In property markets worldwide, Arup is designing for commercial resilience.
As a trusted partner in commercial property globally, Arup has helped define the skylines of our cities and the quality of urban living and working environments. Our work continues to evolve with the changing aspirations and challenges of developers, owners and occupants.
To lift the competitive performance of a building project, or to help it find funding in tough markets, we combine commercial, design and technical expertise. And whether for mission-critical data centres or security-sensitive financial headquarters, we stay at the forefront of technological change.
Anticipate and adapt
As city populations grow in density worldwide, the way we use our buildings is changing. Property developers are seeking structurally efficient solutions that open up more usable floor space and draw greater potential from available land – as in super skyscrapers like China’s Guangzhou International Finance Centre.
Commercial developers continue to find multi-faceted value in mixed-use building projects that combine spaces for working, living, retail, hotels and leisure.
Employers in the market for office space are also looking for higher value. They want better environments that help them to attract and retain the best talent. In response, Arup is creating superlative workplaces in office buildings and campuses such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters, Seattle.
Virtual design is helping to redefine performance. In new design benchmarks such as BSkyB’s Harlequin 1 headquarters and the Citi Data Centre, Frankfurt, Arup’s use of building information modelling is realising advancements in whole-life operational efficiency, and in attractive, productive environments.
Properties such as 1 Bligh Street – Sydney’s first six-star Green Star high rise – are responding to the sustainability requirements of occupants and legislators, and the challenges of cities and climate change.
New sustainable buildings may draw high-quality tenants, but existing buildings make up around 98% of urban building stock. Many quickly become inefficient to run or grow less competitive in their markets. Arup is meeting growing demand from property owners and operators for retrofit solutions that improve building performance in energy consumption and cost, water use and occupant comfort.
Building in context
A building’s location – the historic City of London, for example, or densely packed Hong Kong – may demand niche expertise. Arup’s building design specialists are trusted to rise to the toughest, most awkward challenges around the globe, including designing for seismic regions and high winds.
Increasingly, a building’s place in the urban fabric is also a consideration. For forward-thinking clients such as the Co-operative Group, which put its new Manchester headquarters at the heart of local renewal, we are now integrating buildings with surrounding amenities, transport, energy and water infrastructure.