The intriguing and popular British Pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai was designed by Heatherwick Studio, winners of the 2007 design competition. More than 200 countries are taking part in the Expo, the theme for which is "Better City, Better Life"...
Pragmatic fire engineering affecting the layout of these exciting towers. Three twisting towers, connected by a large podium, will provide luxury accommodation in the heart of Bahrain’s capital. Ramboll was involved up to the end of the schematic stage negotiating alternate solutions with the Bahrain Civil Defence authorities.
Dragon Mart is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China. A 1.25km long shopping complex with a total built-up area of 158,000sqm in International City, Dubai, Dragon Mart is the largest wholesale Chinese market outside of mainland China.
This 300 bed, 95,000sqm facility includes a four-storey inpatient unit, a large clinical space, an emergency department and a dedicated support area. This highly integrated design provides significant flexibility and focus on patient care and family needs, utilizing the most advanced medical technology, international design and healthcare planning solutions available. The building is planned around a central atrium, which creates a striking visual element whilst allowing natural light to penetrate the interior. The space also provides a central gathering point for patients and visitors. Due to the high volume of occupants and significant numbers of patients who may be immobile, hospitals pose a high fire and safety threat. These risks increase in units with high-tech infrastructures and potentially volatile medical stores. To minimize and mitigate these risks, the experienced team in the Ramboll Fire Engineering department were commissioned to produce a peer review of the fire and safety designs for the building, identifying and assessing non-compliant and high risk aspects of the design. The team provided advice and practical solutions on how to meet international safety standards and obtain fire authority approval, while maintaining the integrity of the architectural design.
This design met particularly demanding structural objectives on an archaeologically significant site.A ten storey atrium is flanked by two office wings suspended over a column-free entrance hall. The system transferring the loads back to the main structure required careful analysis to determine movement during both construction and use. The slate and glass cladding system demanded tight tolerances on the steelwork and precise assessment of lateral and vertical deflections.Our 3D modelling of the structure enabled us to issue all structural data to tenderers on CD, significantly reducing the tender period and improving cost certainty.
Walton-on-Thames has been completely revitalized by the development of a 18,000 sq m site in the centre of town, formerly occupied by a carpark. The new complex provides 75,000 sq m of retail and residential space, including a high percentage of affordable housing.Retail facilities occupy the first basement and ground floor levels throughout the site, with carparking for residents one level below. From first to sixth floor, the flats are arranged in blocks around a couple of landscaped garden courtyards.To achieve this, we used a sculpted concrete transfer deck to form the ceiling of the triple height walkway running through the retail area. Inventively lit and clad in moulded white GRP, the deck is an aesthetic feature — and all utilities routes for the flats above ...
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 ...
Glasgow’s G1 Building on the south side of the city’s George Square was once the city’s main post office. It now houses 120,000 sq ft of office and restaurant space behind its Grade A listed façade. Ramboll’s building services and fire engineers designed energy-efficient systems that enabled maximisation of the total lettable area of the 12-storey building.The services design provides flexibility, allowing for separate metering for two tenants per floor on each of the building’s eight office floors, with further provision in the basement and on the roof for the installation of tenant plant. Air-handling units and chillers have been custom made to fit the comparatively small roof space. The two chillers circulate water to each floor’s ceiling-mounted fan coil units, while fresh ...
Sometimes it pays to look twice at received ideas about what works and what doesn’t. By questioning some basic assumptions, we were able to provide cost-saving innovations on this HQ development in Aberdeen. Three buildings are connected by an internal fully-glazed triple-height ‘street’. Comprising a total of seven wings, the buildings project out on either side of the street, so the overall structure is roughly star shaped on plan. Each three-storey building is steel framed and is clad in glazing and rendered panels. Two atria book-end the development, and a long span stair provides a visual focal point.Precast concrete hollow-core floor panels are used throughout. Following detailed analysis of the interaction between the steel frame and concrete elements, we wer ...
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 ...
As part of the regeneration of Leicester's historic city centre, a 1930s police station has been partially demolished to make way for a landmark development.Adjacent to a Serbian church, the spectacular phase 1 building provides 55,000 sq ft of commercial space over four storeys and 19,000 sq ft of five-storey residential space. The entrance to the building leads into an atrium with a glazed façade, which hangs from beams spanning 15m. This allows substantial daylight to flood the double height area. The building's residents are served by an underground carpark. We used finite element analysis to design a transfer slab over the carpark to support the loadbearing masonry structure. The building's steel frame consists of cellular beams that support composite concrete ...
As part of the broader redevelopment of Paddington Basin, we are working on this twelve storey hotel adjacent to the train station. At the time of development, a Crossrail tunnel was planned for directly beneath the site — however, its precise location was still to be determined. Our challenge was to devise a foundation that could accommodate Crossrail construction in any location.Key to the design is a massive transfer structure that forms a table eight metres above ground. A coordinated grid supports building load above while allowing for future rail construction underneath. Supported on piles inserted outside the tunnel exclusion zone, the transfer grid effectively creates a false ground level eight feet in the air.A fully glazed lobby occupies the ground floor. ...
