Over the years, we have solved many distinctive and challenging projects for our customers. Ramboll’s Project excellence programme is dedicated to providing clients with world class project management competencies and the very best results.

Bolton Market Hall refurbishment

It can take creative thinking to accommodate a change of use brief while respecting the integrity of a listed structure. At Bolton Market Hall — a Grade II listed structure with an ornate cast-iron and glazed roof — we engineered what is effectively a structure within a structure to create a new, modern shopping centre within while leaving the existing building virtually untouched.The hall is a double-height structure with a brick vaulted basement; cast iron columns support the roof. Our client wanted to expand retail facilities with the insertion of gallery walkways and shops at first floor level. Link bridges provide circulation across the central void. To the rear of the building is an existing 1970s shopping centre; links have been inserted to allow circulation at first and ...

Boscombe Pier refurbishment

Boscombe Pier In Bournemouth was constructed In the 1880s from wrought iron and timber, and is a Grade II listed structure. It is the focal point of Boscombe seafront and had undergone several alterations over the years, including the construction of a theatre on its main platform. Our marine specialists provided design services for a new pier head, central windbreak, timber deck and handrails as well as developing a phased construction schedule. Falling into disrepair, the pier head had been inaccessible for over 15 years, finally closing in 2005. The renovation of the pier forms part of a larger regeneration project for Boscombe's seafront that includes an artificial surf reef, a housing development and renewal of existing buildings.The pier's listed status meant ...

Sotheby's refurbishment

The legendary auction house faced a quandary: how to increase office space in its central London location without substantially altering its listed premises?The situation was especially urgent as Sotheby's lease on one of its buildings was due to be terminated.Roughly 20 small buildings house the auctioneers' facilities. Dating from the Georgian period, the structures are timber framed and clad in brick. The original floors — constructed using former ship's timbers — were in poor condition. We inserted a partial steel frame to support the floor plates and introduced new timbers where necessary.New link structures provide easy circulation from one unit to another and two new lift cores provide disabled access to the upper storeys.

Festival Wing Refurbishment, Southbank Centre

When the Southbank Centre decided to refurbish three of their world-renowned arts spaces, Ramboll’s acoustics team were appointed to provide acoustic consultancy in all three venues.

Horniman Museum refurbishment

This extraordinary collection of ethnological objects and musical instruments, founded by Frederick Horniman in 1901, is housed in a remarkable Art Nouveau building by architect Charles Harrison Townsend. Its relaunch follows a comprehensive programme to rationalize and extend its facilities.The architects worked with the client to turn the building's aspect around so as to take better advantage of its setting in 16 acres of gardens. In Phase II of the project, museum space was doubled by a new extension. This three storey structure houses two floors of gallery space, making room to show 6,000 more exhibits from the collection. The third storey is a steel framed plant deck.A separate building for conservation facilities was introduced in Phase I. It's a ...

George V Pavilion refurbishment

Trumpington village on the south side of Cambridge was identified for potential expansion as a result of the Cambridge Southern Fringe Area Action Plan. Cambridge City Council recognised that the George V Pavilion had fallen into disrepair since its erection in the 1950s and new community facilities were needed. Working closely with the council and Trumpington Residents Association, architect 5th Studio approached Ramboll to develop the structural engineering aspects of the refurbishment.Consultation with the community determined that the new centre needed to accommodate multiple activities and users. The brief was expanded to provide an extended community hall, a youth room, kitchen, toilets, storage and office space for clean indoor activities. A separate prefabricated Portac ...

Birmingham Town Hall

Refurbishment of the Grade 1 Listed Birmingham Town Hall involved substantial structural repairs and a complete upgrade of the facilities, to provide an outstanding new performance venue.

Emporio Armani refurbishment, Glasgow

The space our client chose for new premises in Glasgow had just one drawback: it was two separated spaces. The ground floor was divided by a structural wall that helped to support five storeys of occupied flats above. To add a little pressure to the challenge, Christmas was looming large in the retailer's calendar.

