Bristol is a major city in the South West of England, built around the River Avon, bordering the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. Bristol has been voted as the European Green Capital for 2015, behind Copenhagen in 2014.
The Bristol office has been open since 1974, and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. Arup in Bristol now employs close to 300 staff and places great emphasis on the development of its people, having hired around 80 graduates in the last 5 years alone.
Arup has played a significant role in shaping a number of key landmarks in the city, including the Colston Hall, Pero’s Bridge, the M-Shed and the rejuvenated Harbourside area. The Bristol office is well established in a number of areas and is particularly well known for its contribution towards structural and rail engineering. As a sponsor for the European Green Capital in 2015, Bristol works closely with a number of local authorities 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 in Bristol has provided award winning planning services to Bristol Water in recent months for the proposed second reservoir in Cheddar.
The Bristol office works very closely with local schools to promote careers in Arup, as well as providing key staff members as guest lecturers at The University of Bristol. Other projects around Bristol include the UK’s first eco-village community, Hanham Hall and Horizon House, the award-winning new home of the Environment Agency’s headquarters.
Arup Bristol is designing new university facilities, academies and primary schools locally and throughout the region. A range of unique projects are also being delivered in and outside the South West, including Aeolus, Heathrow PRT, offshore wind turbine foundations, passive rainwater harvesting systems and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Arup is currently helping to 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.