Following an initial flooding and drainage assessment undertaken in 2008, we prepared a flood alleviation scheme for the Swindon Village Primary School site in Cheltenham. The scheme includes the comprehensive use of sustainable drainage measures and has resulted in greater flood resilience for the site and its neighbours.Gloucestershire had suffered heavy rainfall followed by extensive flooding and flash floods in 2007, to the extent of a 1 in 100 year flood event. The primary school, which is located in a low spot, suffered badly. The initial assessment had identified a lack of positive drainage outfall and capability for a 1 in 2 year storm event only.As part of the alleviation scheme, the school's car park has been lowered to below the building's finished floor ...
Council seeks coastal adaptation solutions, incorporating hard and soft engineering, for Burrabogie Island, Paynesville, which is located in the Gippsland Lakes. Burrabogie Island contains areas of residential development, industrial land use, open space and important boating facilities.
Ramboll provided assistance to Clarence City Council to prepare a stormwater system management plan for the Bellerive-Howrah Beach stormwater catchment. This stormwater system management plan will be used as the basis for land use planning, emergency management, community consultation/education and capital expenditure planning.
This project addresses odour problems adjacent to the tidal inlet at Carina Bay Reserve, Sydney. The site has a complex history, mangroves were infilled and various dredging works were undertaken in the 1970’s. There is no record of these works and the fill was likely to have been contaminated with acid sulfate soils.
Ramboll provided consulting services to the City of Helsinki for flood strategy work during 2008. The project was conducted by the Helsinki City Planning Department with intent to formulate a common flood strategy for all departments of the City of Helsinki, to avoid and minimize the damages caused by floods.
The Asia Pacific region is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and at the same time the region is increasingly exposed to the risks of climate change. Hence, substantial investments are needed in order to reduce carbon emissions and enhance resilience in the region's largest urban areas.
To make the Copenhagen metro more resilient to extreme weather, Ramboll is assessing its current level of protection and develop new climate adaptation initiatives.
DaimlerChrysler wanted to create an atmosphere of distinct elegance in the architecture and ambience of their new Center of Excellence near Stuttgart, reflecting that something extra which defines their new line of Maybach cars.
On behalf of the European Commission, Ramboll and the Vrije University in Amsterdam recently conducted a study providing an overview of the use of insurance against natural disasters in Europe.
Ramboll has identified and assessed risks and challenges facing Denmark’s coastal region from sea level rise, to provide climate adaptation solutions.
Ramboll as partners to SLA was assigned to carry out a visionary urban planning and climate adaptation project in Copenhagen. The team won first prize. Their proposal will now be implemented in the Copenhagen neighbourhood Norrebro over the next two-three years.
Gothenburg has launched an ambitious project to map the flood risk in and around the city. Ramboll assisted with the advanced setup of hydraulic models.
Once a pristine island in the Oslo fjord, in the 1950s Fornebu became Oslo’s main airport and transit point for flights throughout Norway. In the 1990s, because of the spatial limits of the island, it was decided to build a new airport 100 kilometres north of Oslo, today’s Gardermoen Airport. The surrounding city districts of Fornebu immediately saw the potential for an attractive housing and business development close to the city centre.
Seattle Civic Square is the final piece of the Seattle Civic Center Master Plan. When finished, the one city block, with its mixed-use tower and adjoining public plaza, will offer a variety of experiences through its retail, office and residential amenities, within the tower as well as the flexible open space of the plaza, designed to accommodate a range of activities, from large events to individual enjoyment of the space.
Ramboll has helped the Housing and Development Board in Singapore transforming a compact 2.2 acres site into a dynamic community heart enabling an aging population to live actively.
In 2009, Ramboll's bridge engineers completed an award-winning cable-stayed swing footbridge that links parts of Derby with the city's Cathedral Gardens across the River Derwent. The site is a designated Category 3 Flood Zone and the river flows swiftly at the crossing point.
