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Masterplanning and Urban Design

We design sustainable places in balance with the aspirations of communities.

We design sustainable places in balance with the aspirations of communities.


We design sustainable places in balance with the aspirations of communities.

Integrated urbanism, Arup’s approach to masterplanning, acknowledges the interdependence of urban systems and communities as well as the effects of global issues, such as climate change resilience and economic uncertainty, on the future of our cities.

The origins of our approach are demonstrated in urban renewal successes such as Stockley Park, Broadgate and Stratford City.

More recent projects include Singapore Sports Hub, the Addis Ababa Urban Renewal Initiative and the Crewe Masterplan where we are helping to prepare the town for the arrival of High Speed Two (HS2).

People and place

Our masterplanning proposals are built on our insight into the way places influence wellbeing, work and lifestyle, as well as technical understanding of interconnected systems such as transport, energy, waste and information.

We test and refine our proposals with tools and analysis that join up the quantifiable and subjective aspects of spatial, social, environmental and economic context.

For the UK Central Hub, we are helping to set out a 20 year growth plan for Solihull, UK. The plan will capitalise on the adjacent High Speed Two interchange and has the potential to add £4.1bn GV to the local economy.

Through well-designed night-time lighting, we make urban spaces better places to live, work and play. For Central Park, Songdo, we designed bridge lighting to guide pedestrians at night.

Delivery and implementation

Arup’s track record lends confidence to investment in urban development – we deliver plans that meet regulatory approval, and go on to successful implementation. Key to our success is collaboration with partners and stakeholders, which aids progression from design to delivery.

For London’s Stratford City, which is opening in stages up to 2020, we created a masterplan in conjunction with Fletcher Priest, West 8 and 20 other architectural practices. This included four years of community consultation. From that process emerged sustainability guidance for design, construction and development, which was passed on to developers as statutory regulations. We created a panel that continues to review sustainability. Early measurements show the success of this strategy in carbon savings that look set to exceed our initial goals.

Places that evolve

Arup’s masterplanners understand how placemaking can shape the future of a location. The NoMA Masterplan for the Co-operative Group in Manchester is delivering urban working and living environments that will attract local and international investment, transforming the future of the city centre.

Meanwhile, in Zuidas, Amsterdam, we are helping to re-imagine the city’s central corridor – currently dominated by above-ground infrastructure – as a series of diverse, thriving neighbourhoods. Our plans open space for development but also bring focus to issues like climate change resilience, for instance by considering the effects of rising sea level on the economic viability and delivery of a new commercial district.


Urban environments are becoming increasingly complex; issues such as changes to household makeup, land scarcity, air quality and noise require innovative solutions. Arup’s technical understanding of all layers of the built environment allows our masterplanners to redefine urban living and working practices.