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 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension later named the Blavatnik building is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. Enabling new ways to display Tate's collection, the new building has been instrumental to Tate Modern's recent success, as it topped the polls as the UK's most visited attraction in 2018.
International Quarter London - Plot S6
Situated in the Olympic Park site, as part of the London 2012 games legacy, Transport for London’s (TfL) new headquarter at International Quarter London provides 265,000 sq ft modern, dynamic facilities for around 3,000 TfL staff.
Greenwich Millennium Village phase 1 C,D and E
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 ...
Greenwich Millennium Village phases 3, 4 and 5
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.
Project Jacobs, Winnersh Triangle
The Winnersh Triangle lies within a mile of the M4 motorway, close to Reading and is the subject of a phased redevelopment plan to create a new grade A business park. We were appointed to provide structural, fire, infrastructure, sustainability and geotechnical services for five buildings, including a new HQ for Jacobs Engineering. Bespoke office accommodation was required while the client requested that the building's design be consistent with the rest of the park.
The Jacobs building comprises five floors on top of a podium structure containing an undercroft car park, set half in the ground and designed to work with the site's contours. The podium is finished with a mixture of hard and soft landscaping which helps attenuate surface water drainage and reduces discharge into the ...
Engineering the redevelopment of the old Lloyds/TSB headquarters required both sensitivity and audacity. Parts of the original building are Grade II listed: the banking hall, much of the façade and wood-panelled meeting rooms on the fifth floor. To create a viable modern office, the client required a significant increase in usable space; lower levels, including the first of three existing basements, were converted for retail use.
Two new floors were added to the top of the six storey building. To achieve this without damage to the panelled meeting rooms, our engineers inserted six mega columns that support a steel truss at roof level: the new floors are suspended from it. A portion of the existing building was demolished behind a retained façade and replaced with a new core stru ...