Buro Happold has supported international architects with engineering expertise for almost 30 years. It is renowned for its highly inventive structural-engineering solutions to help create buildings that look good and perform well. Employing just over 1,100 people worldwide, Buro Happold has seven offices in the UK and five internationally.
Working with architects from the earliest design stages, Buro Happold can deliver buildings that exceed expectations for costeffective construction and operation. The firm adopts a holistic approach that rests on three principles: care, value and elegance.
Structural engineering remains a core service central to the practice's current activities. But as clients' needs have changed over time, Buro Happold has introduced additional skills. Today, the practice offers a broad range of multidisciplinary services across three key groups: buildings, infrastructure and environment.
The practice has experience in a range of key sectors including education; sport and leisure; medical and scientific;
cultural and public buildings; transport buildings; tall buildings;
waterfront developments; regeneration; and mixed-use schemes.
Among the projects with which the practice is currently involved are Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse, the timber gridshell at Savill Garden Visitor Centre, Picketts Lock Athletics Training Centre, and the Palestra office building in Southwark. International projects include the new HQ for the Council of the European Union in Brussels, the Turin Ice Oval for this year's Winter Olympics, and Dresden Railway Station.
Buro Happold is the structural engineer behind the recently completed Evelina Children's Hospital, designed by Hopkins Architects for Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust. The new hospital has a stunning, vast, curved, glazed diagrid atrium roof creating a four-storey conservatory that forms the social heart of the building. The skills of Buro Happold were brought to bear in the engineering design of this large roof. Its complicated geometry led to a number of design challenges such as dealing with building tolerances, and thermal and structural movements to ensure that roof deflections could be accepted by the glazing system. The hospital opened four months ago and has been well received.
The firm's expertise was recently called upon for Alsop Architects' Palestra, a 12-storey speculative office development that is already a landmark within Southwark's regeneration scheme.
The building has a series of quirkily angled perimeter columns, in typical Alsop style, that support the structure, and a top section over eight storeys which appears to be disjointed and separate from the rest of the building. The top three storeys overhang the building on two sides by 1.5m with a huge 9m cantilever, posing significant structural engineering challenges that Buro Happold met with a combination of design ingenuity and meticulous attention to technical detail. The project is due to complete this summer.
Contact: Buro Happold, Lower Bristol Road, Camden Mill, Bath BA2 3DQ, tel 01225 320600, email enquiries@burohappold. com, web www. burohappold. com