Don’t be put off by the cuteness. Arkadien Winnenden is a hardcore industrial regeneration project. A diversity of high performance components makes this the world’s most sustainable neighbourhood and provides a fresh new vision for people-friendly and resource productive suburbs.
The "day-lighting" of one of the river Alna's sections, combined with storm-water management, and an urban park with informal recreation areas are some of the key success factors of the pilot project for the large-scale restoration of the river Alna.
Stuttgart is an expanding urban centre in Southern Germany. A disused army base offered the opportunity to create a new town along the local city rail link. The main challenge was how to keep rainwater run-off at the same rate after development as before, as the site lies close to a tributary feeder to Stuttgart's main river, the Neckar, and is placed on a steep, heavy clay hill.
The growth in the frequency and severity of extreme rainfall has significantly increased the risk of flooding from rivers and urban drainage systems of insufficient capacity. It is a huge investment to dig into the earth and expand the sewer systems in urban areas, so other measures may prove to be better and cheaper alternatives.
Driven by the vision of clean rivers and a nation which will treasure its water resources, Singapore has embarked on a national programme of transforming its utilitarian reservoirs and canals into unique, beautiful and clean destinations for all to enjoy and embrace.
Nandian Park City is located in Tianjin, one of the largest cities in China. The masterplan for this 10 km2 new city district convinced the jury to choose this plan thanks to the outstanding high-density corniche which is based on a functional water system for the entire district.
The project RISA aims at developing climate adaptation responses for urban water to avoid flooding of basements, streets and properties as well as water pollution from combined sewer overflows and street run-offs.
The 856 km long, heavily polluted Xiang River can be seen as the Chinese version of the German River Rhein. The Rhein is a good example of a restored River in an industrial setting, giving a prospect of the future of Xiang River.
As part of the development of a new town, the Vuores Central Park seamlessly combines stormwater management with creating new recreational spaces and protection of the existing natural watershed. A new signature town square brings the park into the city heart and creates space for multi-functional community uses.
The ‘Nya Krokslätt’ area in Sweden is a former factory site to be transformed into an international role model for the sustainable way of life. Our customer, the real estate manager Husvärden Ltd, has high ambitions and an interest in cultural environments and sustainable urban planning. Our ideas for creating a sustainable outdoor environment enhanced the project to include not only technical solutions for energy efficient buildings, but to encompas a complete concept for implementing blue-green infrastructure and ecosystem services in urban areas.
The Swedish government wishes to learn from other European countries how to prepare its national strategy for sustainable land use.
The NYC Cloudburst Resiliency Planning Study & pilot project is a world-class example of an integrated planning & analysis process shaping a solid basis for future decisions on how to implement climate adaptation initiatives fully or partly based on green infrastructure.
The rehabilitated water course will benefit from a self-reproducing trout and salmon population, without the need for a regular release of artificial fry. In addition it is part of Denmark’s fulfilment of the EU Water Framework Directive.
Restoring the streams of the Alling Valley in Jutland to their natural course will raise the water level across the entire 525 hectare area, thereby increasing the biological and recreational values of the Valley.
Restoring these 10 km of water course running through Copenhagen will have a significant positive impact on the natural value of the stream, creating an improved environment for local fauna and flora, as well as enhancing water quality. It will also serve to create an attractive oasis for the people using the stream surroundings for recreational purposes.
A means to succeeding with implementation of cloudburst plans for the municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg is the use of SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) for infiltration of rainwater. The purpose of the project was to evaluate the consequences of increased storm water infiltration to the surrounding areas, including changes in groundwater levels and quality.
Restoring the wetlands and stream of the Kastbjerg Valley will significantly improve the natural environment of this Natura 2000 area, and will help to protect rare plants and fish stocks.
Formerly a wetland, the Pearl District was bisected by Tanner Creek and sided by the broad Willamette River. It was the rail yards and the industry who first claimed and drained the land. Over the past 30 years, a new neighbourhood has progressively established itself – young, mixed, urban and dynamic, today the Pearl District is home to families and businesses.
