We acted as lead consultant in the preparation of an environmental impact assessment for the proposed Neuadd-goch Bank wind farm, based on a 12-turbine layout, to be located north of Newtown in mid Wales. Key aspects considered included visual impacts, noise and local ecology. Transport issues also needed to be addressed, as the local authority was concerned about the cumulative impact of the various wind farms in Powys.
On a site adjacent to the existing Taff Ely wind farm in south Wales, a new 11-turbine complex at Mynydd Portref was developed for Tegni Cymry Cyf, though it has now changed ownership. Ramboll's specialists undertook an environmental impact assessment for the project, covering such areas as nature conservation, cultural heritage, archaeology, landscape, noise, electromagnetic effects, and various other impacts.
A new transport route by sea connecting Luleå in Sweden with the Baltics with will accommodate the increasing production of iron ore and provide an efficient alternative passage to the rest of Europe.
Ramboll is currently taking part in a project where the Copenhagen City Council has decided that all administrations are to be environmentally certified by the end of 2008.
The proposed 27 km Ring 3 Light Rail system will create a new backbone for mobility and public transport in suburban Copenhagen and will include 27 stations passing through 11 municipalities along the existing ring road 3. Ramboll is undertaking a comprehensive EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) by assessing the impacts of the rail system on nature, noise, traffic, buildings and wastewater. Being a key part already in the development and design phase of the project is a very good opportunity for the EIA team to influence the technical design in order to minimise environmental impacts during construction and operation. The light rail system in itself is a step in the right direction in terms of lowering CO2 emissions.
Ramboll is the chosen consultant for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in connection with the expansion of the port of Nuuk. The EIA assessment will be the first of its kind in Greenland not related to natural resources, as the legislation in the area is new. This makes the study unique because it will form a precedent for future assessments. Construction cost will be in the order of 65 mEUR.
In the frame of shale gas exploration in Europe, TOTAL E&P Denmark B.V., a subsidiary of Total S.A., in association with Nordsøfonden, the Danish State Oil and Gas Company, obtained two licenses in 2010 to explore possible shale gas reserves in Denmark, one in North Jutland and one in North Sealand. Being the first licenses of its kind in Denmark, the project has attracted substantial attention due to the implied environmental risks associated with this type of exploration, not least in relation to groundwater protection.
The two bog areas of Tinkerup Mose and Multebærmosen are both protected natural areas in the Municipality of Elsinore - they lie within the National Park of Northern Zealand. In the 19th century this landscape consisted of a large, expansive area of peat consisting of poor fenland, raised bogs and numerous small bogs where peat had been excavated.
Aarhus harbour is being extended with a new container and bulk cargo terminal, and in connection with phase I of the extension 5.5 million m3 of filling materials is required.
Ramboll has been commissioned as an environmental consultant for the Shiebat Al Watah development in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. This high profile national housing project, located in what is known as the Oasis of the UAE, is made even more significant due to Al Ain’s unique ecosystem, moderate climate and established network of underground water springs.
Environmental engineering services in support of a planning application for a unique 200-bed underground hotel.
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club commissioned a new stadium and associated facilities for a greenfield site near Falmer in East Sussex. Our specialist consultants were involved at an early stage of the project to provide expertise and fieldwork management throughout the environmental impact assessment and construction phases. Contractor procurement and management was also a part of our role. The detailed cultural heritage environmental impact assessment determined that the potential for buried geo and prehistoric archaeological remains to survive on the site was good. Subsequent excavations, which followed large scale evaluation, were ultimately concentrated on one area of the huge site, at a point where weathered Reading and Woolwich Beds sealed the chalk predominant in th ...
The Beauly-Denny replacement transmission line has been credited with unlocking the renewables potential in the north of Scotland. The 220 km high-capacity overhead line traverses some of the most physically and environmentally challenging terrain Scotland has to offer, and as a result the environmental management during construction has been the subject of intense scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is currently preparing marine plans for England including inshore and offshore areas in the north-east, north-west and south-west, as well as the south-east inshore area. The plans will set out how the UK marine policy statement will be implemented in these areas.
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) of offshore Statoil pipeline (Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure - NSGI).
Norway's largest dredging project to date is underway, enabling large 'Panamax' ships of 70,000 deadweight tonnes to enter the port of Fredrikstad by 2015. The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has asked Ramboll to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the impact that the work will have on local biodiversity.
