Arup Type Privately held trust Industry Design, Engineering and Business consultation Founded 1946 Founder(s) Sir Ove N. Arup Headquarters London, United Kingdom Number of locations Offices in 42 countries Key people Philip Dilley
Products Consultancy services Revenue £889.2 million (2010) Operating income £91.3 million (2010) Net income £59.5 million (2010) Employees 10,000+ Website www.arup.com
Arup is a global professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. The firm is present in Africa, the Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and has over 10,000 staff based in 92 offices in 37 countries. Arup has participated in projects in over 160 countries.
Arup has no shareholders or external investors, and is owned wholly by trusts whose beneficiaries are its past and present employees who receive a share of the firm's operating profit each year.
The firm was founded in London in 1946, as the Ove N. Arup, Consulting Engineers by Sir Ove Nyquist Arup. Sir Ove set out to build a firm where professionals of diverse disciplines could work together to produce projects of greater quality than was achievable by them working in isolation. In 1963, together with the architect Philip Dowson, Arup Associates was formed to offer multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering services. In 1970, the firm reformed as "Ove Arup & Partners" and, in the same year, Ove Arup delivered "The Key Speech", setting out values and a future vision for Arup.
Arup Fellow is a lifelong honorary title awarded to very few individuals in the firm. It acknowledges the highest design and technical achievements of an Arup person, not only within the firm, but also in the industry as a whole. They are considered role models with world-class expertise who put theory into effective practice.
The current fellows are: Cecil Balmond, Tristram Carfrae, Pat Dallard, Naeem Hussain, Alisdair McGregor, Mike Glover, Andy Sedgwick, Harry Hansen, Brian Simpson, Adam Stojanovski, Michael Willford, Corinne Swain, Peter Johnson, Martin Manning, Alan Burge, Jack Pappin, Davar Abi-Zadeh, Raymond Yau and Chris Twinn.
It is best known for its design work for the built environment. Projects to which it has contributed include the Sydney Opera House, which is largely credited with launching Arup into the premier league of engineering consultancies.
Notable projects in the Americas
- Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York on the Hudson River in the USA.
- Fulton Street Transit Center in New York City, USA
- 2nd Avenue Subway In New York City, USA
- Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.
- De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
- California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA.
- Y2E2 Building, Stanford, Palo Alto, USA.
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, USA.
Notable projects in Africa
- Green Star (South Africa), a green building rating system based on the Australian Green Star Offices Tool
- Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Johannesburg to Pretoria, Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa
- Central Terminal Building at OR Tambo International Airport
- Dwabor Kindergarten, Ghana
- Constitutional Court Building, Johannesburg
- Letsibogo Dam a 100 million cubic metre water storage embankment and central clay-core dam in Botswana
- Scottish Livingstone Hospital, 350-bed district hospital in Molopolole, Botswana
Notable projects in Asia
- Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, China (designed by Sydney office)
- Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
- CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China
- Dongtan Ecocity, Shanghai, China
- Canton Tower, Guangzhou, China
- HSBC Main Building, Hong Kong
- International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
- Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong
- Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan
- Petron Megaplaza, Makati, Philippines
- Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Notable projects in Australasia
- Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
- Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Sydney, Australia
- 30 The Bond, Sydney, Australia
- Parramatta Transport Interchange, Sydney, Australia
- Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
- Goodwill Bridge, Brisbane, Australia
- Suncorp Stadium Lang Park redevelopment, Brisbane, Australia
- Queen St. Mall Central Structure, Brisbane, Australia
- Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane, Australia
- SAFElink Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, Brisbane, Australia
- K2 Sustainable Housing, Melbourne, Australia
- Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
- Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne, Victoria
- Swan Bells, Perth, Australia
- National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia
- Singapore Flyer, Singapore
- Fusionopolis, Singapore
- Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore
Notable projects in Europe
- 30 St Mary Axe, London, UK
- Angel of the North, Gateshead, UK
- Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal
- Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
- Coventry Cathedral, UK
- Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
- Sony Center, Berlin, Germany
- European Central Bank Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany
- High Speed 1, UK
- Millennium Bridge, London, UK
- The London Eye, London, UK (original design with Marks Barfield Architects taken to tender stage as a 150m diameter wheel with 36 capsules 135m)
- Nou Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain
- Oresund Bridge, Denmark / Sweden
- Snowdon Summit Building, Wales, UK
- Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
- Restoration program of Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol, England, UK
- Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, England, UK
- Arnolfini, Bristol, England, UK
- City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, UK
- Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
- London The Barbican Centre
Arup Associates has its own sports division, Arup Sport, specialising in designing, consulting and structural engineering for sporting facilities such as stadia. Many of Arup's modern stadium are designed with a contemporary, distinctive edge and the company strives to revolutionise stadium architecture and performance. For instance, the Bird's Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics was complimented for its striking architectural appearance and the City of Manchester Stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games has stairless entry to the upper tiers through circular ramps outside the stadium. The most notable stadium projects led by Arup remain the City of Manchester Stadium (2003), Allianz Arena (2005), Beijing National Stadium (2008) and the Donbass Arena (2009).
Arup's work with The Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh, won them Large Consultancy Firm of the Year 2003 at the British Consultants and Construction Bureau - International Expertise Awards, 2003 building on their triple win at the 2002 World Architecture Awards.
Arup was awarded the Worldaware Award for Innovation for its Vawtex air system in Harare International School.
Arup Fire has won the Fire Safety Engineering Design award four times since its creation in 2001. The 2001 inaugural award was won for Arup's contribution to the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, the world's largest greenhouse. In 2004, the design for London's City Hall was appointed joint winner. In 2005, the Temple Mills Eurostar Depot won. The 2006 winning entry was for Amethyst House, a nine storey building with an atrium from the ground to the top, in Manchester, UK. More recently, Dr Barbara Lane, Associate Director with Arup, won the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for her outstanding contribution to British engineering on design of structures for fire.
Arup was also awarded Royal Town Planning Institute Consultancy of the year award in 2008.
Mike Glover is the recipient of the 2008 Institution of Structural Engineers' Gold Medal.
Arup was awarded the 2010 Live Design Excellence Award for Theatre Design for the integrated theatre and acoustic team's design for the new Jerome Robbins Theatre, created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and The Wooster Group.
Arup was one of the first engineering consultancies to adopt a holistic multi-disciplined approach to engineering design. Over the years, a number of its staff have left to form other companies, often with significant parallels with Arup.
In 1999, Chris Wise (engineer for the Millennium Bridge) and Sean Walsh left Arup to form Expedition Engineering in London.
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