Arup is the creative force behind many of the world’s prominent building, infrastructure and industrial projects. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a positive difference to our clients and the communities in which we work.
We are truly global. From 90 offices in 35 countries our 10000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver work across the world with flair and enthusiasm.
Founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values, our unique trust ownership fosters a distinctive culture, an intellectual independence and encourages truly collaborative working. This is reflected in everything we do, allowing us to contribute meaningful ideas, help shape agendas, and deliver results that frequently surpass the expectations of our clients.
We passionately strive to find a better way, to imagine and shape ideas and to deliver better solutions for our clients.
Arup & sustainability
Arup’s work in the built environment leaves a significant legacy to subsequent generations. This power, to design and influence the built environment, carries with it a responsibility to do the best possible job for current and future generations.
Putting sustainability at the heart of its projects is one of the ways in which Arup exerts a positive influence on the wider world.
Investing in research and development is another: without such investment, innovation can be stifled. Without the capacity to innovate, our ability to combat the effects of climate change and other global issues would be compromised.
Corporate responsibility is not simply a policy at Arup, but a way of working. The firm’s active engagement with humanitarian and charitable causes is a defining feature of Arup.
Brookfield is a major construction company whose current projects include a new ‘super hospital’ in Glasgow with an expected turnover of 110,000 patients a year and The Pinnacle, the tallest tower in the City of London. Brookfield has just completed the Strata project, a major regeneration of Elephant and Castle in London, which houses three wind turbines generating electricity for the 43-storey building. The company said ‘Brookfield is delighted to support the Ghost Forest Project which highlights the devastation that deforestation brings about. Brookfield have made it one of our top priorities to prevent the depletion of natural resources by using only FSC timber where possible, recycling as a minimum 83 per cent of construction waste and ensuring all our office waste is diverted from landfill.’
Keltbray is UK’s largest specialist demolition and civil engineering contractor whose projects include White City, St Pancras and the Emirates Stadium in London; Quartermile in Edinburgh; and the Radcliffe Infirmary Site in Oxford. Keltbray says of its environmental policy: ‘We seek to promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources to minimise environmental pollution in all our work activities and, where possible, by our influence over others within the industry. Our object is to minimise the environmental impact of all our operations. Every attempt is made for waste to be recycled, reclaimed and re-used. Liquid pollutants will not be allowed to enter watercourses and consideration is always given to ‘greener’ alternatives. By tackling problems such as air and water pollution, energy use, reclamation, recycling and waste management, we are better able to manage the impact we have on the quality of other people’s lives in the communities in which we work. In our book, the benefits of seeking more sustainable solutions lead to both commercial and social value creation.’
Byrne Bros is one of the UK’s premier concrete frame contractors whose contracts have include the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London; Centre Court and Number 2 court Wimbledon; Emirates Stadium; British Library; and the 02 arena. Last year Byrne Bros won the Sustainable Contractor of the Year at Building magazine’s prestigious 2009 Sustainability Awards.
A spokesman for Byrne Brothers said: ‘the awards celebrated the very best examples of sustainable building the industry has to offer. To win such a great award is a testament to Byrne Bros’ continued and consistent focus on sustainability issues and the potential impact the services and products it delivers might have on the environment. The Byrne Group sustainable agenda has been integrated into all our processes and procedures from design to construction.’
The concrete plinths made by Byrne Brothers for the Ghost Forest project are made from sustainable cement and will be recycled following the exhibition in July 2011. The cement type has 95% less CO2 per tonne than Portland Cement and is recognised by the BRE as the most sustainable form of cement in concrete. It was used in the mortar on the Empire State Building and the concrete in the Paris Metro.
T Clarke generously supplied the lighting for each plinth of the Ghost Forest trees, illuminating the root systems and trunks of the trees. T Clarke fitted specialist low energy lights, each of which have a life of 20,000 hours.