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A better, more efficient future for engineering. We apply the principles of Design to Value to our engineering to:

■ Deliver genuine value in terms of functionality, sustainability, safety, and cost efficiency. 

■ Thoroughly test, learn from, and optimise designs well in advance of construction and in-use scenarios to capitalise on opportunities, guarantee successful delivery, and realise targeted value drivers.

We are a diverse team, with engineers from different backgrounds, countries, sectors and specialisms. This gives us the breadth and depth of knowledge, expertise, and experience to generate fully integrated solutions that are easily delivered. 

Our engineers are analytical, but also creative - people who can generate new, robust ideas. At every level, we’re hands-on and use our experience to make engineering consistently work harder for design. We’re constantly looking for new methods, products, and materials, as well as new ways of finding and interrogating data. 

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Key Capabilities

Assessment and management of Environmental Factors 

We perform assessments to understand the full environmental context of a project and work with regulatory bodies to mitigate constraints to the proposed development.  This includes Flood Risk Assessments, utility diversions, and scoping of all necessary investigations.

We assess all environmental systems, including: 

— Existing infrastructure such as utility diversions and easements 

— Hydrological, flooding and hydrogeological (including Flood Risk Assessments) 

— Topographical 

— Ecological and arboricultural 

— Geological and geotechnical 

— Geo-environmental and hazardous substances 

— UXO and in-ground hazards 

— Archaeological and heritage 

— Transport   

  • We reduce uncertainty by performing studies and scoping investigative surveys.   
  • We manage the impact of the environment on, and from, the development.   
  • We engage with environmental bodies and statutory authorities; and produce required documents including Environmental Impact Assessments and Statements

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Below-Ground Drainage Design

We produce drainage designs which appropriately manage surface water and foul water discharges with minimal below-ground infrastructure and a strong focus on sustainable systems.

  • We undertake complex hydraulic modelling using MicroDrainage.   
  • We apply Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) to present environmentally sensitive proposals.   
  • We engage with statutory drainage authorities and produce adoption (S104) and connection (S106) applications.   
  • We engage with statutory flooding authorities and produce Drainage Strategies and Flood Risk Assessments for planning.

External Works and Earthworks Design

We produce external works designs that consider the hardstanding material selection and levels for access and drainage requirements. We also produce groundworks designs that quantify material excavations and consider cut and fill balancing to minimise dug material movements to and from site.

  • We produce detailed surface levels designs for suitable access and drainage requirements.   
  • We undertake hardstanding material selection and build-up analysis, including for public roads.   
  • We produce formation levels designs and detailed excavation modelling and material quantifications.   
  • We model cut and fill balancing to minimise excavated material disposal and virgin material imports.

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Below-Ground Utility Design

We produce utility designs that enable suitable supply and distribution around the site. We have substantial experience working in the data centre sector so can design the most complex of utility arrangements.

  • We assess the capacity and impacts on the wider network.   
  • We design interfaces with off-site statutory networks.   
  • We produce designs compliant with statutory utility providers.

Transportation Design

We consider the pedestrian and vehicular transportation and access requirements for a project including existing infrastructure upgrade works and development logistics.

  • We undertake swept path analysis for site validation.   
  • We engage with statutory transport authorities and produce works in the highway (S278) applications and Transport Assessments for planning.

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We use advanced, collaborative BIM compliant modelling to thoroughly test and optimise designs well in advance of physical works - delivering solutions that explicitly visualise a proposal, accurately represent its behaviour, and enable cumulative learning.

Industrialised Construction

We apply the principles of DfMA to infrastructure projects, developing systemised solutions with standardised ‘kits of parts’ that maximise off-site factory fabrication and simplify on-site assembly.

Automation

We build bespoke software solutions to automate design processes to both improve the scope of optioneering, reduce human errors, and significantly reduce design time.

Our Experience 

We have extensive experience solving civil engineering-related problems and delivering designs that consistently stand out for their effectiveness, innovation, and environmental consideration. We relish unusual challenges and structures, and work on a broad range of projects across all sectors. 

The huge range of projects and sectors we have been involved in means that our design approach has been applied, tested, and rigorously perfected against the vast number of challenges that can be encountered in the building construction industry. From residential projects with strict drainage authority and flooding considerations, to data centres with dense and complex utility requirements.

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Our Integrated Approach 

Bryden Wood’s holistic approach to design means that the Civil Engineering department is integrated within the context of the wider company and so gains a thorough understanding of the complete picture of a project and a deep appreciation for the importance of design interfaces. 

As a team, we’re committed to perfecting our design approach to guarantee design effectiveness, minimise environmental impacts, and maximise resource sustainability. 

Innovation is fundamental to this philosophy, and we use detailed BIM compliant models to visualise the coordination of all below-ground assets to ensure correct spatial arrangements and prevent delays during construction.

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