BE CEng MIStructE MIEAust, Consulting Director
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“We create the construction logic for many projects — and some beautiful details too.”
Martin Burden joined the practice in 1989. He was appointed Associate in 1996 and Director in 2002.
Martin is responsible for a structural engineering team which concentrates on work that presents intricate engineering problems and aesthetically demanding design briefs.
He works extensively on London City and West End office and retail fit-outs, where elements such as staircases, sculpture and display units are integral to the impact of the space. Working for international retailers, such as Armani and Burberry, he has recently worked on projects in New York, Barcelona and Paris.
Martin also provides concept advice for development schemes, looking for ways to make projects technically and financially viable. This may involve removing or replacing floors, walls, façades and roofs and adding storeys or mezzanine structures.
He works closely with developers, architects, building services engineers, cost consultants and specialist contractors to produce finely engineered structures.
Officially opened on the 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. The ground breaking Tate Modern extension pushes the boundaries of modern design and engineering. From its one-of-a-kind geometric structure to its striking brick façade, every facet of this building has been planned and engineered with staggering accuracy.
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.
To reconfigure the space, we removed a non-structural partition wall between the single storey rear extension and a 1930s extension featuring circular roof lights. We installed glass walls to create an external courtyard space. The extension's Victorian lantern light was retained. Floors throughout were strengthened and improved to take the weight of limestone slabs and retail fittings. At a higher level we rebuilt the third floor and stripped the roof back to its bare structure, which w ...
The River & Rowing Museum
The design of this new museum draws both upon its boating theme and the forms of traditional local barn buildings. The effect of the oak-clad structure with its glazed ground floor is of a floating wooden boathall, raised on concrete stilts.
The uppermost structures are of steel, and form the two main galleries. These are clad with boards of English oak, cut downwards at the edges to help drainage and fastened with 23,000 stainless steel screws. The framework rests on a concrete table, whose legs are positioned on a further concrete slab above the pile caps, or "stilts", which support the ground floor.
Because all materials are exposed, creating in situ concrete columns and soffits with a perfect finish was one of the challenges of the specification.
Upton site C residences
This award-winning scheme for a new housing development near Upton manages to combine high architectural standards with a strong sustainability agenda — a sometimes tricky balancing act. Equipped with a range of renewable energy technologies and built to low energy standards, the houses feature ample glazing and some double-height spaces as part of a high-specification architectural brief.
The two-storey residences are in loadbearing masonry with pitched vaulted timber roofs. Where possible precast concrete floor planks have been used to increase thermal mass. Elsewhere engineered TJI timber floor joists are used as part of a minimised construction approach. Using each house's roof structure as a diaphram to carry its own load to the outer supporting walls maximises room height ...
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.
Our structures team assessed the impact of remodelling a pair of ground to first floor stairs. Two new stainless steel clad stairs were installed in the existing positions. A two-storey lift void was infilled and a replacement lift designed.
Our façades team engineered a new glass façade using 5m high, tinted glass panels that extend to both storeys. The glass is emblazoned with the Armani eagle in florescent tubes, creating an impression of a bird in flight. The enlarged cafe on the first floor is visible through the glass.
Both floors are finished with Emporio Armani's signature suspended metal ceilings, stone floors and polished plaster ...
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.
Demolition work posed a challenge because of the constrained site. To support the façades, an external retention structure was built to bridge the pavement and part of the road, high enough to allow double decker buses to pass underneath. A new steel frame has been inserted into the building's interior and the façades tied back to it. The long span frame is designed to provide as much flexible column-free office space as possible.
Before refurbishment, the main elevation included two distinctive brick gables. The e ...