Consulting Director, Buildings
Contact Martin Burden
T: +44 7903 682 572
“We create the construction logic for many projects — and some beautiful details too.”
Martin Burden joined the practice in 1989. He was appointed Associate in 1996 and Director in 2002.
Martin is responsible for a structural engineering team which concentrates on work that presents intricate engineering problems and aesthetically demanding design briefs.
He works extensively on London City and West End office and retail fit-outs, where elements such as staircases, sculpture and display units are integral to the impact of the space. Working for international retailers, such as Armani and Burberry, he has recently worked on projects in New York, Barcelona and Paris.
Martin also provides concept advice for development schemes, looking for ways to make projects technically and financially viable. This may involve removing or replacing floors, walls, façades and roofs and adding storeys or mezzanine structures.
He works closely with developers, architects, building services engineers, cost consultants and specialist contractors to produce finely engineered structures.
Officially opened on the 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. The ground breaking Tate Modern extension pushes the boundaries of modern design and engineering. From its one-of-a-kind geometric structure to its striking brick façade, every facet of this building has been planned and engineered with staggering accuracy.
Donna Karan Collections refurbishment
The original façade of a listed Georgian townhouse was the ideal choice for this flagship store but the interior required extensive work. Our client wanted to increase floor space while creating cleaner lines. We employed structural modifications to open up the front of the four-storey building.
Louis Vuitton, New Bond Street
Louis Vuitton acquired property next to their store in central London to expand their retail accommodation. Now occupying a prime corner site at Clifford Street, they wished to merge the two buildings at basement and three upper levels beneath five storeys of occupied offices. Major structural changes were necessary to create the desired open plan space, stockrooms and VIP areas.
Burberry Flagship Store, Regent Street
Covering 44,000 sq ft of space over four floors and with 26 staircases,
121 Regent Street is home to the largest ever Burberry store that is
hailed as the most technologically advanced high fashion store.
Armani Exchange (AX) Regent Street fit-out
A major refurbishment saw the former Dickens & Jones department store in central London transformed into a mixed retail and commercial venue. As part of this broader programme, we helped engineer one of the new retail units to house Armani Exchange's flagship UK store, which, at 11,700 sq ft, was the brand's largest store in the world at the time of completion.
Upton site C residences
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.
37-45 Kensington High Street
We provided structural and geotechnical services for major demolition and rebuilding work behind retained façades on this corner commercial site. The ground and basement levels of the five storey brick building house retail, and levels one to four offices.
The River & Rowing Museum
The design of this new museum draws both upon its boating theme and the forms of traditional local barn buildings. The effect of the oak-clad structure with its glazed ground floor is of a floating wooden boathall, raised on concrete stilts.