Wind effect on tall buildings, London

9 March, 2016 | 10:00 - 16:00

Find out what effect the wind has on tall buildings.
Find out what effect the wind has on tall buildings.

About this event

Wind effects are a key design consideration for tall buildings in the UK and many parts of the world. Adverse wind conditions can downgrade the value of a skyscraper, or lead to uneconomical designs.

This one-day course will provide a good foundation to anyone who is planning to contribute to the design of tall buildings, including architects, engineers, planners and developers.

Presented by experts from industry and academia, the course will start with a discussion of wind flows in urban areas, reviewing boundary layers, gust vs mean speeds, and aerodynamics of tall buildings. This will be followed by an in-depth discussion of pedestrian comfort around tall buildings, which is a topic of vital importance for tall buildings in the UK.

Finally, wind loading on structure and façade components will help designers optimize the cost and sustainability of their projects.


  • Dr Janet Barlow (University of Reading)
  • Dr Ender Ozkan (RWDI)
  • Rubina Ramponi (Arup)
  • Dr David Hargreaves (University of Nottingham)
  • Giulia Matteoni (Arup)