Employees: 10,000 (2011)
Revenue: £880 million (2011)
Country: United Kingdom
Arup is an award-winning global engineering and design firm with a portfolio of innovative and instantly recognizable buildings and projects. Founded by Sir Ove Arup shortly after the Second World War, the firm now has a worldwide presence and has undertaken projects in over 160 countries.
The firm has worked with architects to realize a wide range of civil and commercial projects. Its portfolio includes such iconic buildings as the Sydney Opera House, Beijing’s CCTV tower and ‘Bird’s nest’ Olympic stadium, the Millennium foot bridge and the ‘Gherkin’ tower in London, UK, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
It has also managed many large-scale civil engineering projects such as the 2nd Avenue Subway in New York City, High Speed 1 railway near London, UK and Kansai International Airport near Osaka, Japan.
The firm, whose mission is “to shape a better world”, has always listed environmental sustainability among its key priorities for design and it is consistently placed amongst top performers in Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) rankings such as the ACCSR. To better articulate and integrate CSR into its practices, Arup developed a policy and internal strategy for sustainability in late 2007, and published its first annual sustainability report in 2008. Since then, it has pressed the imperative of good, responsible design even in harsh economic times.
Besides providing engineering services, Arup has a consultancy practice that advises clients on a range of management, operations and policy issues including planning, environment and sustainability. This allows the firm to leverage its expertise to have an impact on the sustainability of all kinds of construction projects. Arup also works with businesses and national and regional governments globally to develop policy on carbon management and climate change.
Arup leads the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) which is helping cities to develop robust plans to prepare, withstand and recover from the anticipated effects of climate change.