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Civil engineering

We coordinate every aspect of engineering skill to guide lasting success in development.


Restoring Manchester’s derelict waterfront, treating Hong Kong’s sanitary sewage in a neighbour-friendly facility and replacing the highway up to the Golden Gate Bridge where it runs through a US National Park – these projects all show how civil engineering can help improve communities.

Multifaceted vision

Our civil engineering clients plan, build and own an extraordinarily diverse portfolio from site developments to water systems, and from energy facilities to transport networks. Their needs vary from select civil engineering skills, such as grading and drainage, to full management and execution of civil engineering design.

Arup’s specialists cover the entire range of civil engineering needs. For large coordinated design efforts, our project leaders empathetically coordinate diverse specialists to deliver designs that realise our client’s goals.

Efficiency particularly dominates the conversation with today’s clients. Efficient use of capital, land, operating budgets and natural resources are common themes. Often, efficiency translates into expanded project value. The developers of New Songdo City, for example, asked Arup to engineer South Korea’s first seawater canal to serve multiple functions – as an urban cooling mechanism, a transport link, a natural habitat and an amenity for the City.

Skills for a complex world

Whether facing pressure from the community for civil engineering works that are sympathetic to their neighbourhoods or shareholder demands to generate revenue sooner through carefully phased construction, clients need solutions that help them stay in front.

Clients expect the best global standards in civil engineering. They want designs that draw on the latest in research and which customise tested solutions for individual requirements.

We can help because Arup’s sophisticated knowledge management networks connect our civil engineers around the world. By sharing experience, we can tailor the best tested solution to fit a local client’s project. Arup too funds and does research that defines and shares leading technology and thinking – and is always focused on delivering value to clients.

We also help clients visually articulate value to the community, and in approvals processes, by combining our experience in stakeholder engagement with leading skills in virtual modelling.

Because Arup meets all these expectations, clients bring us wide-ranging challenges – from heritage-sensitive infrastructure renewal in Bucharest’s historical centre to boundary-pushing engineering for Marina Bay Sands® Integrated Resort, Singapore.

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Tom Kennedy
  • Tom Kennedy
  • Global Civil Engineering Leader
  • Tom Kennedy

    Tom Kennedy

    Tom Kennedy

    Global Civil Engineering Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    I have enjoyed many and it’s close between Teardrop Park, Calais Border Crossing and JetBlue Terminal at JFK for very different reasons. Probably the terminal.

    Why is it significant?

    Truly working with a client to understand their operation and goals and aligning the team to view design from that perspective. The outcome was a collaborative effort that redefined the air travel experience for New York, if not the US.

    Your particular skill?

    Problem solving.

    Enthusiasm?

    Working within a team that has huge diversity in skills and backgrounds towards a common goal and marvelling at what they can achieve.

    Why Arup?

    I was advised by the Director that recruited me that I should only stay with Arup "for as long as I was mentally stimulated and until I had learned all that my peers within the firm could teach". Seemed weird at the time but is probably one of the best pieces of advice I have ever had.

  • t: +1 312 849 5610
  • e: civil-engineering@arup.com
  • Arup Chicago USA - Design and Engineering Consultants [21:24]
  • Paul Simpson

    Paul Simpson

    Paul Simpson

    Your best solution to date?

    The 2006 Commonwealth Games athletics facility inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

    Why is it significant?

    The design provided minimum disruption to football and cricket fixtures hosted at the MCG whilst meeting the tight construction deadlines required to transform it into the focal point for the Commonwealth Games.

    Your particular skill?

    Site development and sports facilities, from feasibility to construction and handover.

    Enthusiasm?

    The design/construction interface, constructability, getting the detail right.

    Why Arup?

    Its passion, its people, its ability to turn good ideas into reality.

  • t: +61 (0) 3 9668 5500
  • e: civil-engineering@arup.com
  • Melbourne [12:24]
  • Andrew Lloyd

    Andrew Lloyd

    Your best solution to date?

    Enabling works and infrastructure for the redevelopment of the Bull Ring Centre in Birmingham, England.

    Why is it significant?

    The project was important to both the City and people of Birmingham. It was challenging to deliver, but the outcome was a scheme which helped kick start the regeneration of the east side of the city.

    Your particular skill?

    Design and implementation of major infrastructure changes in congested city centre locations.

    Enthusiasm?

    Creating and delivering effective solutions.

    Why Arup?

    The environment to challenge and to think about always striving to deliver the best solution. A place that offers an individual the opportunities to reach their potential.

  • t: +44 (0) 121 213 3000
  • e: civil-engineering@arup.com
  • Solihull [03:24]

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The award-winning architectural, engineering marvel showcases a compellingly unique geometry and form

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Project: Presidio Parkway

Replacing the primary access to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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A stunning, elevated tree-top trail through the lush rainforest of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

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Hudson River Park. Credit HRPT/Luca Vignelli.

Project: Hudson River Park

The most significant park development in New York City for decades.

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