A traditional residential street in the heart of Cambridge has been given a contemporary facelift with the construction of a sustainable, three-storey timber frame house. A 1930s building was demolished to create the site. Using 95mm thick cross-laminated panels of sustainably sourced fir, spruce and pine, we erected the watertight frame in six days. A glulam sub-frame provided a practical and robust solution, using renewable materials.The most striking structural feature of this Modernist, box-like building is a first floor wall panel designed to support floor and roof loads above. We worked with our client to fit the roof with an architecturally-designed skylight that runs the length of the house. As well as maximising natural light, the skylight provides a visual ...
Advanced multi-storey residential apartments, Maison Express offers high-end spaces for abode and is spread across an area of 9,00,000 sq.ft.
Project consists of 11 Residential Towers of G+8 Storeys. All these towers are connected at Basement and Podium levels with necessary expansion joints.
A high-end residential tower sitting in a prominent position on the Jeddah cornice
The main 60-storey tower incorporates residential, office and hotel zones with a common podium Ramboll was appointed as structural engineer on this project. The main vertical elements are reinforced concrete, providing stability against wind and seismic activity. The floor slabs are post-tensioned concrete. The structural integrity of these slabs presented a challenge as it featured a typical step between the office section and the rest of the floors and contained a large opening that formed a ‘U’ shape to the floor plan. A number of column and shear walls were transferred from one location to another at the lower tower area which were quite distinctive structurally. A separate car park building, 16 storeys high, with a swimming pool and gymnasium on the roof, were also designed by Ramboll, incorporating reinforced concrete on the ground floor with steel columns and beams supporting the composite metal decking slabs on the floors above.
We worked on a project to develop 22 terraced townhouses – some affordable housing and some commercial – on a large plot in East Manchester. Each 2-3 bedroom house has its own courtyard at the rear; and roof gables in a style inspired by the typical Dutch terrace.As is typical in many parts of Manchester, the site’s industrial past posed some difficulties. Ground contamination was severe. Our solution was to use a minimized foundation strategy. We excavated the smallest possible area of contaminant and sank mini-piles to a depth below the contamination threshold. This cost effective approach kept the volume of contaminant we had to dispose of to an absolute minimum. The mock Dutch gables presented another challenge. In varying shapes and heights – some projecting as ...
London's Royal Docks area in Docklands is to be redeveloped as a mixed-use complex accommodating new-technology companies, educational facilities and high quality office and residential space, all within close reach of the ExCeL exhibition centre and London City Airport. Ramboll Energy was appointed as a sub-consultant to engineer WSP to deliver the energy masterplanning workstream for the Royal Docks Infrastructure Study commissioned by Newham Council.
Located directly on the riverfront in the Nine Elms district between Chelsea Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge in London’s largest and most exciting regeneration area, the Riverlight development is a striking array of six high-specification residential apartment blocks.
This development, known as Granary Wharf, is the result of regeneration around the historic Leeds & Liverpool Canal, minutes from Leeds city centre. We provided civil and structural engineering for two landmark residential buildings; Candle House and Watermans Place and a footbridge linking the wharf to the central area of the city.
A tired 1960s office block has been transformed with a series of extensions, a new façade treatment and improved circulation. An previous two storey extension at the front of the building has been demolished to make way for a new four storey one, and a two storey structure has been added at the rear, on a site that previously served as a carpark.The tower's twelfth storey has been removed and a steel frame penthouse added in its place to house residential units. Additional plant supports an increased services requirement that includes air conditioning, and new lifts improve access. Reducing depth of scree at each floor plate has streamlined the structure so that only localised strengthening to the existing foundation was required.
A two-storey contemporary private residence on a 4.9 hectare plot next to the River Thames near Reading. Our structural engineers worked with the client’s architect to achieve a building that maximises natural light using full-height glazing, and features immaculate interior and exterior finishes. The grounds include a helipad, a golf green, an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a fish pond.The new concrete frame house and private entrance courtyard occupy a greenfield portion of a site on which the previous dwelling was demolished. The building's slabs include integrated underfloor heating, and the roof is flat. The 4m wide balcony and large first floor terrace utilise a cantilevered concrete slab constructed using the Cobiax void former system of plastic spheres, which ...
