Industrialised construction pioneer Bryden Wood opens Boston HQ


Global design company expands service delivery across USA and Canada.

Tech-powered global design company, Bryden Wood, is strengthening its presence in the US by opening a new headquarters in Boston in the coming weeks. Bryden Wood board director Jaimie Johnston, together with Phil Langley, board director and head of Bryden Wood’s creative technologies division, will lead the company’s US expansion.

Equinix, Amazon Web Services, Boldt, Chandos, and DPR Construction are already working with Bryden Wood on industrialised construction projects. The company’s new US HQ will allow more US clients to benefit from its market-leading approach.

“This move puts us at the centre of an industry that embraces change – with large, tech-led clients working in innovative ways and moving quickly,” said Jaimie Johnston. “Being a US-registered company, with global teams, will enable us to take a leadership position for our US clients.”

Bryden Wood’s vision for industrialised construction brings together a platforms approach to design and construction, driven by digital configurators and delivered using new commercial models such as integrated project delivery.

Platforms are kits of parts composed of manufactured components. The approach offers standardisation at component level and design freedom at asset level. With platforms, manufactured, tech-rich components are assembled highly efficiently and accurately on a site with fewer operatives, working in better conditions, more safely. Platforms offer more certainty that projects will deliver on time and on budget, with reduced carbon and re-use embedded in a project at the earliest stages of design.

Bryden Wood works with large, tech-led US clients to develop automated design technologies, such as digital configurators, that help global companies decide how, when, and where they develop their construction pipelines in a fraction of the time it would take to assess viability traditionally. Design configurators use genetic algorithms to generate thousands of design and engineering solutions for sites around the world.

The company’s approach to data centre design and delivery has already delivered benefits to data centres across Europe, with significant increases in IT yield, productivity and speed to market, and reductions in carbon, energy consumption and waste.

Johnston said: “We’re consistently being asked the same questions by our US clients and general contractors – can you develop a kit of parts approach, and drive it using configurators? How will this approach reduce the time and costs to deliver my assets?

“Clients are seeking the same benefits of continual improvement that have allowed other industries to flourish. By developing solutions that allow appropriate levels of repeatability, without sacrificing design quality, we’re helping them transform their businesses.”