Bristol is a major city in south west England built around the river Avon and has been voted Europe’s second green capital for 2014, behind Copenhagen. The city has been regenerated with considerable involvement from the Arup office in Bristol which opened in 1974. Currently, there are nearly 180 staff based here.
Arup has helped to transform a number of key cultural landmarks in the city including Colston Hall, Pero’s Bridge, M-Shed and the rejuvenated Harbourside area. The firm is contributing to the strategic development of the city, devising smart, integrated systems in health, energy and transport for the local population as well as surface water management strategies to prevent flooding. Arup is also advising Bristol Water on planning the second reservoir at Cheddar.
Other projects around Bristol include the UK’s first eco-village community, Hanham Hall, which is located on the site of a former Victorian hospital, and Horizon House, the award-winning new home of the Environment Agency’s headquarters.
The Bristol office is designing new university facilities, academies and primary schools locally and throughout the south west. A range of unique projects are also being delivered in and outside the south west region, including Aeolus, Heathrow PRT, offshore wind turbine foundations and passive rainwater harvesting systems.
Arup is currently helping design new depots for the intercity express programme. This is part of a significant rail portfolio which includes strategic projects such as the national electrification programme for the Great Western Main Line and South Wales Valley Lines and re-doubling the Swindon to Kemble line, the key diversionary route to South Wales from London when the Severn Tunnel is closed.