Swiss Cottage Library refurbishment

Basil Spence's building is a distinctive landmark, with its elliptical contour and concrete fins ranked across the curved facade. When we were called as consultants, the four-storey structure was in urgent need of refurbishment. Serious subsidence at the south end had been caused by the spread of tree roots through the clay soil. Moreover, changing standards meant that the original interior layout seemed cramped and dark. The challenge was to balance the building's historic value with the needs of a modern library.To combat the effects of subsidence, we opted for new piled foundations, working with care to avoid damage to protected trees. Floors were then re-levelled and rebuilt.An extensive consultation process resulted in the construction of a welcomi ...

Elizabeth II Court refurbishment

Sustainability and energy efficiency were key drivers in determining the viability of re-using an existing concrete frame in providing Hampshire County Council with 130,000 sq ft of office space. Our engineers were able to demonstrate that increased loads were possible and minimise strengthening works. We also provided public health engineering, and undertook a geotechnical investigation and an archaeological desk study.The concrete frame of the Council's building was designed by E.W.H. Gifford, and dates from the 1960s. By combining non-linear analysis with a detailed understanding of load paths through the structure, we justified the increased loads planned for the meeting, conference, data centre and plant areas. Strengthening was limited to less than 5% of the frame by mas ...

St John Fisher School extension and refurbishment

For St John Fisher School we helped deliver a new sports hall and teaching facilities, and the refurbishment of existing blocks. We devised timber panel solutions for the two new structures — this is the largest solid timber panel school project in the UK.When we came on board, the architect's proposal was to use loadbearing brick and precast concrete planks. Analysis led us to propose prefabricated timber panel structures. By taking a flat-pack approach, labour costs were reduced and money saved, convincing the school to commit to using 900 cubic metres of timber. Our approach shaved 14 weeks off the construction programme.Previous first-hand experience of working with this system enabled us to take full design responsibility. Using 230mm thick cross-laminated pane ...

Wempe refurbishment

Ramboll UK helped transform the ground and basement floors of a former fashion store that overlooks London's Bond Street into an elegant showroom for Wempe's luxury line of jewellery and watches.The main structural intervention involved the removal of a staircase positioned in the middle of the retail area. Infilling the void and inserting a new single flight staircase at the back of the store created an uninterrupted space.The basement's change of use from a trading floor to a stockroom demanded a complete refurbishment. Ground floor walls, floors and fittings were replaced to match the company's high-end image. Special care was taken to devise engineering solutions for a myriad of services, including air-conditioning and top lighting.A new recessed sto ...

Appleton Tower refurbishment phase 2

In a multi-phased project, this controversial Edinburgh landmark — built as part of a 1960s masterplan that was later abandoned — has been refurbished into a world-class educational and conference facility. We were involved in all phases of work and played an advisory role in the masterplan agenda.Phase 1 saw the refurbishment of the lowest two storeys. Phase 2 involved the refurbishment of the semi-basement and floors 6,7 and 8, as well as repairs to the rooftop plant enclosure.The original masterplan envisaged a series of buildings linked by walkways. Accordingly, the tower was designed to step-in above semi-basement level, leaving a concrete podium to serve as a walkway. Since the remaining masterplanned buildings were never realised, the podium was a redundant f ...

Midland Hotel refurbishment

Built in the 1930s, this Grade II* listed Art Deco building had fallen into disuse. It has been restored as a boutique hotel with expanded facilities, including a new conservatory.The original building is a three-storey steel frame structure housing 46 guest rooms. The roof beams were strengthened to support a new fully glazed steel frame upper storey. The internal partitions were removed to make way for larger guest rooms with ensuite facilities. Two lifts have been added and ancillary staircases re-configured to meet up-to-date fire regulations.Remedial repairs, including the insertion of wall tie replacements, insure against further degeneration to the building's structure and façade. The original render — a highly polished ground silica — has been sensitively res ...

