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Science and industry

We help industry, science and technology providers to evolve with confidence.


We work with many of the researchers, technology providers and industries that are transforming our world. Their requirements are diverse, specialised and highly complex.

Arup’s rare mix of niche technical capability, design and commercial skill equips us to provide flexible, comprehensive services, whether for data centres or science or manufacturing facilities.

Whatever the context, we help clients adapt to their evolving challenges. We can produce lean, resilient assets and operations, or solutions that face up to uncertainties – from climate change to future markets.

Data centres: sustaining delivery

The rocketing IT and communications needs of our networked world require data centres that deliver with speed, reliability and security, and which anticipate future demand.

To commercially sustainable data operations, efficiency is becoming key, as are corporate carbon reduction agendas. Arup is responding by designing facilities such as Citigroup Citi Data Centre, the world’s first LEED® platinum data centre, and by helping clients to optimise operations.

We have realised multiple projects for international data centre owners and operators such as Digital Realty Trust and colocation providers including Equinix. Our expertise extends from project management and security for Asia’s largest data centre to an energy-saving retrofit for one of Europe’s key ICT sites.

Industry: fine-tuning solutions

For international clients, such as Procter & Gamble (P&G), Toyota and Kraft (Cadbury), Arup provides a globally coherent response, but one which is attuned to the challenges of regional markets.

We can help streamline operations and lift productivity in mature markets. Or, where new markets are emerging, we can deliver major projects that meet demand and adapt to growth.

Arup provides solutions for manufacturing plants, industrial processes, distribution centres and logistics, as well as specialised services including seismic designfire engineering and sustainability consulting. Our comprehensive skills equip us to engineer a facility as well as its utilities, as we did for Asia Aluminium and P&G Milenio in Mexico, or to consult on emerging solutions such as combined heat and power networks and renewable energy.

Science: facilities for the future

Laboratories are becoming more flexible and digitally connected. The future of science facilities is also being shaped by the growing pressures of commercial and environmental sustainability.

Arup’s clients in science span academic, institutional and corporate sectors. We carry best practice from sector to sector to help clients create more cost-effective, sustainable and adaptable facilities.

Our experience equips us for projects such as the Francis Crick Institute, which is set to become Europe’s biggest biomedical research centre, or to create models of energy-efficient research space, as at Princeton University. Our science specialists know how to design exacting spaces – such as high-containment laboratories and major manufacturing plants such as Biogen Idec’s facility in Denmark. We also draw on Arup’s wide skills, including building performance, for projects such as Pfizer’s energy efficiency improvements.

Global contact

Andrew Harrison
  • Andrew Harrison
  • Global Science and Industry Business Leader
  • Duncan White

    Duncan White

    Duncan White headshot

    Your best solution to date?

    The Milenio Facility, a major production facility in central Mexico.

    Why is it significant?

    The Arup team led the design and supported the project management of this facility over five years. The design included highly sustainable features; it was the first major project which was delivered complying with the client’s Sustainability Framework, which Arup had created during the previous year. It was also the first major industrial production facility designed by Arup in the Americas Region.

    Your particular skill?

    Managing global Arup teams for our global clients, and building networks and teams to allow the best parts of Arup’s design, project management and consulting skills to combine to deliver anywhere in the world.

    Enthusiasm?

    I enjoy matching up our clients’ particular business needs, with the right Arup team anywhere in the world to provide unique solutions.

    Why Arup?

    I recognised Arup’s technical reputation in the field of engineering and I had the ambition to work internationally.

    Anything else?

    I have developed a system of ‘Innovation Bursts’ as a structured way of communicating to our clients the huge breadth of innovation and best practise continually developing across Arup.

  • t: +44 (0) 20 7636 1531
  • e: scienceandindustry@arup.com
  • London [16:15]
  • Joshua Yacknowitz

    Joshua Yacknowitz

    Joshua Yacknowitz

    Mechanical Engineer Associate Principal

    Your best solution to date?

    Design project manager for underground infrastructure for the Deep Underground Science & Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) project. Unique and technically challenging project.

    Why is it significant?

    It required a basic principles approach to all aspects of facility infrastructure design for a facility which at its deepest level will be one and a half miles underground. The level of close, integrated planning and design amongst all stakeholders has been intense and immensely satisfying.

    Your particular skill?

    Mechanical engineering, particularly of laboratory and industrial facilities. My broader interest is delivery of multi-disciplinary design of complex projects for technically knowledgeable clients.

    Enthusiasm?

    Collaborating with real professionals on great projects.

    Why Arup?

    Fascinating projects, freedom to explore design solutions, and amazingly talented people.

    Anything else?

    GSA Peer Professional

  • t: +1 212 229 2669
  • e: scienceandindustry@arup.com
  • New York [11:15]

Explore our work


Aerial photograph showing the Crick building under construction

Project: The Francis Crick Institute

Multidisciplinary biomedical research institute designed to encourage collaboration.

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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Project: Sainsbury Wellcome Trust

A partnership between the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to establish a Research Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour.

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Photograph showing a man working in a laboratory with a microscope

Project: The SmartLab

The SmartLab pilot explores the next generation of laboratory concepts

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Photograph of interior of the data centre

Project: West Cambridge Data Centre, University of Cambridge

This energy efficient data centre houses high performance computing and IT services.

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Render of the building. Credit: Arup.

Project: Equinix, London Data Centre 6

An evolution of Arup-designed LD4 and LD5 facilities in Slough.

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Render showing grass roof from above

Project: The Macallan Distillery Extension

Collaborating with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design a new single malt Scotch whisky distillery and visitor centre at The Macallan Estate.

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