We create caring environments that are models for today, and ready for tomorrow. 

New technologies, medical advances and changing demographics are driving massive change in models of care. At Arup, a sustainable approach to healthcare means designing solutions that anticipate future needs and support strong long-term development for public and private sector providers.

We work in partnership with healthcare providers, funders, clinicians, architects and contractors to deliver world-class facilities and transformative management programmes.

Spreading excellence

Arup helps to create exemplary healthcare facilities worldwide. Our projects range from a groundbreaking private facility in the UK to California’s first LEED® Silver certified hospital, and from the largest public–private partnership (PPP) healthcare development in South Australia to Spain’s first private finance initiative (PFI) hospital.

From project to project, we transfer best practice to inform better therapeutic environments worldwide.

Our combined commercial and technical experience particularly helps investors and health providers to achieve economically flexible and sustainable outcomes. With whole-life costing, we give clients insight into the implications of design, construction, maintenance, energy and operational costs from the outset.

Then, throughout the life of facilities, our facilities management and operations consulting teams help them run at their best.

To reinvigorate facilities, we use our building performance specialists – as in our regeneration of St Helens and Knowsley PFI hospitals or our refurbishment of an existing paediatric intensive care unit, completed within a live hospital environment.

Ideas that transform

Arup’s building designers excel in creating high-performing facilities. Our approach also produces pleasant environments that improve patient comfort and help healthcare providers attract and retain staff.

“The deliberate design of a therapeutic environment creates financial benefits in the long term – by improving productivity and patient outcomes and cutting utility, cleaning and maintenance costs.”

Phil Nedin, Global Healthcare Business Leader, Arup, 2011

We consider each detail, including natural daylight and ventilation, acoustics, occupant control, human scale and ease of way-finding. The benefits are seen in projects as diverse as a naturally ventilated World Health Organisation clinic in Sierra Leone and Aneurin Bevan, a 100% single-bedroom hospital in Wales.

Beyond building design, Arup’s brings expertise in organisational behaviour to healthcare workplaces, to generate positive change and improved performance.

Our Midwifery Leadership Development Programme, for example, provided practical leadership development, tailored to individual needs, to help transform maternity services for NHS East of England.



World Health Organisation Clinic, Sierra Leone.World Health Organisation clinic, Sierra Leone

Thermal comfort and air flow distribution analysis.