Arup Group

For the aircraft manufacturer, see Arup Manufacturing Corporation.
Private, held in trust for the benefit of the employees
Industry Design, Engineering and Business consultation
Predecessor Arup & Arup Ltd (1938-1946)
Founded April 1, 1946 (1946-04-01)
Founder Sir Ove N. Arup
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations
92 offices in 42 countries (2016)
Area served
Key people
Gregory Hodkinson
Tristram Carfrae
David Whittleton
(Deputy chairmen)
Services Consultancy services
  • Increase£1.13 billion (2015)
  • £1.05 billion (2014)


  • Decrease£25.4 million (2015)
  • £40.4 million (2014)


  • Decrease£19.0 million (2015)
  • £29.7 million (2014)


Total assets
  • Decrease£65.5 million (2015)
  • £88.8 million (2014)


Number of employees
  • Increase12,143 (2015)
  • 11,355 (2014)


Subsidiaries Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, Arup Associates Ltd, and others.

Arup (officially Arup Group Limited) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. The firm has over 14,000 staff based in 92 offices across 42 countries, and is present in Africa, the Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Arup has participated in projects in over 160 countries.[2]

Arup is owned by trusts, the beneficiaries of which are Arup's past and present employees, who receive a share of the firm's operating profit each year.[3]


The firm was founded in London in 1946, as the Ove N. Arup Consulting Engineers by Sir Ove Nyquist Arup. Sir Ove set out to build a firm where professionals of diverse disciplines could work together to produce projects of greater quality than was achievable by them working in isolation. In 1963, together with the architect Philip Dowson, Arup Associates[4] was formed. In 1970, the firm reformed as "Ove Arup & Partners".

Notable projects

Coventry Cathedral, showing the new building by Arup in the background.

It is best known for its design work for the built environment.[5][6] Projects to which it has contributed include the Sydney Opera House, which is largely credited with launching Arup into the premier league of engineering consultancies.[7] The BBC and RIBA documentary The Brits who Built the Modern World highlighted Arup’s collaboration with architects and described Arup as "the engineering firm which Lord Norman Foster and his peers Lord Richard Rogers, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Sir Michael Hopkins and Sir Terry Farrell most frequently relied upon."[8]


The Americas


CCTV Headquarters in Beijing's central business district nearing completion (August 2008).
Marina Bay Sands – Singapore


30 St Mary Axe ("The Gherkin")



Arup had its own sports division, Arup Sport, specialising in designing, consulting and structural engineering for sporting facilities such as stadia.[11] This group continues to work under the banner of Arup Associates following a streamlining of the Arup brand. Many of Arup's modern stadia are designed with a contemporary, distinctive edge and the company strives to revolutionise stadium architecture and performance.[11] For instance, the Bird's Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics was complimented for its striking architectural appearance[12] and the City of Manchester Stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games has stairless entry to the upper tiers through circular ramps outside the stadium.[11] The most notable stadium projects led by Arup remain the City of Manchester Stadium (2002), Allianz Arena (2005), Beijing National Stadium (2008), Donbass Arena (2009) and the Singapore Sports Hub (2014).


Arup's multidisciplinary sports venue design and engineering scope on the Singapore Sports Hub won the 2013 World Architecture Festival Award in the Future Projects, Leisure Category.

The Casa da Música, Oporto, designed by Arup and Office for Metropolitan Architecture was nominated for the 2007 Stirling Prize.

Arup's work with The Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh, won them Large Consultancy Firm of the Year 2003 at the British Consultants and Construction Bureau – International Expertise Awards, 2003 building on their triple win at the 2002 World Architecture Awards.[13]

Arup was awarded the Worldaware Award for Innovation for its Vawtex air system in Harare International School.[14]

Arup Fire has won the Fire Safety Engineering Design award four times since its creation in 2001.[15] The 2001 inaugural award was won for Arup's contribution to the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, the world's largest greenhouse. In 2004, the design for London's City Hall was appointed joint winner. In 2005, the Temple Mills Eurostar Depot won. The 2006 winning entry was for Amethyst House, a nine-storey building with an atrium from the ground to the top, in Manchester, UK.[16] More recently, Dr Barbara Lane, Associate Director with Arup, won the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal[17] for her outstanding contribution to British engineering on design of structures for fire.

