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Civil Engineering


Placemaking for a Modern World We design at every scale and at every stage in the process of placemaking, from visioning to briefing, design, delivery and operation. The places we create are distinct; social, natural, useful and beautiful — a reflection of humanity. The practice has grown to over 1,200 people operating from a collaborative network of city studios, all creative hubs connected to the cities and regions they serve. Our civil engineers design infrastructure which surpasses clients’ aspirations and impacts positively on the planet.


Our work across the globe spans the full range of infrastructure types, connecting places and improving quality of life: from masterplanning cities to flood risk assessments; from transport interchanges to sustainable urban realm.


Land We believe that early engagement is fundamental to the success of any project. Our comprehensive site appraisals identify risks and opportunities. Using digital tools, we simulate ground topography, utility connections and foundation solutions to assist our clients in assessing options. Our engineers enjoy collaborating with other professions to develop coordinated designs which are technically excellent and efficient.


Transport Our engineers collaborate with transport planners, urban designers and landscape architects to design for a connected future. We challenge conventional thinking, driving transformational change through inventive solutions for the movement of people and goods. Using 3D modelling we design fully integrated transport infrastructure that enhances the surrounding environment, increases safety and adapts to future demand, safeguarding our economic future.


Water Preservation and management of water resources is a top priority. Our designs respect water life cycle, aiming to collect and treat storm water and wastewater, recharge the water table and enhance biodiversity. Sustainable drainage systems, flood risk assessments and green infrastructure form an integral part of our services. We support our clients through the planning process working seamlessly with local authorities.


Open Spaces We are proud of delivering imaginative and innovative parks, playgrounds, streetscapes and public spaces. We shape our designs around people, paying particular attention to vulnerable users and those with mobility issues. By engaging with communities and statutory bodies, we ensure that our engineering solutions encourage pedestrian movement, accommodate cyclists and increase road safety, all essential to health and wellbeing.


Global Collaboration BDP is partnered with Japan’s leading engineering practice Nippon Koei to offer a unique combination of creative and technical skills with genuine international reach. Sharing a philosophy of design synthesis and improved community impact, the alliance forms a strong basis for providing integrated solutions to global urban challenges in social development and infrastructure.


Palace of Westminster

Location London, UK

Client Strategic Estates

The restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster will ensure the safe and secure future of the Grade I listed building within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The civil engineering team is developing a strategy to address years of neglect and to design for future condition. Research is underway to predict the impact of climate change on flood levels, looking at various scenarios for the next 150 years, the repair and replacement of below ground drainage and the connections to existing infrastructure including Bazalgette’s Victorian sewerage system.


All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon Location London, UK

Client All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Completion 2001

Wimbledon is one of the world’s most iconic sporting events. Our interdisciplinary design team created a new No 1 Court, a permanent Broadcast Centre, a tunnel linking Church Road with Somerset Road and two new grass courts. This was achieved through several innovative civil engineering features, including the two lane tunnel for VIP access using both cut and cover and top down construction techniques, and the semi-underground Broadcast Centre. We worked with the landscape team to create retaining structures for the formation of the renowned Murray Mound for big screen viewing together with associated planting and water features.


Green Spine Location London, UK

Client Westminster City Council Cost ÂŁ3m

Completion 2021

This is an ambitious plan to regenerate residential areas of Westminster by creating a green pedestrian and cycle friendly corridor, with a series of safe, accessible, high quality green spaces. SuDs will generate increased biodiversity and improved amenities. Planting locations have been identified to reduce surface water run-off and manage constraints from existing services such as parking, waste collection and delivery access.


One Angel Square Location Northampton, UK

Client Northamptonshire City Council Cost ÂŁ40m

Completion 2017

This award-winning new BREEAM Excellent headquarters consolidates offices from 12 separate properties. We tackled complex remediation on the city centre brownfield site dating back to the 13th century. Three vacant buildings were demolished and 3,500m3 of concrete obstructions removed. A contiguous piled wall was installed to retain the perimeter of the sloping site to allow for the attenuation tanks to be incorporated into the step, reducing the need to bury them in deep excavations.


University of Central Lancashire Student Centre Location Preston, UK

Client University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Cost ÂŁ94m

Completion 2020

The new square and student centre draw the city and the university together, generating a new focus for the Adelphi Quarter. Using micro-drainage calculations to establish peak run-off, our engineers designed an independent drainage network which reduced discharge volumes, with attenuation storage close to source. Enabling works include the reconfiguration of the Adelphi roundabout and surrounding highways.


Humber Bridge Masterplan Location Yorkshire, UK

Client Humber Bridge Board Completion 2028

Building on the success of Hull’s City of Culture programme in 2017 and the continued growth of the renewable energy sector, a strategic masterplan was developed to stimulate economic and social development in the region using the iconic Humber Bridge as the catalyst. The civil engineering team helped identify key conditions and constraints and advised on transport infrastructure, flood mitigation and surface water management strategy.


