion in 2014, it will

comprise 273 market rate residential units spread across a

16-storey tower on the west and a five story podium on the

eastern two thirds of the site.

The properties include 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments,

designed to maximise daylight and the occupants contact

with the natural landscape. The designs were developed in

response to workshops involving local community members

and waiting list tenants.

The Maryhill Locks scheme has been awarded ‘Scottish

Sustainable Community Status’ by the Scottish Government.

Aiming to create places which raise standards in design

and sustainability, this project has now started to transform

the derelict land on the edge of the Forth and Clyde Canal,

with new homes, shops, leisure and commercial spaces and

community facilities.

Client Maryhill Housing Association Architect Elder & Cannon Architects

Image Elder & Cannon Architects

The development provides a visual and geographic centre

in the redeveloped South Mission Bay. The tower provides

a point of focus in the 5th Street corridor, forming the apex

of the Merrimac Street axis, while the podium brings the

development down to a pedestrian scale, creating a street

edge reminiscent of many residential streets in San Francisco.

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The Cube, Birmingham, UK

Located in Birmingham’s traditional jewellery district, this

£76m development project is a high quality mixed use

building, including a five-storey basement with 17 aboveground

storeys to house 40,000m 2 of retail, office, residential

and hotel accommodation. The Cube links the canal and city

centre to Attwood Green in the south of the city. A skyline

restaurant sits on top of the building, affording spectacular

city views.

Building next to existing buildings and canals provided a

challenge to our structural and geotechnical engineers.

Before any works were carried out, a monitoring strategy

was developed which detailed the allowable retaining wall,

ground and building movements and outlining contingency

measures if allowable movements were exceeded.

Basement works consisted of constructing a 900mm

diameter contiguous bored pile wall around the excavation

to support up to 19m of soil and rock. To control ground

movements and maintain stability the wall was propped

with a combination of pre-stressed anchors, struts and

beams. The resulting basement houses retail and fully

automated parking areas, providing the standard of facilities

which professional occupants require, with no compromise

on the quality of the residential and leisure space above.

Client Birmingham Development Company Architect Make

Image Zander Olsen / Make


Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttember, Germany

Built on the site of a former Barracks, Pforzheim is an urban

development comprising detached houses, apartment

blocks, an educational institution and retail space.

Together with Lèon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten, Buro

Happold won the design competition for the project which

includes four cubic residential blocks, a total of 76 residential

units and a parking garage. There was a special focus on

sustainability for this project.

The residential blocks sit partially over the garage and we

used our experience in creating energy efficient buildings

to explore a range of sustainable design options. The owner

opted for a monolithic, reinforced concrete structure, with

static and cantilevered wall and ceiling panels which proved

both effective and economical.

We also developed an Energy Plan for the development to

secure energy standard EnEV 2009.

Client Stadtbau GmbH Pforzheim Architect Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

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Centred around transport

interchange at North Greenwich

underground station

Greenwich Peninsula Residential Developments, London, UK

Buro Happold worked as part of a consortium to develop

a masterplan for this 120-hectare site which includes

the famous Millennium Dome and land on the western

site of the Peninsula. Aiming to create a huge mixed

use development comprising 10,000 homes, shops and

leisure facilities, the planned development is centred

around the North Greenwich underground station and

multi-modal interchange for buses, trams and ‘park

and ride’.

With architects CF Møller we developed designs for

a group of three-storey townhouses and a 12-storey

residential block, to be split between owner occupiers,

shared-ownership buyers and housing association

tenants. With Jestico + Whiles, London we designed a

development comprising 207 new residential units for

sale and rent.

In line with the London plan, all properties were

designed to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes 4*

Rating. A phased Energy Strategy provides a temporary

biomass heating solution, until the site is sufficiently

developed to activate a district heating system. All

properties were designed to be ready for the switchover.

Economic conditions mean that the development of

Greenwich Peninsula has been suspended since late

2008. When work recommences this project will create

a new and vibrant ‘quarter’ of London, convenient for

commercial centres such as Canary Wharf and The City

of London and integrating sustainability with high-end

luxury and affordable housing.

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Client Meridian Delta Ltd and RSL Partners Architect CF Møller

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Client Mode Homes Architect Jestico + Whiles, London

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Estidama Communities Pilot Project,

demonstrating commitment to

preservation of environmental,

social, cultural and heritage tenets


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Ain Al Fayda, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ain Al Fayda is a luxurious new residential development at

the foot of Hafeet Mountain, in the outskirts of Al Ain.

