Ramboll carried out a risk assessment on biomass fly ash for Eco 2 Ltd in 2016. Our client operates a biomass renewable energy facility that combusts straw and clean wood and produces a potash-rich fly ash. We supported their End of Waste submission and established that the fly ash can be used as a fertiliser substitute when applied to agricultural land with no significant risks to human health or the environment.
Ramboll developed an innovative, sustainable and economically beneficial approach to addressing the impact of metal contamination on river sediments in the River Nent in Cumbria.
Site Solutions staff are using an innovative approach to remediating chlorinated solvents at a brownfield development site in Belgium. The former metal processing site is heavily contaminated with tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene to a depth of 16m and over a surface area of more than 5,000m².
Financial services company BNP Paribas Fortis appointed Ramboll to help manage the environmental and health impacts of a challenging demolition project on their former headquarters. The building had a fully operational metro network line running through its basement, was situated in a dense urban area and had a number of health and safety issues.
A former military camp is now turned into a residential area including a kinder garden.
In Bærum polluted river sediments are transformed into a promenade quay at Kadettangen.
Since 1990, Ramboll has been responsible for contamination studies, authority processing, remediation measures including the planning of contaminated soil handling and environmental inspections for our client Carlsberg Properties. The Tuborg Harbour, one of Calsberg Properties' sites, is a very attractive place to live in Copenhagen, but plans for urban development depend on the fact that former industrial sites can be safely included.
Kærgård Plantage in the Western part of Denmark is probably one of the most complex polluted waste sites in the world. As the project manager, Ramboll is responsible for coordinating efforts within the consortium tapped to come up with a solution to the severe pollution.
Concerns were raised for British Waterways when six of their lagoons adjacent to the Long Sandall Lock Canal, holding 100,000 cubic metres of dredging sediment, were nearing capacity. The lagoons are vital for storing sediments, the removal and re-use of which is a major part of successful canal operation. Our Environment team was brought in to determine whether the sediment could be reused as infill for canal bank stabilisation works. Existing waste guidelines classified dredgings as 'hazardous waste', assuming that the sediments were in a worst-case chemical form. Our team challenged this interpretation and, working closely with environmental regulators, developed a testing strategy that correctly classified the canal dredgings. Detailed assessment was used to dem ...
The people in Bangladesh are suffering from the deadly effects of contaminated drinking water. This has been caused by naturally occurring arsenic in the earth. The Ramboll Foundation has granted financial support for a three-year research project to secure safe drinking water.
Finding the most sustainable way to remediate heavily and deeply contaminated land.
Working for the Government of Gibraltar, we developed a new access road to improve transportation links with Gibraltar Airport. The scheme consists of a 2.3km road running below the existing airport runway via a tunnel, and consequent relocation of military buildings.
In 2012 the UK government issued revised statutory guidance on how local authorities should implement Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990: the ‘Contaminated Land Regulations’, or ‘Part 2A’.
An ambitious mixed use development is planned for 20 hectares of wasteland, formerly a stone quarry, on the outskirts of Leeds. Three densities of housing are involved, the highest density to be combined with retail facilities, and an existing office building on the site may be reused. A new nursing home is also incorporated in the developer’s plans.The mile-long site slopes by 70m from end to end, necessitating the creation of plateaux at three levels. Our site investigations and ground modelling informed an earth works engineering design that avoids large natural impediments and balances cut and fill to minimize the need for imported material. A new Section 278 road winds from end to end of the site, with spurs accessing the various areas of development.We led neg ...
With its £70m regeneration masterplan, the University of Bedfordshire aims to deliver a campus with an improved sense of community. The first phase concentrated on the new Campus Centre building, for which we supplied structural, fire and geotechnical engineering. It provides a student social hub, a lecture theatre, exhibition space, and catering and student support facilities, over four floors and a mezzanine.The site in central Luton posed a number of challenges, and historic remains — including a moat — discovered during demolition works delayed progress. In addition, a live services tunnel had to be diverted and negotiations on boundary issues undertaken. The new building shares a wall with the neighbouring business school, and the school's basement in particular required a ...
As part of a winning bid team led by leading UK building contractor Balfour Beatty, we delivered new premises for twelve schools in central Birmingham.The project consisted of ten primary schools, a secondary school and a technical college, built in two phases on an extremely tight schedule.The schools occupy urban sites where space is at a premium. Units thus range from single to triple storey. Working with the architects, we helped to create a four-classroom structural module used to create identical teaching wings for all the schools involved. These included classrooms with flexible partitions and a central corridor daylit via clerestory glazing.The design of other facilities is tailored to meet the needs of each particular site.