Arup was also awarded Royal Town Planning Institute Consultancy of the year award in 2008.

Mike Glover is the recipient of the 2008 Institution of Structural Engineers' Gold Medal.

Arup was awarded the 2010 Live Design Excellence Award for Theatre Design for the integrated theatre and acoustic team's design for the new Jerome Robbins Theatre, created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and The Wooster Group.[18]

The Evelyn Grace Academy, London designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Arup won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2011.

Arup was named Tunnel Design Firm of the Year at the 2012 ITA AITES International Tunnelling Awards.


Arup Fellow is a lifelong honorary title awarded to selected honorary individuals in the firm. It acknowledges the highest design and technical achievements of people, not only within the firm, but also in the industry as a whole. They are considered role models who possess world-class expertise who put theory into effective practice.

The current fellows are:[19] Davar Abi-Zadeh, Cecil Balmond, Peter Burnton, David Caiden, Tristram Carfrae, Mark Chown, Fiona Cousins, Pat Dallard, Graham Dodd, Ian Feltham, Craig Gibbons, Peter Gist, Mike Glover, Alistair Guthrie, John Haddon, Rob Harris, Goman Ho, Naeem Hussain, Paul Johnson, Peter Johnson, Florence Lam, Barbara Lane, Chris Luebkeman, Martin Manning, Alisdair McGregor, Duncan Nicholson, Nick O'Riordan, Jack Pappin, Mahadev Raman, Rudi Scheuermann, Andy Sedgwick, Paul Sloman, Jo Da Silva, Brian Simpson, Malcolm Smith, Richard Sturt, Timothy Suen, Corinne Swain, Chris Twinn, Tony Vidago, Michael Willford and Atila Zekioglu.

Notable alumni and current staff

Related companies

A number of its staff have left to form other companies, often with significant parallels with Arup.

In 1976, Edmund Happold (engineer for the Pompidou Centre) and six other engineers left Arup to form Buro Happold in Bath. Mark Whitby left Buro Happold to form Whitby Bird.

In 1999, Chris Wise (engineer for the Millennium Bridge) and Sean Walsh left Arup to form Expedition Engineering in London.


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  4. Arup Associates Archived 10 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Ove Arup & Partners 1946–1986. London: Academy Editions. 1986. ISBN 0-85670-898-4.
  6. Campbell, Peter; Allan, John; Ahrends, Peter; Zunz, Jack; Morreau, Patrick (1995). Ove Arup 1895–1988. London: Institution of Civil Engineers. ISBN 0-7277-2066-X.
  7. Jones, Peter (2006). Ove Arup, Master Builder of the Twentieth Century. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11296-2.
  8. "The Politics of Power". The Brits who Built the Modern World. London. 2014-02-27. BBC Four.
  9. "High Roller Observation Wheel". London: Arup. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  10. "The Singapore Flyer and design of Giant Observation Wheels"Brendon McNiven & Pat Dallard, IStructE Asia-Pacific Forum on Structural Engineering: Innovations in Structural Engineering, Singapore, 2 – 3 November 2007
  11. 1 2 3 "Arup Sport". Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  12. Rayner, Gordon (7 August 2008). "Beijing Olympics: The Bird's Nest stadium". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  13. "World Architecture Awards" (Press release). Arup. 5 August 2002. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  14. "The Worldaware Award for Innovation". Worldaware. 2002. Archived from the original on 21 February 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  15. "Innovation key to FSE Design Award winners". FSE: Fire Safety Engineering. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  16. "Fire Safety Engineering Design Awards". Arup. 8 November 2006. Archived from the original on 21 February 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  17. "Less is more for fire protection". Royal Academy of Engineering. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  18. "Live Design's Excellence in Live Design Award (Theatre)". Live Design/Penton Media. 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  19. "Fellows | Arup | A global firm of consulting engineers, designers, planners and project managers". Arup. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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