The striking new city which is designed to look like a

human eye (Al Fayda means ‘the flooding well’, while Ain

translates as ‘eye’) aims to recreate the communal feeling of

a traditional Fareej, with villas clustered around the Oasis

Park, a beautiful sheltered outdoor space. Ain Al Fayda

was selected by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council as a

pilot project for its Estidama Communities Project, which

is committed to the preservation of environmental, social,

cultural and heritage tenets. Phase One will create 2,000 new

residences, in an area of 3.75 million m 2 .

Enjoying a location amid abundant foliage and healing

hot springs, the 2400 hectare city will be home to an ecourban

community in search of healthy lifestyles. The range

of holistic wellbeing services available integrates modern

Western practice with evidence based alternative treatments

such as Ayurveda, homeopathy and herbal medicine.

Buro Happold provided engineering, transport and

sustainability support on this greenfield project which

required completely new infrastructure, enabling us to use

the most sustainable technologies and approaches available.

The city benefits from superb weather and a cool climate,

so our designs encourage residents and visitors alike to

leave their cars on the outskirts, then use the abundant

pavements, pathways, E-vehicles, buses and boats to move

around and enjoy the space.

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Bath Western Riverside, Bath, UK

As one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the

South West, Bath Western Riverside is regenerating a former

industrial site on the banks of the River Avon, which had lain

vacant for 25 years. The development represents a major

opportunity for Bath to deliver a platform for the city’s future

economic and social prosperity.

Buro Happold is providing structural, environmental,

infrastructure and utilities engineering on the development

which integrates more than 300 high-quality new homes

with leisure and work spaces, employment, learning

and lifestyle opportunities, all linked by an integrated

public transport system. The vision is to create a world

class, comprehensive scheme based on the principles of


Scheme proposals targeted the inclusion of 10% onsite

renewable energy generation and an EcoHomes

‘Excellent’ rating. Our detailed investigations showed that

a combination of gas-fired CHP and biomass boiler plant

would achieve these targets, reaching the level required to

achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.

Key challenges were flooding and contamination of earth

on the 70 acre site. Our specialists undertook an impact

assessment for flooding and hydrology, then provided

ground remediation strategies and drainage designs which

provided effective and sustainable solutions to the problems.

Parkland has been created at the edge of the river, to act as

a community resource and provide natural protection from

flooding. In addition, more than 45,000 tons of soil have

been moved and cleaned onsite, ready for reuse within the

development, resulting in both time and cost savings.

The completion of Phase One of the development saw the

creation of 59 new homes and 200 homes will be created

in Phase Two.

Client Crest Nicholson

Architect Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (masterplanning),

Holder Mathais Architects (buildings)

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Barking Town Centre, London, UK

Lying at the entrance to the Thames Gateway, the Barking

Town Square development is central to the much needed

regeneration of the area. Phase One of the development

created new public realm facilities and improved

infrastructure, before Phase Two created hundreds of

new homes and commercial spaces, all focussed around a

stunning new arboretum.

We provided structural engineering support on a new

residential development comprising 200 apartments, spread

over six floors which were constructed on top of an existing

library and learning centre. The project also refurbished and

extended the original library building.

Ensuring the existing building could support the new

structure was a major challenge in this project, as there

could be no transfer of vertical load onto the original

building. Our design incorporated a large transfer structure,

supported by a series of reinforced concrete columns,

which in turn provide lateral support to the original pre-cast

concrete frame. The new columns were carefully threaded

through the original building’s existing pre-cast concrete

structure and are supported on new, mini-piled foundations.

In 2005 the development won a prestigious Housing

Design Award.

Client Redrow Regeneration Ltd Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris LLP

Image Tim Soar


200 new apartments

constructed on top of existing

library and learning centre

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107 West 57th Street, New York, NY, USA

A tiny 43ft x 100ft plot in New York’s Midtown Manhattan

will soon become home to the most slender high rise

building in North America. Due for completion in 2014,

107 West 57th Street is a dazzling 55-storey tower which

soars out of a space just big enough for two row houses.

28 units provide occupants with some of the most

luxurious living space in New York, no more than one

property per floor and incredible views over Manhattan’s

skyline to the south and Central Park to the north.

Buro Happold engineers are helping to create floor to

ceiling glass curtain walls on the north and south facades,

ensuring that none of the spectacular view is wasted,

while internal temperatures are regulated, keeping

energy consumption low. On the linking lot-line walls,

dark grey stainless steel panels are rippled and sprinkled

with tiny perforations to reveal a stunning display of

kinetic light, from thousands of concealed LEDs which

sparkle at night, ensuring this structure will stand out

from the crowd in its exclusive neighbourhood.

