Façade Engineering

Our Facades team has expert knowledge of the increasingly complex methods and techniques available and understands the implications of different façade solutions in terms of geometry, structural adequacy, performance, energy efficiency, procurement, program, and whole life costing.

Sky mirrored in the Harpa facade


Christopher Jones, Regional Director, Buildings, Middle East

Christopher Jones

Regional Director, Buildings, Middle East and Asia
T: +971 4 334 3616

Members of our Facades team combine experience from Architectural, Structural Engineering and High-rise Façade Construction fields. Through the Façade Engineering team we can design an elegant, fully integrated building envelope: a major element that often accounts for over 25% of the construction budget.

Our skills

We assist Developers, Architects and Contractors and drive efficiency gains by constantly appraising and incorporating the most optimal design, latest research and most suitable technology.

Our Middle East team specializes in:

  • High rise design
  • Climate adaptive design (Cold and Hot climate)
  • International codes
  • Advice on international suppliers and procurement routes

Our services

Our façade engineering consultancy covers the following areas:

  • Material selection
  • System design, system concept
  • Structural design
  • Building physics
  • Development of new systems
  • Specifications and tender drawings
  • Independent advice on suppliers and contractors
  • Factory inspections
  • Tendering
  • Testing
  • Document review and approval
  • Site inspections
  • System design to contractors
  • Failure investigation

We provide design and consultancy for the entire building envelope, including:

  • Curtain Wall
  • Glass feature walls
  • Glazed skylights
  • Stone cladding
  • Metal cladding
  • GRC and pre-cast
  • FRP cladding or features

BMU consultancy

We also offer BMU consultancy, as we believe keeping the facades clean and accessing it for maintenance is part of the success. Our team develops safe access strategies to high-rise building facades, even to complex geometry surfaces and specifies the required machinery and equipment.

Scope of services for façade access and maintenance (BMU) consultancy:

  • Access strategy advice
  • Cleaning cycle
  • Gantries
  • Roof machines
  • Robotic façade cleaning
  • BMU Equipment selection
  • Direct access methods
  • Safety review
  • Testing
  • Installation inspection

The unique appearance of The Opus in Business Bay, Dubai, UAE derives from an unusual source of inspiration: the architect sank a hot poker into a cube of ice to create an irregular, curved void.

The Opus

This Zaha Hadid design has tested our engineers’ skills unlike any other. In the constant search for original designs that truly push the limits, many building projects in the Middle East are in fact driving innovation in engineering design.

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First Floor, Emerald Building
Oud Metha Road
PO Box 116921, Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 334 3616
Fax +971 4 334 3617

Mail: info@ramboll.ae

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