Harvesting synergies to serve our clients
2021 marked the first full year of the Henning Larsen brand operating as a part of Ramboll. Henning Larsen and Ramboll’s existing design-led disciplines were successfully combined into a new business unit for Architecture & Landscape, whose services are now delivered under the Henning Larsen brand.
The Henning Larsen brand brings together creative and design-led disciplines, and talents including architects, landscape architects and urban planners, comprising about 750 employees and spans 18 studios worldwide.
This setup enables us to accelerate evidence-based design, digital and innovation-driven approaches in the early project stages, and pursue new materials and technologies to provide sustainable solutions for clients and stakeholders.
Furthermore, establishing a new Architecture & Landscape unit has strengthened the integration and helped boost Henning Larsen’s brand presence in Denmark and Norway. The ambition is to combine local knowledge with an international outlook and drive the sustainability agenda.
Cross-disciplinary approach to win new clients
With a shared Nordic heritage, we combine Henning Larsen’s world-class architecture and design brand with Ramboll’s engineering and technical excellence. We work across disciplines to provide the best expertise to meet the ambitions of each unique project.
The approach of having two distinct brands working together in the same
company has been well received by clients and partners. In 2021, the synergy programme, which relates to revenue and earnings targets for joint projects between Henning Larsen and Ramboll, has exceeded expectations.
The success of this holistic approach is demonstrated by a number of joint project wins that were achieved with major clients, such as the new Kristianssund Opera in Norway; the Marble Pier (Marmormolen) in Denmark; and Ladehofstrasse Augsburg in Germany.
There were also landmark wins in the Americas, such as a master plan to transform the 500-acre former Downsview airport area in North Toronto into a vibrant, diverse and sustainable district.
The common thread running through these unique projects is that they create integrated design solutions in close cooperation with our customers, helping deliver sustainable solutions for cities and buildings.
Driving increased differentiation early in the value chain
Our ambition is to capture a globally leading market position within urbanism through a dedicated, meticulous and must-win approach to projects, leads and communication.
By combining high-end and deep knowledge-based architecture, integrated design, specialist engineering and sustainability services, we will differentiate better in the market. Moreover, we will drive differentiation early in the client value chain, and boost evidence-based design.
In 2022, Henning Larsen will open new offices in Oslo, Aarhus and Berlin and focus on consolidating our Nordic strongholds, while pursuing international growth.
Delivering value to clients
Highlighted projects with key clients in 2021
Energy infrastructure masterplan for Empire State Building
In the US, Ramboll won its largest energy masterplan project to date, an energy audit of the Empire State Plaza in New York. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to develop an energy infrastructure masterplan for significantly reducing the Plaza’s carbon footprint.
Massive overhaul of Denmark's energy infrastructure
The Danish transmission system operator, Energinet, will need to retrofit or build up to 100 substations across Denmark in the next 10-15 years. Ramboll won the owner's engineer contract to retrofit the first three substations.
New framework agreement for water resilience project
Ensuring water quality and security in cities is a global challenge, in large part due to urbanisation and climate change. Ramboll tackles these challenges in a number of framework agreements that establish or strengthen our long-term client relationships.
Pioneering research shows value of sustainable construction
With the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we set out the business case for pursuing circularity in the built environment. In 2021, we authored a report with the WBCSD to underscore the business value of a circular economy in the construction sector.
Raising timber to new heights
The Marble Pier is a joint project from Ramboll and Henning Larsen Architects for AP Pension. At eight stories and 36 metres tall, the Marble Pier will be one of the largest timber buildings ever erected in Denmark and home to some of the most sustainable offices possible.
Scaling sustainability across the real estate portfolio for Storebrand
More and more companies are seeking to improve their sustainability impact across the full value chain. Storebrand aims to reduce energy demand in buildings, invest green in accordance with the EU Taxonomy and reach net-zero emissions in its investment portfolio by 2050.
Progress on our commitments
Our commitment: We care for all employees and their development through leadership, investment in people and equal opportunities. We put health and safety first through a zero-harm culture and safety in design.
Our commitment: We are an active member of society, contributing to its sustainable development. We avoid taking on projects that are damaging to society or destructive to the natural environment.