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Arup draws experts together in first Future Cities Hub

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
14 December 2018

Arup has launched its first Future Cities Hub in Singapore, bringing together planning, advisory and design consultants to address critical infrastructure needs across Southeast Asia.

Supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), a diverse mix of local and international professionals will be developed to drive innovation and growth across Southeast Asian cities. Based in Singapore, the Future Cities Hub is expected to grow to more than 60 staff by 2023.

Tan Yoong Heng, Arup’s Singapore Office Leader, said the Hub will work with public agencies and private sector entities on projects and research across urban development, transport, social and infrastructure in the region. 

“Cities will need to address urbanisation challenges and plan for sustainable and resource-efficient infrastructure,” he said.

This region is undergoing a process of hyper urbanisation, with the urban population predicted to grow by another 100 million people in 2030. Our ambition is to bring the design leadership that we have established in Singapore to the future developments in cities across Southeast Asia.

Tan Yoong Heng Singapore Office Leader

The Singapore EDB is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. 

Dawn Lim, Deputy Director, Commercial and Professional Services, EDB, said: “Arup has been instrumental in developing many high-profile infrastructure projects that we recognise in the Singapore skyline today. 

“The Future Cities Hub, a first for the firm, is testament to 50 years of strong partnership between Arup and Singapore. By bringing together Singaporean talent and leading infrastructure and urban solutions professionals from around the world, the Hub will accelerate infrastructure innovation and strengthen our position as a reference city in Southeast Asia and beyond.”

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Over the next five years, the Arup Future Cities Hub will strengthen its advisory, planning, design and specialist consulting capabilities. Arup will also be growing its offerings in digital, advisory, urban mobility, infrastructure masterplanning, resilience and sustainability consulting. 

The goal for our Future Cities team is to help Singapore develop a resilient, sustainable and smart future, while exporting best practices to the region. Singapore is a natural choice to build Arup’s Future Cities Hub. The nation has a strong ambition to develop its highly skilled workforce and economic leadership in the region, and Arup will contribute to nurturing designers, planners, engineers and strategists of the future.

Tan Yoong Heng Singapore Office Leader