The operation of a former gasworks in Copenhagen (Østre Gasværk) has given rise to significant pollution of soil and groundwater in the area with oil, tar and cyanides. Ramboll has conducted extensive studies of pollution and mitigation measures such as draining pipes and wells to prevent contaminated groundwater from spreading to the neighbouring areas and the harbour.
Wild rice harvesting is an important cultural, environmental, and economic product of northern Minnesota that co-exists in an area of equally important iron mining. Concerns with protecting lakes where wild rice grows have heightened as environmental stresses (hydrological changes, disease, invasive species) challenge productivity. Understanding options to improve groundwater quality potentially impacting wild rice lakes entails a multi-disciplinary Ramboll team working closely with the client and other stakeholders.
Contamination modelling and risk assessment in relation to water abstraction and screening for potential remediation methods
Water used for cooling operations is critical to data center management. A multi-disciplinary team evaluated the security of alternative future water supplies given different jurisdictions, drought restrictions, and local trends in climate and economic growth.
The Great Lakes Initiative (GLI), a comprehensive plan to restore and protect the waters of the Great Lakes, sets some of the most stringent water quality standards in the US. Early planning for the significant changes to discharge limits and preparing by identifying compliance options (e.g., manufacturing modifications, source control, focused site-specific risk evaluation, engineering controls) was critical to a facility in determining investments (amount and timing).
The Natura 2000 site Sølsted Moor in South Jutland, a degraded raised bog hosting the only known population of Weatherfish in Denmark, is restored. The project includes clearing of tree growth and restoring hydrology and living conditions for the Weatherfish.
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 thriving West Yorkshire market town of Hebden Bridge, close to the Penine Way, attracts 125,000 visitors a year and, as a result, has run out of car-parking spaces. This site, which had been vacant since the 1960s, is set on a tiered slope with a retaining wall in the heart of the town's conservation area. The planning issues are complicated and sensitivity has been integral at all levels.The design for the proposed seven-storey development is clad in local stone and offers 160 parking spaces, a hidden car stacker system, 48 residential properties and eight retail units.The foundation design incorporates a bored piled wall to form a double storey basement, and a concrete slab ground to act as support for the superstructure. Shops at street level will be concret ...
An ambitious mixed use development is planned for 20 hectares of wasteland, formerly a stone quarry, on the outskirts of Leeds. Three densities of housing are involved, the highest density to be combined with retail facilities, and an existing office building on the site may be reused. A new nursing home is also incorporated in the developer’s plans.The mile-long site slopes by 70m from end to end, necessitating the creation of plateaux at three levels. Our site investigations and ground modelling informed an earth works engineering design that avoids large natural impediments and balances cut and fill to minimize the need for imported material. A new Section 278 road winds from end to end of the site, with spurs accessing the various areas of development.We led neg ...
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 ...
A brownfield site full of buried obstructions, including three historic docks, riverwall tie-rods and boulders — is the location of this riverside residential development in Newport, Wales. We provided the foundation design and a loadbearing masonry option for the three buildings: four, five and six storeys high, linked by a ground floor car park.
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.
Ramboll is the lead consultant on a comprehensive project on establishing of a new treatment plant in the city of Skellefteå which ensures high-quality drinking water to all inhabitants.
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.
In the period 2013-2018, Ramboll is assisting the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in monitoring water quality in streams, rivers, ponds and wells within the construction area of the new E134 13.2 km route between Damåsen-Saggrenda. This route involves 4.5 km tunnelling in four tunnels and lies within the water areas of Eikern and Nummedal rivers and touches five watersheds.
The Hevossaari water intake plant is being built in Heinola, Southern Finland. The plant will be inaugurated in late winter 2011, and will serve as the primary household water supply in Heinola. Ramboll has been in charge of all the planning stages and subareas.
On Leamouth Peninsula in East London, the semi-derelict docklands have great potential for vibrant mixed-use urban development. However, a major hurdle for potential inhabitants has been the area's comparative isolation, particularly from the transport hub of Canning Town.Leaside Regeneration Ltd ran a competition for the design of a pedestrian and cycle bridge that is safe and attractive, and provides a direct link to London Underground, overground train and planned bus stops across the River Lea — linking historic wharfs such as Trinity Buoy Wharf on the Thames with the transport interchange. The idea is to kick-start regeneration of the area and provide a key access route into East London and the nearby 2012 Olympics site. Our winning design is an elegant cable-s ...
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.
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.
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.
As a leading consultant in water and environment Ramboll has carried out a large portion of the Danish National Groundwater Mapping Programme which comprises multidisciplinary hydrogeological projects.
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.
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.
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 ...
The district of Kilburn South in London extends from Kilburn Underground Station on the east to Queen's Park Station on the west. Its mix of residences, shops and other amenities developed over the last 200 years and structures range from Victorian terraces to grouped multi-storey tower blocks.Funded by the Government's New Deal for Communities scheme, Brent Council has embarked on a regeneration initiative to improve and sustain the quality of life in the area over the long term.Working for MACE project management, we supported the masterplanning team with a wide range of engineering expertise. We have delivered detailed assessments of current conditions against which options for improvement can be considered by planners and the public. Our infrastructure and urban ...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This master plan will provide the vision and framework for economic, social and government based projects over the next 30 years. The creation of the Fujairah Strategic Masterplan Project is an initiative of the Government of Fujairah and will set a framework for the growth and development of the Emirate of Fujairah until 2040.
Chicago is taking urban development in the US in a brand new direction. The Chicago Lakeside-project is based on the assumption that future generations picture themselves living in a city focused on liveability and sustainability.
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.