Zollhallen Plaza is a new counterpart for the historic customs hall which was restored in 2009. The plaza is a fine example of water sensitive urban design, as it is disconnected from the sewer system. Beautiful planters provide infiltration points, and subsurface gravel trenches with innovative in-built filter medium reduce the hydraulic overload on the sewer system. Indented plaza areas create a surface flood zone. No rain water is fed to the sewer system, instead the ground water table is recharged.
Situated in the heart of London, the Moorgate Exchange is a £65m commercial 12 storey redevelopment, offering 218,000 sq. ft. of grade A office and headquarter accommodation.
Ramboll has been assisting the Department of Energy and Environment in assessing the effect of flooding from the large Potomac River, that flows though the city centre, in terms of rising sea level and storm surges, as well as extreme rainfall.
On 2 July, 2011 large areas of the city of Copenhagen were flooded. Copenhagen is on the front line of climate change, experiencing increasingly heavy rain events, as they are also on the leading edge of urban innovation with a vision of transforming their city into a sustainable, C02 neutral city by 2025.
Tianjin is one of China’s top 5 cities, not just in size and population but also in terms of business investments. Located just half an hour south-east of Beijing by high-speed train, Tianjin is also close to the sea. The high-water table needs to be maintained to prevent seawater encroaching inland and the dry, harsh climate does not preclude flooding.
The need for new housing in China reflects on one hand an expanding urban population and on the other an important shift in expectations. The first 20 hectares have been built and reveal the "liveability" design qualities at the heart of the development concept.
Sustainable development means safeguarding the world’s natural environment and biodiversity. To determine how other European countries work with the protection of natural areas, Ramboll has carried out an international survey on the protection of land (including freshwater) classified under the IUCN system in Finland, the Netherlands, UK and Germany.
An industrial peninsula on the River Main in Frankfurt, Germany, is being converted into a new sustainable city district. The harbour forms the new urban focus with varied access to the water and multifunctional urban space. A promenade network connects the water to the more densely build-up area on one hand and to the new local park and regional river path on the other hand.
Dalston Works is the largest Cross Laminated Timber project globally. Weighing just one fifth of a comparable concrete structure, it accommodates 10 storeys above a planned Crossrail route.
The brand new, £15m Oldham Leisure Centre is set to place the area on the national sporting map, providing state of the art competition level facilities for several sports including swimming, handball, boxing and basketball.
An ambitious project to become the new home to 120,000 people and used by 190,000 people daily. Badrah will be located on the eastern edge of the Waterfront development along the Jebel Ali coastline. Next door to the Palm Jebel Ali, the Madinat Al Arab, and the Crescent Island, Badrah is planned at the gateway to the entire development.
Bishan Park is one of the most popular parks in the heartlands of Singapore. As part of a much-needed park upgrade and plans to improve the capacity of the Kallang channel along the edge of the park, works were carried out simultaneously to transform the utilitarian concrete channel into a naturalised river.
The Algerian Ministry of Environment has launched a major programme for pollution abatement of the River Chlef. The 800 km long Chlef is the country’s most important river. Around four million people live along the river banks, which also accommodate a large number of heavily polluting industries.
With the introduction of new technologies, biofuels could make out a sustainable strategy in the Norwegian aviation industry by 2025. But it takes by-product sales to make it profitable, states Ramboll report.
Planning new town near future S-train station The Delta Neighbourhood will be the first development of the new town Vinge, Denmark. The neighbourhood consists of 500-600 houses located close to a future S-train station and close to the surrounding nature.
Denmark’s largest current climate adaption project, the "Blue-Green Garden City" in the town of Kokkedal, north of Copenhagen, will improve local residents' everyday life; environmentally, socially and culturally.
Envisioned to be the first business park set in a tropical rainforest, Jurong Eco Garden plays an important role in spear-heading Singapore's efforts to become a leader in the global thrust, towards sustainability. It spans over a 50 hectares site, with a 5 hectares green core situated at its heart. Designed to be its lungs, the green core provides a place of respite for both the human inhabitants as well as the ecology of the site.