West Ham District Line Station refurbishment

We worked on the upgrade and extension of existing structures at this tube and train station, where smart new facilities had been built for the Jubilee Line extension. Our involvement included co-ordinating the requirements of several new tube line companies that had been devolved from London Underground. To minimize disruption, work was carried out at night and on the weekends.The partially hollow District Line platform was replaced by a solid concrete pier; all plant was moved to a new plant room next to the re-paved ticketing area. We also added a lift from ticket hall to platforms. A short cast iron platform canopy was replaced with an extended structure of precast concrete. Cleverly-engineered columns, each consisting of two concrete cores with ...

Sea City Museum

The Southampton Civic Centre is being renovated and redeveloped as an integral part of the creation of the city's new cultural quarter, which includes the existing Guildhall, library and art gallery. We worked on the transformation of the Grade II* listed former magistrate's courts and police headquarters building — and its new extension pavilion — to accommodate the Sea City Museum, which focuses on the maritime history of Southampton. The museum opens on the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, which began its ill-fated journey from the city's port.Working with architect Wilkinson Eyre, we provided structural, infrastructure and building services engineering for the refurbishment, conservation and new-building works.

135-137 New Bond Street

Having worked in this busy inner-London high-end retail street many times before, we had the experience needed to manage the challenges of pedestrians, traffic and the three shared walls for this part-refurbishment, part-rebuild. The retained façade of the Grade II listed building fronts a basement and ground floor of retail space and four levels of office compliant with British Council for Offices specifications.Focused investigation and materials testing enabled us to understand and appraise the history and structural implications of past changes to the existing loadbearing masonry and steel frame structure. We developed an integrated scheme in which existing elements were retained, reused and/or strengthened where possible, and the constraints they imposed were thoroughly un ...

University of Bath, 4 West building

At the University of Bath, we are working on number of projects as part of a framework agreement. For the replacement of the campus' 4 West building, we have engineered a three and five storey new concrete structure and the refurbishment of the 1970s Nucleus building. The new 4 West complex will house digital research facilities.The new structure is built in the footprint of its predecessor, which was steel frame and had been found to contain asbestos. We were lead consultants for the demolition of this building and worked closely with asbestos removal experts.Investigations into the Nucleus building found that it too contained asbestos. However, refurbishment was more cost effective than rebuilding in this case. Strategies have been established to manage the asbest ...

Fullhurst Community College

Fullhurst Community College was selected by Leicester City Council to benefit from the government's Building Schools for the Future initiative. Part of an existing listed brick building has been refurbished and a state-of-the-art three-storey extension added. Our building services and structural engineers worked with Miller Construction and the design team to improve the school’s facilities. The school's original assembly hall, some of its façade and the clock tower have been retained. The new extension replaces demolished wings, and accommodates dining hall, library and administration, as well as teaching spaces. A sensitive approach has been taken to the refurbishment work to ensure the retension of its character, while bringing it into line with current building regulations. ...

Embley Park School

Embley Park School occupies a converted country house (once the home of Florence Nightingale) in Romsey. An initiative to merge with a local junior school called for some refurbishment to the existing building, while two new buildings have been created — one for senior laboratories and fine art facilities, and another housing a new classroom block. Work was phased as the school remained operational throughout.Preliminary survey work discovered high levels of carbon dioxide in the soil. A gas membrane was laid as a protective sealant and a proprietary ventilation system inserted beneath the groundbearing slab to funnel excess carbon dioxide offsite.The laboratories are housed in a three storey concrete frame building with a long span steel frame upper storey. The new ...

Parkstone Grammar School

The pupil intake age at Parkstone Grammar has been lowered from 12 to 11 years, bringing it into line with others in the Poole area. To accommodate the additional students the school needed to expand its teaching facilities. We provided structural and infrastructure engineering for a new Art & Technology block, additional parking and the refurbishment of the existing Art & Technology building.The new block is located on a sloping site close to the front entrance of the school. Ground modelling helped determine the optimum build level, minimising groundwork costs. Build time was also a challenge as refurbishment of the older building could only commence once the new one was ready. The school remained open throughout.The new three-storey building has a grid layout, pr ...

