Projects

Supporting the world’s largest telescope. Conceiving the world’s longest road and rail tunnel. Masterplanning cities in developing countries. Pioneering the use of offsite construction and digital design. Driving low carbon heating. Our eclectic portfolio is testament to the diversity and mix of skills and experiences of our people, underpinned by our unwavering commitment to design, creativity and excellence to achieve our clients aims


Fullhurst Community College

Fullhurst Community College was selected by Leicester City Council to benefit from the government's Building Schools for the Future initiative. Part of an existing listed brick building has been refurbished and a state-of-the-art three-storey extension added. Our building services and structural engineers worked with Miller Construction and the design team to improve the school’s facilities. The school's original assembly hall, some of its façade and the clock tower have been retained. The new extension replaces demolished wings, and accommodates dining hall, library and administration, as well as teaching spaces. A sensitive approach has been taken to the refurbishment work to ensure the retension of its character, while bringing it into line with current building regulations. ...

Dartington Primary School

Dartington Primary School has moved into new environmentally friendly accommodation with sports fields and carpark, leaving its previous Victorian building and temporary classrooms behind.The school consists of four clusters of sustainably-sourced cross-laminated timber structures spread around the site. Their modular design has allowed fast construction and flexible configurations, with the central cluster used for administration, offices and a hall, and the other clusters for classrooms.In keeping with the architect’s goal of carbon neutrality, various energy-use minimisation strategies have been adopted. Each building’s four roof panels are strategically positioned with a central roof-light to maximise natural daylight in the classrooms. The foundations consist o ...

Embley Park School

Embley Park School occupies a converted country house (once the home of Florence Nightingale) in Romsey. An initiative to merge with a local junior school called for some refurbishment to the existing building, while two new buildings have been created — one for senior laboratories and fine art facilities, and another housing a new classroom block. Work was phased as the school remained operational throughout.Preliminary survey work discovered high levels of carbon dioxide in the soil. A gas membrane was laid as a protective sealant and a proprietary ventilation system inserted beneath the groundbearing slab to funnel excess carbon dioxide offsite.The laboratories are housed in a three storey concrete frame building with a long span steel frame upper storey. The new ...

Parkstone Grammar School

The pupil intake age at Parkstone Grammar has been lowered from 12 to 11 years, bringing it into line with others in the Poole area. To accommodate the additional students the school needed to expand its teaching facilities. We provided structural and infrastructure engineering for a new Art & Technology block, additional parking and the refurbishment of the existing Art & Technology building.The new block is located on a sloping site close to the front entrance of the school. Ground modelling helped determine the optimum build level, minimising groundwork costs. Build time was also a challenge as refurbishment of the older building could only commence once the new one was ready. The school remained open throughout.The new three-storey building has a grid layout, pr ...

Said Business School

The Said Business School is arranged around a central courtyard framed by massive piers of brick diaphragm wall construction. A steel frame along one side of the building provides the 14.5m spans required for the lecture theatres.Our use of 3D modelling enabled us to build virtual models of the steelwork, especially useful for complex areas such as the barrel roof and the ziggurat tower that houses a plant room.Early work on this project included a remediation strategy for site decontamination and a building physics study to establish the potential for natural cooling. The services energy strategy was developed to provide natural ventilation to rooms fronting courtyards and restrict mechanical systems to lecture theatres and adjacent seminar rooms.

St John Fisher School extension and refurbishment

For St John Fisher School we helped deliver a new sports hall and teaching facilities, and the refurbishment of existing blocks. We devised timber panel solutions for the two new structures — this is the largest solid timber panel school project in the UK.When we came on board, the architect's proposal was to use loadbearing brick and precast concrete planks. Analysis led us to propose prefabricated timber panel structures. By taking a flat-pack approach, labour costs were reduced and money saved, convincing the school to commit to using 900 cubic metres of timber. Our approach shaved 14 weeks off the construction programme.Previous first-hand experience of working with this system enabled us to take full design responsibility. Using 230mm thick cross-laminated pane ...

