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Economic planning

We apply our understanding of the needs of sustainable development and successful communities in economics-based services.


Arup’s considerable experience in designing, realising and evaluating development worldwide means that we know first-hand how economic planning influences success for a project and the community it serves.

We help clients understand the economic potential or impact of proposals as well as the relevant policy, and to frame their strategies in response to both.

We work throughout the regeneration sphere, with the private sector, governments and their agencies, and voluntary and community organisations to advise on strategic decisions that have implications for local, regional and national economic growth.

Arup’s deep understanding of the linkages between the economy, funding sources and development viability allows us to influence and improve places and prospects.

Uncovering opportunity

Whether helping to plan developments, prepare economic impact assessments or contribute to the evidence base underpinning public policy, we bring robust analysis across a range of economic issues covering employment, sectoral growth, skills, investment and income.

We also consider the wider context, including social and environmental dimensions, to ensure that policies and proposals achieve critical mass and promote sustainable, long-term growth.

Our economic modelling and forecasting for the City of Tshwane (formerly Pretoria), South Africa, is defining the best mix of development to stimulate renewed prosperity. Our advice will underpin detailed precinct-level planning for Tshwane.

Securing success

We draw on Arup’s practical experience of working with developers, government authorities and third-party stakeholders to help clients understand economic benefit from diverse perspectives.

Our economists also work alongside town planners, planning policy experts, transport planners, urban designers, architectsecologists and infrastructure designers to provide the joined-up advice that makes complex projects work in practice.

Integrated thinking has been particularly critical in our extensive work with European Union agencies, which has included advice on projects involving cross-border cooperation and large-scale infrastructure.

One such project for the European Commission was a combined engineering and economic study of the Trans European Network (TEN) corridors through Lithuania. The study concerned both road and rail transit traffic, and aimed to establish investment priorities by considering existing project evaluations on a common engineering, economic and environmental basis.

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Global contact

  • Chris Tunnell
  • Global Economic Planning Leader

Explore our work


Brownfield sites review, map of section of London.

Project: Brownfield sites review

Study and database for identifying sites and evaluating potential uses.

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IP5 Beiras Litoral E Alta Motorway.

Project: IP5 Beiras Litoral E Alta Motorway

Arup provided expertise and advice on environmental and technical aspects of this motorway project.

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