It is essential that buildings are designed to achieve the optimum solution for the markets they are aimed at. The construction schedule is also crucial, as a developer needs certainty that the project can be delivered within a specific time frame.
Our multidisciplinary capability means we can cover any aspect and every phase of a building’s development. We collaborate closely with project teams from the earliest stages to ensure projects are delivered on or under schedule and budget.
Our building consultants are highly skilled in new-build high-rise developments and complex residential tower refurbishments. We’ve been called in to devise solutions for adding extra floors to existing structures, for example: an immense design challenge.
Macau City of Dreams
We provided geotechnical, civil, and structural design services for this integrated entertainment resort, plus building services design for its two five star hotels. The project was a fast-track development, so designs incorporated simple steel connections and standardized steel sections, allowing for fast construction. Transfer beams and trusses were incorporated in areas such as ballrooms to provide large column-free spaces.
We provided civil, structural, conservation, and transport engineering design services for the refurbishment and extension of an 18th century lodge into a new five-star resort in Ireland. Working closely with the client from an early stage enabled us to become familiar with the existing structures and the environmental and historic constraints, so the design stayed sympathetic to the lodge, the 11th century castle, and the historic landscape.
We specified specialist facade systems for the elegant 40-story hotel, which were under budget and exceeded performance requirements. We ensured the product brought about by contractors was delivered with quality assurance and within time constraints.
We used building information modeling (BIM) to avoid clashes between the buildings’ raked steel screw pile foundations, designed to cope with high seismic loads, and a stormwater channel. Above ground, BIM has been used to coordinate and visualize the grout-filled steel columns, structural steel beams, reinforced concrete shear walls, and precast concrete floors. Coordinated models contributed to 20% design time savings.