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Buro Happold wins work on Hilton project in Poland

Buro Happold has won the contract to deliver building services and structural engineering for a luxury 80 million Euro project in Poland.

The prestigious OVO development in the Polish city of Wroclaw will include a 255-room Hilton Hotel, conference facilities, apartments, retail units and leisure space.

The landmark was designed by Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture, with Broadway Malyan
Polska serving as local project architects, and was commissioned by Wings Properties.

Buro Happold will undertake building services at the new OVO development in Wroclaw

Buro Happold’s 15 strong M&E team in Warsaw is working on building services design for OVO.
Building services will be as 'energy efficient as possible'

Przemek Sobieski, associate structural engineer at Buro Happold’s Warsaw office and project leader on the Hilton Wroclaw, said: “Our key goal with the building services design is to reduce carbon emissions and be as energy-efficient as possible.

“Key sustainability measures include on-demand management of energy use, localised metering for water, heating and power, natural ventilation where possible, a heat recovery system and low energy lighting.”

OVO development in WroclawAdditionally, the complex will enjoy the highest specification for services including automatic climate and shading control.

'Interesting challenge' for building services engineers

The building services systems will have to be integrated into a cutting edge building which does not feature a single straight line on its exterior.

“The complex poses an interesting challenge for the structural design team, with its distinctive shape and top end requirements,” said Mr Sobieski.

“The curved façade will essentially take the form of a curtain wall, with the slabs finished with edge beams and adjusted to the required shape in the plan.

'The rest of the curvature will be achieved through a steel system to support the glazing, using variable distances in the fixings to the concrete structure.

'Meanwhile, it is located right next to a historic post office building, which we need to work around – it is vital to leave the post office untouched by the works.”

Construction is scheduled to start in March 2009 and the OVO aims to open to the public in 2011.