London has been our home since 1946 and Arup has been at the heart of its development ever since. It is the location of Ove Arup’s first project, the penguin pool at London Zoo, and remains our global headquarters and home to over 2,500 staff.
Infrastructure projects don't get much bigger then High Speed 1. Our proposed route connecting the Channel Tunnel to London St Pancras Station, via Stratford, became the catalyst for regeneration in East London and King's Cross. The multi-billion redevelopment of King’s Cross Station and the surrounding area created an international transport hub and transformed underused railway land into retail space and a new university campus. Arup’s knowledge of planning and heritage issues, restoration and archaeological engineering helped to breathe new life into many of the area’s listed buildings. We’re continuing this as we work on further projects in the area – helping to transform more underused land into valuable assets for the community.
Our portfolio includes engineering, planning and advisory services on landmark buildings such as the 14 storey Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital and the redevelopment of the iconic former home of the BBC, Television Centre. We helped architect Foster + Partners to achieve the ambitious curved form of the ‘Gherkin’ at St Mary’s Axe by advising on its distinctive diagrid steel structure. And at Lime Street our team designed a vertically post-tensioned reinforced concrete core - a first for construction techniques of this kind in London.
Crossrail will help ease the pressure on the capital’s transport network by increasing London’s rail capacity by 10%. Arup has provided the project with numerous specialist services such as tunnelling, archaeology, acoustics and fire engineering. We played a key part in the design of six of the ten new stations, including Canary Wharf Station and its adjoining five storey leisure and retail development, Crossrail Place.
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