Merchant Square forms the final part of one of the UK's biggest regeneration programmes — the revitalized Paddington Canal Basin in London. Covering 1.3 hectares, the development includes six canalside mixed-use buildings.We were appointed to deliver façade designs for Building E and played a leadership role in liaising between the client and the contractor. Work began with hand sketches and wind and air calculations. A detailed investigation of the building's radiant profile was made using shadow range analysis.The 14 storey steel frame structure is expressed as three interlocking triangular forms, each with its own façade detailing. We developed a prefabricated unitised system formulaic enough to permit ease of construction, detailed enough to accommodate variatio ...
For a new mixed use building on Oxford Street in central London, our façade engineers devised a series of specialised solutions to achieve the challenging architectural design. The building's double-curved façade is composed of an articulated 3D glass skin...
A new building, right next to Pirelli's current HQ, enhances the global company's presence in Milan. Our façades team worked closely with architect Gregotti to realise the client's vision for a supremely transparent envelope that performs to the highest standard of energy efficiency. Work began with a detailed investigation of the building's radiant profile using shadow range analysis and a sunpath diagram. The south elevation is a single-skin façade in glazed curtain walling, with glazed brise-soleils. The light-saturated west and east elevations have a double glazed façade, with the outer layer in tinted pvb laminated glass. A series of vertical glass fins, 400mm deep and set at 1.5m centres, further protect against glare. The five storey C-shaped structure featur ...
The Ramboll Group's new headquarters building in Copenhagen reflects the company's commitment to innovative sustainable design. Its bespoke single- and double-skinned glazing system was designed by Ramboll's façade engineering team.
The construction of 62 Buckingham Gate forms a key part of the regeneration strategy in London's Victoria for Land Securities Group. The unusual prism-like structure has 13 floors and it replaces a 10 storey rectilinear block on a prime corner site in Victoria Street. Retail space is provided at street level with around 38,000 sq m of flexible Grade-A office accommodation above. A canopied pedestrian area connects the structure with Westminster City Hall, providing space for pavement cafés and outdoor public seating alongside a green wall. With planning consent granted, our façade engineers developed the final design detailing in collaboration with the project architect, to provide a full specification for cladding contractors. To determine the best manufacturing process for th ...
Verona Forum is a multi-building development in Verona’s fast-growing new business district. The centrepiece is a dramatic high-rise office building, rectangular in plan, the four external walls all inclining outwards from base to roof level. The architect’s concept is based on an ice cube, requiring a façade of uninterrupted clear glazing. We were asked to offer options that would reconcile this vision with the client’s wish for an energy-efficient building. We analysed the energy-related performance of the existing design and modelled alternatives, including the use of solar control film or darker glazing. Client and architect eventually agreed on a solution that combines a clear glass, double skinned façade with mechanical ventilation units set in the inner skin at each store ...
Cleveland Clinic is the future of healthcare in the Middle East region This 7 star, state-of-the-art, 22-storey facility promises to set the benchmark in this sector for years to come. In the UAE, such a beacon of progress deserves to be eye catching.
A high-end residential tower sitting in a prominent position on the Jeddah cornice
Extreme conditions plague the unusual triform shaped roof of the Ferrari World theme park on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The ‘Rosso Corse’ coloured roof material, resembling a red Ferrari, had to maintain its colour while enduring UV exposure, pollution, salt from sea air and little rain to clean the surface, as well as being lightweight...
This mixed use development is designed to accommodate offices and residences, with retail facilities on the ground floor. A Grade II listed building — housing a Pinet shoe store — has been retained and incorporated...
Looking out from within the new Tate Modern extension, it is difficult to comprehend the level of complexity involved in designing the windows. With five different inclinations, the building corners and creases resulted in 60 different glass heights across its nearly 1,700 glass panes, spanning up to 29 rows of windows and glazed screens scattered over the whole envelope.
We helped our client to construct a stylish new world within the two lowest storeys of a Richard Rogers building in Soho.At ground floor level, in the Yauatcha teashop and patisserie, stacks of cakes and coloured packages appear to float mid-air. They're arranged on structural glass shelf units, engineered by our façades team. A blue and black feature stair, illuminated along one side from within a recess between the terazzo treads and an adjoining black glass wall, descends to the basement restaurant, where the bar is a 7m long fish tank.Our special projects team provided bespoke engineering solutions for every structural detail of the fit out, integrating extensive services requirements and enabling the creation of A3 front of house space on a confined site. ...
