Economic Infrastructure

In most countries discretionary fiscal policies are counter-cyclical, that is, taxes are cut but spending increased during downturns to promote economic recovery and growth, with investment in economic infrastructure seen as one of the key methods by which a government can influence economic growth.

While the role Economic Infrastructure can play in positively influencing economic growth is widely accepted, delivering such major investments has never been more challenging to both the public and private sectors. In many parts of the world ageing infrastructure is suffering from decades of under maintenance, while in others the demand for new infrastructure, fuelled by a rapid expansion of an increasingly wealthy urban middle class, is stretching the resources of even the most affluent governments. Many are turning to the private sector to design, build, fund and operate these facilities, and yet the private sector is struggling with limited access to debt and growing risk aversion from investors. Now, more than ever, investment decisions need to be based on robust analysis and informed advice.

The main strands of the services we can offer in this sector are:

  • Appraisal - including cost benefit analysis and criteria analysis, especially for the public sector
  • Evaluation - including business case, especially for the private sector
  • Payment Mechanisms - including regulation, contracts and modelling
  • Risk and Arbitration - including due diligence for lenders and secondary investors and expert witness

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News

10/04/2014

Buro Happold as part of the consortium around KCAP Architects&Planners is selected as one of 3 finalists in the competition for the International Financial Center (IFC) in Moscow.

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News

14/03/2014

On 20 March, the final conference of the BeMobility 2.0 project took place. The Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) was inviting sponsors and...

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News

09/01/2014

Last September an expert workshop exploring (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure was held at mobile solutions expert Innoz’s Plattform...

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News

29/11/2013

This November Jochen Rabe and Thomas Kraubitz from Happold Consulting presented the regional development plan for Russia's Kama Tri-City region in Berezniki, to representatives of the federal and regional governments. The...

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Blog

11/10/2013

The state of London’s housing market was the big topic of interest at an event hosted by Happold Consulting last Tuesday 8th October. Brought together under the banner of the Institute of Economic Development (IED), a highly...

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Happold Consulting

Blog

30/09/2013

Re-unification and the decision to re-establish Berlin as Germany’s capital has created competing visions for its future. Some envisioned Berlin as another key hub for the European or global economy, able to compete successfully...

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Happold Consulting

Blog

19/09/2013

Much like the market itself, stories about the affordability of London homes have been bubbling away over the last 18 months, reaching a crescendo over recent weeks. Reports point to the ever-widening gulf between London and the...

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National Infrastructure in Kent, Motorways and HS1
Happold Consulting

Project

13/08/2013

During 2010 – 2011, Happold Consulting were engaged to provide technical support and advice to Kent County Council in order to procure a new highways maintenance services contract. This advice encompassed:Selection of...

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Buro Happold

Blog

05/08/2013

For those unfamiliar with the acronym, 3BL stands for the Triple Bottom Line (or people, planet and profit). It captures a spectrum of values and criteria for measuring success: economic, ecological, and social. ...

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De Vere Gardens
Happold Consulting

Blog

15/07/2013

Last month UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s spending review speech mentioned the word infrastructure seven times, whilst investment in housing was touched on only once. The interesting point is the...

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Buro Happold

Project

11/04/2013

The Rosario to Victoria Toll Bridge and associated embankment provides a direct 60km link between Rosario in the province of Santa Fe to Victoria in the province of Entre Rios in Argentina. A ferry service was in operation prior to the bridge being built but  stopped once the bridge was opened.

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Buro Happold

Project

11/04/2013

The I25 Express Lanes in Denver were originally built as seven miles of HOV and Rapid Bus Transit lanes between downtown Denver and the US36. In June 2006 they opened to traffic as express lanes which means that solo drivers are now also allowed to use the HOV lanes if they pay a toll. The lanes have proved very popular and there are now plans to extend the scheme along the US36 to Boulder. Although the construction of Phase I of the US36 is already underway, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDoT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) have proposed that the Phase II extension along the US36, along with Phase I and the existing I25 express lanes, should be combined into a single design, build, finance and operate concession.

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Philip Bates
Buro Happold

Blog

21/03/2013

The recent decision to grant planning permission for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in...

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Buro Happold

Opinion

02/01/2013

The recent flurry of reports, blogs and commentaries discussing the likelihood of an occurrence of the Peak Car effect in the UK has largely focused on the social implications of us falling out of love with our...

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Happold Consulting

Project

22/11/2012

Today, cities face a number of challenges related to motorized transport such as congestion of city centres and environmental degradation. Taking into account these challenges and the rising number of car owners, individual car traffic seems insufficient for the urban challenges of the 21st century. Hence there is an urgent need to develop new mobility concepts that guarantee a high degree of individual mobility whilst facing the social, economic and environmental challenges of our future cities. 

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Happold Consulting

Project

06/09/2012

Al Ha’ir Lakes is the fifth and final zone of Wadi Hanifah. Located 25km downstream of Riyadh, Al Ha’ir is at the end of the wadi catchment and receives the greatest amount of water flow in the Wadi. Working with the client, we identified the Lakes District site as a valuable open space resource for the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. In addition the site contains an internationally recognised and largest wetland habitat in the Kingdom.

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Buro Happold

Project

05/09/2012

The Docklands Light Railways (DLR) was initially developed as a new low cost transport system to access the areas where development would take place within the London Docklands Development Zone. Construction of the initial system started in 1984 and was opened to passengers in 1987. However, the success of the regeneration in the Docklands soon put pressure on this system, and demand grew for more extensions, especially to the south under the River Thames.

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Buro Happold

Project

14/08/2012

Working with CLM, Buro Happold led the site-wide energy and utilities infrastructure design and engineering for the Olympic Park from initial masterplanning, feasibility studies and procurement, and acted as client engineer during the Centre’s construction and operation phases.

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Buro Happold

Project

11/01/2012

As part of the Maunsell Aecom / Aedas JV, Buro Happold won the competition to carry out the detailed design for the Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong.

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Buro Happold

Project

20/12/2011

Stretching between Mecca and Medinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, the brand new 460km long Haramain High Speed Rail project is a bold step towards a truly connected Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our team have designed the four main stations, combining efficiency and aestethics into landmarks for the cities they are serving.

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Buro Happold

Project

16/05/2011

King Khaled International Airport is located on the north-east of the city of Riyadh and is recognised in the city’s development plan as the greatest opportunity in Riyadh to develop a major cutting edge mixed use employment,...

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