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Urban regeneration

Addressing cities’ pasts, preparing their futures

Addressing cities’ pasts, preparing their futures

Urban regeneration takes many forms, from reimagining buildings after deindustrialisation, to developing creative schemes for districts that have languished without vision or investment

Our integrated teams of designers, planners, architects and economists work with decision makers and communities to revitalise the built, natural and social environment in sustainable ways, whether it’s for a smaller scheme or a large regeneration project.

We bring a wide range of design capabilities to develop regeneration strategies that will produce greater equity and long term resilience for cities. Our process begins with planning and funding, before moving into specific scheme design, public consultation and ultimate implementation.

In the 21st century we must take an enlightened approach to urban regeneration, preserving a city or neighbourhood’s identity while improving lives.” Lean Doody Léan Doody Europe Cities, Planning and Design Leader

How we can help

Masterplanning real change


Regeneration begins by defining a vision. Successful projects must be both respectful of and responsive to community needs. Our masterplanning team helps public sector clients to navigate the process from public consultation through scheme design and implementation.

Learn more about our masterplanning service

Reimagining historic buildings


Buildings bear the mark of a city’s history and give form to its identity. That’s why reimagining old buildings for new needs and purposes is so rewarding. Arup has long experience of designing and realising these transformations.

Learn more about our building retrofit service

Revitalising vacant spaces


Small-scale and temporary nature of meanwhile use can be influential in the developing the resilience of a city. We support clients by looking at how underutilised spaces can be maximised to inform positive spatial and social outcomes.

Becoming a host city


We offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to cities hosting major events from bidding through to the delivery. Beyond that we have a strong ambition to maximise the value and create a rich legacy to build a better future for local people.

Becoming a host city