This award-winning scheme for a new housing development near Upton manages to combine high architectural standards with a strong sustainability agenda — a sometimes tricky balancing act. Equipped with a range of renewable energy technologies and built to low energy standards, the houses feature ample glazing and some double-height spaces as part of a high-specification architectural brief.
Despite its conventional appearance, this 12-dwelling residential development is an innovation for Britain. It achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 compliance, one of the first such traditional housing projects to do so. We worked with the architect-developer to facilitate this achievement within the constraints of a low-key aesthetic that was central to gaining planning consent.The development consists of 10 semi-detached and two detached houses, all of which are two storeys plus usable loft space. To help meet the Code's requirement for net zero energy use for heating, we focused on the creation of a highly insulated, air tight building fabric. The buildings are constructed from Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) — prefabricated blocks comprising a 100mm concrete core s ...
We were commissioned to work on part of this multi-building development — David Chipperfield's first residential design for the UK — on the upper slopes of Hampstead Heath. Three new pavilions have been built in the grounds of Athlone House, formerly used as a hospital. Ranging from three to four storeys in height, each houses a number of luxury flats, with car parking and leisure facilities at basement level across the entire site.Our foundation design addresses the steep slope of the site. A sheet-piled wall was sunk to alleviate loads on the foundation structure. Elsewhere the slope has been used to advantage with the construction of a new ha-ha.The design of the pavilion façades addresses security as well as aesthetics. Made of precast concrete and stone with ...
Located adjacent to central Manchester and Manchester Victoria train stations, the CitySuites Chapel Street project is set to act as a catalyst for the cross city regeneration in Salford. CitySuites fuses the luxury touches of a hotel with the home comforts of residential living.
A new shopping centre complex is being built in Espoonlahti, district of city Espoo, that will bring together daily services, housing and convenient mobility with public transport. The large-scale project includes the new shopping centre Lippulaiva, eight residential buildings on its yard decks, and a residential care home for senior citizens.
A new type of houses is emerging in the wake of the focus on climate change and energy costs. These so called passive houses are seen as the solution to the challenging task to drastically reducing energy consumption in buildings.
An award-winning scheme, these new dwellings constitute Phase I of a larger development — Greenwich Millenium Village. This includes a variety of residences, a school, parkland, waterways and a football pitch. The buildings in Phase I provide a major proportion of the affordable housing for the project.Holly Court (otherwise known as Phase IC) consists of two ten storey concrete frame buildings, both L-shaped in plan, enclosing a central courtyard. The upper storeys of each building are stepped back from the elevation The roof is a steel barrel-vault.Due to site contamination, digging a basement was not an option, so indoor car parking is provided on the ground floor. This contributed to our challenge of maximizing the total number of storeys within a 30m planning ...
Merano Residences is a 28 storey, high end, mixed use development boasting panoramic views of Westminster and the City of London.
Ramboll is advising on one of the first LEED Platinum developments in the Middle East King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center (KAPSARC) is a community development comprising a research centre, community facilities and single family residential buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The community facilities, with seven buildings, are pursuing LEED Platinum under the LEED NC for Multiple Buildings, making it one of the first developments targeting this rating in the Middle East. In addition, the single family residential development of 200 residential buildings is targeting a Platinum rating under the LEED for Homes, the first project to attempt this outside of North America. The project adopts sustainable design and construction practices from the concept stage to achieve the Platinum certification and to reduce the carbon footprint of the project from a life cycle perspective. The project introduces multiple on-site renewable energy systems and water saving strategies. In addition, the project limits site disturbance through considerate design and the implementation of a construction activities management plan. The project also promotes biodiversity through ecology rehabilitation.
The residential and commercial redevelopment of the Royal Woolwich Arsenal site, on the south bank of London’s River Thames, features a 19th century clock tower that was in a state of serious disrepair. Combining 3D modelling and knowledge of traditional construction techniques...
A central district of Slovenia's capital city is to be completely transformed by an ambitious mixed use development that incorporates commercial, residential, retail, hotel, sports and leisure facilities for day and night. Ramboll's engineers and consultants have provided structural, building services, fire and transport engineering for the concept design.
