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Arup helps design, build and re-develop buildings, structures and recreational facilities at the water’s edge, in rivers, estuaries or the sea.

Arup helps design, build and re-develop buildings, structures and recreational facilities at the water’s edge, in rivers, estuaries or the sea.

Designing the world’s connectors

We regularly advise on port developments, evaluating economic viability and market demand, helping to build confidence in our clients’ business cases. We also design and engineer port facilities, finding cost-effective ways to add capacity and streamline operations. And our strengths in planning, environmental, geotechnical, logistics and transport consultancy mean we’re well-placed to help design a new port or overhaul existing facilities while identifying any long-term risks or opportunities.

We are the lead maritime engineering firm on the Port of Melbourne’s $1.6bn new Webb Dock, creating a new terminal capable of handling over a million containers every year.

Making the waterfront work

For buildings and leisure spaces adjacent to rivers and seas we help clients capitalise on waterside settings whilst making sure they are not vulnerable to flooding, tides, storm surges and the risks posed by climate change and rising sea levels. We have a great track record of overcoming the challenges of waterside developments to help create homes, galleries, parks and marinas as well the regeneration of quays and warehouses.

Arup’s work on Marina Bay Waterfront in Singapore, called on our experience with materials and structures, to develop a resilient and sustainable promenade.

In Scotland we provided a range of engineering services for the V&A Dundee, a geometrically complex structure which projects out into the River Tay. Maritime works included an assessment of buildability, ship impact and flood risk for the development.

A fully integrated lifelong service

Ports and other maritime infrastructure need long-term support to maintain operations. Arup has supported the Port of Jersey for over 15 years, providing everything from replacement of vital pontoons and ramps, fixing breakwaters and re-arranging marinas, to the maintenance of historic waterside structures.

Harnessing energy

Our maritime skills support the energy sector in many ways, including the design of liquid natural gas and gravity bases for offshore wellhead platforms. We are also engaged on renewable energy schemes like off-shore wind farms and we were designers for the proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon’s turbine structures. 

Unique structures, new experiences

Arup’s breadth of design and engineering experience is also called upon for more experimental structures. In 2016 we collaborated on a temporary art installation called ‘Floating Piers’ in Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy. The piece, by Cristo and Jeanne-Claude, comprised floating piers wrapped in gold, forming sculptural links between the shoreline and an island.

Thousands of visitors ventured onto the pontoons during that summer. We played a multidisciplinary role, including maritime engineering, security consultancy, health and safety and urban planning.


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