Our local and global environment not only affects how we live, but how we design. The challenge of protecting and enhancing our environment for future generations is at the forefront of what we do.

At Buro Happold we work with our clients to develop solutions that minimise environmental impacts and the use of natural resources, whilst considering the local setting.

Our team of specialists work alongside clients and design teams to ensure that potential environmental issues are identified early on, and opportunities are taken to maximise environmental sustainability whilst minimising unnecessary cost and delay. This helps to ensure significant development projects like 101 Prince of Wales Drive and Convoys Wharf achieve the necessary approvals to enable planning permission to be granted without delay.

Working as a multi-disciplinary team, we provide the full range of environmental services required on projects, drawing on our experience across the globe to provide expert advice and design, from concept through to project completion. Belgrade Waterfront is an excellent example of how our multi-disciplinary leadership and expertise is enabling the introduction of quality facilities not seen before in this region.

Air Quality

Poor air quality has negative effects on health, the environment and the economy. In recent years, air quality has become a key consideration in planning new developments and regulatory authorities require robust evidence to demonstrate that those developments do not worsen local air quality.

BuroHappold’s specialist scientists and consultants have in-depth experience in addressing air quality issues through the planning, design, construction and operation of projects.  Using the most up to date air quality dispersion models in our assessments we work closely with transportation, energy, utilities and building services colleagues to find solutions in advance of planning and construction.

Find out more on our air quality page.


The integration of biodiversity into development designs, and the potential impacts on ecology, are now key aspects of the planning and design process.

BuroHappold’s in-house ecology expertise enables us to work closely with engineers, architects and designers to provide a fully integrated design team, offering cost-effective solutions to complex planning and design issues.

Find out more on our ecology page.

Environmental due diligence and site appraisal

Environmental due diligence is a crucial step in understanding and managing risk during property transactions

Unidentified environmental liabilities can result in significant costs and even criminal convictions of parties involved in the transaction. Conversely, investment opportunities can be missed if environmental liabilities such as contamination and flood risk are overstated or changes to planning policy or environmental legislation are not identified.

Find out more on our environmental due diligence and site appraisal page.

Environmental impact assessment (EIA)

Obtaining environmental approvals can be challenging and requires careful consideration and planning. At Buro Happold we work with regulators and design teams at the early stages to identify key issues, incorporate mitigation measures and maximise sustainable solutions that will reduce the overall environmental impact

Find out more on our Environmental impact assessment page.

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