A multi-disciplinary, international team working together on this important healthcare project. The extension of the King Saud University Medical City comprises of several new buildings for the university with an approximate area of 350.000sqm. The first stage includes a new National Diabetic Center, a new Dental college and an expansion of the medical college.
Located in central London’s Fitzrovia, on the edge of London’s Soho neighbourhood, the Grade II listed Berners Hotel is refurbished to become part of the luxury boutique EDITION Hotel portfolio.
A Canary Wharf development intended to meet high targets in sustainability and architectural design. In our role as holders of a watching brief, we made some interventions to improve internal legibility and façade performance.The 15 storey steel frame structure is L shaped on plan, with a courtyard nestled in the crook of the L. Several full height atria provide reception and circulation facilities — the use of open space pointing to KPMG's core values of transparency and communicability. We revised the initial circulation design so that stair flights connect to alternating sides of the ascending floor plates in the central atrium. Seen from below, the stairs form a criss-cross pattern, enhancing the impression of a fluid, multiply-connected environment. Our façade ...
We're working on three of the NHS's groundbreaking LIFT schemes in London, involving a total of eight healthcare centres. These new, integrated facilities house GP practices alongside related services such as dentistry, physiotherapy and X-ray. South West London LIFT incorporates St John's Health Centre in Battersea and Green Wryth Lane Health Centre in Richmond.A prime objective was to optimize the efficiency of the buildings, using passive features to provide acceptable temperature, lighting and ventilation levels. We also worked hard to standardize our solution across LIFT projects, reducing capital and throughlife costs.We were able to advise the architects of both developments from the earliest stages, testing different options rapidly to balance cost and dayli ...
The UK government's academies program aims to give underperforming schools a new lease of life by building legible, curriculum-appropriate facilities that encourage academic endeavour. For these two schools — Park and Springs — we provided engineering solutions that served an economic building program. Steel framed with composite concrete slabs, the schools have external masonry cavity walls that help regulate thermal capacity. Springs is triangular in plan, with a central courtyard housing an amphitheatre. The self-enclosing triangular structure was chosen for heightened security. Parks is E-shaped in plan, with three wings leading off a long “street.” Both structures are double glazed throughout with ventilation systems designed to promote sound insulation. The sc ...
Siemens Green Port Hull is providing a huge boost to the UK’s offshore wind industry and the Humber region. The site was a much anticipated £160 million investment into wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire.
The University of Leicester’s new Centre for Medicine is the UK’s largest Passivhaus building and brings together academics, researchers, clinicians and students who were once spread across multiple university sites.
The development comprises a basement, lower ground, ground and seven upper floors. In situ concrete flat slabs are used for the lower floors while the upper floors are framed in steel, with long span cellular beams acting compositely with in situ concrete floors on permanent metal decking. Slip-formed concrete cores provide stability.The elevations are Portland stone. Solid stone piers act as the vertical loadbearing structures around the perimeter. Within the piers elastomeric bearings isolate the stone from rotations that occur at the ends of the long span beams.
Engineering the redevelopment of the old Lloyds/TSB headquarters required both sensitivity and audacity. Parts of the original building are Grade II listed: the banking hall...
Adjacent to Kensington High Street London Underground station, this listed building is home to 361,000 sq ft of retail and office space, with the famous Kensington Roof Gardens and the Virgin nightclub on top.Retail facilities occupy the basement, ground, first and second floors, and offices the third to fifth floors. Record label Sony BMG signed a 10-year lease for the third and fourth floors on the understanding they could reconfigure the space. Realising the company's vision involved extensive structural renovations. Voids were created by removal of some floor areas and temporary bracing inserted to enable this. In order to reinforce existing columns, plates were welded to them to create box-section columns capable of spanning two floors in height.We also provid ...
As part of the City Academy program to increase schools' academic standards, this award winning 1950s school will be refurbished and a two-storey concrete frame extension added, including entry atrium, classrooms, dance hall, sports hall and music rooms. Our main challenge is to marry a high architectural standard with a competitive budget. Lateral thinking has produced some ingenious solutions involving the use of prefab elements and some recycled materials.The existing sports hall has a timber truss roof. Once removed, these trusses will be recycled in the construction of the new atrium rooflight. A dramatic double storey height 'street' running the entire width of the extension building, the atrium will be a key visual feature of the new build. The new roof will ...
On an island site next to London's Tate Modern, two 1960s office blocks were demolished to make way for a landmark development. The three buildings of Bankside 123 provide 70,000 sq m of high specification office space, with retail and leisure facilities at ground floor level. Bankside 1, the first to be completed, is the largest, providing approximately half the development's total indoor area.Our involvement from the earliest stages of feasibility planning helped de-risk the project and maximize commercial viability. We used 3D modelling to map out a forest of existing mini-piles that congest the site. This informed a successful foundation design which incorporates 52m deep piles and a waterproof basement wall that doubles as support for the superstructure. Plunge columns wer ...