Sony BMG UK headquarters

Back in 2007 we worked on the complete refurbishment of this six storey 1930s Art Deco building in central London. In 2008 we returned, working on the refit of the third and fourth floors for Sony BMG. An atrium, cafeteria, performance space and 152,000 sq ft of offices have been constructed over the two floors, using exposed concrete, rustic timber and glass to create an old-meets-new feel.The large voids have been made in the concrete/clay hollow-pot floor slabs, creating both a sense of space and more connectivity between floors. Performances on the lower level can be viewed from the 13m lightweight steel bridge that spans one void. The bridge's floor is made from timber sleepers and its balustrades steel and glass.A stone staircase, with glass balustrades and op ...

Gatwick Airport airside/landside boundary relocation

As part of a broader masterplan to expand the UK's second-busiest airport to a capacity of 40 million passengers, Gatwick carried out a series of refurbishments to its South Terminal. We provided engineering expertise on several projects, including the relocation of the airside/landside boundary to accommodate more airside retail space.

Donna Karan Collections refurbishment

The original façade of a listed Georgian townhouse was the ideal choice for this flagship store but the interior required extensive work. Our client wanted to increase floor space while creating cleaner lines. We employed structural modifications to open up the front of the four-storey building.

Emporio Armani refurbishment, Brompton Road

We helped our client refurbish an existing store of 15 years to bring it into line with the brand's 21st century image.

Lighthouse building

Located in the heart of Kings Cross and dating back to 1875-1895, the Lighthouse building is a local landmark. It was left derelict for many years until developers; UK Real Estate took the bold decision to redevelop the Grade II listed building that was on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register.  The building now features an additional storey-and-a-half, conserved and repaired masonry façade and the restored timber lighthouse, ensuring its great character was retained and its long term viability secured.

The Whitworth

Through its impressive £15m reinvention, The Whitworth Art Gallery has cemented its place at the centre of the cultural national stage - winning the prestigious 2015 ArtFund Museum of the Year Award and is currently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize Award 2015.

University of Bergen, Social Sciences Library

The original industrial building is transformed to a representative and functional university building with library, learning centre, storage magazines and offices. The interior is totally renovated with new functions, surfaces, interior fittings and upgraded technical installations.

1 Moor Lane refurbishment

Ramboll UK helped update this tired office building, which had been left unlet for several years. Work involved modifying the existing atrium and replacing its glazed roof, and adding several storeys above the terraced west wing. Crucially, we devised solutions to substantially increase floor space with the minimum of structural intervention.The existing steel frame structure was rectangular in plan, with an irregular atrium — roughly circular in plan — in the centre. The first six stories housed offices, with plant located on the seventh and eighth floors and in a service drum that rose three storeys above the building.Infilling half the atrium served to extend floor space at each storey. The new, diminished atrium was then reconfigured to conform to a more pleasin ...

Ericsson Dublin Densification

In November 2009, Ericsson’s Dublin staff occupied four leased buildings at two locations. With leases due for renewal in June 2010, the client wished to refurbish two of the properties to accommodate all employees in one area and surrender the remaining ones.Ramboll's services engineers were asked to identify the most appropriate buildings for refurbishment as well assessing existing and future services provision. The new services design was implemented at Ericsson's headquarters — a 1960s precast concrete structure and at the more modern Boole House, built in the 1980s. Original drawings and existing information for both buildings was incomplete, making assessment of the services more challenging. Existing services for the HQ ran underneath egg-crate flooring, mak ...

John Rylands Library

‘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.

Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus

Borders College, one of the largest providers of further and higher education in Scotland's south east, has joined part of Heriot Watt University on the newly created Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, south of Edinburgh. Our engineers and consultants worked on a new university building and the refurbishment of three 1960s higher education buildings redeveloped to accommodate the College. The three refurbished buildings have been stripped of their out-dated building services and provided with high-efficiency lighting and heating systems. Economical heat recovery ventilation systems have also been installed. High windows with temperature-controlled opening functions provide natural ventilation. The new building is for Herit Watt. Here, solar panel installation ha ...