St Paul’s Girls School sports building

The new sports building provides a main hall, multi-gym, teaching studio and a viewing gallery with an external covered terrace.The structural system is integral to the architecture of the building. Construction is steel framed, providing a clear span of 18m. External tapered columns support the roof beams, with steel channels stubbed off the columns supporting the rear of the terrace construction.The leading edge is carried by the roof tiles, which support the cantilevered section of the roof and complete the longitudinal stability system for the primary structural frame.

University of Bath, 4 West building

At the University of Bath, we are working on number of projects as part of a framework agreement. For the replacement of the campus' 4 West building, we have engineered a three and five storey new concrete structure and the refurbishment of the 1970s Nucleus building. The new 4 West complex will house digital research facilities.The new structure is built in the footprint of its predecessor, which was steel frame and had been found to contain asbestos. We were lead consultants for the demolition of this building and worked closely with asbestos removal experts.Investigations into the Nucleus building found that it too contained asbestos. However, refurbishment was more cost effective than rebuilding in this case. Strategies have been established to manage the asbest ...

Grace Academy, Coventry

This new school is part of the government's city academies scheme. It will be built on the playing field of an existing school which will continue to operate during construction. When the new building is complete, the old one will be replaced with car parking and a sports field.The two to three storey structure is part concrete, part steel framed and is butterfly-shaped in plan, with four concrete-framed wings linked by a central atrium. Fully glazed on the front elevation, the structure's north elevation — facing onto a motorway — is blockwork with minimal glazing to ensure acoustic protection. A concrete roof slab provides further sound insulation while also contributing thermal mass as part of an integrated structures and services strategy.The second floor lectur ...

Abingdon School sports complex

Abingdon School in Oxfordshire is an independent senior school for around 800 boys, with a reputation for sporting excellence. They wished to improve and expand existing facilities with an exemplar low energy building in the grounds. Our structural and building services engineers were appointed to develop the scheme.The purpose-built sports facility provides an 8-lane, 25m swimming pool, squash courts and a hall for judo, fencing and dancing, in addition to changing rooms, hospitality and function suites. The new complex wraps around the refurbished existing sports hall and occupies the former site of an outdoor pool. The location is constrained by a Grade II listed masonry boundary wall and buildings to the east and west. A redwood tree has its root protection zone under the h ...

Beechwood and Arbourvale Schools PFI

This PFI project involved two schools — one a secondary, the other a special needs school — that share some facilities, including a sports hall and playing field.The development is centred round a large two-storey doughnut-shaped building (nearly 200m in diameter) that frames a circular courtyard. Five wings project from this central building so the whole is roughly starfish-shaped on plan. One wing houses the shared sports hall, a second the special needs school, and the three remaining wings provide teaching facilities for Beechwood secondary school.Each structure, including the central building and the five wings, is engineered as linked but structurally independent. A key challenge was to stabilize the circular building without the use of crossbracing, which wou ...

New School, Harringay

The New School in London's Haringey is the first new school to be built in the borough since the 1960s. It provides teaching accommodation and facilities for more than 1,000 pupils. Included in the scheme are 60 new classrooms, a sports hall, an assembly space, a cafeteria and kitchen, and science laboratories. The building is designed to be an exemplar sustainable school and to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating.The location of the site adjacent to a main railway line led to the need for mechanical ventilation throughout the building. In addition, the high level of IT installations has meant the installation of cooling to most of the classrooms.The design of the school incorporates a number of low-carbon and sustainability features. These include the provision of ...

Larbert Village Primary School extension

Ramboll UK’s engineers have worked on a number of schools in the region. In the village of Larbert, not far from Falkirk's town centre, we worked on the extension and partial refurbishment of Larbert Village Primary School for Falkirk Council.The extension is a two storey steel frame classroom building, linked to the existing structure via a new structural opening. A sports hall and nursery facilities have also been provided, constructed using glulam frames and exposed external columns. Partial refurbishment of the existing building included new services installation and a new roof.As the school continued to open during construction, student safety was a key issue. The work compound was kept separate from the school site, as the students were naturally curious. Safe ...

Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus

Borders College, one of the largest providers of further and higher education in Scotland's south east, has joined part of Heriot Watt University on the newly created Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, south of Edinburgh. Our engineers and consultants worked on a new university building and the refurbishment of three 1960s higher education buildings redeveloped to accommodate the College. The three refurbished buildings have been stripped of their out-dated building services and provided with high-efficiency lighting and heating systems. Economical heat recovery ventilation systems have also been installed. High windows with temperature-controlled opening functions provide natural ventilation. The new building is for Herit Watt. Here, solar panel installation ha ...