One of the first commercial developments to be built under the new Scottish building regulations outlined in Section 6, Broadway is expected to deliver an exemplary low energy life cycle. Phase 1 is a nine-storey office tower. Our client is developing the project on speculation, so future flexibility is a key requirement of the M&E design. We’ve been involved with the architect from the early concept stages, helping to ensure the building performs with the minimum M&E provision. By CFD modelling the entire site, we’ve been able to calculate anticipated solar shading from adjacent buildings. This has informed a highly sensitive façade specification which balances the need to optimize natural light penetration while also minimizing the impact of solar gain. Free cooli ...
Designed to provide 30,000 sq m of floor space, at the time of construction this six-storey steel-composite structure was the largest speculative office development to be undertaken in London's West End in a decade.Six of our departments worked with the architect Squire and Partners to develop the design, necessitating rigorous project co-ordination. The results speak for themselves: the building was delivered 15% below budget and two months in advance of the original programme.Site challenges included the close proximity of London Underground tunnels and re-use of existing pile foundations, both of which required detailed analysis and strategy.We used 15m spans to provide the necessary column-free space for a fully flexible, open plan interior. The stee ...
Cavendish III will be the home of the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. It has a long and distinguished history including 29 Nobel Laureates. The building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching.
Eight secondary school premises are being built or refurbished under the Future Manchester framework — part of the Government’s massive UK-wide schools replacement programme, Building Schools for the Future.We’ve worked on building services design to be replicated — with modifications — across all eight schools. An important area of focus has been the precise control of CO2 levels in line with BB101, together with a wider agenda for reduced energy use.Our solution involves a streamlined mechanical ventilation system in which an air handling unit is positioned at ceiling level in every classroom. Automatic heat recovery reduces the energy used by each unit, because the heat generated by occupants, increased ICT provision and any solar gain is recycled rather than exp ...
Crome Court, part of The University of East Anglia’s £58m campus redevelopment, is the University’s newest and most energy efficient accommodation block, achieving ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.
With its £70m regeneration masterplan, the University of Bedfordshire aims to deliver a campus with an improved sense of community. The first phase concentrated on the new Campus Centre building, for which we supplied structural, fire and geotechnical engineering. It provides a student social hub, a lecture theatre, exhibition space, and catering and student support facilities, over four floors and a mezzanine.The site in central Luton posed a number of challenges, and historic remains — including a moat — discovered during demolition works delayed progress. In addition, a live services tunnel had to be diverted and negotiations on boundary issues undertaken. The new building shares a wall with the neighbouring business school, and the school's basement in particular required a ...
In central Plymouth sits a 14 storey building constructed from 360 modular steel blocks erected in just nine weeks. Located above retail and office accommodation the 348 student accommodation units provide new purpose built facilities for Plymouth University students.
Our structural engineering design for this speculative office and retail development helped increase the project's earning potential as well as cutting costs significantly.The scheme originally allowed for 17 storeys of flexible office space. We worked closely with the services engineers to save more than 100mm on the combined depth of the perforated steel beam, services and ceiling void between each floor; the total saving over 17 floors enabled the architects to add an eighteenth storey without increasing the overall building height.The new building is a steel frame structure with concrete cores and curtain wall glazing set back from projected stainless steel-clad columns. It replaces a 1960s building on the same site.We deepened the existing single ba ...
Ocean Spa Plaza, Gibraltar (OSPG) will be situated as part of Gibraltar’s famous Ocean Village marina resort.
This six-storey steel frame development is located in a central London conservation area. The idea was to improve the building's potential as a commercial site while observing local authority building guidelines — the 19th century sections of the masonry façade remain intact...
Construction is now complete at the new National Graphene Institute (NGI) a £61 million state-of-the-art facility at The University of Manchester, dedicated to the study, research and development of graphene and its applications.
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.
The Winnersh Triangle lies within a mile of the M4 motorway, close to Reading and is the subject of a phased redevelopment plan to create a new grade A business park. We were appointed to provide structural, fire, infrastructure, sustainability and geotechnical services for five buildings, including a new HQ for Jacobs Engineering. Bespoke office accommodation was required while the client requested that the building's design be consistent with the rest of the park.The Jacobs building comprises five floors on top of a podium structure containing an undercroft car park, set half in the ground and designed to work with the site's contours. The podium is finished with a mixture of hard and soft landscaping which helps attenuate surface water drainage and reduces discharge into the ...
A central district of Slovenia's capital city is to be completely transformed by an ambitious mixed use development that incorporates commercial, residential, retail, hotel, sports and leisure facilities for day and night. Ramboll's engineers and consultants have provided structural, building services, fire and transport engineering for the concept design.
Fitzroy place is the most significant new development in Fitzrovia in over 50 years. This mixed use scheme includes almost 300 homes in three in situ concrete framed buildings, as well as 210,000 sq. ft. of offices and 21,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and shops in two steel framed buildings, encompassing some of the most desirable residences and commercial premises in London.
Multidisciplinary award-winning project. Ramboll completed the Shining Towers project in 2012. The project comprises two towers of 33 and 42 storeys respectively, and won the GCC tower of the year at the 2010 Construction Week awards.