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.
The National Opera House (Nytt Operahus) located in the harbour area of Bjørvika, Oslo, has meant a tremendous boost for culture in Norway. The opera house was completed in 2007, opened in April 2008, and has won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in October 2008.
CO2 emission from fossil fuels is an environmental problem around the globe. Statoil and Gassnova, with funding from the Norwegian State, has therefore decided to explore the possibilities to reduce CO2 emissions from their refinery at the Mongstad industrial site north of Bergen by introducing a new carbon capture plant.
The Svartliden Mine was brought into production in 2005 as an open pit. All tailings are disposed in a dam. A sustainable solution for the management of the tailings generated during next mining phase has to be defined as the dam capacity is soon consumed.
The most relevant problems in Kaalamo and Ruskeala communities in Karelia concern poor raw water quality, poor drinking water quality and high operational costs of existing water treatment plants.
Urban Mediaspace Aarhus is the largest construction project in the history of the Municipality of Aarhus. The project transforms the industrial port environment to a new and lively city environment, creating a dynamic correlation between the city and the waterfront.
Developing new methodologies for management of contaminated sites for the Romanian government
A 520-acre complex of ten operational reservoirs in north-east London, Walthamstow Wetlands is Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve while also supplying around 3.5 million households in and around the capital with water.
Alongside the Formula One Circuit and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Links Golf Course is a high quality, unique attraction to put Abu Dhabi on the map. Ramboll provided the infrastructure to make it happen.
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.
Involving the upgrade of the motorway network through widening of existing three lane carriageway to four lanes over a length of 25km, this Highways Agency Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract was the first where the target cost came in below scheme budget. It is also notable for being the first UK motorway widening scheme to be constructed using a moveable steel barrier traffic management system instead of a contra flow.
London Gateway is the UK’s first major deep-sea container port to be built this century. The 600-hectare port and business park is situated on the former Shell Haven oil refinery on the north bank of the river Thames.
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 ...
Supporting the authorisation process for the diversification of a metallurgical plant to a metal recycling plant
The Hevossaari water intake plant is being built in Heinola, Southern Finland. The plant will be inaugurated in late winter 2011, and will serve as the primary household water supply in Heinola. Ramboll has been in charge of all the planning stages and subareas.
The outer and inner parts of the House of Music in Aalborg play very well together both in terms of architecture and construction. With its raw concrete appearance and high standards in terms of acoustics, the building contributes to the cultural development of the city and creates opportunities for attracting international artists.
Ramboll and JSA Architecture won a major international competition to design a pedestrian and cycle bridge which crosses the River Lea close to the point where it joins the Thames, opposite the Millennium Dome. The elegant bascule, cable-stayed structure with a 60m mast was described by the judges as 'iconic'.
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 ...
This project ensured the continual safe operation of one of the UK’s most critical pieces of infrastructure. It involved asset management and capacity enhancement as part of the upgrade of existing berths to accommodate larger VLCC vessels at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Oil Refinery
The district of Kilburn South in London extends from Kilburn Underground Station on the east to Queen's Park Station on the west. Its mix of residences, shops and other amenities developed over the last 200 years and structures range from Victorian terraces to grouped multi-storey tower blocks.Funded by the Government's New Deal for Communities scheme, Brent Council has embarked on a regeneration initiative to improve and sustain the quality of life in the area over the long term.Working for MACE project management, we supported the masterplanning team with a wide range of engineering expertise. We have delivered detailed assessments of current conditions against which options for improvement can be considered by planners and the public. Our infrastructure and urban ...
The purpose of this project is to show that it is possible to convert deposited and newly generated Oil Shale Ash (OSA) into valuable secondary materials for civil-engineering applications. This efficient and waste-free use of oil shale would reduce its impact on the environment while also generating economic benefits.
As a leading consultant in water and environment Ramboll has carried out a large portion of the Danish National Groundwater Mapping Programme which comprises multidisciplinary hydrogeological projects.
A 25-year undertaking, the remediation and restoration of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site is one of the largest and most complex remediation programs in the US.
Paradise Circus is being transformed into a vibrant mixed use development of commercial, retail, leisure and hotel spaces; providing major improvements to pedestrian access and greatly enhanced public realm befitting the setting close to Birmingham Town Hall and the Museum & Art Gallery.