Arts Tower refurbishment, University of Sheffield

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...

37-45 Kensington High Street

We provided structural and geotechnical services for major demolition and rebuilding work behind retained façades on this corner commercial site. The ground and basement levels of the five storey brick building house retail, and levels one to four offices.

Carlton House Terrace refurbishment

The Grade I listed Carlton House Terrace is a six-storey stucco rendered building in central London. The freehold belongs to the Crown Estate. Classical in style, complete with Corinthian columns, it dates from 1827-32 and was designed by celebrated architect John Nash...

BBC W1 project

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...

Somerset House refurbishment

Somerset House is one of London's most important 18th century buildings and is located on a Thames-side site adjacent to Waterloo Bridge. Since the formation of the Somerset House Trust in 1997, the complex has been transformed from the home of the Inland Revenue and the Records Office into a centre for culture and the arts. We provided engineering and specialist services for phase two of the works, which focused on the south range, river terrace and central courtyard.Built of loadbearing stone and masonry, with timber floors and a timber truss roof, the six storey south range has two levels of basement, featuring cross vaults and open light wells around the perimeter of the courtyard. To enable the creation of new gallery spaces, and associated restaurant and catering facili ...

Eastgate and Chester City walls

Chester’s most iconic heritage asset, Eastgate and its world-renowned clock, was reopened in 2015 following almost a year conservation and extensive repairs led by Ramboll’s conservation engineers. The project was funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, who recognised the important value of the site for its local economy...

The Great Northern Hotel Refurbishment

Located between Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, the curved brick building of the Great Northern Hotel was the world's first great railway terminus hotels, boasting high ceilings and sweeping corridors. It was originally completed in 1854 by renowned Victorian designer; Lewis Cubitt, however, despite its Grade II Listed status, the building fell into disrepair from 2001 when works took place to the adjacent Kings Cross underground station.

Tithebarn city centre regeneration

We are working on various aspects of the new masterplan for the city centre of Preston, Lancashire. The area concerned is known as Heart of the Tithebarn Regeneration Area (HTRA) and covers approximately 14.8 hectares. The masterplan provides for 32 new-build blocks, the refurbishment of existing structures, relocation of the bus station and a considerable area of new retail space, leisure facilities, public spaces and car parking.Among the key environmental aspects considered during the evolution of the scheme have been land quality, archaeology, ecology (there are bats on the site), noise impacts, air quality, microclimate, drainage, townscape, visual context and waste management. Impact on the local economy and social structure have also been studied.Our consultants undertook preliminary microclimate analysis of daylight, sunlight and wind flow on the development site and the surrounding area. The objective of the wind flow analysis was to ensure that the proposals offered a year-round comfortable external environment.Our infrastructure engineers have completed an extensive 3D earthworks model of the proposed new bus station area that optimises the cut and fill volumes. A comprehensive drainage strategy has been developed that minimises the need for sewer diversion. The surface water strategy endorses the use of Sustainable Drainages Systems (SUDS) and includes rainwater harvesting, porous paving and the extensive use of green/brown roofs.

Kent schools PFI

This project involved the refurbishment and expansion of six secondary schools in Kent. Our challenge was to install new teaching and recreational facilities with minimal disturbance to users of the existing school buildings.Working with the architects, we developed a steel-framed structural system for almost all the new buildings involved. Modular units were designed in varying shapes and sizes, depending on their function. Flat roofed, with a maximum height of two storeys and clad using a proprietary cladding system, they were able to be slotted in and around existing structures with speed and efficiency. Once the new structures were in place, old buildings were demolished or refurbished according to the needs of each school. We also engineered double-height gym f ...

Modernisation of Swedish hospitals

The upgrading of healthcare facilities in Sörmland, Sweden includes the refurbishment and extensions of hospitals in three cities.

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