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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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Our teams in Whitehaven, an historic town on the west coast of Cumbria, combine our global expertise in the nuclear and energy sectors with a deep understanding of the local social, economic and environmental drivers within Cumbria and the Borderlands, to bring about sustainable regeneration and economic growth.

Nuclear expertise

Arup is focused on demonstrating excellence and innovation to help the UK address its nuclear legacy safely, to promote long term environmental sustainability. 

Since 2012 Arup has worked as part of the Infrastructure Strategic Alliance, a joint venture partnership with Sellafield Ltd and Morgan Sindall. We provide strategic thinking on the future masterplanning of the hugely complex Sellafield site along with meeting the immediate infrastructure needs.

Through the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency’s Knowledge Management Framework, we are bringing expertise to provide creative solutions to some of the sector’s biggest challenges; ensuring the right knowledge is available to the right people at the right time. We provide ongoing technical advice to our local authority partners around the potential development of nuclear new build at NuGen’s Moorside plant, which would potentially contribute an estimated 7% of the UK’s electricity requirements. 

Supporting Cumbria to reach its potential

Arup’s legacy of work in Cumbria, supporting the area to reach its maximum potential stretches back over 60 years. We contributed to the Allerdale Business Growth Plan which delivers a key strategy and action plan to drive sustainable economic growth. At the University of Cumbria we have helped realise their growth opportunities in a digital future, and we are exploring low carbon power initiatives such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal energy across Cumbria. 

Michael Osborne

Whitehaven Foyer
44 Irish Street,
CA28 7BY [email protected] +44 (0) 194 629 0000 Whitehaven, local time - 4:36 PM Open in Google Maps