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Site development

We bring joined-up thinking to development, to draw out the full potential of sites.


Clients expect Arup to deliver differentiators. The difference that makes a property stand out may blend many elements – from a strategically chosen site to sustainable design features that ease consents, attract tenants and lower operating costs.

Arup helps clients pursue all the elements of successful development by bringing our full breadth of policy, planning, design, delivery and aftercare expertise to site development and urban renewal projects.

Integrating perspectives

Successful owners and developers benefit from aligning the interactions between people, systems, buildings, landscapes and communities.

For instance, by analysing water demand (for drinking, sanitation, heating, cooling, irrigation, fire safety, landscaping and natural habitat) and supply (from potable providers, ground, surface, rain and recycled water) we can design more efficient water and energy infrastructure that conserves costs and natural resources.

Likewise, ease of access for people and goods is required to build, operate, populate and enjoy the best developments and public spaces. Our fluency in transport planning, systems design and operations give our clients confidence that thoughtful connectivity will be embedded in their site.

Integration is also evident where both private and public sector clients pursue positive change. Big-picture economic and social aims typically drive regeneration projects, such as Hunters Point redevelopment or the city of Brussels’ NEO. Arup often helps project sponsors to extract more immediate and long-term value by looking beyond property boundaries. To do so, we provide joined-up services including masterplanning, civil engineering, transport planning, and energy and water management.

Steering success

Clients bring us ambitious projects that present technical complexities and demand new thinking. To promote understanding and win approvals for such projects, Arup uses its skill in engaging with stakeholders at all levels of technical fluency to communicate the projects’ benefits, features and regulatory compliance.

For Bay Meadows, an infill mixed-use development on an existing commuter rail line, articulation of the project’s potential for delivering sustainable outcomes helped gain support from the Sierra Club, an influential environmental group often critical of development, alongside several other environmentally minded groups.

Arup’s long commitment to collaboration gives us the experience to listen, learn and share ideas accessibly. We inspire confidence with our honest dealing, which extends to the transparency of the virtual modelling platforms we use to analyse and refine new, inventive designs.

Better spaces for living

Forward-thinking clients often seek Arup’s help in re-imagining the development of cities and towns or commercial, educationalhealthcare and industrial campuses.

The Co-operative Group, for example, sought ‘an inspiring European benchmark’ for responsible and sustainable development on its 20ha site in Manchester. Construction is going ahead on the basis of our regeneration framework, which lays out plans for renewable energy, water recycling, green transport systems, sensitive incorporation of historic features and 4.5ha of open public space.

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  • Tom Kennedy

    Tom Kennedy

    Global Site Development Leader

  • Global Site Development 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: +1 212 896 3000
  • e: site-development@arup.com
  • Arup New York USA - Design and Engineering Consultants [23:39]
  • 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: site-development@arup.com
  • Melbourne [13:39]
  • Mark Swift

    Fergal Whyte

    Fergal Whyte

    East Asia Water Business Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Lately, the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme and prior to this Stonecutters Bridge.

    Why is it significant?

    True value-adding projects that contribute positively to Hong Kong.

    Your particular skill?

    I pay particular attention to listening to clients, understanding their needs and mobilizing the best of Arup to provide the right overall solutions.

    Enthusiasm?

    Multidisciplinary cutting edge projects.

    Why Arup?

    Culture of encouragement, freedom, creativity and innovation.

  • t: +852 2528 3031
  • e: site-development@arup.com
  • Hong Kong [11:39]
  • 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: site-development@arup.com
  • Solihull [04:39]

Explore our work


Hunters Point redevelopment, image shows public mural.

Project: Hunters Point redevelopment

Sustainable mixed-use redevelopment of former shipyard.

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Rendered bird's eye view of the Heysel area. Credit: KCAP

Project: NEO

Increasing the vitality of the European capital by regenerating the Heysel area.

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Photo of the Greenway pedestrian and cycle way before its restoration, stretching into the distance. Credit James Harris Photography.

Project: Greenway

Gateway into the London Olympic Park and Legacy Parkland

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Campaign: Pushing the boundaries of BIM

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