The Arup Profile: Issue 2

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented change to our lives – from homes to offices, transit to energy to even food supply. This disruption also coincides with another crucial challenge we are facing with persistent carbon emissions and environmental degradation. Despite the twin crises, how can we adequately respond and catalyse new opportunities and shape a sustainable future? 

This issue of The Arup Profile invites you to imagine and question our world as we adjust to the new normal and begin to consider ideas to build back better. Our stories explore ideas that consider everyday life in a post-pandemic world, to using hydrogen to accelerate the energy transition, and strengthening food security in cities through urban agriculture. We also share about our continuing work in enhancing resilience of rail, healthcare and industry, and in designing decentralised commercial hubs as we begin to consider the future of the CBD.


Arup-GRCN Partnership

New resilience partnership to improve life in SEA cities

We have joined forces with influential NGO, Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) to champion resilience initiatives for urban populations in Southeast Asia. Located together in Arup’s Singapore office, they will collaborate on initiatives to improve quality of life through better infrastructure, city policies and practices, and resources. The co-location and collaboration agreement will bring together, and build on, our complementary approaches to strengthening urban communities.

ACES Design Excellence Awards

Arup awarded for design excellence in four projects

We have won four awards at this year’s ACES Design Excellence Award. The Excellence Award, the highest accolade, was awarded to our teams who designed the Outram Community Hospital and TE2 Woodlands Station for the Thomson-East Coast Line. Our work on Paya Lebar Quarter, a mixed-use development, and JTC trendspace, a multi-tenanted furniture hub, were recognised with the Merit Award.

Integrated Train Testing Centre

Transforming rail infrastructure in Southeast Asia

Arup is continuing to play a major role in expanding Southeast Asia’s rail network and facilities with new wins including the Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC). We are partnering with GS Engineering & Construction Corp on the design and construction of this facility, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA). ITTC will be able to perform robust integrated systems testing for new and existing metro lines 24/7, sustaining Singapore’s rail reliability and deepening core rail engineering capabilities. Image credit: LTA

New Infrastructure Leader

Lau Ching Luan to lead Singapore’s infrastructure business

Lau Ching Luan has been appointed as our Infrastructure Leader in Singapore to drive technical excellence on major infrastructure developments across Southeast Asia. “Digital technology will be at the forefront of transforming and shaping these complex infrastructure projects,” Lau said. Coupled with bankability, resilience and sustainability, he will be building on these principles to help Arup’s clients future-proof their assets.

Offshore Marine Centre 2

Designing an O&M waterfront facility

We are working with Penta Ocean Corporation to develop the detailed design for the Offshore Marine Centre 2 (OMC2), a state-of-the-art waterfront facility by JTC Corporation. OMC2 is designed to support companies in their offshore module and equipment fabrication, as well as associated activities. Arup is providing civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services for key elements and civil works interfacing with the facility – set to complete in 2021. Image credit: JTC Corporation

Australasia New Board Members

Arup’s Australasia Board strengthens membership

We added three new members to our Australasia Region Board, broadening our expertise and industry perspective. Tan Yoong Heng, our Singapore Office Leader, brings his knowledge of the Southeast Asia infrastructure business from leading teams in civil, transport and maritime engineering. Phoebe Ryssenbeek, who heads our regional People + Culture team, and Murray Kretchmer, our regional infrastructure sector leader, also joined the board.

Hydrogen Global Charter

Committing to the Hydrogen Global Charter

We are one of the first partners in the Hydrogen Global Charter, an initiative by the World Energy Council (WEC) to drive hydrogen-based projects worldwide. Arup is at the forefront of hydrogen development across sectors globally. The agreement will see us drawing on our global technical expertise to support the evaluation, application and deployment of effective hydrogen-based solutions to help promote clean hydrogen.


Pledging towards positive environmental outcomes

We have joined Singapore engineering and architectural consultancy firms in signing up to Construction Declares – a global petition uniting all strands in the industry to take positive action in response to our planet’s environmental crises. Singapore is the first Asian country to join Construction Declares and we are among the first group of structural engineers and architects to sign this petition.