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Buro Happold

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Buro Happold

Main Office:
Camden Mill
Lower Bristol Road
Bath
BA2 3DQ
UK

Additional Offices:
Abu Dhabi
Belfast
Berlin
Birmingham
Boston
Cairo
Copenhagen
Dubai
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Hong Kong
Jeddah
Kuwait
Leeds
Los Angeles
London
Manchester
Milan
Munich
New York
Pune
Toronto
Riyadh
San Francisco
Warsaw

Engineering Specialties:
Structural Engineering
Ground Engineering
Building Services Engineering
Sustainability & Alternative Technologies

History:
Buro Happold was founded by Ted Happold and seven other partners on May 1st, 1976. Based in Bath, the original structural engineering practice specialized in lightweight structural systems. In that same year, the firm won its first major commission. KOCOMMAS – the Kings Office, Council of Ministers and Majlis Al Shura Central Government complex in Riyadh – “involved structural and civil engineering design of the principal buildings, roads and car parks, including some very complex roof and shade structures.”

Since then, Buro Happold has been involved in a variety of high profile projects, including the design of eight iconic umbrellas for Pink Floyd. In 1999, construction of the Buro-Happold-designed Millenium Dome was completed, and the structure was called “[o]ne of the most recognized – and talked about – landmarks in the UK.” 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.” In the early 2000s, Buro Happold returned to the Millennium Dome to engineer the now iconic O2 Arena within the existing structure. The O2 Arena is now one of the most popular arenas in the world and is notable for the wide range of events it hosts – from huge concerts to Olympic gymnastics events.

Buro Happold provides a wide range of services across nearly every industry sector. In addition to Integrated Design, the firm offers design and assessment services at both the building and the city scale.  The company has grown immensely and currently has a turnover of more than £50 million.

Selected Projects:

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Omkar 1973 (Real Estate Page & Buro Happold Page)

The Parrish Museum

The Parrish Museum

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Aga Khan University, New Academic Building

Extension of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Extension of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2012)

Copernicus Science Centre

Copernicus Science Centre

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Wates House, University College London – Bartlett School of Architecture

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Millennium Experience (2012)

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Massar Children’s Discovery Centre

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Olympic Stadium
 (2012)

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Queen Elizabeth II Great Court (2000)

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Downland Gridshell, Weald and Download Open Air Museum (2002)

Updated Feb. 2015 by Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Sean Moore

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Written by Anthony M. Garcia

January 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Posted in Engineers