Breathing new life into Woolston Eyes nature reserve by developing 38 hectares of wetlands across two new sites.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
The new Hepworth Wakefield gallery is the focal point of regeneration on the River Calder waterfront, formerly the site of a huddle of low mill buildings. It houses a collection of sculpture by local-born artist Barbara Hepworth alongside the works of other prominent artists, and is one of the largest art galleries yet built outside London.
We are working on various aspects of the new masterplan for the city centre of Preston, Lancashire. The area concerned is known as Heart of the Tithebarn Regeneration Area (HTRA) and covers approximately 14.8 hectares. The masterplan provides for 32 new-build blocks, the refurbishment of existing structures, relocation of the bus station and a considerable area of new retail space, leisure facilities, public spaces and car parking.Among the key environmental aspects considered during the evolution of the scheme have been land quality, archaeology, ecology (there are bats on the site), noise impacts, air quality, microclimate, drainage, townscape, visual context and waste management. Impact on the local economy and social structure have also been studied.Our consultants undertook preliminary microclimate analysis of daylight, sunlight and wind flow on the development site and the surrounding area. The objective of the wind flow analysis was to ensure that the proposals offered a year-round comfortable external environment.Our infrastructure engineers have completed an extensive 3D earthworks model of the proposed new bus station area that optimises the cut and fill volumes. A comprehensive drainage strategy has been developed that minimises the need for sewer diversion. The surface water strategy endorses the use of Sustainable Drainages Systems (SUDS) and includes rainwater harvesting, porous paving and the extensive use of green/brown roofs.
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.
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 ...
Providing cost-efficient low-carbon solutions to reduce emissions from energy supply and transport
Sometimes doing nothing can be the most costly option – both in environmental and financial terms. Representing 3.5 million residents, Jeddah officials have realised that swift action is needed to make the city more liveable in the future. Ramboll established a cost-benefit analysis and crafted a masterplan to ensure future sustainable development for Jeddah.
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.
Ramboll was lead engineer for Cobham Motorway Service Area, a 20ha development on an environmentally sensitive greenfield site.
Ramboll assisted Energinet.dk in carrying out environmental investigations and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in relation to the expansion of the capacity of the gas transmission system between Ellund and Egtved in the southern part of Jutland, Denmark.
Thorough and correct decision-making needs to be based on well-documented facts. When it comes to deciding whether or not to spend large sums of money on environmental remediation, for instance, it is vital to have a professional consultant who can document the details of the environmental pollution.
The suburban area around Gentofterenden, north of Copenhagen, has suffered from severe flooding during cloudbursts. Ramboll has assisted in improving the water management by providing a carefully considered water plan that not only caters for the increased amounts of rainwater but also enhances the quality of life of local citizens.
Having served as Helsinki's cargo port for almost 100 years, Jätkäsaari will be transformed into an attractive urban residential area by 2025. The Jätkäsaari construction project consists of various commissions, which Ramboll is planning in connection with numerous client and cooperative partners.
With its unique positioning and an area covering the size of 625 football grounds, Nordhavnen (or Nordhavn) in Copenhagen, Denmark, is Scandinavia's largest and most ambitious city development project for the time being. The overriding vision for Nordhavnen is to become the sustainable city of the future.
As part of the Fehmarn Belt tunnel project, the 110 km railway line between Ringsted and the Fehmarn-link in Rødby will undergo a comprehensive upgrade. The project includes raising the speed limit to 200 km/h and expansion from single to double track between Vordingborg and Rødby. Existing railway stations will be rebuilt and a new station will be built in Holeby. All of this in order to ensure a quick and efficient transportation of cargo and passengers to Germany.
Elsinore Harbour is the home of a new subterranean maritime museum. Ramboll has made the subterranean museum possible, with its innovative solutions and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The museum is one of a kind – also on an international scale. It is situated underground and under the sea level, encircling a 150m dry dock where the wharf used to be.
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 ...
The world leader in the offshore wind industry, Vestas was looking to create an R&D facility to prototype and test its new wind turbine design. With 80m long blades, the V164 turbine is a huge leap in wind technology. Each turbine is set to generate...
Ramboll is Client Consultant to the Skolkovo Foundation, established by the Russian President to develop Skolkovo Innovation Centre. Covering an area of 400 ha just outside of Moscow, the Centre is supposed to be Russia’s response to Silicon Valley.
The project for “Nordhavnsvej” is the first stage of a new road to Copenhagen’s Nordhavn (North Harbour). Nordhavn is an old industrial and port area, planned to be developed into a new urban area in the north-eastern part of Copenhagen. When fully developed, the urban area is planned for 40,000 residents and 40,000 workplaces.