The dormouse is one of Denmark's rarest mammals and is listed under the Bern Convention and EU's Habitat Directive as highly sensitive. Since 2006, Rambøll has been responsible for a habitat improvement programme for the further protection of the dormouse in Denmark.
The houting - a salmonid fish- is close to becoming extinct in Denmark and is included on the EU's list of endangered species. Denmark has received eight million EUR from the EU LIFE scheme to support the protection of the houting.
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.
Since 2002 Ramboll has worked as the Lenders’ Independent Environmental and Social Consultant (IESC) on the multi-billion dollar Sakhalin II oil and gas development. Our work has been to assess project compliance against the applicable lender standards during both the pre- and post-financial close phases. Our current work scope focusses on the monitoring of operational phases.
Design, environmental impact assessment, stakeholder consultation and consenting support for Glenmuckloch Wind Farm - a proposal for eight 3.2 MW wind turbines located on land adjacent to the Glenmuckloch opencast coal mine, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK.
London Gateway is the UK’s first major deep-sea container port to be built this century. The 600-hectare port and business park is situated on the former Shell Haven oil refinery on the north bank of the river Thames.
The purpose of this project is to show that it is possible to convert deposited and newly generated Oil Shale Ash (OSA) into valuable secondary materials for civil-engineering applications. This efficient and waste-free use of oil shale would reduce its impact on the environment while also generating economic benefits.
To the north of the River Wensum in Norwich, land is under redevelopment to create 200 houses, 20,500 sq m of office space, an hotel, 1,500 sq m of retail space, restaurants and cafés. The masterplan includes a new pedestrian bridge providing direct access to the city centre from the Barrack Street site. Various constraints and statutory requirements necessitated extensive liaison with Norwich Council and the Broads Authority to deliver a satisfactory design. Spanning a narrow 30m section of the Wensum, the deck needs to sit 2.9m above the water level to allow river traffic to pass unhindered. Long approach ramps are necessary to retain full accessibility for cycles and wheelchairs. To accommodate this, the bridge is 80m in length and curves to form a ‘J’ shape, aligning with t ...
This development, known as Granary Wharf, is the result of regeneration around the historic Leeds & Liverpool Canal, minutes from Leeds city centre. We provided civil and structural engineering for two landmark residential buildings; Candle House and Watermans Place and a footbridge linking the wharf to the central area of the city.
The masterplan for the site in Norwich between Barrack Street and the River Wensum includes 20,500 sq m of office space, 200 houses, a hotel, 1,500 sq m of retail space, restaurants and cafés as well as a footbridge, amenities and landscaping. The building at 3 St James Court is one of three office projects developed by Ramboll in the first phase of implementation, offering 3,354 sq m over two floors.Extensive investigations on adjacent ground indicated a strong likelihood of archaeological remains on the brownfield site, most recently occupied by a printworks. Our structural and geotechnical engineers liaised at length with the Norfolk county archaeologist to agree a strategy to limit ground disruption during construction.The printworks’ thick concrete floor has be ...
Pavilion constructed in Olympic Park for 2012 Games in London.
The improved section of the A477 road forms part of the Trans European Road Network (TERN), a strategic route linking mainland Europe with West Wales and Ireland. The original road was considered sub-standard in a number of aspects and the Welsh government appointed SRB Civil Engineering and Ramboll’s transport and environmental consultants in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) form of contract to design and deliver a £47m improvement scheme.
Designing a new foot and cycle bridge over the River Derwent in Derby has given our bridge team the opportunity to progress bridge technology at a significant site of industrial history.The competition-winning design is the face of modern engineering, and is unique in the UK as a variation on the cable-stayed swing bridge form. A 38m main span and an 18m kinked backspan are supported by three prestressed cables carrying load back to a 20m high raked mast. The design of the backspan was dictated by the site: it crosses a mill race, reinterpreted as a dynamic piece of public art, enabling access to the riverside walkway whether the bridge is open or closed.One big challenge was the river's flow rate, which is not only fast but can rise rapidly by up to 1m. Under flood ...
The potential environmental impact of the Aberdeen Gateway business park development, located just south of the city, was a critical enough issue to have affected the granting of planning permission.We undertook a thorough environmental impact assessment of the proposed scheme. Our assessment showed that the transportation of materials to and from the site would have a major impact, with vehicle emissions, traffic volumes on local roads and noise all causing concern.Accordingly, we made recommendations for a transportation strategy for on-site materials management. Our consultants demonstrated that the strategy would reduce carbon emissions associated with bringing fill material to the site from 4 tonnes to 3.1 tonnes.
