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
Andrew Chan
(Deputy Chairman)
Products Consultancy services
Revenue £889.2 million (2010)[1]
Operating income £91.3 million (2010)[1]
Net income £59.5 million (2010)[1]
Employees 10,000+

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.[2]

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.[3]



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[4] 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.[5]


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[6]: 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.

Notable projects

Angel of the North
Coventry Cathedral, showing the new building by Arup in the background.

It is best known for its design work for the built environment.[7][8] 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.[9]

Notable projects in the Americas

Notable projects in Africa

Notable projects in Asia

CCTV headquarters in Beijing's central business district nearing completion (August 2008).
Beijing National Stadium

Notable projects in Australasia

Sydney Opera House
30 St Mary Axe ("the gherkin")
Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane

Notable projects in Europe

The Millennium Bridge in London.

Arup Sport

Arup Associates has its own sports division, Arup Sport, specialising in designing, consulting and structural engineering for sporting facilities such as stadia.[11] Many of Arup's modern stadium are designed with a contemporary, distinctive edge and the company strives to revolutionise stadium architecture and performance.[11] For instance, the Bird's Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics was complimented for its striking architectural appearance[12] and the City of Manchester Stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games has stairless entry to the upper tiers through circular ramps outside the stadium.[11] 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).


The Casa da Música, designed by Arup and Office for Metropolitan Architecture was nominated for the 2007 Stirling Prize.

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.[13]

Arup was awarded the Worldaware Award for Innovation for its Vawtex air system in Harare International School.[14]

Arup Fire has won the Fire Safety Engineering Design award four times since its creation in 2001.[15] 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.[16] More recently, Dr Barbara Lane, Associate Director with Arup, won the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal[17] 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.[18]

Related companies

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 1976, Edmund Happold (engineer for the Pompidou Centre) and six other engineers from the group left Arup to form Buro Happold in Bath. Mark Whitby in turn left Buro Happold to form Whitby Bird.

In 1999, Chris Wise (engineer for the Millennium Bridge) and Sean Walsh left Arup to form Expedition Engineering in London.

See also


  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ "Arup Ownership & finance". The Arup Group. Archived from the original on 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Arup Structure". The Arup Group. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  4. ^ Arup Associates
  5. ^ The Key Speech
  6. ^
  7. ^ Ove Arup & Partners 1946-1986. London: Academy Editions. 1986. ISBN 0-85670-898-4. 
  8. ^ Campbell, Peter; Allan, John; Ahrends, Peter; Zunz, Jack; Morreau, Patrick (1995). Ove Arup 1895-1988. London: Institution of Civil Engineers. ISBN 0-7277-2066-X. 
  9. ^ Jones, Peter (2006). Ove Arup, Master Builder of the Twentieth Century. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11296-2. 
  10. ^ "The Singapore Flyer and design of Giant Observation Wheels" Brendon McNiven & Pat Dallard, IStructE Asia-Pacific Forum on Structural Engineering: Innovations in Structural Engineering, Singapore, 2 - 3 November 2007
  11. ^ a b c "Arup Sport". Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  12. ^ Rayner, Gordon (7 August 2008). "Beijing Olympics: The Bird's Nest stadium". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  13. ^ "World Architecture Awards" (Press release). Arup. 05 Aug 2002. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  14. ^ "The Worldaware Award for Innovation". Worldaware. 2002. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  15. ^ "Innovation key to FSE Design Award winners". FSE: Fire Safety Engineering. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  16. ^ "Fire Safety Engineering Design Awards". Arup. 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  17. ^ "Less is more for fire protection". Royal Academy of Engineering. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  18. ^ "Live Design’s Excellence in Live Design Award (Theatre)". Live Design/Penton Media. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 

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