We design systems for water supply and sanitation that help buildings work better for occupants, owners and the environment.
Arup’s public health engineers tackle diverse challenges – from sustainable strategies to fire suppression systems, and from drainage in high-rise buildings to supplying ultra-pure water and piping specialist gases and fluids for healthcare, science and industry facilities.
Together with Arup’s mechanical and electrical engineers, we provide integrated building services. We also collaborate with water and civil engineers to ensure that plumbing and infrastructure work together, in sympathy with the complete water cycle.
Driven by performance
By thinking beyond standard solutions, we shape performance-based systems that help our clients achieve their aspirations – from stunning design to ease of maintenance to LEED®, BREEAM and Estidama ratings.
Our drainage system design helps to shape high-quality mixed-use spaces, for example in Renzo Piano’s London Bridge Tower, known as the ‘Shard of Glass’. Its apartments, hotel, restaurants and offices sit on top of each other, but our design gives them independent systems of drainage, ensuring that maintenance on one system will not impact other tenants.
Our design ensures reliable water supply up to the 87th floor of the Shard’s spire – more than 280m above ground level. To avoid the need for installation and upkeep of specialist high pressure fittings, the final solution ensured water pressures remain typical throughout the development.
Responsible with resources
The design of sustainable water management systems helps save water and the energy associated with its use. This is becoming ever more relevant given the increasing profile of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, from sustainable drainage systems to water reuse, our expertise helps clients to make better use of water and energy, and to make their buildings more resilient.
Innovative water and wastewater system designs can help secure sustainability credentials, such as the LEED Platinum rating for Kroon Hall, the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kroon Hall’s potable water use is an 81% improvement from the LEED baseline. The building’s courtyard filters stormwater to remove 80% of suspended solids before it enters underground tanks. The water is then used for WC flushing and irrigation.
Shapers of change
Arup helps shape the debate on public health engineering in professional and regulatory forums. Where we see strong potential for positive change, we assist clients in delivering their aspirations, pursue in-house research and product development and work with authorities in the creation of new regulatory guidance.
Our network strives to push the boundaries in digital design, within the context of the industry’s evolution towards automation and building integrated modelling. An example of this is our in house expertise in working with complex roof geometry to model rainfall and optimise the design of rainwater collection and disposal systems.