MediaCityUK Footbridge connects Trafford with Salford Quays across the Manchester Ship Canal, and so is a major component of the new MediCityUK development. Working collaboratively with architects Wilkinson Eyre and Bennetts Associates, and M&E engineers from Atkins, our bridge engineers developed a cable-stayed swing bridge design with fanned mast pylons. We also undertook environmental assessment, the design of the opening mechanism and marine works such as the foundation design and vessel impact assessment.The project called for an original design, that took account of its context and responded to the practicalities of the site. Among the elements considered were the location's geometrical constraints, a brief calling for a bridge that is a landmark and destination in its own ...
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 new A477 route was officially opened in April 2014 by Transport Minister Edwina Hart and forms part of the Trans European Road Network (TERN), a strategic route linking mainland Europe with West Wales and Ireland. The original road was considered sub-standard in a number of aspects and the Welsh government appointed SRB Civil Engineering and Ramboll’s transport and environmental consultants in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) form of contract to design and deliver a £47m improvement scheme.
European gas consumption is increasing, and in order to meet these demands and ensure a long-term reliable supply line of energy, it was decided to establish a 1,224 kilometre dual pipeline system running from Vyborg, Russia to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany. The project is called the Nord Stream Pipeline.
The Swedish government wishes to learn from other European countries how to prepare its national strategy for sustainable land use.
In early 2010, NCG appointed Ramboll as lead designer of the redevelopment of Pulkovo Airport, which is one of the most ambitious aviation projects currently underway in Europe.
As the Port of Skagen is lacking space for its industrial activities, the port authority wishes to expand towards the south west. This will serve to strengthen its position as Denmark’s leading fishing harbour.
Ramboll is part of the winning consortium to design and lead the construction of the largest hospital project in Northern Europe, The New University hospital in Aarhus. The project will stretch over the next 10-15 years, with the hospital site ending up the size of a provincial town - about 500,000 m2.
Damhusledningen sewer project at Hvidovre reduces overflows at Damhusåen and is constructed by microtunnelling through complex geology with high groundwater.
DONG Oil Pipe A/S intends to establish a new LPG loading facility in Port of Skærbæk. The LPG is a byproduct from the process of stabilizing incoming "live crude oil" from the Danish North Sea offshore oil fields.
Ramboll has performed a project for a 1300 meter long new fairway at Masnedø Østflak south-east of Vordingborg. The project included all relevant studies, including geotechnical, geophysical and environmental studies as well as studies of the navigational safety.
Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd (GMEL) intend to establish a new port as part of an integrated Concentrator and Refinery facility in Kvanefjeld, Greenland, for the Kvanefjeld Rare Earth and Uranium Project. Ramboll has covered the port and logistics part of the total project and prepared a Port Feasibility Study, which demonstrates the technical feasibility of the future Kvanefjeld Port.
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.
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.
The Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve is a nature reserve located in the northwest of Singapore. In 2002, it was the first wetlands reserve to be designated in Singapore and its global importance as a stop-over point for migratory birds was recognized by its international’s inclusion in the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network. In 2003, it was also listed as an ASEAN Heritage Park.
The project involves the construction and operation of a new wind farm with over 40 wind turbines and a generating capacity in excess of 150 MW. The area supports bird and bat species which are the focus of detailed scientific investigation.
Ramboll prepares Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) of three near-shore wind farms in Danish waters for the Danish energy grid owner, Energinet.dk. The project involves preparing Environmental Impact Assessments for both the offshore wind farms as well as the onshore connection to the national grid.
Ramboll carried out site development for a potential offshore wind farm on Mejlflak in Aarhus Bay, Denmark. Ramboll's contract with Havvind Århus Bugt A/S included geophysical/geotechnical investigations and the entire EIA process including economic assessments.
Construction of the new Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury has enabled the consolidation of Pembury and Kent & Sussex Hospitals into one. Built on the site of the former, the new facility has 512 bedrooms and is the first NHS acute hospital in Britain to have single room wards.
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.
The road from Lusaka to Mongu is a vital connection to the western part of Zambia as well as to the Angolan border. The redevelopment of the road has led to considerable savings in time and transport costs.
Sri Lanka Ports Authorities (SLPA) is planning to develop a new major greenfield seaport in Hambantota, situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Hambantota Port is expected to relieve Colombo Port and is intended to support the growing demand for servicing large vessels.