Inside the 14 duplex and one quadruplex apartment we

have created stunning glass staircases which link the

floors inside properties without losing any of the light

and space which make the apartments so special.

The tower at 107 West 57th Street also holds 10,000 sq ft

of retail space and a top floor entertainment suite,

providing an incredible example of what can be achieved

on a tiny plot when passion, invention and expertise

come together.

Client JDS Development Group Architect Cetra Ruddy Image Cetra Ruddy

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The effective refurbishment and reuse of existing building stock is a vital element in sustainable

urban development and Buro Happold’s expertise has helped to create some of the most

spectacular examples in recent years.

There are many reasons for refurbishment and

re-use. A building may be upgraded to improve

accessibility, to reduce energy consumption, or simply

bring its appearance up to date. A property may be

changing its purpose, or a whole urban district may

be reinventing itself to better meet the needs of a

changing community, or to trigger economic and social


We bring specialist knowledge and skills to projects

of any scale, helping clients to see the full potential of

their refurbishment schemes, supporting them through

survey, design and project management processes.

Our extensive knowledge of complex planning and

regulation procedures, including those for heritage and

protected sites, means that we can help clients navigate

their path efficiently and effectively. Refurbishment

projects can be undertaken while buildings are

occupied, in stages to ease cash-flow management and

in partnership with large or small contractor teams.

With experience ranging from iconic projects such

as Highbury Square and the stunning Lakeshore

development, right through to micro-projects like

Retrofit for the Future, we are delivering projects which

create incredible new spaces for people to occupy

and enjoy.

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Highbury Square, London, UK

After 93 years at Highbury, Arsenal Football Club, moved

from their beloved home to the new state of the art Emirates

Stadium. Almost immediately work began on transforming

the Highbury site into a residential development with 750

apartments and 550 underground parking spaces, the first

transformation of this kind in Europe.

Planning conditions meant that the appearance of the new

scheme should as far as possible retain the form and layout

of the original football ground with features from the original

spectator stands integrated into the scheme. The six-storey

art deco steel framed masonry facades in the South stand,

listed by English Heritage, needed to be reproduced in the

West stand, albeit slightly less ornately. The famous marble

entrance presented some challenges, as the walls had a thin

precast concrete slab lining and the floor was badly cracked.

In the new residential scheme, the 12m high hallway would

have four floors of apartments above it. Careful design

meant that this delicate hall could remain undisturbed,

without the number of apartments bring reduced.

Preservation of the original features – the beautiful art

deco facades, stunning sun-burst gable windows and the

marble entrance hall – was our primary concern. Using in

situ concrete flat slab framed construction on the six storeys

allowed the existing structure to be supported. Innovative

restraint fixings, designed specifically for the job, gave the

building the necessary control and stability. Working with

English Heritage in the marble hall, we proposed a new

column to support the scheme’s vision. Because of the

incredibly tight programme, Buro Happold introduced slip

form construction into the frame design; an onsite plant was

used to produce the concrete and roll mat reinforcements

were used on the flat slab. All this meant an overall increase

in the reinforcements used, but massive savings in time,

keeping our clients on programme and on budget.

Topped out by Arsene Wenger, this £170 million project

retains all the drama and theatre of the original sporting

venue, along with a real sense of community and belonging.

The landscaped gardens on the site of the historic pitch

combined with six smaller more intimate courtyard gardens

reflect London’s long tradition of garden squares. Parking,

a swimming pool and gym have all found a home and help

to create a wonderful haven for residents who can revel in

the history of the site and enjoy a new style of urban living.

This development shows how sustainable, innovative and

inspiring a place to live can be.

Client Highbury Holdings Ltd

Architect Allies and Morrison and Denning Male Polisano

Image Vision Four Developments Ltd

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Former home of Arsenal

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Lots Road, London, UK

From 1902 to 1998 Lots Road Power Station fuelled the

London Underground. Now decommissioned, a new vision

will see it turned into a dual-site residential and commercial

development. Split across the boroughs of Hammersmith

and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, the site will

eventually provide more than 800 new homes and 78,000

sq ft of commercial space.

Alte Mälzerei, Pankow, Germany


After standing empty for more than two decades, the

Old Malt House in Pankow is now providing high quality

residential space, with approximately 100 new apartments,

where malt was once dried, crushed and stored.

