Aerial view of Barcelona - Arup can help with planning and funding across the city realm; Aerial view of Barcelona - Arup can help with planning and funding across the city realm;

Planning and funding

Shaping schemes for social impact and commercial success

Shaping schemes for social impact and commercial success

Cities are evolving at an incredibly fast pace, fuelled by factors like new technology, changes in lifestyle and public behaviour, the global pandemic and growing environmental threats.

We help cities to chart a path through these complex scenarios, by establishing a long-term vision using data driven modelling and analytical tools, backed by economic analysis to understand impacts, insightful research and a commitment to listen to communities. Our advice and global expertise helps shape projects for success and gain support from the policy level to community buy-in.

Our planning expertise works at all scales too, identifying routes to a city’s economic recovery, or planning new social, urban and transport infrastructure.

Growing cities rely on thoughtful and creative planning, based on a deep understanding of national policy and insights into real community needs. Arup can help at every stage.” Joanna Rowelle Joanna Rowelle UKIMEA Cities, Planning and Design Leader

How we can help

Develop a strategic plan


We provide city leaders and policy makers with the strategic planning support that enables them to structure urban development projects for success. Whether your city is recovering from the pandemic, prioritising public transport or tackling citywide air pollution, we can help.

Learn more about our town planning service

Make the economic case


Economics should always be about people and how investment can improve lives. Our economic planning team helps public sector clients and private developers to understand how to approach a scheme successfully.

Learn more about our economic planning service

Explore new scenarios


Our foresight team can help you to understand what your city, neighbourhood or community really needs, whether it’s responding to changing behaviours and social trends, or solving longstanding development needs like local transport or green spaces. Find out more about our Foresight research team.

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Identify funding


Our advisory services team helps clients to structure projects for external investment and explore the most effective funding models for a scheme.

Learn more about our finance and economics service

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Cities Alive

Cities Alive takes a human-centred approach to rethinking how we should design and manage cities in the future. This series of global research and events explores the social, technological, environmental, economic and political drivers shaping future cities across the globe.

Find out more about Cities Alive

Cities Alive takes a human-centred approach to rethinking how we should design and manage cities in the future. This series of global research and events explores the social, technological, environmental, economic and political drivers shaping future cities across the globe.

Find out more about Cities Alive


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