Director, Buildings and residential lead
Contact Tom Shaw
T: +44 7843 329 490
“"The industry must innovate and embrace new ways of building if we are to meet the current and future housing demands."”
Tom has excellent knowledge of residential and commercial developments in London, leading the residential sector for Ramboll UK. Having been at Ramboll since 2004 he has worked on a wide variety of projects from small scale residential schemes to large scale mixed-use projects in London as well as international projects in the Middle East and South-East Asia.
With excellent experience of working as a structural engineer as well as project managing multi-discipline teams Tom leads a team of 25 engineers and technicians in the London office as part of the Buildings division.
He is able to utilise his insight into the residential sector to ensure that Ramboll are bringing good value to their clients in the sector and that the company is focused on the client needs.
Over recent years Tom has been leading the Ramboll team in the design of a number of plots at the landmark King’s Cross Central development; a number of buildings have been successfully delivered and Ramboll are continuing to progress many more of the plots. Historically Tom has worked on regeneration schemes such as Rathbone Market in Canning Town, large scale commercial schemes such as Paddington Central and BBC Broadcasting House, as well as a large high-rise scheme in Jakarta.
Tom regularly writes press articles focusing on the residential sector; recently key topics have included the benefits of offsite construction, the build-to-rent market as well as high-rise residential building.
BP North Sea Operations headquarters
Sometimes it pays to look twice at received ideas about what works and what doesn’t. By questioning some basic assumptions, we were able to provide cost-saving innovations on this HQ development in Aberdeen.
Three buildings are connected by an internal fully-glazed triple-height ‘street’. Comprising a total of seven wings, the buildings project out on either side of the street, so the overall structure is roughly star shaped on plan. Each three-storey building is steel framed and is clad in glazing and rendered panels. Two atria book-end the development, and a long span stair provides a visual focal point.
Precast concrete hollow-core floor panels are used throughout. Following detailed analysis of the interaction between the steel frame and concrete elements, we wer ...
Uppingham School sports centre sustainability services
The first phase of campus redevelopment at Uppingham School in Rutland included the construction of a new two-storey sports centre. The 4,690 sq m facility provides a 25m pool, sports hall, dance studio, gym and associated amenities as well as a reception, catering kitchen and hospitality suites. Uppingham School's chief concern was to have a high-quality facility that incorporated sustainable features and reduced energy consumption.
Ramboll's sustainability consultants analysed the full development plan as part of a feasibility study to determine the overall energy strategy for the new campus. With district heating confirmed as a viable option, we set out the specification requirements for the tender of M&E services provision for the centre. Situated in the plant room, a combi ...
New School, Harringay
The New School in London's Haringey is the first new school to be built in the borough since the 1960s. It provides teaching accommodation and facilities for more than 1,000 pupils. Included in the scheme are 60 new classrooms, a sports hall, an assembly space, a cafeteria and kitchen, and science laboratories. The building is designed to be an exemplar sustainable school and to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating.
The location of the site adjacent to a main railway line led to the need for mechanical ventilation throughout the building. In addition, the high level of IT installations has meant the installation of cooling to most of the classrooms.
The design of the school incorporates a number of low-carbon and sustainability features. These include the provision of ...
Brookwood Farm and Coresbrook Way
Despite its conventional appearance, this 12-dwelling residential development is an innovation for Britain. It achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 compliance, one of the first such traditional housing projects to do so. We worked with the architect-developer to facilitate this achievement within the constraints of a low-key aesthetic that was central to gaining planning consent.
The development consists of 10 semi-detached and two detached houses, all of which are two storeys plus usable loft space. To help meet the Code's requirement for net zero energy use for heating, we focused on the creation of a highly insulated, air tight building fabric. The buildings are constructed from Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) — prefabricated blocks comprising a 100mm concrete core s ...