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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.

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17Offices across the United Kingdom

90+technical disciplines

Top 10 ranking in Glassdoor's Best Places to Work in 2023

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The birthplace of Ove Arup and home to one of his favourite projects, the Kingsgate Footbridge. Our Newcastle office has been at the forefront of the city's renewal since 1967. Early projects such as the Gateshead Western Bypass have helped the office grow from a small team of structural engineers to over 280 multi-disciplined staff. Our work has included well-known projects such as the famous “the Angel of the North” sculpture by Antony Gormley and the redevelopment of Newcastle Quayside.

Our ongoing contribution to the local area includes…

We designed the Key Building at Science Central, which is the first fabric structure to be used as a heated workspace. And at Durham University our team worked on the BREEAM excellent rated Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics where approximately 50% of its energy comes from renewable sources.

Arup collaborated with South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council to prepare an Area Action Plan for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, a “Nationally Significant Project” to the UK Government. The aim is to create a significant amount of new jobs and attract private sector investment into the region.

We have helped develop the North East’s infrastructure to meet the needs of the local community and our portfolio includes the upgrades to the A1 Coalhouse to the Metrocentre bypass. The New Tyne Tunnel under the River Tyne has also added much needed capacity to the North East’s transport network.

Working worldwide 

Our team of sport specialists have delivered a number of significant national and international projects such as the Lusail Stadium for the Qatar 2022TM World Cup. We have supported the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) by providing carbon footprint assessments of health programmes, as well as researching the impact and benefits of introducing Hydropower schemes in the Caucuses. Arup's diverse expertise has also seen us be part of international teams for the design of the new Abu Dhabi International Airport and Riyadh Metro system.


Sarah Clemmetsen

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Forth Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
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