The new five-storey concrete frame student centre has created a focal point for Oxford Brookes University. It houses the university's main library, the student union and a lecture theatre, along with teaching rooms, retail areas and catering facilities.The main entrance to the new building leads into a large atrium with the library and student union on each side and a ground floor dining area. The lecture theatre projects into the space, creating a mezzanine level above. Wings on three sides of the building accommodate retail and medical facilities, a link to the existing Abercrombie building and pooled teaching rooms.The new student centre is light, open plan and easy to navigate. Its long span steel-frame roof helps create the sense of space and the large voids pr ...
We are providing structural, infrastructure and building services engineering design for a new motorway services area on the M40 at Beaconsfield. The development includes a petrol station, an amenities building and overnight accommodation.The site covers 6.4 hectares and is located in an environmentally sensitive area. It is surrounded by ancient woodland and near various significant structures, including a Roman road and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In designing the infrastructure for the project, care has been taken to protect and enhance these features.The project is intended to represent the future of motorway services: providing quality amenities and high levels of comfort, and embracing the requirements of sustainable development.The amenity buildi ...
A Canary Wharf development intended to meet high targets in sustainability and architectural design. In our role as holders of a watching brief, we made some interventions to improve internal legibility and façade performance.The 15 storey steel frame structure is L shaped on plan, with a courtyard nestled in the crook of the L. Several full height atria provide reception and circulation facilities — the use of open space pointing to KPMG's core values of transparency and communicability. We revised the initial circulation design so that stair flights connect to alternating sides of the ascending floor plates in the central atrium. Seen from below, the stairs form a criss-cross pattern, enhancing the impression of a fluid, multiply-connected environment. Our façade ...
As part of a larger project to enhance student services, we worked on the new resource centre for Sheffield University. The five to seven storey concrete frame structure houses study spaces, book stacks, classrooms, offices and a visitor centre...
A multi-unit residential development in Croydon incorporating an iconic 44-storey tower and a new public town square, this highly sustainable urban complex incorporates Ramboll designed building services throughout.
Using our unwavering passion for design, the Vanke Pavilion façade that comprised hundreds of ceramic tiles to create this uniquely shaped building, was engineered using advanced coding techniques to deliver simplified construction of a complex structure.
We were commissioned to work on part of this multi-building development — David Chipperfield's first residential design for the UK — on the upper slopes of Hampstead Heath. Three new pavilions have been built in the grounds of Athlone House, formerly used as a hospital. Ranging from three to four storeys in height, each houses a number of luxury flats, with car parking and leisure facilities at basement level across the entire site.Our foundation design addresses the steep slope of the site. A sheet-piled wall was sunk to alleviate loads on the foundation structure. Elsewhere the slope has been used to advantage with the construction of a new ha-ha.The design of the pavilion façades addresses security as well as aesthetics. Made of precast concrete and stone with ...
The National Opera House (Nytt Operahus) located in the harbour area of Bjørvika, Oslo, has meant a tremendous boost for culture in Norway. The opera house was completed in 2007, opened in April 2008, and has won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in October 2008.
‘Unlocking the Rylands’ scheme sees major refurbishment to John Rylands Library, Manchester, with a new five-storey extension and conservation work to existing Grade I listed building.
The University of Sheffield's Grade II* listed Arts Tower is a 20 storey concrete-frame high-rise. Opened in the1960s, it had fallen into disrepair and required full refurbishment. Our engineers...
The outer and inner parts of the House of Music in Aalborg play very well together both in terms of architecture and construction. With its raw concrete appearance and high standards in terms of acoustics, the building contributes to the cultural development of the city and creates opportunities for attracting international artists.
Fitzroy place is the most significant new development in Fitzrovia in over 50 years. This mixed use scheme includes almost 300 homes in three in situ concrete framed buildings, as well as 210,000 sq. ft. of offices and 21,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and shops in two steel framed buildings, encompassing some of the most desirable residences and commercial premises in London.
Multidisciplinary award-winning project. Ramboll completed the Shining Towers project in 2012. The project comprises two towers of 33 and 42 storeys respectively, and won the GCC tower of the year at the 2010 Construction Week awards.