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.
York Engineers' Triangle is the UK's largest rail operating centre and was built above the well-preserved foundations of three roundhouse and a Victorian engine shed. Ramboll archaeologists and structural engineers preserved 95% of the archaeological remains.
Refurbishing and extending a Grade II listed façade, previously used as a car park, into the luxury five star boutique hotel, The Beaumont.
Project planning of separate tram networks for two major cities in Finland, Tampere and Turku.
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.
The construction of the new E18 motorway will secure a higher traffic capacity, easier access and a more predictable travel time through villages and areas in Østfold. The E18 road is split in to nine road sections, stretching from Vinterbro all the way to Sweden's boarder. This project focuses on the 6th section, between Knapstad and Akershus border, and involves preparation of zoning plans as well as the construction plans.
Ramboll has performed a feasibility study for a combined new Sangley Airport and Seaport Project in Manila, Philippines, envisaged as the new gateway to Manila and the Philippines.
The Port of Helsinki officially opened the new cargo port at Vuosaari, Helsinki on 28 November 2008, which Ramboll helped realise. Finland’s new main port offers efficient transport with frequent shipping services to Central European ports as well as direct connections to the entire Finnish main road and railway network.
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.
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.
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.
Ramboll assisted Energinet.dk in carrying out environmental investigations and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in relation to the expansion of the capacity of the gas transmission system between Ellund and Egtved in the southern part of Jutland, Denmark.
The project consists of a 1.8 kilometre cut and cover tunnel, consisting of mechanical and electrical installations, several road and railway bridges (including railway bridges at Langenæs, Åhavevej and Viby Ringgade), and all temporary structures.
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.
The competition-winning design for the second road bridge crossing in Poole Harbour is a steel bascule bridge known as ‘Twin Sails’ for its distinctive silhouette when open …
Two elliptical residential towers of different heights sit above a two storey podium in this mixed use development in London's Canary Wharf. One of Europe's largest McDonald's restaurants has been demolished to make way for it.The concrete frame towers, one 28 storeys high and the other 35 storeys, are linked by spaghetti-like steel bridges. Each floor has a wrap-around balcony with views to the nearby marina. The podium below houses shops and a replacement McDonald's on the ground floor; and a children's playground, screened sports pitch and landscaped public space on the first floor.A complex transfer system supporting the two towers has been integrated into the podium. Concrete beams and deep reinforced concrete walls have been strategically positioned as part of ...
Vatnsmyri is an area of 150 hectares located in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland. It is the last plot of undeveloped land on Reykjavik's narrow peninsula and is occupied by the domestic airport. To retain its historical centre and remain a competitor in the global market, the city has to expand...
Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg provides a critical gateway into Russia and is one of Europe’s most ambitious aviation projects with a landmark terminal and surrounding airport ‘city’.
The Polarled pipeline project is part of the plans for developing fields further north in the Norwegian Sea.
The population in Western part of Sweden is growing and capacity problems on the railways in and around Gothenburg are increasing.
The Øresund Link connects the Danish capital Copenhagen with the city of Malmö in southern Sweden by a four lane motorway and a two track electrified railway for high speed (200 km/h) passenger services as well as freight trains.
In order to improve the connection between Sørli and Lillehammer in Norway, Ramboll is planning a new 70-kilometre double track railway line.
Ramboll has played a significant role in the Mersey Gateway project, the central feature of the significant highway improvements between the M56 and Speke Road. It is a new six-lane cable-stayed tolled bridge across the Mersey Estuary between Runcorn and Widnes.
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...
Sometimes doing nothing can be the most costly option – both in environmental and financial terms. Representing 3.5 million residents, Jeddah officials have realised that swift action is needed to make the city more liveable in the future. Ramboll established a cost-benefit analysis and crafted a masterplan to ensure future sustainable development for Jeddah.
Having served as Helsinki's cargo port for almost 100 years, Jätkäsaari will be transformed into an attractive urban residential area by 2025. The Jätkäsaari construction project consists of various commissions, which Ramboll is planning in connection with numerous client and cooperative partners.
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.
The project for “Nordhavnsvej” is the first stage of a new road to Copenhagen’s Nordhavn (North Harbour). Nordhavn is an old industrial and port area, planned to be developed into a new urban area in the north-eastern part of Copenhagen. When fully developed, the urban area is planned for 40,000 residents and 40,000 workplaces.