A brownfield site full of buried obstructions, including three historic docks, riverwall tie-rods and boulders — is the location of this riverside residential development in Newport, Wales. We provided the foundation design and a loadbearing masonry option for the three buildings: four, five and six storeys high, linked by a ground floor car park.
A vibrant new part of London that will be the largest mixed use redevelopment in single ownership to be developed in central London for over 150 years.
The largest city-centre regeneration to ever take place in Wales, St David's 2 Cardiff is a mixed-use development that includes over 100 new retail outlets, 300 luxury apartments and parking for 3,000 cars, spread across a site footprint that is roughly the size of eight football pitches...
The Tradewinds development at Marina Bay, on Gibraltar’s west coast, south of the airport runway, has 81 apartments in three linked towers of up to 16 storeys. Underground car parking and retail outlets occupy the lower levels. The structural design uses an in situ concrete frame with flat unbonded post-tensioned floors — thought to be a first for Gibraltar — allowing the inclusion of an additional storey within the building height restrictions. Our engineers also undertook wind and environmental modelling.The towers are built around a swimming pool set back from the water’s edge, and have sloping roofs that increase in height from eight to 16 storeys, north to south. The buildings’ concrete frames are clad in a mixture of precast panels and curtain walling, which is illuminate ...
Fitzroy place is the most significant new development in Fitzrovia in over 50 years. This mixed use scheme includes almost 300 homes in three in situ concrete framed buildings, as well as 210,000 sq. ft. of offices and 21,000 sq. ft. of restaurants and shops in two steel framed buildings, encompassing some of the most desirable residences and commercial premises in London.
Multidisciplinary award-winning project. Ramboll completed the Shining Towers project in 2012. The project comprises two towers of 33 and 42 storeys respectively, and won the GCC tower of the year at the 2010 Construction Week awards.
Slanted at 6 degrees from the vertical, The Pad’s design is based on the iPod. Billed as the world’s first ‘cybertecture’ building, with its design inspired by the Apple iPod, The Pad is a twenty-three storey residential development in Dubai’s Business Bay.
The thriving West Yorkshire market town of Hebden Bridge, close to the Penine Way, attracts 125,000 visitors a year and, as a result, has run out of car-parking spaces. This site, which had been vacant since the 1960s, is set on a tiered slope with a retaining wall in the heart of the town's conservation area. The planning issues are complicated and sensitivity has been integral at all levels.The design for the proposed seven-storey development is clad in local stone and offers 160 parking spaces, a hidden car stacker system, 48 residential properties and eight retail units.The foundation design incorporates a bored piled wall to form a double storey basement, and a concrete slab ground to act as support for the superstructure. Shops at street level will be concret ...
Ramboll has been appointed to undertake the MEP and sustainability design services for the Address branded hotel in Dubai Marina known as Jumeirah Gate.
The new 514 unit student residential accommodation buildings utilised digital tools and offsite construction to enable a breathtakingly fast paced programme, completing the construction in just 62 weeks.
Dalston Works (previously known as Dalston Lane) is the largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) project globally, using more timber than any other scheme in the world by volume.
Crome Court, part of The University of East Anglia’s £58m campus redevelopment, is the University’s newest and most energy efficient accommodation block, achieving ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.
A major multi-phased residential and retail development revitalising Canning Town. Constrained by major roads and properties and up to 21 storeys high, the 650 unit award-winning scheme presented numerous engineering challenges requiring creative and innovative solutions.
Sensitivity is required on this project to build an eight storey residential building and a fourteen storey commercial high-rise on an historic site which once housed a mill complex run by Benedictine monks. Care was taken during demolition to preserve a medieval arch, which has been awarded scheduled monument status...
Sparsely populated suburbs southwest of Nicosia are being redeveloped to provide a high-quality commercial, residential and retail district for Cyprus’s capital city. The developer's ambitions represent new goals locally for sustainable planning and operation.
The Grade I listed Carlton House Terrace is a six-storey stucco rendered building in central London. The freehold belongs to the Crown Estate. Classical in style, complete with Corinthian columns, it dates from 1827-32 and was designed by celebrated architect John Nash...
