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.


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


roof of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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The double-curved facade, facing onto Oxford Street

Park House facade engineering

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47-50 New Bond Street

47-50 New Bond Street

This mixed use development is designed to accommodate offices and residences, with retail facilities on the ground floor. A Grade II listed building — housing a Pinet shoe store — has been retained and incorporated...

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.

Harpa Concert and Conference Center

Harpa Concert and Conference Center: Designed in 3D

Harpa Concert and Conference Center has been hailed as a symbol of Iceland’s economic dynamism and has since it opened in 2011 hosted a range of world-class congresses and concerts. The concert and conference center is part of a larger master plan for the area around Reykjavik’s harbour, intended to attract tourists and artists. But the building is more than merely beautiful; however, it is also CO2-neutral, obtaining its energy from Iceland’s geothermal resources.

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