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Buro Happold was founded by Ted Happold and seven other partners on May 1st, 1976. The original structural engineering practice was set up in Bath and specialized in lightweight structural systems. In that same year, the firm won its first major design project. Kocommas – the Kings Office, Council of Ministers and Majlis Al Shura Central Government complex in Saudia Arabia “involved structural and civil engineering design of the principal buildings, roads and car parks, including some very complex roof and shade structures.”
Soon afterward, Buro Happold designed eight iconic umbrellas for the famous group Pink Floyd. They were made of aluminum and poly cotton fabric and could be manually raised.
The Millennium Dome, designed by Buro Happold in 1999, is “[o]ne of the most recognized – and talked about – landmarks in the UK.” Through involvement of the firm’s structural, geotechnical, infrastructure, environmental and building services engineering departments, Buro Happold “was awarded the prestigious MacRobert Award for its innovative design of the 320m cable net roof – the largest structure of its kind in the world.”
The company grew quickly. Since then, Buro Happold’s scope has grown immensely, including services ranging from Project Management to to Contamination and Remediation. In addition, the company has grown immensely and currently has a turnover of more than £50 million.
Umbrellas (for 1978 Pink Floyd concert tour)
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Post authored by Anthony M. Garcia.
[All information on the firm Buro Happold is from their website, http://www.burohappold.com.