Situated opposite the city's presidential complex, the Ankhor site in central Tashkent represents prime redevelopment land in Uzbekistan. Originally accommodating low level housing, outbuildings and wasteland, the 9.27ha site is located in a seismic zone. It is bounded by the Chirchick river, roads and buildings. Ramboll’s structural, infrastructural and environmental expertise was sought, and we liaised with the architect from an early stage to explore masterplan options for a mixed use development. The aim of the feasibility study was to maximise the density of any proposed design and address a number of issues in support of the planning application. Transport, access, structural requirements and infrastructure provision were investigated. Preliminary ground modelling was und ...
With its sweeping, curving aspect, this mixed-use project offers prime retail, commercial and residential space on Business Bay. Comprising a 56-storey commercial tower, a 16-storey residential block and a 7,000sqm retail space, this complex comes together to create an ultra-modern gateway to Business Bay.
We produced a tender devised to promote a competitive overall costing by designing for three alternate methods of construction. This placed the contractor in a strong position to secure the most economic solution.
The large scale mixed use redevelopment of the Four Seasons hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia, delivers world class hotel, residential and commercial facilities.
The Manchester New Square scheme is an exciting new residential development located within the heart of Manchester City, due for completion in 2020. The three individually designed 12-15 storey buildings, set around a landscaped square, comprise 351 one, two and three bedroom apartments.
The 43 hectare CityLife development occupies the site of Milan’s former fairground and exhibition site (Fiera Campionaria). Its combination of residences, offices, retail space and public facilities are arrayed around a large park — Europe’s biggest privately funded park development. We worked in collaboration with J&A Consultants on technical reviews of the architects’ schemes. Our combined refinements and suggestions produced savings sufficient to cover our fees five times over.
A Soviet-era tower block has been demolished to make way for a 23-storey five-star hotel and 14-storey apartment building linked by a two-storey podium in the historic port city of Batumi on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. We are providing a one-stop design and project management service for this fast-track development. Architect RTKL is acting as a sub-consultant to Ramboll. The design is contemporary but influenced by traditional Georgia. Features include an old-town style boulevard of two-storey shops and restaurants that runs along the seafront and through the new complex. Lawns and gardens cover the top of the podium to create an energy efficient green roof. Solar panels have also been installed on the podium and on the roof.
A new correctional facility is beginning to take shape in the capital of Greenland – Nuuk. More than being one of the most beautifully located facilities in the world, it will provide the sentenced with an opportunity to serve time closer to their families, nature and culture.
Redmolen in Copenhagen is a development project comprising five new buildings in the rapidly growing harbour district Nordhavn. The project includes two commercial buildings, a hotel, two housing blocks and a basement.
When property developer Quintain embarked on transforming the long-neglected area surrounding the iconic Wembley stadium, into a new district and exciting hub, they sought Ramboll as an engineering partner who could fully realise their ambitious sustainability agenda.
Two elliptical residential towers of different heights sit above a two storey podium in this mixed use development in London's Canary Wharf. One of Europe's largest McDonald's restaurants has been demolished to make way for it.The concrete frame towers, one 28 storeys high and the other 35 storeys, are linked by spaghetti-like steel bridges. Each floor has a wrap-around balcony with views to the nearby marina. The podium below houses shops and a replacement McDonald's on the ground floor; and a children's playground, screened sports pitch and landscaped public space on the first floor.A complex transfer system supporting the two towers has been integrated into the podium. Concrete beams and deep reinforced concrete walls have been strategically positioned as part of ...
Copenhagen’s sustainable new neighbourhood, Nordhavn, will be enriched with an artificial island that provides the framework for a major underground car park, apartments with sea-views and an office building of slate.
A new campus for the university college, UCC, as well as shops, offices and a 100-metre tall residential tower covering an area of 101.000m2 will be the first of 16 building zones, which together will form a rejuvenated district in central Copenhagen known as Carlsberg City.
A vibrant hub responding to the rise of the maker movement – a global social movement with an artisan spirit – that is set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic communities.