Slanted at 6 degrees from the vertical, The Pad’s design is based on the iPod. Billed as the world’s first ‘cybertecture’ building, with its design inspired by the Apple iPod, The Pad is a twenty-three storey residential development in Dubai’s Business Bay.
A multi-purpose complex with diverse recreational and business uses such as a shopping mall, a supermarket, an office centre and a high-class business hotel.
This Zaha Hadid design has tested our engineers’ skills unlike any other. In the constant search for original designs that truly push the limits, many building projects in the Middle East are in fact driving innovation in engineering design.
Home to the world’s richest horse race, this magnificent venue is also the world’s largest racecourse. With only three years from its announcement to the first meeting, the $1bn Meydan is a testament to the efficiency of the Middle East’s construction industry.
Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is the World’s only Ferrari theme park. Sixty of our engineers worked on the four-year project and were involved in every aspect of the park's unique design from concept to completion.
A major multi-phased residential and retail development revitalising Canning Town. Constrained by major roads and properties and up to 21 storeys high, the 650 unit award-winning scheme presented numerous engineering challenges requiring creative and innovative solutions.
Reopened in May 2018 by David Attenborough, Temperate House is a magnificent Victorian glasshouse in the heart of Kew Gardens. A five year restoration project has repaired and updated the building ready for today's visitors and tomorrow’s needs.
The BBC has developed a new broadcasting complex consisting of two new, linked buildings and a refurbished Broadcasting House. The project has been constructed in two phases...
The architect's design for Aylesbury Theatre is an interpretation of the surrounding countryside, with its woods and rolling hills. In keeping with this concept, its concrete core, which house the auditorium, is surrounded by a timber frame. The auditorium stands at the heart of the building as if at the heart of the forest. One hundred and ninety geothermal piles make up the foundations.
A five tower office complex surrounding a central plaza in the world’s first maritime business centre. The first ever purpose-built maritime center in the world, Dubai maritime city, will serve as an international hub for maritime business.
Samawah, the capital city of Muthanna with a population of 250,000, lies 280 km south of Baghdad situated within the Japanese sector of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. As part of Japan’s governmental reconstruction efforts, their emergency aid program financed total construction of the 60 MW power station for the cost of USD 110m for the people of Iraq. Ramboll was proud to provide the civil works turnkey contract for design and supply services for the Samawah power station.
Ouagadougou would seem like any normal African capital, over-populated and under-serviced by infrastructure, if not for the Sonabel power station phase 1. Contributing to bolster much needed electricity for a sprawling city, the project improved welfare and development of many ordinary Burkinabes. Ramboll provided the civil turnkey contract for design, supply and erection services.
The vision for Ramboll’s Head Office is to become a holistic and sustainable reference project. Therefore the Head Office project group in close co-operation with Ramboll's most experienced specialist in the field of sustainability implemented as many sustainable solutions in the project as possible.
Two undulating, curved buildings on a small plot provided challenges for all of our disciplines. Perched on the edge of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, Saraya Towers will provide exclusive, high-spec apartments, including a rooftop ‘royal penthouse’ with infinity pool.
A landmark enclosed bio-dome ecosystem housing some 3,000 plants and animals invites visitors to discover the wonders of a tropical rainforest.
We are working closely with the architect on a greenfield development on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, south west of Sutomore, creating a 3D digital model to determine the optimum roof forms. Ramboll is providing masterplanning, structural, building services, façade, acoustic, geotechnical and marine engineering services for the project, which includes detached housing, apartments, a spa with hotel, restaurants, retail areas and associated infrastructure.The site is fringed with heavily wooded slopes to the west and south, with a grassy plateau in the central area. A steep rocky peninsula forms its southern tip. The area is seismically active and the ground conditions are being assessed further for the detailed geotechnical design. The buildings are concrete frame with pad found ...
A new station is nearing completion at Paddington, west London, serving the Elizabeth Line (formerly known as Crossrail). Ramboll engineers have played an integral part in the delivery of the new station and the surrounding area
The Manchester New Square scheme is an exciting new residential development located within the heart of Manchester City, due for completion in 2020. The three individually designed 12-15 storey buildings, set around a landscaped square, comprise 351 one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Work began on Pulkovo Airport in March 2008 to deliver Grimshaw’s winning architectural concept, whilst keeping the existing Pulkovo Airport fully functioning. As the lead design consultant, Ramboll helped to create a world leading airport terminal conforming to international best practice, in parallel with restrictive Russian standards.