An integrated community which, apart from a luxurious hotel, will house 1,000 residences, retail and leisure facilities. This new 285 room, five star waterfront resort is located in picturesque Jordan, overlooking the Dead Sea. The resort will feature seven restaurants, a spa and one of the largest, best appointed convention centres in the region.
This 220 bed hospital, consisting of two residential buildings for medical staff, a mosque, emergency helipad, air conditioned ambulance garage, an armoury, chemical storage facility and security gate house will be offering state of the art facilities in Sharjah. The hospital will cater for dignitaries by providing VIP medical suites. As well as providing medical services, the hospital will function as a cutting edge medical education facility, with an entire floor consisting of three lecture theatres, a library and associated offices, offering the very latest research and excellence in medical education.
An affordable, self-sustained development in Jumeirah Village. A Mediterranean style gated community, Fortunato is a 5-storey hexagonally shaped apartment building and two 3-storey townhouse structures. Parking is provided below ground covering an area of 16,000m2.
Slanted at 6 degrees from the vertical, The Pad’s design is based on the iPod. Billed as the world’s first ‘cybertecture’ building, with its design inspired by the Apple iPod, The Pad is a twenty-three storey residential development in Dubai’s Business Bay.
The new university area of Campus Grimstad will gather the students of Arendal and Grimstad under one roof. Ramboll has actively participated in the accomplishment of the project.
The vision of the Multimedia Corporation Stavanger Aftenblad is to be the biggest and most efficient editorial provider of news, information and entertainment in the Rogaland county.
Ramboll UK's engineers worked side-by-side in Copenhagen with the architects on the development of the design of BIG's extraordinary, competition-winning scheme for the new Presidential Library in Astana, Kazakhstan, though the project has not proceeded. The steel and glass building was designed to house three million books, the National Archive, a museum, exhibition space, visitor amenities and an office for the country's President.A key challenge was to bring buildability to the complex structure, making an outwardly highly complicated form in an extreme climate achievable using simple rational forms and conventional building services systems. The design merges several architectural archetypes — the circle, the rotunda, the arch and the yurt (a felt-covered structure used by ...
Construction is underway for a Transport for London’s (TfL) new headquarter at International Quarter London (previously known as The International Quarter (TIQ)).
The client for the Arts Alliance mobile venue set a tough brief. The structure had to be capable of being erected within two weeks and when demounted it had to fit inside a reasonable number of shipping containers for transportation across the world. It also had to be of the highest quality architecturally. Working with Various Architects, who are based in Norway, together with specialist contractor ESS, we developed a structural concept that has met the challenge. The travelling theatre has an ultra low-weight steel roof with radiating steel tension spokes and a perimeter steel structure, like a bicycle wheel. The exterior skin is self-supporting and consists of a web of inflatable fabric tubes coated in PVC, with translucent inflated pillows as infill. Aluminium portal frames ...
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...
Sensitivity is required on this project to build an eight storey residential building and a fourteen storey commercial high rise on an historic site which once housed a mill complex run by Benedictine monks. Care was taken during demolition to preserve a medieval arch, which has been awarded scheduled monument status...
Sparsely populated suburbs southwest of Nicosia are being redeveloped to provide a high-quality commercial, residential and retail district for Cyprus’s capital city. The developer's ambitions represent new goals locally for sustainable planning and operation. Ramboll UK joined the multi-disciplinary masterplanning team to advise on overall feasibility and on infrastructure and utilities in particular, with special emphasis on sustainable water supply, management, treatment and recycling.The development occupies a 17 hectare site, currently consisting of sub-arable land and largely disused buildings. Orange and lemon orchards occupying the site are to be retained, relocated to areas of water-rich parkland that are integral to the new plans.Our infrastructure and mas ...
We were lead consultants for a project to construct new British Embassy and consular offices in Sana'a, Yemen. The competition-winning design is a two storey reinforced concrete building housing 1,000 sq m of office space. It stands in landscaped gardens that are irrigated in part by rainwater harvested from the flat roof. The building's thermal mass is part of an integrated services strategy that includes passive cooling systems. A canopy overhang and brise soleil further mitigate solar gain.We provided in-house expertise for a wide range of specialist aspects: our geotechnical engineers contributed to the development of seismic-resistant features and our fire engineering team advised on compartmentation and fire-fighting methods.By providing an integr ...
Ramboll UK was appointed lead consultant to refurbish an office building in the centre of Brussels on behalf of the British Embassy and the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union. Structural, building services, fire engineering, lighting and sustainability services were provided to make the long, narrow, nine storey building with three basement levels fit for purpose.Limited information and incomplete structural drawings existed for the 1960s building, so the details of its concrete frame and substructure only became available when fittings and fixtures were stripped out. Ongoing survey and assessment work was carried out while refurbishment commenced to reduce the impact of the lack of information on the fast-track construction programme.Essential securi ...
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...
A multi-purpose complex with diverse recreational and business uses such as a shopping mall, a supermarket, an office centre and a high-class business hotel.
The Edward Boyle Library is a modernist concrete building located in the heart of Leeds University’s campus. Dating back to 1975 and extended in 1996, the Grade II listed building forms part of a much wider group of listed buildings designed by Chamberlin Powell & Bon...