Built in 1874, the complex was home to the Schultheiß

Brewery and has been continuously extended during

its lifetime. The original spaces were laid out to suit

various industrial functions, causing many variations of

size and function on the site. We were able to bring our

detailed knowledge of working with historic structures

and materials to this project. Working closely with client,

architect and the State Heritage Office we ensured that

elements such as the detailing of the ceilings with barrel

and cross vaults were fully protected, while modern

standards, such as fire safety, were met.

Some of the most challenging elements of the existing

structure became key features of the resulting apartments,

which ranged in size from 50 to 135m². For example,

awkward gallery levels requiring specialised engineering

solutions were incorporated into striking rooms with

ceilings up to 7m high.

After years of standing empty the Old Malt House is now

being used again, offering high quality living space whilst

securing and revitalising this valuable piece of German


Client Terraplan Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft

Architect Vangeistenmarfels Architekten Image Buro Happold / Piotr Dziubak

Lots Road is not listed, but the facade and some key

features are protected by a licence from English Heritage.

This presented us with the challenge of weaving 21st

century high-end living, into a 100 year old industrial

complex, without risk to the original structure. Our experts

used the latest 3D CAD modelling to design a ‘building

within a building’, so that the new spaces will be selfsupporting.

The decision was taken to retain the existing foundations,

but to dig a new double basement to balance the

additional weight and stresses of the new structures. The

new basement cleverly exploits original 1902 features,

providing bountiful car parking spaces for future residents.

This scheme turns the challenges of a former industrial

site into opportunities to create a world class urban

development close to some of the most desirable

residential areas in the city.

Client Hutchinson Whampoa

Architect Farrells, Formation Architects and BTPW

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The Brunswick, London, UK

The Brunswick is a Grade II listed mixed use, low rise, high

density urban development within a concrete and glass

megastructure. Comprising retail units, a cinema, social

housing and car parking, the Brunswick is one of London’s

iconic 1960s buildings, but by the 1990s it was tired, worn and

largely deserted. The client’s aim was to achieve the original

architect’s vision of a stylish residential and shopping area,

creating a focus for fashion and leisure in Bloomsbury, 34 years

after the scheme was originally completed.

Our structural specialists conducted detailed analysis to

comprehensively identify and record the defects in the 40

year old concrete and rendered masonry. We then prepared a

detailed repair methodology and specification for the repairs,

before moving on-site to supervise contractors, ensuring

quality control and mitigating unnecessary facade repair work

and cost.

The structural works to the centre involved significant

amounts of demolition with specialist demolition techniques,

such as crunching concrete instead of breaking, employed to

reduce noise, dust and other impacts on the neighbouring

community and businesses.

The redevelopment of the Brunswick secured a BCSC Gold

Award for In Town Retail in 2007 and the 2008 Civic Trust Award.

Client Allied London Properties Architect Levitt Bernstein Associate Limited

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Anchor Mills, Paisley, UK

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The Domestic Finishing Mill, known as Anchor Mills, is a

five-storey, Category A-listed building in Paisley, West Central

Scotland. Built in 1886, the building was one of the earliest

buildings in the town to have electric light and was at the

heart of the towns thriving cotton industry, until its closure in

the 1980s. The building stood empty for two decades before a

partnership group was established to save the building.

Buro Happold and James F Stephen Architects were

commissioned to undertake a restoration project which

would create 60 luxury apartments, 25,000 sq ft of commercial

business space and new internal car parking facilities.

Years of dereliction, vandalism and the harsh Scottish climate

had taken a heavy toll on the building. Extensive repair and

replacement works were needed. The architectural objective

was to produce a sensitive design, which complemented

the historical building and had minimum impact upon the

aesthetical quality. All interventions needed to protect the

original fabric of the building, so we used specialist methods

such as cast iron stitching to undertake the repairs with

minimum impact on the historic structure.

The future of the Domestic Finishing Mill is now assured,

through a project which celebrates Paisley’s economic history

and looks to the future, providing beautiful homes and

comfortable workspaces for the community of Paisley.

Client Phoenix Trust / Persimmon Homes Architect James F Stephen Architects

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Clarence Dock, Leeds, UK

The redevelopment of the 19th century Clarence Dock

presented the typical issues faced when developing

brownfield sites. Site investigations and contamination

studies highlighted hot-spots of concentrates, so we

worked with the client and the local authority to establish

the risks and then implemented a remediation strategy

which maximised site potential and minimised risk during

construction and in the longer-term.