Campus North development

Tying together the University of Copenhagen's various faculties, research facilities and laboratories as well as improving integration with the city and businesses in the area is the aim for the development of the Campus North area.

East Ayrshire schools PPP

A major PPP project to consolidate ten different schools of four Scottish campuses. As we provided a full range of services, including structural, building services, geotechnical and fire engineering as well as BREEAM consultancy, we were able to deliver highly co-ordinated solutions.Overall, the developments provide for nursery, primary, secondary and special needs teaching, as well as sports and other facilities for community use. We worked closely with the architect to help achieve a design that balances cost-effective repeatability with the flexibility to respond to each school's distinct character and needs. For example, St Joseph's has an Oratory, Shortlees a weightlifting room and The Grange a special needs facility.At Mauchline School, a 19th century buildin ...

National Graphene Institute

Construction is now complete at the new National Graphene Institute (NGI) a £61 million state-of-the-art facility at The University of Manchester, dedicated to the study, research and development of graphene and its applications.

Rhyl High School

A new state of the art secondary school for over 1,200 pupils, Rhyl High School is working to achieve BREEAM Excellent rating by adopting passive design strategy and variety of on-site renewable energy technologies.

Ormiston Academies Trust aiming for zero carbon emissions

Ramboll is working with the contractor Balfour Beatty, under a design & build contract, to deliver five school projects in the UK counties of Essex and Norfolk.

Ayrshire College

One of the first education buildings to achieve the highest available BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ at design stage, Ayrshire College’s new £53m Kilmarnock Campus provides a functional, flexible and efficient learning environment that encourages collaboration between students.

Kent schools PFI

This project involved the refurbishment and expansion of six secondary schools in Kent. Our challenge was to install new teaching and recreational facilities with minimal disturbance to users of the existing school buildings.Working with the architects, we developed a steel-framed structural system for almost all the new buildings involved. Modular units were designed in varying shapes and sizes, depending on their function. Flat roofed, with a maximum height of two storeys and clad using a proprietary cladding system, they were able to be slotted in and around existing structures with speed and efficiency. Once the new structures were in place, old buildings were demolished or refurbished according to the needs of each school. We also engineered double-height gym f ...

St Matthew Academy

Education from start to finish — primary school to A level — is provided at this single complex, created through the Government's City Academies scheme. It's built on the playing field of an existing school, which remained open during construction. When the works were complete, the old school was demolished to make room for a new sports field.Most of the teaching spaces are housed in two reinforced concrete wings, respectively two and three storeys high. The wings are neatly linked by an enclosed steel bridge and a triple height assembly hall. This and the sports hall are steel framed and clad in zinc tile and timber.The assembly hall is spanned by a second enclosed bridge, so broad that it resembles a mezzanine floor. By suspending this structure from massive steel ...

Hillhead Primary School

Three existing primary schools are being replaced by the new Hillhead Primary in Glasgow. We were appointed by the architect as part of the design team to create a learning environment for 666 pupils in a woodland habitat. The site is divided between a former car park and a greenfield site previously used by the city's parks department.The site's proximity to the River Kelvin necessitated an environmental impact assessment to examine the flood risk. Proposed green roofs will contribute to the drainage strategy by discharging excess water into the river. We provided transport solutions, including provisions for bicycles and staging drop-off zones in the surrounding side streets. An air quality study analysed the impact of CO2 emissions during peak hours.The school's ...

Crouch Hill Park

Proposals at Crouch Hill Park involved the relocation of Ashmount Primary School, Bowler’s Nursery and the renovation of the community CAPE building. The brief is challenging as the site is Metropolitan Open Land. Sustainability, energy and landscaping have all been integral to design development. Designs are based on a ‘tree house’ concept to connect with the surrounding environment.

The Maersk Tower, extension of the Panum Complex

The building with the eye-catching Maersk Tower is in many ways a research building beyond the usual. Requirements for flexibility and security have resulted in innovative solutions.

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