Buro Happold launches Beijing Office
Established over 30 years ago by visionary engineer Sir Edmund 'Ted' Happold, Buro Happold is an international multidisciplinary engineering consultancy with 27 offices located around the globe.
Buro Happold's global expertise in regional planning encompasses both masterplanning of new cities such as the Jeddah Strategic Development Plan (KSA), and analysis and regeneration of failing cities such as Detroit in the USA, for which we have developed a reconfigured land use plan to address the city's declining density in a post industrial economy.
In our overcrowded cities, available land for building commercial, retail and housing space is at a premium. Increasingly, mixed-use developments are perceived as a practical and sustainable way to optimise land use and serve the city's population, while creating dynamic new urban communities.
In Shanghai, the Chinese developer Vanke has commissioned Buro Happold to provide structural, building services, facade and sustainability consultancy on a major new residential and hotel development on Tongshan Street in the centre of the city.
Buro Happold's international portfolio of low energy buildings includes a number of top scoring LEED or BREEAM accredited buildings (such as University of Edinburgh Potterrow, and BBC White City, London). The practice adopts a Mean: Lean: Green approach to design that Littler explains as follows, "First we use a passive design approach, looking at building orientation and form in conjunction with the local climate context, to design out mechanical systems wherever possible; then we ensure the installed plant is operating efficiently (for example replacing boilers and electrical generators with Combined Heat and Power engines) to reduce demand for power and fossil fuels; then once the total energy demand has been reduced to a minimum (perhaps 50 per cent of a standard building), we look to provide a proportion of that energy through on-site renewables. This could be wind turbines or Photo-voltaic panels, (although we need to avoid the token 'windmill' on the roof), as well as ground source heat pumps, solar collectors, sea or river water cooling or even marine energy in the right context".