A major PPP project to consolidate ten different schools of four Scottish campuses. As we provided a full range of services, including structural, building services, geotechnical and fire engineering as well as BREEAM consultancy, we were able to deliver highly co-ordinated solutions.Overall, the developments provide for nursery, primary, secondary and special needs teaching, as well as sports and other facilities for community use. We worked closely with the architect to help achieve a design that balances cost-effective repeatability with the flexibility to respond to each school's distinct character and needs. For example, St Joseph's has an Oratory, Shortlees a weightlifting room and The Grange a special needs facility.At Mauchline School, a 19th century buildin ...
A 27-storey serviced apartment building with 12th floor outdoor pool area. When creating buildings with untraditional layouts, it can become a challenge to make sure that these also remain safe to live in. For instance in case of a fire, it is essential that occupants are protected in the best possible way.
An architectural vision kept intact through Ramboll’s engineering design. The complex geometric design of the 25-storey Iris Crystal morphs from almost circular to a more free form, curved shape as it twists up its height, with each storey having a slightly modified floor plan.
With its sweeping, curving aspect, this mixed-use project offers prime retail, commercial and residential space on Business Bay. Comprising a 56-storey commercial tower, a 16-storey residential block and a 7,000sqm retail space, this complex comes together to create an ultra-modern gateway to Business Bay.
A new mixed-use development designed in the shape of a billowing sail and standing at the apex of the Maritime City’s headland location. Keeping out solar heat was essential for the design of the Landmark Tower, the tallest proposed tower in Dubai Maritime City at 229m.
Bergen Health and Haukeland University Hospital have built a new Centre for Nuclear Medicine/PET with an associated Polyclinic and patient ward. The building is placed in the hospital park and has therefore been given the name “Parkbygget”, which in Norwegian means Park Building.
Lighting design for canteen at Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Opened to coincide with Liverpool's appointment as European Capital of Culture, the design academy provides facilities for a wide range of programs including architecture, fine arts, textiles, graphics and printing. The building is designed for energy efficiency, with renewable technologies accounting for 10% of annual energy demand. The five storey concrete frame structure is waved on plan, with saw toothed windows from first floor up on the two long elevations. A full height glazed atrium forms a dramatic "cut-through," permitting sightlines across the building. Open-plan at ground floor level, the atrium's upper storeys are internally articulated with segments of the floor slabs filled in at varying locations. Lightweight cantilever steel scissor stairs connect the ascending ...
Education from start to finish — primary school to A level — is provided at this single complex, created through the Government's City Academies scheme. It's built on the playing field of an existing school, which remained open during construction. When the works were complete, the old school was demolished to make room for a new sports field.Most of the teaching spaces are housed in two reinforced concrete wings, respectively two and three storeys high. The wings are neatly linked by an enclosed steel bridge and a triple height assembly hall. This and the sports hall are steel framed and clad in zinc tile and timber.The assembly hall is spanned by a second enclosed bridge, so broad that it resembles a mezzanine floor. By suspending this structure from massive steel ...
Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant is the UK's second commercial straw-burning power plant near Sleaford in Lincolnshire. The 38MW commercial straw-burning power facility generates enough electricity to power 65,000 homes using sustainable fuel sources...
Iasi’s new business park is located near the centre of town, divided from the university and commercial district by the River Bahlui. We worked on the masterplan and phase 1 of the development, which will eventually consist of 25 buildings in a dramatically landscaped environment. As well as offices, these include laboratories, hotel facilities, student accommodation and an arts institute. All structures and amenities are designed to meet the standards and expectations of companies used to operating in America and Western Europe. Former industrial use has left potential contamination on site. This, and the flood risk associated with its riverside location were dealt with by our infrastructure engineers. Our transport planning team examined links with the town centre ...
Three existing primary schools are being replaced by the new Hillhead Primary in Glasgow. We were appointed by the architect as part of the design team to create a learning environment for 666 pupils in a woodland habitat. The site is divided between a former car park and a greenfield site previously used by the city's parks department.The site's proximity to the River Kelvin necessitated an environmental impact assessment to examine the flood risk. Proposed green roofs will contribute to the drainage strategy by discharging excess water into the river. We provided transport solutions, including provisions for bicycles and staging drop-off zones in the surrounding side streets. An air quality study analysed the impact of CO2 emissions during peak hours.The school's ...
The architect's design for Aylesbury Theatre is an interpretation of the surrounding countryside, with its woods and rolling hills. In keeping with this concept, its concrete core, which house the auditorium, is surrounded by a timber frame. The auditorium stands at the heart of the building as if at the heart of the forest. One hundred and ninety geothermal piles make up the foundations. In plan, the building describes a curved shape similar to a pond, resulting in undulating forms for both the façade and roof. The extensively glazed façade is supported by external timber fins. Tree-like, these taper outwards from base to crown, also supporting the stainless steel clad roof overhang. The fins are restrained in places by fixed timber louvres.