The Stanmore Building

Location London, UK

Client Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust Cost ÂŁ50m

Completion 2019 A transformational new healthcare building at the world-leading specialist orthopaedic hospital replaces many of the existing buildings which dated back to before WWII. The site, a combination of green and brownfield land surrounded by active hospital buildings and roads, was subjected to extensive infrastructure works. The team used cut and fill modelling to reduce the export of soils, developed a drainage strategy including SuDS and designed a new access road to the existing outpatient care unit.


Cavendish III and Shared Facilities Hub Location Cambridge, UK

Client Bouygues for University of Cambridge Cost ÂŁ300m

Completion 2021

Cavendish III will provide a new state-of-theart home for world-leading physics research, integrating laboratories with a shared facilities hub for scientific collaboration. A network of infrastructure for the site enabling works was developed with a 3D model to coordinate external services, landscape and building structures. We engineered SuDS fully integrated with the landscape. Extreme restrictions on vibration levels required specialist drainage solutions.


Learning and Teaching Centre, Brunel University Location London, UK

Client Brunel University Cost ÂŁ50m

Completion 2021

The new building forms the eastern edge of the quadrangle in an area of medium probability of flooding. Our site-specific flood risk assessment demonstrated that the development will reduce flood risk and be safe for its lifetime. Civil engineering works include a below ground surface water attenuation tank, bio-retention areas and a green roof as well as the provision of SuDs integrated with the landscape to deal with very restrictive discharge rate.


Chester Zoo Grasslands Location Chester, UK

Client Chester Zoo Completion 2022

A non-profit institution committed to preserving endangered species and one of England’s top visitor attractions, Grasslands recreates an African savannah, home to a variety of rare and endangered species. Major infrastructure works, ground remodelling, the installation of a lake, animal houses, viewing hides and galleries are being created, together with visitor facilities, accommodation and a 240 seat restaurant with education and conference facilities.


Dhaka MRT Line No.6 Location Dhaka, Bangladesh

Client Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd Cost $2,445m (USD) Completion 2023

Part of the 20 year long Strategic Transport Plan to ease some of the worst congestion in the world, the project delivers 16 new stations over a distance of 20km, elevated above current roads to allow traffic flow underneath. We provided design, tender assistance, construction supervision and advisory service for operation and maintenance for the project, estimated to serve more than 60,000 passengers per hour by 2023.


Manila MRT Station Location Manila, Philippines

Client Philkoei International Completion 2020

This is the first station on a metro line currently under construction in the heart of Manila, a dynamic building which combines a high-quality transport interchange with commercial facilities to complement neighbouring shopping malls. The Garden Hall forms the heart of the structure commanding all routes into and across each level and features planted terraces running the full length of the site, parallel to the railway.


Minh Kai Masterplan Location Vietnam

Client Sungroup

Completion 2019, ongoing

The gateway to Ha Long Bay, Cua Luc, Cam Pha region and the international Van Don Airport, the development draws its inspiration from the natural topography of mountains, coast and lake with an infrastructure masterplan including roads, bridges and land reclamation. Proposals for the 110 ha site incorporate residential, workplace and commercial functions, sensitively placed to preserve the natural heritage.


Cua Luc Masterplan Location Vietnam

Client Sungroup

Completion 2019, ongoing

An area of 110 km2 on the north-eastern coast of Vietnam bordering the world heritage site of Ha Long Bay, Cua Luc Bay suffers from output from neighbouring industries such as mining, cement factories, aquaculture and fisheries. Our masterplan sets a vision for a cohesive sustainable residential, tourism and mixed use development with high tech industrial uses incorporating sustainable infrastructure, roads, bridges and land reclaim.


Yangon City Masterplan Location Yangon, Myanmar

Client Japan International Cooperation Agency Completion 2018

The Strategic Urban Development Plan for the former capital guides development in the region up to 2040, when the population is predicted to double to 10 million. The concept of a “peaceful and beloved green and golden city� informs the growth of the Central Business District, the waterfront and historic downtown, focusing on a number of historic pagodas. Policy and indicators informed regional development plans and pilot projects for the rapidly urbanising city.


Jakarta Riverside Masterplan Location Jakarta, Indonesia Client PT.SevenGates Completion 2018

This rejuvenation scheme for a 18km stretch of riverfront developments, consists of residential, commercial, mixed-use, civic, leisure, and recreational land use and character areas. The vision looks to rediscover the river as a unique environment to integrate green, blue and urban spaces to create a more liveable city.


Mombasa Special Economic Zones Location Mombasa, Kenya

Client Japan International Cooperation Agency Cost $386m (USD) Completion 2030

The port-based Special Economic Zone at Dongo Kundu is a flagship project of Kenya Vision 2030. An industrial park, with energy base, residential and tourism utilities, power supply, water supply, waste treatment and telecommunication, it acts as a regional hub for logistics, information and human resources, triggering growth for the nontraditional industries and new domestic value-chain.


