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Economics and planning

We steer development to create real value for investors and communities.

How can we sustain rapid growth with limited natural resources? How can we spread the ongoing economic and social benefits of regeneration to create broader opportunities? And how can we focus development so that it weathers uncertain futures?

Today’s challenges demand coordinated responses. Public agencies require affordable solutions that bring about lasting change for communities. Private sector investors want to create valuable projects with sustained returns.

Arup believes economic analysis and planning is at the heart of positive development. Our planners provide joined-up services to support regeneration in cities, towns and rural areas, driving long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Arup's planning specialists talk about the firm's unique multidisciplinary approach to planning, and what it can offer clients from the private and public sectors.

Taking a long view

We provide pragmatic, complete guidance by using our strategic expertise to forge better links between traditional silos of thinking.

Our masterplanners, for instance, draw on all of Arup’s planning expertise to tackle global factors such as climate change and economic uncertainty, while meeting local needs across energy, water, food production, transport and employment. They use this insight to create both discrete and ongoing support for renewal strategies that are efficient, exciting and practical.

This approach allows us to better understand a proposed development as a whole – all that influences it, everything it requires to succeed and the likely implications if it goes ahead.

Watch our short film, Planning: the Arup way, for an introduction to our integrated approach to planning.

Powering positive development

Arup makes development happen. Our global network of independent economics and planning specialists provide comprehensive support from concept to realisation and beyond – our guidelines influence the future of an area. We uncover greater value for investors and better outcomes for stakeholders. Our flexible services lend guidance when most needed.

Our long experience across the built environment means that we understand development in action, and the factors that bring lasting success. We use that insight to provide strategic planning, economic, commercial and policy advice.

From the outset, we can prepare impact assessments and develop a business case for a project. Our transaction advice expertise helps clients to find optimal funding options, and shape developments that produce their required returns.

Likewise, our sustainability consultants align investments with carbon and social responsibility agendas.

Throughout the planning process, our town planning and environmental consultants help to gain consents and win approval from stakeholders. Our project managers help to successfully steer plans. And our economic analysis and evaluation brings a true understanding of the long-term benefits and management needs of developments.

Underpinning it all are Arup’s research activities, which build foundations for future business by identifying development needs and opportunities and sponsoring collaboration between industry, government and academic partners.

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Global contact

  • Alan Belfield

    Alan Belfield

    Global Consulting Practice Chair

    Your best solution to date?

    Advising on the acquisition of MG Rover's assets by Nanjing Automotive Co.

    Why is it significant?

    This was the first time we joined our business skills with our technical skills at an international level. We were daily in the media in the UK and in China and had to deal with local and central government officials, union leaders, administrators, financial advisors as well as all the MG Rover and NAC management. And most importantly we were successful.

    Your particular skill?

    New product development; negotiating.


    Joining the skills of Arup together to solve client's problems.

    Why Arup?

    Working with the best gives me a buzz.

  • Global Consulting Practice Chair

Explore our work

Treasure Island. Image courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, © dbox.

Project: Treasure Island

Transportation planning, site infrastructure and sustainability consulting.

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Ffynnon Oer Wind Farm. Credit Andrew Hazard Photography & Design

Project: Wind farms in Wales

Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of wind farm schemes.

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