Refurbishing and extending a Grade II listed façade, previously used as a car park, into the luxury five star boutique hotel, The Beaumont.
A Soviet-era tower block has been demolished to make way for a 23-storey five-star hotel and 14-storey apartment building linked by a two-storey podium in the historic port city of Batumi on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. We are providing a one-stop design and project management service for this fast-track development. Architect RTKL is acting as a sub-consultant to Ramboll. The design is contemporary but influenced by traditional Georgia. Features include an old-town style boulevard of two-storey shops and restaurants that runs along the seafront and through the new complex. Lawns and gardens cover the top of the podium to create an energy efficient green roof. Solar panels have also been installed on the podium and on the roof.
Ramboll is working with contractor Balfour Beatty under a design & build contract to deliver five school projects in the UK counties of Essex and Norfolk. The scheme, which is due for completion in 2014, is the latest in our five-year working relationship with Balfour Beatty, with whom we have completed more than 10 school developments, including work on the Building Schools for the Future government initiative. For this new scheme, collectively known as Ormiston Academies, Ramboll's engineers and consultants are providing a full range of services.The five academies are publicly-funded independent schools, teaching children aged 11-18 years. The Gateway, Park and Rivers Academies are located in Essex, and the Venture and Victory Academies are in Norfolk. In 2006, Gateway Academ ...
A major multi-phased residential and retail development revitalising Canning Town. Constrained by major roads and properties and up to 21 storeys high, the 650 unit award-winning scheme presented numerous engineering challenges requiring creative and innovative solutions.
The Princess Street scheme is an exciting new residential development located within the heart of Manchester City, due for completion in 2018. Comprising of 238 apartments and a 148 bed hotel spread across 3 buildings ranging from 12 to 14 storeys.
Located on top of Cerro Armazones in Chile, the European Extremely Large Telescope will gather 8 million times more light than Galileo's telescope of the renaissance era. In the search for life on planets around other stars in the Milky Way, this ultra-advanced telescope will be our best bet in the near future.
Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is the World’s only Ferrari theme park. Sixty of our engineers worked on the four-year project and were involved in every aspect of the park's unique design from concept to completion.
Two 32-storey sections rise above a 4-storey podium, providing flexible office space in Jumeirah Village. Ramboll brought together a multi-disciplinary design team. Our structural engineers, using long span post-tensioned slabs with columns only at the perimeters, ensured each floor was fully customizable. Our façades team, working closely with our sustainability consultants, designed the façade glass to maximize the energy performance of the building. Our building services team designed the rooftop plant area, which is concealed behind façade projections. Our façade engineers also designed the Building Maintenance Unit, which sits behind this roof projection.
Two undulating, curved buildings on a small plot provided challenges for all of our disciplines. Perched on the edge of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, Saraya Towers will provide exclusive, high-spec apartments, including a rooftop ‘royal penthouse’ with infinity pool.
170,000sqm state-of-the-art business centre community comprising commercial, retail and hospitality spaces to support Dubai’s vision for Innovation.
This Zaha Hadid design has tested our engineers’ skills unlike any other. In the constant search for original designs that truly push the limits, many building projects in the Middle East are in fact driving innovation in engineering design.
Ramboll has just topped out the supertall tower, Damac Heights in the Dubai Marina. Pushing 340m it is set to become one of the world’s top 100 tallest buildings once complete in 2017.
Elegant and simple architecture that translates into a complex geometry challenge for our engineers. The simple design of this 58-storey Empire Tower, inspired by twisting clay and bringing to mind a folded paper fan, maximizes views over the Gulf.
Mixed-use development to be built in Dubai’s Waterfront district Domain Views is a mixed use project located in a prime location in the Dubai waterfront development. The project consists of 5 towers (average 25 floors) comprising 4 residential and 1 office tower, resting on a large podium with 4 levels of undercover parking. Ramboll provided structural, MEP and sustainability consulting advice to achieve a LEED gold rating. As well as detailed energy modelling and renewable energy studies, this project incorporates construction types exceeding regulatory requirements to significantly improve the building energy performance
Ramboll has been appointed by RSP Architects to provide consultancy services for the development of the new Headquarters’ office of Emirates Advanced Investment (EAI), located in Abu Dhabi. Elite Design and Engineering Consultancy, an Emirates Advance Investment Group (EAIG) Subsidiary is the main Client on this project.
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.
Landmark 70-storey ‘twin’ building designed with ambitious sustainability criteria. The atrium is a landmark project located in a prime location in the Dubai waterfront development. The project consists of two 70-storey towers that merge at the 49th floor.
A five tower office complex surrounding a central plaza in the world’s first maritime business centre. The first ever purpose-built maritime center in the world, Dubai maritime city, will serve as an international hub for maritime business.
Home to the world’s richest horse race, this magnificent venue is also the world’s largest racecourse. With only three years from its announcement to the first meeting, the $1bn Meydan is a testament to the efficiency of the Middle East’s construction industry.
The extension of the culture school is placed neighbouring the existing culture house in Husnes, Norway.
The Hamsun Centre, built to celebrate the most famous Norwegian author, combines exceptional architecture with unique technical solutions.