At the beginning of the third millennium Solar City is Austria‘s largest urban development project. This first phase includes a neighborhood of 4,500 residents is designed for a site of 32.5 ha, including 20 ha of open space. The vision is for totally sustainable architecture and urban living, creating a new benchmark in high quality liveable city design.
Atelier Dreiseitl was commissioned to create a new city vision for Taipei. A humid subtropical climate, subject to typhoons, makes flooding a common occurrence, while the local Keelung River has been seriously degraded.
Beaumont Leys co-educational secondary school is the first of four schools rebuilt or refurbished in Leicester as part of the Building Schools for the Future government programme. We provided a full range of services to Miller Construction throughout the project, including the planning, cost evaluation and tendering stages. The site for the new building is adjacent to the original, which remained in operation during construction.Our engineers appraised the constructability and maintainability of the school's design throughout the design & build process, contributing information to decisions about the phasing of the project.The structure consists of a three storey, 180m long braced steel frame, with concrete floors supported on composite beams and profiled metal deckin ...
Famously raised from the sea bed before a worldwide television audience of 60 million in 1982, the Tudor warship Mary Rose has been undergoing an heroic conservation process in a temporary museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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.
In order to improve the connection between Sørli and Lillehammer in Norway, Ramboll is planning a new 70-kilometre double track railway line.
The iconic Potsdamer Platz bridges the scar left by the wall between East and West Berlin. A veil of shallow flow-steps create a rhythmic surface of shimmering waves, providing multiple opportunities for people to cross and interact with the water. This urban waterscape has contributed to making Potsdamer Platz one of the most visited places in Berlin.
Proposals at Crouch Hill Park involved the relocation of Ashmount Primary School, Bowler’s Nursery and the renovation of the community CAPE building. The brief is challenging as the site is Metropolitan Open Land. Sustainability, energy and landscaping have all been integral to design development. Designs are based on a ‘tree house’ concept to connect with the surrounding environment.
The suburban area around Gentofterenden, north of Copenhagen, has suffered from severe flooding during cloudbursts. Ramboll has assisted in improving the water management by providing a carefully considered water plan that not only caters for the increased amounts of rainwater but also enhances the quality of life of local citizens.
Thorough and correct decision-making needs to be based on well-documented facts. When it comes to deciding whether or not to spend large sums of money on environmental remediation, for instance, it is vital to have a professional consultant who can document the details of the environmental pollution.
With its unique positioning and an area covering the size of 625 football grounds, Nordhavnen (or Nordhavn) in Copenhagen, Denmark, is Scandinavia's largest and most ambitious city development project for the time being. The overriding vision for Nordhavnen is to become the sustainable city of the future.
Elsinore Harbour is the home of a new subterranean maritime museum. Ramboll has made the subterranean museum possible, with its innovative solutions and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The museum is one of a kind – also on an international scale. It is situated underground and under the sea level, encircling a 150m dry dock where the wharf used to be.
Ramboll was lead engineer for Cobham Motorway Service Area, a 20ha development on an environmentally sensitive greenfield site.
One of the first education buildings to achieve the highest available BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ at design stage, Ayrshire College’s new £53m Kilmarnock Campus provides a functional, flexible and efficient learning environment that encourages collaboration between students.
Gullbergsvass is one of seven neighbourhoods in central Gothenburg’s port area to be transformed into the attractive new ‘RiverCity’. Ramboll performed a feasibility study for the 90 hectare district as a basis for stakeholder dialogue on the development. RiverCity promises to position Gothenburg as one of the top five cities in Europe for growth potential.
Ramboll is Client Consultant to the Skolkovo Foundation, established by the Russian President to develop Skolkovo Innovation Centre. Covering an area of 400 ha just outside of Moscow, the Centre is supposed to be Russia’s response to Silicon Valley.