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Programme and project management

For major schemes, deft and rigorous programme and project management team are central to successful delivery. Our team are experts in coordinating complex stakeholder groups and taking your scheme from earliest idea to successful completion.

Jonathan Griffin

Jonathan Griffin

Australasia Programmes & Projects Leader

For major schemes, deft and rigorous programme and project management team are central to successful delivery. Our team are experts in coordinating complex stakeholder groups and taking your scheme from earliest idea to successful completion.

Delivering major programmes and projects with confidence

Whatever the goal at hand, bringing in a dedicated programme or project management team (PPM) offers clients many advantages. Responsible and creative leadership; insights drawn from other sectors; and the confidence of an experienced team, ready to take on the largest and most complex commissions.

Arup works with clients in every industry, providing talented teams of project managers who support projects throughout the whole building lifecycle – developing the initial business case, procurement, undertaking design management, and then construction management.

But we also go beyond a project’s core aims, drawing on our wider knowledge to add value in different ways. Depending on the project there might be opportunities to set more ambitious sustainability targets or improve the overall workplace experience. We take time to consider the possibilities, adding value but never bureaucracy or costs.

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Transforming the Queensferry Crossing

On the Forth Replacement Crossing Project, our PPM team quickly discovered the project cost estimate for the original scope as defined was undeliverable for the client. But by stepping back, questioning assumptions and challenging the brief we were able to help reimagine the scheme to deliver on all project goals to programme deadlines and for half the original budget.

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Bringing communities and users onboard

No project is ever only about numbers. That’s why we help our clients to find ways to expand the social value of their projects or investments, helping them play a more beneficial role in the communities they work in. Again, Arup’s huge range of skills and experience means we can spot opportunities others miss.

There are new ways to bring certainty to projects and programmes too. On complex infrastructure projects like the U.K.’s High Speed 2, our team were able to provide new digital and visualisation tools to help the stakeholder engagement process, engaging the communities with a better understanding of the route, the impact and the noise involved.

Taking on major programmes

On programme management commissions our perspective is even wider. Our team offer strategic advice, always taking time to relate the work at hand to clients’ other long-term goals. How does an whole estate work, viewed as a whole portfolio? Where can efficiencies and savings be produced across the whole commission? We provide a forensic, aerial view.

We help clients to decide their priorities, making sure their choices and investments are truly beneficial over the long-term. We also ensure they have the governance mechanisms to stay in control of costs and can stay forward looking.

Delivering National Grid's largest capital investment

Delivering National Grid's largest capital investment 6 months early

The London Power Tunnels (LPT) Programme is the biggest upgrade to the national electricity transmission system since its construction in the 1960s. This £1bn National Grid-led project aims to rewire the capital in order to meet increasing electricity demand. We delivered National Grid’s largest single capital investment six months early and more than £50m below budget, while establishing new tools and processes that are now part of the new way that National Grid delivers projects (including HS2).

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Helping Hong Kong's Chu Lai College open early

Helping Hong Kong's Chu Lai College open early

Serving 4,000 teachers and students, the Chu Hai College of Higher Education provides world-class facilities for a variety of tertiary education programmes. We provided Programme Management Office (PMO) services to support the opening of Chu Hai College of Higher Education’s new campus, ensuring risk mitigation and limited disruption from day one – allowing the campus to open two months ahead of schedule.

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The information opportunity

As the built environment becomes a fully digital realm, information management has become a more important business priority. Our digital services team are expert at setting up common data environments, managing clients’ overall information management requirements. We develop dashboards that bring real control over the most complex projects and programmes.

We also develop and set-up BIM models that can support clients’ ongoing post-completion operations, leading to new possibilities like the ‘digital twin’. Our visualisation experts can also find new ways to turn client information into valuable insights and services, aiding the stakeholder engagement process in new ways. Imagination is the only limitation


Discover how our team can help

You can access our Advisory Services through regional consultants around the world. Wherever you’re based, we can help you look beyond your sector to explore new sources of inspiration and identify opportunities for growth.

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