We engage building users and the wider community to meet their long term needs and aspirations. We also apply leading expertise and experience to deliver high levels of technical and commercial performance.
We achieve balance between minimising floor to ceiling heights to maximise return on investment and the desirability of higher ceilings when letting space. We also consider energy carbon, occupational health and safety and user flexibility.
Energy efficiency and sustainability are fundamental aspects of our work. Our building consultancy has developed industry-leading tools to model natural and artificial lighting, ventilation, energy, materials, construction scheduling, CO2, dust and water. Our teams bring key skills to design innovative systems for curtain walls, atrium spaces and skylight structures.
We have an excellent track record in green building design, helping clients push forward BREEAM, LEED, Green Star and GreenMark standards in a cost effective way.
How we add value is demonstrated on these key projects:
Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Our Johannesburg team was instrumental in creating the first ‘six Green Stars’ rated government building in South Africa, the new Department of Environmental Affairs head office.
Manchester Civil Justice Centre
The eye-catching building employs sophisticated natural ventilation, day-lighting and a combination of air and groundwater cooling to drive down energy consumption. We carried out façade, fire, structural and building services engineering, tuning each element of the building to optimise performance and create environmental synergies. Design innovations helped reduce CO2 emissions by 505 tonnes per annum and cut annual energy consumption by 20%. The centre has won over 25 awards.
Singapore’s striking new building received a Green Mark Gold Award from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority for its sustainable design. We helped achieve environmental efficiencies including the minimisation of air conditioning, a 10% energy saving from using movement sensors for lighting activation, maximisation of natural daylight plus the use of environmentally friendly materials.
Paris High Court
We’re drawing on experience of over 50 public private partnership projects in France to make a €575 million High Court development bankable. The court is spread across different locations, making access and seamless service provision difficult. The project will create one central home for the court, incorporating 90 courtrooms and 2200 offices into a 40-storey, 160m tall tower and an adjacent six-storey building. We provided lenders with clear understanding of the project’s risks and analysed the technical constraints, including the challenging brownfield site conditions and urban footprint.