Centrally located, EQ was Bristol’s first commercial development to commit to net zero carbon in operation, aligned to the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) framework.

The move contributes to realising Arup’s own sustainability ambitions, including achieving net zero emissions across all operations by 2030 following the firm’s global commitment announced in 2020.

EQ was recently awarded Best Commercial Workplace in the South of England and South Wales by the British Council for Offices (BCO) in recognition of the design’s dedication to sustainability and wellbeing. Arup was part of the project team, delivering engineering services alongside Buro Happold and architects Auckett Swanke. 

Arup now occupies EQ’s second floor, with the firm’s 500-strong team based in Bristol involved with the design process. Led by local commercial designers Interaction, colleagues’ ideas and needs helped to inform specific workspace and facility integrations, enhancing inclusivity, accessibility, and wellbeing in reflection of the firm’s employee-ownership.

Arup’s new home in Bristol embodies our commitment to the city. Signifying a new chapter for the firm’s next generation of innovators, it is a moment for us to celebrate the last five decades, as well as look to the next with excitement and ambition to drive progress. Our new space at EQ was designed to reflect our continued focus on sustainability and inclusivity, reflecting Arup’s values and our vision for the region’s future. Our team has been involved in its careful design, focussing on encouraging movement throughout the day, promoting chance interactions and ideas sharing. We look forward to inviting clients, project partners and global colleagues here to collaborate and innovate.

Shaun Hartley

Bristol Office Leader, Arup

Dedicated to the continued sustainable development and regeneration of the West of England, Arup has been involved with some of region’s most iconic and innovative projects. 

Partnering with both the private and public sector, recent initiatives include the major refurbishment of Bristol Beacon and the development of Bristol Council’s One City climate strategy