We carried out a site-wide flood risk assessment and

developed a flood prevention strategy which includes

active measures to control the dock level, acceptable

levels for ground floor accommodation, external ground

levels management and basement designs which prevent

water ingress.

Throughout the project we were focussed on protecting

the integrity of the historic dock wall, with initial surveys

helping us calculate where buildings could be located on

the site, to allow access around the development while

avoiding any danger of damage to the wall fabric.

The transformation of Clarence Dock in Leeds has created

a vibrant waterside community and a premier tourist

destination. As the largest development of its type in

the city, it has generated a resurgence of interest in the

dock area.

Client The Clarence Dock Company

Architect Carey Jones Architects Limited

Image Buro Happold / Daniel Hopkinson

Key site challenges included

contamination, flood-risk

and protection of dock wall


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Rote-Kaserne, Potsdam, Germany

The historical Red Barracks in Potsdam were built for the

Prussian Army in the late 1890s and were in use until

German Reunification. Buro Happold Berlin worked as part

of the team that planned the restoration and conversion of

the storage depot and former bakery into 27 high quality


Retaining and protecting the existing historical structure

was the key challenge for our team. We ascertained that the

existing structure was in very good condition, so were able

to maintain the brickwork, wooden ceiling beams and cast

iron columns which remained visible after refurbishment.

To comply with modern residential standards, we increased

fire resistance and sound insulation through the addition

of concrete slabs, installed on top of the existing timber

floor structure. These slabs not only support and protect

the historical elements in case of a fire, but improve sound

insulation, through increased mass.

To ensure natural daylight reached the inner apartments, a

former internal passageway that once carried wagons was

converted into an atrium. Clad with transparent pneumatic

ETFE foil cushions the atrium feels like an external space,

flooded with ambient light creating a friendly atmosphere.


The atrium arcade provides central access to the apartments,

acting as a hub in which residents can relax and socialise.

Through the sensitive and innovative approach of the

design team the former barracks have been rehabilitated

and renovated for modern day living. Seamlessly integrating

the old with the new and retaining the important historical

essence of the site, we have helped create bright, welcoming

apartments with a beautiful view.

Client Terraplan Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft

Architect Vangeistenmarfels Architekten

Image Buro Happold / Piotr Dziubak

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Pneumatic ETFE foil cushions

used to clad internal atrium to

carry light throughout the space


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Lakeshore, Bristol, UK

The redevelopment of Lakeshore in South Bristol is a

fabulous example of the creative re-use of industrial

buildings. The former UK headquarters of Imperial Tobacco

had lain empty for many years and was listed while under

threat of demolition. This development transformed

the iconic 1970s building and landscape into 270

contemporary apartments, ranging from studios to 4-bed

apartments, which welcomed their first occupants in 2011.

De Vere Gardens, London, UK

De Vere Gardens is a 47,000m 2 luxury residential

development in Kensington, due for completion in 2014.

Built on the site of two former hotels and overlooking

Kensington Park, the new buildings retain the beautiful

Victorian facades on the northern side of the site and

then integrate these into an outstanding group of new

buildings, ranging from five to seven floors in height.

97 luxury apartments will be created along with leisure,

fitness, entertainment facilities and underground parking.

Our role includes site investigation and ground

remediation, demolition, piling and foundations, detailed

structural and services design, plus on-site supervision.

To reduce programme length and take advantage of

contractor feedback to minimise costs, we overlapped site

enabling works packages with the early design phase.

The biggest challenge on the project is retaining, restoring

and integrating the stunning facades, a familiar sight in

this conservation area. Our project plan, which integrated

the facades into three new reinforced concrete structures,

then reinstated original residential entrances at street level,

secured the full approval of the local authority, English

Heritage, The Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces.

Client Lancer Property Asset Management

Architect David Chipperfield Architects

Image David Chipperfield Architects

The Buro Happold structural team undertook a careful

study of the existing structure to ensure that the building

had the capacity to withstand the interventions proposed

by the Bristol based architects Ferguson Mann. These

included cutting an atrium down the centre of the building

to bring light into its heart, creating an uplifting and

memorable space.

A new build car park, concealed in the contours of the site,

also challenged the team and was successfully executed

with the use of a ground anchor system. Hidden beneath

the footprint of this car park are geothermal boreholes

which have helped the building to achieve an EcoHomes

‘Excellent’ rating.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the development,

and the inspiration for its name, is the formerly overgrown

and neglected lake which surrounds the building. Our

geoenvironmental team used a bioremediation technique

to recover the water quality, creating a stunning relaxation

space to be enjoyed by the building’s new residents.

