Arup: Top 10 facts
Founded in 1946 by Sir Ove Arup, Arup has become one of the most iconic companies, incorporating engineering, architectural and consulting services. Operational in over 50 countries, we take a look at top 10 facts which have ensured the company’s success, providing ground-breaking solutions which are not only economical, but sustainable and efficient.
- The company were responsible for the design of Sydney Opera House and the UK’s first international high speed railway, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- Arup reinvests a significant amount into research and development, both in house and externally to ensure their knowledge and expertise is world-class.
- To this effect, the company enables employees to undertake extensive training programmes to help further their careers and knowledge within the business and future of engineering and design
- Arup are increasingly focused on building designs which are sustainable. The release of Cities Alive highlights their aim to provide cost effective solutions which will drive long term benefits to the environment and economy.
- Arup founded charity RedR, which sees employees visit countries in which their skills can be utilised in an emergency situation, such as the Szechuan earthquake, providing much needed support.
- Climate change is a huge factor within the company’s ambitions to reduce carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions, providing long term benefits to the environment.
- Arup partnered with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2015, pledging $1 million over a three-year period in order to tackle climate change and ensure best practice, linking over 70 of the world’s biggest cities.
- By conserving materials within construction and design, the company aim to be as efficient as possible
- Arup are currently providing building and engineering services in the first LEED Platinum hotel in Europe – the Hotel Amstelkwartier in Amsterdam
- Among their list of sustainable builds, Singita Lebombo Lodge in Mozambique has limited concrete within its impressive build. This has been achieved so that the site can be removed in future whilst leaving no concrete foundations through its removal.
Plus - Arup’s utilisation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) have enabled the shape and fruition of future designs and engineering works.
Read the September 2016 issue of Construction Global magazine
UK Construction Week: winners revealed
The inaugural UKCW Construction Awards took place on the UKCW main stage this week at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence for a range of large and small contractors architects, clients and suppliers. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke and main media partner Construction Buzz.
Contractor of 2019 - Sir Robert McAlpine
Construction Client of 2019 - Scape Group
Architectural Practice of 2019 - Grimshaw Architects
House Builder of 2019 - Swan Housing
Construction Supplier of 2019 - Ward
Construction Project of 2019 - Royal Opera House
Construction Employer of 2019 - Aylaa Exclusive
Digital Pioneer 2019 - Atkins
Modern Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 - Mace
Production Innovation Award 2019 - Laing O'Rourke
Sir Robert McAlpine is celebrating its 150th anniversary and has stated: "Our 150th anniversary celebrations have been hard to miss on a number of sites across the country thanks to the presence of specially produced panels incorporated within our hoardings. This milestone year provided the opportunity to honour the vision and hard work of all those who have played their part in our long and successful history.
Nathan Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, commented:
“We have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made possible by our industry Role Models who gave us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these accolades.
“The businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the construction industry.
“So it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are beacons of light for the whole sector.”
UK Construction Week (UKCW) consists of multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and Timber along with the newly launched Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live. Next year's event takes place at Birmingham's NEC October 6-8.