Building Services Engineer (Life Sciences)

Building Services Engineer (Life Sciences)

We are currently recruiting for Building Services Engineers to focus on laboratory, R&D and advanced manufacturing projects in the UK and further afield. 

With the support and mentorship of the UK Science & Technology Sector Leader, Richard Walder, you will be given the opportunity to play a crucial role in project leadership, technical innovation (e.g.  computational design or sustainability standards), and even business development.

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a growing sector and play an externally facing role in an innovative building engineering practice renowned globally for driving sustainable design outcomes on pinnacle projects - so much so that we've won the CIBSE Building Performance Engineer of the Year award for four years running! 


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Type of contract
Engineer, Senior, Associate
Area of Expertise
Building Environment
Office / Project Location
London, Edinburgh
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With us, your preconceptions will be tested, your resilience built, and your career enriched.


The role could see you working as a lead mechanical designer, senior mechanical support in a large project team, or being a job leader on smaller schemes and taking on project technical and financial responsibility for the performance of the MEP discipline.

You will be working on some of the most technically challenging projects in our portfolio - recent examples include the UK’s tallest laboratory building, the Sir Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub in London, Jack Copland Centre in Edinburgh, a large scale semiconductor fab in Cambridge and Ri.Med Biomedical and Biotechnology Centre in Palermo. There may also be opportunities to work in other sectors in which Buro Happold operates.


Key duties  

  • Develop concept designs for MEP systems.
  • Lead mechanical design and the co-ordination of mechanical, electrical and public health systems with each other as well as with other disciplines.
  • Embrace technologies to improve performance and sustainability to meet to net zero targets by 2030.
  • Undertake detailed mechanical engineering building services design and calculations, using Revit and IES software to support your knowledge of exemplar building design and performance, as well as an appreciation of a designs embodied carbon.
  • Prepare calculations and design drawings to detail level, predominantly in the Science & Technology sector.
  • Prepare technical specifications and schedules and design development reports.
  • Plan and manage BIM documentation of design work in collaboration with the BIM team.
  • Liaising with clients and facility users to confirm design requirements.
  • Assist in undertaking due diligence work on behalf of clients
  • Assist senior design team members in competitions and bids.


Outside of design, what else will I do?


  • Manage project finances, monitor scope, and ensure quality.
  • Plan and organise your workload and that of junior members, to ensure that you are meeting clients’ expectations.
  • Attending client, site and external design team meetings.
  • Participation in wider non-project initiatives around topics such as design quality, digital engineering, sustainability, etc.
  • Line management and mentorship of more junior engineers or graduates.


You will be encouraged to build on your technical experience and develop your wider skillsets to progress to more senior positions over time and cement your position as a key sector specialist.


We’ll help you meet your goals, respecting your ideas and fostering your creativity, collaboration and innovation. 


As an experienced Building Services Engineer with some exposure to relevant projects, it is expected that you can demonstrate the following...


  • Extensive building services design experience in an MEP consultancy, ideally with a mechanical background;
  • Some experience on relevant projects would be advantageous – laboratories, R&D facilities, or advanced manufacturing facilities. However, we would also be open to candidates with transferrable sector experience, e.g. healthcare.
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in engineering.
  • Ideally you will be chartered or working towards chartership with a relevant institution - e.g. CIBSE, IMechE, etc.
  • Proficient in Revit; digital engineering skills (e.g. coding) would be a big plus.


From helping shape entire cities to adapting infrastructure to deal with the climate emergency, a career at Buro Happold presents the chance to make a difference. With a world-class reputation, our creativity and our people have delivered positive change to clients, the environment, and communities. If you want to be part of something bigger, this is your chance. 

We support hybrid working and we would encourage our employees to spend 2-3 days per week in the office. We would ideally like you to be based in London or Edinburgh, however we are open to hearing from candidates located elsewhere in the UK. 



Why Buro Happold?  

From helping shape entire cities to adapting infrastructure to deal with the climate emergency, a career at Buro Happold presents the chance to make a difference. With a world class reputation, our creativity and our people have delivered positive change to clients, the environment, and communities. If you want to be part of something bigger, this is your chance.  


What we offer:

  • Generous holiday entitlement of 25 days per annum, exclusive of Bank Holidays.
  • Hybrid working arrangements.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • Income Protection.
  • Flexible Benefits - including Cycle scheme, Dental insurance, Optical Cover, Travel insurance and Corporate discounts.
  • Buro Happold actively encourages its employees to finish at 3pm on the last Friday of each month (depending on business demands). These hours can equate to an additional 4 days leave per annum.  

We proudly support hybrid working however candidates will be expected to travel to our offices 2-3 days a week.


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A place for everyone

Buro Happold values individual's flexible approaches to working patterns as an important part of the way you work and achieve balance. We welcome applications from those who are seeking flexibility in their careers.   

Our exceptional portfolio of projects is the result of the diversity of thought, identities, backgrounds and experiences that shape us. Appreciating each other’s differences is key, we want employees to feel they don’t have to mask elements of their identity to thrive. 

We are working to change the lack of representation of marginalised groups in the built environment and are particularly keen to hear from anyone who feels they are underrepresented in the industry. We have much to learn from one another. Embracing difference allows us to develop the most innovative and elegant solutions.

Please let us know if there are any adjustments we could make to the application process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Contact so we can work with you to support you throughout your application. 

Important information:

Please note Buro Happold will never ask for payment to register or apply for a role.

Buro Happold actively promotes inclusion across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential. Read our Equal employment opportunity statement to find out more.

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