Client Urban Splash Architect Ferguson Mann Architects

Image Urban Splash







Buro Happold delivers world-class engineering consultancy across a range of disciplines spanning

buildings, infrastructure, environment, and project management. We combine creativity with solid

technical skills and an awareness of the key drivers that shape projects in the residential sector.




Building services engineering (MEP)

Computational analysis




Asset management

Fire engineering

Inclusive design

IT communications and control

People movement

Safe & Secure



Economic development

Economic infrastructure

Integrated development planning

Regional planning

Sustainability and environment


Organisational development


Project management



SMART solutions

Structural engineering

Buro Happold on Residential



Bridges and civil structures

Coastal and marine

Drainage and storm water management


Flood risk



Highway engineering

People movement

Transport planning

Utilities engineering




Urban development


Index Tower, Dubai, UAE

Image Nigel Young / Foster + Partners


Buro Happold



Ain Al Fayda 32

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Aino Mina 14

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Alte Mälzerei 39

Pankow, Germany

Anchor Mills 40

Paisley, UK

Barking Town Centre 34

London, UK

Bath Western Riverside 33

Bath, UK

Battersea Regeneration 28

London, UK

The Botany 29

Maryhill, Glasgow, UK

The Brunswick 40

London, UK

Carlyon Bay 15, 22

Cornwall, UK

Clarence Dock 41

Leeds, UK

The Cube 11, 30

Birmingham, UK

De Vere Gardens 43

London, UK

Elmswell Housing 20

Suffolk, UK

Greenwich Peninsula

Residential Developments 31

London, UK

Index Tower 10, 25

Dubai, UAE

Lakeshore 43

Bristol, UK

Lots Road 39

London, UK

Mission Bay Block 13W 29

San Francisco, CA, USA

Mixed Use Development 17

Dubai, UAE

Pan Peninsula 17

London, UK

Pforzheim 30

Baden-Wurttember, Germany

Retrofit for the Future 20

London, UK

Rote-Kaserne 42

Potsdam, Germany

Supertech 15

Noida, New Delhi, India

Tongshan Street 12, 21

Shanghai, China

107 West 57th Street 35

New York, NY, USA

Worli Towers 13, 23

Mumbai, India

Xeritown 23

Dubai, UAE

Zorlu Centre 16, 25

Istanbul, Turkey

Highbury Square 38

London, UK

Highland Housing Fair 24

Inverness, UK




From our very first project we have used our intricate knowledge of the industry to push the

boundaries and achieve more. It is this commitment that sets us apart, that adds value, that

makes us award winning. We apply the same level of complex thought and specialist expertise

to every project we work on.

Our people define what we do. We invest in them

in the same way that they invest in us; by providing

opportunities to learn, to research, to develop. Our way

of design is to draw on every talent, to consider every

approach, to strive to progress; but to always use our

proven methodologies to get results.

After 35 years in the industry we have never lost our

desire to be challenged, our passion for creativity and

our sense of adventure. We know that building a place

with a future involves creating strong communities

that enable economies to thrive, engaging with

society’s big issues and enriching people’s lives.

We are at the forefront of low energy design: we

deliver projects that have less carbon emissions and

are more sustainable, we deliver projects that do

not cost the earth. Our expert teams of engineers

and consultants know how to get the best out of

the world’s precious land and resources to provide

for a growing population. We are leading the way in

shaping a new future.

Fuhai New City Xinjiang, China

Masterplanner: Barton Willmore

Image: Barton Willmore

The Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian

National Gallery Washington, D.C., USA

Architect: Foster + Partners

Image: Foster + Partners

Emirates Stadium London, UK

Architect: Populous

Image: Simon Warren

Buro Happold on Residential


Al Faisaliah’s 267m tower houses

Kingdom’s highest restaurant,

set within a golden glass sphere

Innovative external shading

systems minimise solar gain and

protect against harsh climate

Thermal ice storage plant cools

tower and mall, reducing peak

energy demand by around 30%

Al Faisaliah Riyadh, KSA

Architect: Foster + Partners Image: Buro Happold / Joe Poon

Long span, column free arch

structure allows all-round visibility

in 2000-seat banqueting hall

Buro Happold


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Martin Feakes

Tel: +44 (0)1225 320 600


Buildings Environment and Infrastructure Consulting

Front cover project

The Cube Birmingham, UK

Architect: Make Image: Zander Olsen / Make

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