Alt textAlt text

Coal Drops Yard – Transforming a disused industrial space into a vibrant shopping destination with high-quality public realm.

Arup was founded by Ove Arup in 1946. Today, we are 6,000 strong in the UK, working on local, national and international projects. We are a professional services firm with a focus on the built environment and we work closely and collaboratively with our clients to develop the solutions they need today – and tomorrow. We bring deep expertise in strategy, design, planning and engineering, and our project portfolio ranges from the UK Government’s heat decarbonisation programme, to the design of new cancer treatment centres and playing a central role in engineering a more resilient rail network.

Country summary

17Offices across the United Kingdom

90+technical disciplines

Top 10 ranking in Glassdoor's Best Places to Work in 2020

Office locations



Leeds and Yorkshire

Since opening in 1989, we have helped shape the growth of Leeds and Yorkshire with a multi-disciplinary team of 350 staff. Some of our major regeneration projects include Leeds South Bank, the modernisation of the University of Leeds campus, York Central, the transformation of Hull’s Public Realm for the City of Culture in 2017, and Bradford City Park. We are proud to be working on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the region, including the HS2 route and station in Leeds, Sirius Minerals’ major Potash mine near Whitby in North Yorkshire, the Transpennine Rail Upgrade, and Northern Powerhouse Rail.   

Working with water

Our team provided pioneering technical support, design and planning services for the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme. We designed the first mechanical moving weirs to be used in the UK; protecting 3,000 homes and 500 existing businesses from flooding. 

Building a cultural legacy

As part of Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017, we helped install a remarkable 75 metre, 28 tonne art installation named Blade; the world’s largest handmade fibre glass component cast as a single object. We helped design the 13,500 capacity Leeds First Direct Arena, the Tetley art gallery, the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield and the University of Leeds Brotherton Library Treasures Gallery.   

Supporting Inclusive Growth

To widen awareness among young people of career opportunities in the built environment sector, we collaborate with the Ahead Partnership, including through our annual Engineering Awareness Week, and partner with Leeds City Council to engage schools in our HS2 workshops. We are corporate sponsors of NorthInvest, a not-for-profit platform which connects technology start-ups with investors, and we are proud supporters of the Leeds Community Foundation. Additionally, we are advising on the Leeds District Heating scheme which will help tackle fuel poverty.

Tom Bridges

Admiral House
Rose Wharf
78 East Street
United Kingdom [email protected] +44 (0) 113 242 8498 Leeds, local time - 6:06 PM View on Google maps