Buro Happold appoints specialist

Buro Happold’s Ground Engineering group has been bolstered by the appointment of Hugh Mallett, who will lead its new Geoenvironmental team.

Hugh, a specialist in contaminated land, brings more than 30 years experience to the multi-disciplinary practice’s Geoenvironmental team, set up specifically to develop and carry out work on brownfield sites. Appointed as an Associate Director, he joins Buro Happold’s London office after 16 years with Aspinwall / Enviros Consulting.

Buro Happold’s Ground Engineering team identifies and implements solutions for structural foundations, basements, tunnels, retaining walls, earthworks and site remediation. With experience covering all major sectors, the practice carries out geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigations and risk assessments to inform the design and help clients get the best value from existing ground conditions.

Geoenvironmental engineering issues are of increasing importance, with the growing trend for regeneration and building schemes on reclaimed – and often contaminated – land. This has led to the recognition of the need for increasing sophistication in the assessment and mitigation of risks, as well as communication with various stakeholders – ranging from clients and regulators to the general public. Hugh will lead on these projects, working closely with other groups in Buro Happold, particularly the practice’s specialist geotechnical and environmental teams.

Hugh said: “I’m really pleased to have been appointed to this post and am looking forward to the fresh challenges of the sort Buro Happold will provide. I relish the opportunity to work on the larger-scale projects as part of a multi-disciplinary team that takes a fully-integrated approach to ground engineering.”

In his new role Hugh is, among other projects, working on the masterplanning of Leith waterfront in Edinburgh and the infrastructure of Chatham Dockyard in Kent. He is currently preparing a contaminated land strategy, which identifies current issues within the industry and opportunities for Buro Happold.

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