Our Research, Development and Innovation initiatives are carefully targeted to add value for our clients and advance state-of-the-art in civil, structural and environmental engineering.

Working collaboratively, we support and drive appropriate innovation on our design projects, as well as undertaking R&D commissions directly for external clients. We make internal investments to develop new approaches, tools and advanced technical knowledge to share with the wider industry.

We combine creativity with practical experience, giving us a track record of successfully delivering high value innovation at low risk to the client and to the team.

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Szczecin Summer Theatre

Working with Flanagan Lawrence architects we developed a new lightweight roof scheme, aimed at rejuvenating the 1976-built Szczecin outdoor theatre in Poland. The proposals for the new 3000m2 cable-net roof re-use as much existing structure as possible, including existing foundations and the existing placemaking arch. Through close collaboration with the design team the roof is […]

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Dynamics and Vibrations

Expedition has significant in-house expertise in structural dynamics and human-induced vibrations, with a project portfolio including bridges, buildings, stadia, canopies and experimental structures, and a major focus on human-induced vibrations. Our dynamics input to bridge projects has ranged from analysing and specifying tuned mass dampers for the ultra-slender Infinity Footbridge, to performance based design to […]

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Adaptive Truss

Our six year R&D collaboration with University College London and research engineer Gennaro Senatore has now culminated in the creation of an adaptive truss prototype which we recently took to Amsterdam where it was star-of-the-show at International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures conference. This combined conference-expo was attended by over 500 of the world’s top engineers, architects […]

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Soundforms

The Soundforms product is a mobile performance shell, providing a high quality and acoustically optimised stage for musical events. Formed as a partnership between conductor Mark Stephenson, architects Flanagan Lawrence, events specialists ES Global and Arup Acoustics, Expedition came on board in 2014 to create the Mark II shell, the previous iteration having been highly […]

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) provides world-class new homes for the Greek National Library and the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the much needed 170,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Public Park. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the SNFCC is a monument to the value of culture, learning and humanity. As the […]

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Berkeley Hotel, London

Expedition was appointed to provide structural engineering design with Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners for the scheme design of extension works to The Berkeley hotel. The key challenge was the need to minimise disruption to occupancy and revenue in this five star hotel. Through close dialogue with the project manager and the hotel management we developed […]

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Biomimetic Office

The Biomimetic Office concept project is the outcome of our collaboration with Exploration Architecture. We have been developing an office building concept inspired by biological structures and natural systems… to give a step-change improvement over current designs. Good design involves collaboration and integration of multiple performance metrics. For this project, key requirements were maximising natural […]

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TensegriTree, University of Kent

Taking inspiration from the tensegrity structures developed by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s and the artist, Kenneth Snellson, Expedition developed the design of the tree-like tensegrity sculpture, or TensegriTree, that provides a canopy over a landscaped, out-door teaching area on the University of Kent Campus. The TensegriTree sculpture provides a permanent memorial celebrating the 50th […]

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Anglesey Abbey Tensegrity

Expedition teamed up with the sister companies of the Useful Simple Trust to design and build a new tensegrity sculpture for the beautiful, National Trust-owned, Anglesey Abbey Gardens in Cambridgeshire. From early on in the design process the aspiration was to develop a structure that is engaging. We were particularly drawn by the river and the old […]

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Santa Maria del Pianto metro, Naples

We worked with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on the design of the canopy roof for the new Santa Maria del Pianto underground station in Naples. The 2,300m2 canopy roof for the station will consist of a honeycomb structure made of vertical steel plates. The arrangement of the honeycomb elements has been optimised using a […]

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Zero-Waste Textile Factory

With Exploration Architecture, Expedition developed the water strategy and structural proposals to support the client’s vision of a zero-waste factory with minimal whole-life energy consumption for a major expansion of their textile production facility in India. Working closely with the client’s technical team and suppliers, we reviewed a wide range of technologies to develop an […]

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15 Denewood Road

With this project we were amongst the first practices in the UK to design a building using the ‘Passivhaus’ criteria. This family home in Highgate has super-insulated walls, triple-glazed windows and heat-recovery ventilation to keep heat loss to an absolute minimum. The marginal energy loss is offset by the energy generated from solar panels and […]

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Halley VI Ice Station

We teamed up with Hopkins Architects to participate in this RIBA competition to design the Halley 6 Antarctic research facility. After reaching a shortlist of 6 from 86 international entries we were asked to develop concept designs for the project. With help from Atelier Ten, RWDI, HL Technik, Kenneth Grubb Associates and DL&E we developed […]

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Shweeb Cycling Monorail

Shweeb uses a pedal-powered monorail as the basis of an innovative urban commuting system. The system combines existing monorail technology with the aerodynamic efficiency of recumbent bicycles offering sustainable transportation for a campus or park-type setting. This pioneering transport system raised new questions regarding existing building codes and design approaches. We carried out research and development to […]

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Stazione Capodichino Roof

Expedition Engineering carried out engineering concept and scheme design studies for the Station Roof and piazza Approach Canopy that form part of the Naples Capodichino Station Masterplan, in collaboration with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P). We worked on the development of integrated structural engineering, solar shading and roof drainage concepts for the canopy roofs. […]

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Laban Dance Icosahedron

Expedition were approached by the Keep Fit Association with an unusual challenge – they needed a lightweight icosahedron to dance inside that could be collapsed and rebuilt again and again. Part sculpture, part sports-equipment, the icosahedron forms the focal point of a Laban dance lesson, helping the students to visualise the space around them. Using […]

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The Get it Right Initiative

Like many in the industry we have been concerned for a number of years about waste, poor productivity and low levels of profit in the UK construction industry. Through our involvement in the Institution of Civil Engineers we played a key role in the birth and development of the Get It Right Initiative. Working with major companies […]