Façade engineering

The façade is the primary moderator of the environment for all buildings, whatever the scale and significantly influences energy performance and user comfort. To perform successfully, façades need engineering — structurally, thermally and in detail. We offer strong analytical skills and extensive practical knowledge of materials and how façades are crafted.

Ramboll. Tate Modern extension. Image: Daniel Shearing.


Naoki Woodward

Naoki Woodward

Façade Director
M: +44 7583 072 202

We offer a comprehensive multidisciplinary service, covering design and consultancy in all project phases. Our experience also covers all scales and all climates. 

Integrated façade services

Constructing façades is a considerable task, which often accounts for over 25% of a construction budget. Among the key skills we bring to design teams is detailed analysis that helps achieve a client's specific aims. By bringing the focus to the building's envelope at appropriate project stages, highly efficient solutions can be reached, particularly in relation to thermal performance and structural design.

Our team of façade engineering experts work closely with architects, structural and services engineers, environmental and sustainability consultants, contractors, manufacturers, and installation specialists to deliver high performance solutions. 

We bring wide ranging knowledge of commercial products and systems. This aids cost comparison and specification, and the ability to customise or create new detailing. We have extensive experience in full-scale testing and performance analysis of materials and products and are committed to research. We continue to contribute to UK and European development programmes covering materials, component design and procurement.

A synthesis of structure, performance and materials

In determining how to create each façade, our engineers draw on an impressive depth of experience in combining the structure, thermal performance measures and the use of materials and interfaces between them. The twin aims of achieving water-tightness and air-tightness underpin our work to realise a design effectively. 

A well-designed façade contributes substantially to the low-energy credentials of a building through attention to air-tightness and thermal performance, since heat loss and heat gain are primary energy-use issues. We work closely with building services, environmental and sustainability colleagues, ensuring that a building's façade is an integral part of its energy strategy.

This synthesis of aesthetics, structure, performance and materials is directly applicable to projects of all scales in all climates. Our focus is on the details that make a difference.

Our façade services 

  • Choice of materials
  • Structural design
  • Building physics
  • Heating technology
  • Fire protection
  • Development of new systems
  • Testing
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Tendering
  • Follow-up and supervision


Ramboll. Princess Street development. Image: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Manchester New Square

An exciting new residential regeneration site located within the heart of Manchester. The three individually designed 12-15 storey buildings, set around a landscaped and vibrant square, comprises 351 apartments. Beneath the development lies the deepest basement in Manchester, providing four storeys of car parking facilities and plant space.

Image: Crossrail / TfL

Paddington Elizabeth line station

The new Paddington station serves the new Elizabeth line railway (formerly known as Crossrail) which increases capacity at this major London interchange and across the network by 200m passengers a year. The Ramboll team played an integral role in the design and delivery of the entrance canopy, façades, cladding, conservation and public realm, working extensively with stakeholders to overcome the highly complex challenges of this landmark station.

Temperate House, Kew Gardens

Temperate House, Kew Gardens

Reopened in May 2018 by David Attenborough, Temperate House is a magnificent Victorian glasshouse in the heart of Kew Gardens. A five year restoration project has repaired and updated the building ready for today's visitors and tomorrow’s needs.

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United Kingdom
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Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW

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