Managua City Masterplan Location Managua, Nicaragua

Client Japan International Cooperation Agency Completion 2017

An urban development masterplan for Managua focuses on land use and transport planning to create a sustainable, orderly, safe city with opportunity for all. The historical centre will be revitalised and expanded to accommodate future population increase and development zones for business and commercial land use will provide a muchneeded boost to the service sector.


Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Client Ho Chi Minh City People’s Communities

Cost $2,367m (USD)

Design, tender assistance, construction supervision and technology transfer services were provided for the city’s first metro line, Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien. Construction on the 19.7km long line started in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2021, when three underground stations and 11 elevated stations, all fully accessible, will serve more than 160,000 passengers daily.


Northern Economic Corridor, East Africa Location East Africa Completion 2030

The Northern Corridor is a significant multimodal channel in East Africa, consisting of road, rail, pipeline, and inland waterways running from Mombasa through Kenya and Uganda to Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. It addresses bottlenecks along the channel which raise transport costs and hinder the economic development of the region.


Institute of Immunity and Transplantation Location London, UK

Client Royal Free Charity, University College London Cost ÂŁ42m

Completion 2020

A world-class research laboratory situated close to a conservation area, the building mass required sensitive modelling to achieve planning. Careful coordination and phasing maintained an existing substation and switch rooms, avoiding the need for a temporary facility. Foundations were coordinated with existing piles using radar techniques. A geotechnical ground heave analysis minimised the impact of basement excavation on the nearby hospital, LINAC building and St Stephen’s Church.


Queen Mary Graduate Centre Location London, UK

Client Queen Mary University Cost ÂŁ19m

Completion 2016

This award-winning building was constructed over a retained existing basement immediately adjacent to a live tube tunnel. The structure abuts two education buildings, both of which remained operational through the construction process. We met London Underground’s Infrastructure Protection strict approvals process by delivering a pre-construction ground movement analysis and tunnel condition survey as well as ground movement monitoring during the construction of piles adjacent to the Central Line tunnel.


Bach Dang Harbour Masterplan Location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Client Sunny World/ Saigon

This concept vision for a new waterfront for the Saigon River, regenerates the city centre. Major road and rail infrastructure sits alongside enhanced public realm, commercial and retail forming a cultural quarter to serve new civic and leisure activity.


AstraZeneca Global R&D Headquarters Location Cambridge, UK Client AstraZeneca Completion 2021

Major civil components for the largest biotechnology campus cluster in Europe were laboratory drainage, access roads and car parks, foul water attenuation and SuDs integrated with the landscape. A 500m3 water storage and pumping chamber was installed below ground for foul water attenuation. The surface water network incorporated a complex series of SuDS, including swales, retention basins, filter trenches and permeable paving to reduce surface water run-off from the site and improve water quality.


Beckenham Place Park Location London, UK

Client London Borough of Lewisham Cost £5m

Completion 2019

A 12,000m² artificial swimming lake was created using extensive cut and fill calculations, minimising the volume of excavation and the relocation of contaminated ground on site. The borehole and circulation system maintains water levels and ensures water quality. An abstraction licence was obtained through liaison with the Environment Agency. An extensive path network for pedestrians and cyclists was also added to Lewisham’s largest green space.


Royal Albert Hall

Location London, UK

Client Royal Albert Hall Cost ÂŁ100m+

Completion Ongoing

Winner of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, this iconic Grade I listed building has been undergoing a rolling programme of creative adaptation by BDP since 1990, remaining operational throughout. A massive new four storey basement was created below the terraces south of the Hall to house a service yard, new dressing rooms and workshops. A new tunnel, 2.1m in diameter and 51m long, was excavated to link the new basement to the Hall sub-arena. This passed directly underneath the existing ring-beam foundation of the Hall and required careful design, ground monitoring and temporary works. The original Victorian landscaping and planting was recreated on completion of the engineering works, making the intervention almost invisible.


Michelle McDowell Principal, Civil & Structural Engineering michelle.mcdowell@bdp.com John Roycroft Principal, Civil & Structural Engineering john.roycroft@bdp.com Agata Lo Certo Associate, Civil & Structural Engineering agata.locerto@bdp.com

Photography: Nick Caville, Aerofilms, David Barbour, Hufton + Crow, Jason Hawkes, Jack Hobhouse, Lewisham Council All efforts have been made to contact the relevant copyright holders for acknowledgement. The publisher would be grateful to hear from any copyright holder who is not acknowledged here and will undertake to rectify any errors or omissions in future editions. Cover: One Angel Square, Northampton Profession key: Architecture (Ar), Acoustics (Ac), Building Services Engineering (BSE), Civil and Structural Engineering (C&S), Design Management (DM), Graphic Design (GD), Interior Design (ID), Landscape Architecture (La), Lighting (Li), Masterplanning (Ma), Planning (Pl), Sustainability (Su), Urban Design (UD)


” Civil engineers bridge the gap between science and society and play a vital role in helping to build a sustainable future. At BDP we take this responsibility seriously. By collaborating with design teams, clients and end users, we shape our designs around people and the benefits that our projects can bring.” — Michelle McDowell Principal, Civil & Structural Engineering


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