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At Bryden Wood, we challenge the status quo with our distinct Design to Value approach to engineering by exploring:

  • How to build more sustainably, safely, and cost efficiently, while maintaining high quality standards, architectural aesthetics, and pace of construction.
  • How to make every component as lightweight and space efficient as possible, while maintaining structural integrity.
  • How to anticipate and solve problems before they impose unnecessary costs.

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

As a multi-disciplinary organisation with a diverse team of engineers, architects, technologists, and designers; we have a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise to generate fully integrated solutions that are easier to manufacture and build. Overall, we are working towards a better, more efficient future for engineering.

What we do

Ours is a creative and analytical brand of engineering that goes back to first principles. We relish unusual challenges and structures, and work on a broad range of projects across all sectors. 

Our experience on landmark projects such as Igus Headquarters, Birmingham and Reading Circle Hospitals, London College of Fashion, Crossrail (The Elizabeth Line), Google Headquarters, Whiteleys, The Forge, and Hong Kong International Airport illustrates our innovative approach to creating pragmatic engineering solutions.





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What makes us different?

Unlike traditional structural engineers, Bryden Wood provides a full end-to-end design service with the capability and experience to take Stage 1 concept design to full fabrication details. 

Main contractors and clients are usually challenged with design scope gaps between the Stage 3/4 designer and the specialist designer. We remove ambiguity and the potential for scope gaps by providing full coordination and detailing at every stage.

With our special façade and systemisation offering, we give manufacturers a complete design with a model in a fabricator-friendly software such as SolidWorks and Tekla to provide a seamless fabrication process. 

This value can be seen in some of our world-renowned projects such as Crossrail where we designed the GRC Cladding lining for the platform tunnels in the flagship stations Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, and Whitechapel. We took the design back to first principles and created a seamless stainless steel support structure that was significantly easier to install on site having been manufactured and prefabricated offsite. 

While we can deliver everything that a traditional designer can, we have the added benefit of taking a no gaps-in-the-design approach.

Innovation & Progress

We will not apply a particular solution today just because we did it that way last year. We’re constantly looking for new methods, products, and materials, as well as new ways of finding and interrogating data. For us, a standard solution is a benchmark to improve upon. 

Our innovative approach finds better ways of doing things through rigorous testing. As well as leading-edge digital simulations, we test mock-ups and pre-installations, and have the facilities to conduct load and blast tests. 

We know how engineering is done, and what interests us is how it can be done better. Our engineers are analytical, but also creative - people who can generate new, robust ideas. 

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We maximise the benefits of buildability through key measures including: 

  1. Bringing information from all disciplines together into co-ordinated models. This makes it possible to see every system working together, identify any potential clashes, pinpoint potential inefficiencies, and solve them before they impact cost or the programme.
  2. Considering all aspects of construction upfront including manufacture ability, transportation, delivery, and installation to understand what will be required. 
  3. Outlining the construction sequence so it’s more easily understood and implemented, minimising manufacturing and construction risk and error.

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Design with Procurement in Mind

Optimal design and engineering must work with other processes for the efficiencies to be realised. As such, we focus on integrating with the supply chain, procurement, logistics, and fabrication processes to ensure seamless solutions. We do this by:

  1. Ascertaining the limitation of the supply chain at design stages to ensure the design is viable from the outset.
  2. Linking our BIM models with factory machines and logistics systems such as SAP to automate the supply and delivery of materials, minimising transfer error and reducing manufacturing costs.
  3. Going beyond the construction staged design-to-fabrication detailing for a direct link to production and delivery.
  4. Integrating clients, contractors, and quantity surveyors in our team to optimise implementation.


Our Team

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.

Key Capabilities:

Industrialised Construction

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


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

Standardised design

We use our ‘kit of parts’ approach to assist clients to develop standardised building systems, enabling these to be deployed not only as a repeatable design, but also in different regions. This is demonstrated with some of our Data Centres where a quick to deploy and repeatable design is essential to meet a particularly demanding market.

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