Bergen kommunale bygg, BKB (Bergen Council Constructions) are in the process of renovating and extending Soeraashoegda School.
Ramboll is working with the contractor Balfour Beatty, under a design & build contract, to deliver five school projects in the UK counties of Essex and Norfolk.
Rambøll has in collaboration with the architect group Cubus been commissioned by Bergen municipality to carry out overall planning of a new district center at Damsgård.
The project include an additional 3 storey building to house the new MR scanner. Housing a scanner require thoroughly consideration to weight, size, transportation and future maintenance. Parts of the facade is detachable enabling transportation of the machine to its final destination.
In connection with a comprehensive modernisation of the production machinery the plans for a new slaughterhouse emerged.
Rambøll Denmark A/S was appointed by Novo Nordisk A/S for the design of a new production facility which will deliver the world’s first protein tablet to the global market.
As part of Bergen University College's research on sustainable building methods, Rambøll designs a lab-facility for testing the performance of full scale building elements. The building will also function as a showroom for passivehouse technology and energy saving solutions.
A new correctional facility is beginning to take shape in the capital of Greenland – Nuuk. More than being one of the most beautifully located facilities in the world, it will provide the sentenced with an opportunity to serve time closer to their families, nature and culture.
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.
The much loved Victorian pleasure pier at Hastings has risen like a phoenix following decades of abuse, thanks to a group of local people and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Ramboll played a key role in the restoration and regeneration of Hastings Pier, offering strategic advice to both the Pier Trust and Hastings Borough Council.
Following a 12 month intensive international design competition, the Architectural consortium of Herzog & de Meuron/Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter were awarded the contract to design the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark, with Ramboll named as the engineering services and project management consultant for this project.
The 43 hectare CityLife development occupies the site of Milan’s former fairground and exhibition site (Fiera Campionaria). Its combination of residences, offices, retail space and public facilities are arrayed around a large park — Europe’s biggest privately funded park development. We worked in collaboration with J&A Consultants on technical reviews of the architects’ schemes. Our combined refinements and suggestions produced savings sufficient to cover our fees five times over.
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’.
Ramboll is giving expert advice in how to build a railway tunnel, and how to improve the punctuality and the frequency of future rail traffic in Stockholm.
A vibrant hub responding to the rise of the maker movement – a global social movement with an artisan spirit – that is set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic communities.
A landmark enclosed bio-dome ecosystem housing some 3,000 plants and animals invites visitors to discover the wonders of a tropical rainforest.
Marina Mall is a 180,000 sqm retail and leisure facility in the Lusail development on the east coast of Qatar. The mall includes over 70,000 sqm leasable retail over three main levels, as well as a hypermarket within the basement. It will also house cinemas, family entertainment centre, restaurants with terraces overlooking the marina and spa facilities.
Appointed as the lead design consultant for this project, Ramboll provided the multi-disciplinary engineering services as well as validated and optimised the initial design and reviewed the constructability that have enabled the client to create a vibrant environment that invites visitors to “live the game”.
Every capital around the world has its own distinctive attractions and national symbols such as a Parliamentary building, a university and museums. In Oslo, the Norwegian national planning authority, Statsbygg, is currently planning a National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Nasjonalmuseet).
Waterfront hotel and conference complex. Currently planning for completion in 2010.
Ramboll was engaged as the consulting engineer on the construction of the Opera House and had engaged Buro Happold (UK) as sub consultant to review Ramboll's superstructures and mechanical and electrical services. The roof was projected in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects.
A new fourteen kilometers double track through the city of Holmestrand will greatly improve the rail services on the Vestfold line. Rambøll is responsible for the design of seven kilometers of the line and Holmestrand Statio
This project is planned as a modern and flexible compact school in accordance with Norway’s latest educational principles. The primary goals with respect to planning are effective use of space and user friendliness.
Harpa Concert and Conference Center has been hailed as a symbol of Iceland’s economic dynamism and has since it opened in 2011 hosted a range of world-class congresses and concerts. The concert and conference center is part of a larger master plan for the area around Reykjavik’s harbour, intended to attract tourists and artists. But the building is more than merely beautiful; however, it is also CO2-neutral, obtaining its energy from Iceland’s geothermal resources.
Copenhagen’s sustainable new neighbourhood, Nordhavn, will be enriched with an artificial island that provides the framework for a major underground car park, apartments with sea-views and an office building of slate.
In the Bang Na district of Bangkok, Grundfos has cemented its already solid presence in Thailand by erecting a new main sales office and service centre. As one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers and an expanding company in need of additional space, Grundfos decided to build new facilities in Bangkok. Ramboll was assigned as General Planner.
When Coloplast decided to establish their first production facility outside of Denmark, the aim was to reduce production costs while maintaining the high product quality level required for their medico products. This was achieved by the construction of their first production facility in the Hungarian city of Tatabánya. Ramboll acted as General Planner.
Due to an overwhelming success in the Chinese market, the world's leading pump manufacturer Grundfos decided to extend their Suzhou production facility from 2005. With the extension completed late 2008, the facility totalled 48,000 sq.m., making it the company's largest production facility worldwide outside Denmark at the time of completion. Ramboll acted as General Planner on the project.