The new Hepworth Wakefield gallery is the focal point of regeneration on the River Calder waterfront, formerly the site of a huddle of low mill buildings. It houses a collection of sculpture by local-born artist Barbara Hepworth alongside the works of other prominent artists, and is one of the largest art galleries yet built outside London.
Officially opened on 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension later named the Blavatnik building is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. Enabling new ways to display Tate's collection, the new building has been instrumental to Tate Modern's recent success, as it topped the polls as the UK's most visited attraction in 2018.
The 43 hectare CityLife development occupies the site of Milan’s former fairground and exhibition site (Fiera Campionaria). Its combination of residences, offices, retail space and public facilities are arrayed around a large park — Europe’s biggest privately funded park development. We worked in collaboration with J&A Consultants on technical reviews of the architects’ schemes. Our combined refinements and suggestions produced savings sufficient to cover our fees five times over.
A Soviet-era tower block has been demolished to make way for a 23-storey five-star hotel and 14-storey apartment building linked by a two-storey podium in the historic port city of Batumi on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. We are providing a one-stop design and project management service for this fast-track development. Architect RTKL is acting as a sub-consultant to Ramboll. The design is contemporary but influenced by traditional Georgia. Features include an old-town style boulevard of two-storey shops and restaurants that runs along the seafront and through the new complex. Lawns and gardens cover the top of the podium to create an energy efficient green roof. Solar panels have also been installed on the podium and on the roof.
Facade lighting for sludge incineration plant "Lynetten" in Copenhagen, Denmark
Harpa Concert and Conference Center has been hailed as a symbol of Iceland’s economic dynamism and has since it opened in 2011 hosted a range of world-class congresses and concerts. The concert and conference center is part of a larger master plan for the area around Reykjavik’s harbour, intended to attract tourists and artists. But the building is more than merely beautiful; however, it is also CO2-neutral, obtaining its energy from Iceland’s geothermal resources.
Custom House Station is one of the 10 new stations in London for the Elizabeth Line. It is the only Crossrail above-ground station, and is on a tightly constrained site. The project involved a new station, predominantly in pre-cast concrete elements. Ramboll made the design more buildable and project managed the contractor's design team overseeing 12 separate design disciplines.
A vibrant hub responding to the rise of the maker movement – a global social movement with an artisan spirit – that is set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic communities.
The much loved Victorian pleasure pier at Hastings has risen like a phoenix following decades of abuse, thanks to a group of local people and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Ramboll played a key role in the restoration and regeneration of Hastings Pier, offering strategic advice to both the Pier Trust and Hastings Borough Council.
Marina Mall is a 180,000 sqm retail and leisure facility in the Lusail development on the east coast of Qatar. The mall includes over 70,000 sqm leasable retail over three main levels, as well as a hypermarket within the basement. It will also house cinemas, family entertainment centre, restaurants with terraces overlooking the marina and spa facilities.
The Khalifa University Extension Phase 1 Project will add an additional area of 120,000 sqm to the existing 34,500 sqm of the current campus. Ramboll provided multidisciplinary services for extension.
Ramboll was lead engineer for Cobham Motorway Service Area, a 20ha development on an environmentally sensitive greenfield site.
A new campus for the university college, UCC, as well as shops, offices and a 100-metre tall residential tower covering an area of 101.000m2 will be the first of 16 building zones, which together will form a rejuvenated district in central Copenhagen known as Carlsberg City.
The largest maximum security prison in Denmark is located on the island of Falster. The prison has capacity for 250 inmates and is the most secure facility in Denmark.
The new 53,000m2 Niels Bohr Science Park is to consist of two separate buildings on either side of one of the busiest roads into the centre of Copenhagen. Ramboll experts teamed up with subconsultants from Vilhelm Lauritzen, Christensen & Co, GHB Landskabsarkitekter and Collin Gordon and Associates to provide an all encompassing proposal for the design of the building and its surroundings.
The building with the eye-catching Maersk Tower is in many ways a research building beyond the usual. Requirements for flexibility and security have resulted in innovative solutions.
The world leader in the offshore wind industry, Vestas was looking to create an R&D facility to prototype and test its new wind turbine design. With 80m long blades, the V164 turbine is a huge leap in wind technology. Each turbine is set to generate...