Arup is a global firm of over 14,000 planners, designers, engineers and business consultants, operating from 88 offices in 33 countries. We have over 50 years’ experience in the aviation sector, gained through assignments at more than 100 airports worldwide. Significant recent commissions have included London airports, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Dublin, Istanbul, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Mexico City, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Perth, Melbourne and Auckland. In all of our work we focus on helping our clients solve today’s complex issues while planning for the future. We seek creative operational and planning solutions that address the complex relationships between aircraft, passengers, baggage, ground transportation and cargo. We help optimise the capacity and value of existing assets, while assisting with the complex decisions of when and how to take the jump to redevelopment. The circular economy, sustainability, resilience and climate change are dominate factors in our solutions based engineering schemes within the airport environment and equally figure heavily in the surface access transport and cities based agendas. Our aviation team provides a leading edge, comprehensive range of planning, design leadership, program management, operations, project leadership and business consultancy services, including: Airport masterplanning services relating to airport wide (airside and landside) and terminal area planning, service level definition, definition/analysis of processes for passenger flow, ground support equipment, terminal logistics and simulation modelling. Recent projects include Copenhagen, Krakow, Queenstown, Auckland, Mexico City and Istanbul airport masterplanning. Facilities engineering and program management relating to new build and redevelopment works with airfield and terminal design projects such as Heathrow, New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, Perth. Specialist award winning airport systems advisory services (baggage systems, security, fire, lighting, cargo, information/digital systems, visualisation, auralisation and simulation tools etc ) including development of user requirements, operational processes and service levels and associated engineering / procurement management / commissioning, with recent projects at Manchester, Heathrow, Dubai and Hong Kong airports. Operations consultancy, such as operational readiness planning and program management including development of plan of operations, scheduling and management of resourcing, training and trials, management of stakeholder relations, and organisational transformation. Recent projects include Operational Readiness at Heathrow T2, Mumbai, New York and Perth. Corporate finance services associated with business plan development, technical due diligence on sale / acquisition and public-private partnerships such as Kansai and Itami privatisation vendor due diligence advisor. Our team employs a highly analytical approach to problem definition and solution development, based on an in-depth understanding of airport and airline operations and an appreciation of airports as commercial businesses and public assets. We deliver pragmatic solutions, directed to achieving projects that are fundable, buildable and minimise impact on operations.
The push for action on climate change challenges different sectors of our economy in different ways. For aviation, there are two clear priorities – the shift to sustainable aviation fuels, a transition that’s a work in progress, and second, the need to develop sustainable airports. From wealth to employment to cultural exchange, airports have always made a considerable contribution to both national economy and surrounding communities, but that role is likely to come under renewed scrutiny as sustainable development continues to reframe the opinions of governments, regulators, investors and the travelling public. So, what would make an airport ‘sustainable’ in this emerging economic landscape? Gurjit Wood, Arup's Aviation Business Leader in the UK, explains how the sustainable airport isn’t simply one that is protected from physical climate risks like extreme weather and rising sea levels. At a minimum, airports will have to tackle five key questions if they’re to become truly sustainable.read more
The race to net zero carbon is on for airports around the globe: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) current efforts to reduce its energy use provides a useful blueprint for others to follow.read more
Upgrading Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) for Manchester Airport Groupread more
The Mott MacDonald-Arup Joint Ventureread more
- Graham Beardwell, UKIMEA Aviation & BAG Board Member
- Richard Matthews, Director, UKIMEA Aviation Leader
- Stacey Peel, Associate Director, Security, Resilience Consulting