The desire to increase their range of distribution was the principal reason behind Faerch Plast's decision to locate their first production facility outside Denmark in the Czech Republic. The new location provides proximity to the rapidly growing markets in Central and Southern Europe. Ramboll was assigned as General Planner.
The desire to increase their range of distribution and to meet the increasing demand were the principal reasons behind Grundfos' decision to transfer their electric motor production from Bjerringbro in Denmark to Tatabánya in Hungary. In his inauguration speech, Niels Due Jensen, Chairman of Grundfos, said he was very pleased with the fact that not a single job was lost in connection with the transfer of motor production.Ramboll was assigned as General Planner.
Grundfos is one of the world's leading pump manufacturers. When the existing acquired production facility in Suzhou became too small to supply pumps to the rapidly growing Chinese market, Grundfos purchased a new site in the amazing Suzhou Industrial Park for a new greenfield production facility. Ramboll acted as General Planner on the project.
Bang & Olufsen, the manufacturer of high quality audio-visual technology, decided to place their only foreign production facility in Koprivnice in North Moravia. The company invested EUR 16.5 million in the construction of a new factory employing up to 200 workers. Ramboll acted as General Planner on the project.
Ib Andresen Industri A/S is a specialist subcontractor to Danish and non-Danish companies within the working and processing of steel and metals. As part of an internationalisation process, the company decided to build a new steel service centre in Györ, Hungary, offering coil warehousing as well as slitting and cutting of coils. Ramboll acted as General Planner on the project.
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...
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.
The All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) at the RNLI Headquarters, Poole is a modern life boat manufacturing facility that has secured the charity’s lifeboat building supply chain for the next 30 years.
The Khalifa University Extension Phase 1 Project will add an additional area of 120,000 sqm to the existing 34,500 sqm of the current campus. Ramboll provided multidisciplinary services for extension.
Ramboll was appointed to deliver comprehensive technical advice and assistance in connection with a strategically important Purification Plant set up for Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen, Denmark. The plant will increase the capacity for the manufacturing of active diabetes medicines in line with the Novo Nordisk development programme.
The largest maximum security prison in Denmark is located on the island of Falster. The prison has capacity for 250 inmates and is the most secure facility in Denmark.
The new 53,000m2 Niels Bohr Science Park is to consist of two separate buildings on either side of one of the busiest roads into the centre of Copenhagen. Ramboll experts teamed up with subconsultants from Vilhelm Lauritzen, Christensen & Co, GHB Landskabsarkitekter and Collin Gordon and Associates to provide an all encompassing proposal for the design of the building and its surroundings.
A new campus for the university college, UCC, as well as shops, offices and a 100-metre tall residential tower covering an area of 101.000m2 will be the first of 16 building zones, which together will form a rejuvenated district in central Copenhagen known as Carlsberg City.
When a long-term subsupplier of Grundfos, who delivered electric motors to their submersible pumps in the USA, suddenly became a competitor by acquiring a small pump factory, Grundfos decided to realise a long-standing desire of the founders – a production facility in Mexico. The new factory forms an important part of the growth strategy for the North American market of Grundfos, one of the world's leading pump manufacturers. Ramboll was assigned as General Planner on the project.
The Maersk Building, a 34,000 square metre extension of the Panum Complex is to function as a landmark for international healthcare research, forming a distinctive part of Copenhagen’s urban landscape and skyline. The vision is to present a creative and sustainable architectural solution that interacts with the existing buildings and the rest of the city and campus area.
The first medico production facility by Coloplast in China was placed in the city of Zhuhai in the Guangdong province of South China. With the 18,500 sq.m. production facility complete with offices, canteen and over 2,500 sq.m. of cleanroom facilities, Coloplast has underlined its presence in China. Ramboll was chosen as General Planner on the project.
A combination of social and competitive aspects influenced Coloplast’s decision to place their fourth production facility in the city of Nyírbátor in Eastern Hungary. Ramboll was selected as General Planner for the entire project.
Increasing sales soon made Coloplast's first production facility in Hungary too small to cope with demands. As a result, Coloplast decided on an extension of the facility in Tatabánya and, based on the success of the first project for Coloplast in Hungary, Ramboll was selected as General Planner.
After a successful start-up of their production facility in Nyírbátor in Eastern Hungary, Coloplast decided to modify and extend the facility in order to accommodate new production lines. Ramboll was selected as General Planner for the project.
As one of the fastest growing markets for Grundfos, the Istra Region near Moscow in Russia was the chosen location for the new production facilities of Grundfos, who is among the world leaders in pump manufacturing. The new factory would facilitate direct supply of efficient and energy-saving pumps to the craving Russian market. Ramboll acted as General Planner on the project.
When Coloplast decided to build the third and final extension to their production facility in Tatabánya, Hungary, Ramboll's proven expertise as turnkey consultants on production facility projects worldwide was the answer.
In the future Scandinavia and the rest of Europe will be connected by the world's longest road and rail tunnel.
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.