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.

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Mark Pniewski. Ramboll

Mark Pniewski

Director, Special Services, Buildings
T: +44 7436 274 650

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

Projects

Ramboll. Princess Street development. Image: SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Manchester New Square

The Manchester New Square scheme is an exciting new residential development located within the heart of Manchester City, due for completion in 2020. The three individually designed 12-15 storey buildings, set around a landscaped square, comprise 351 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The building’s unique perforated brick façade envelopes the structural frame of the Tate Modern Extension

Tate Modern Extension - A unique brick façade

Truly an architectural wonder, the building’s unique perforated brick façade envelopes the structural frame, acting as a rain screen. The corners and creases are column free, emphasising the continuity of the surface, whilst providing “open views” to the exterior.

Paddington Crossrail Station. Images ©WestonWilliamson+Partners.

Paddington Crossrail Station

A new station is nearing completion at Paddington, west London, serving the Elizabeth Line (formerly known as Crossrail). Ramboll engineers have played an integral part in the delivery of the new station and the surrounding area 

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.

Magnet Minsk

Magnet Minsk

A multi-purpose complex with diverse recreational and business uses such as a shopping mall, a supermarket, an office centre and a high-class business hotel.

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Ramboll

Ramboll
240 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NW
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 20 7631 5291
Fax:+44 845 299 1610

Mail: london@ramboll.co.uk

Company registration

Company registration

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


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