Transformative Design
Unlocking the potential of existing assets

As our industry gears-up to delivering a Net Zero built environment, the re-use of existing buildings, and the materials they contain, will play a vital role in securing a greener future for the UK.

With two-thirds of a building’s carbon footprint resulting from its initial design, procurement and, construction, our engineering experts are focused on extending the lifespan of existing buildings to maximise return on investment and minimise embodied carbon.

Our approach

Our designs are helping to re-invent the UK’s existing building stock to deliver exceptional, user-focused buildings. We harness innovative techniques to release usable floor space through sensitive design interventions, harnessing cutting-edge technology to assess superstructure capacities and analyse floor layouts to maximise their potential and deliver incredible buildings.

Our team of structural experts is helping unlock the potential of buildings across a wide range of sectors, spanning everything from commercial offices to heritage buildings, and from education facilities to residential premises.

We embed circular economy principles in all our solutions, designing for future re-use to ensure material lifespans continue far beyond their initial use. In many cases, we revisit projects multiple times across their lives, giving us the opportunity to use our detailed knowledge of a base build to bring a new lease of life to existing assets, slashing embodied carbon and maximising asset values.

The Northcliffe

NIA Increase
An increase to the building’s net lettable space of 1,150 sqm with the extension of two new levels. as well as the addition of 9,000 sq ft worth of green space.

Our Expert Team

Led by Richard Whitehead, our Structures experts have a deep understanding of retrofit schemes, using targeted engineering solutions to deliver exceptional outcomes for buildings across every sector.

Richard Whitehead

Richard Whitehead
Managing Director,

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience of commercial, residential and retail sector building construction. He has been with Waterman for over 25 years. Richard became Managing Director of Waterman Structures in 2020.

He brings a breadth of experience in a variety of residential, retail and commercial schemes, including new – build, refurbishment and fit – out. He has a strong practical and technical background and delivers sustainable structural solutions with a particular emphasis on low carbon design.

Richard is experienced in co – ordinating and understanding the needs of multidisciplinary teams and has held a project lead role for a number of major schemes including Jersey International Finance Centre, 8 Moorgate, The Marq and The Avenue.

He is passionate about mentoring young professionals in their careers and has taken a lead role in Waterman’s scholarship and intern programme.

Helen Blacker

Helen Blacker
Director, Structures

Huseyin Hussein

Huseyin Hussein
Director, Structures

Charlie Scott

Charlie Scott
Director, Structures

Charlie has worked on a diverse range of projects over his 28-year career with Waterman and has extensive experience in commercial and public sector buildings, always with his trademark attention to detail.

Warwick Court

NIA Increase
420 sqm approx. additional slab area

Featured Project

YY London

Previously home to Reuters, this landmark building in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf was completely reimagined through an extensive deep retrofit scheme. The low carbon design delivered 100,000 sq ft of office accommodation across three additional storeys, with the existing floors rationalised and re-calibrated to deliver an exceptional building.

Retained Materials:

95% Steelwork retained

100% Foundations re-used

84% Slab retained

Retaining the existing structure saved

10,260 tonnes CO2:

  • Equivalent to 7,600 flights to Sydney
  • 51,300 trees planted to offset
  • 798 million cups of tea from a kettle

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