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Arup is an independent firm of designers,engineers, planners, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. We provide program and project management, engineering and related consultancy services necessary to every stage of a project, from inception to completion and after. These are available to clients singularly or in combination, to suit the particular circumstance of the job.

Formed in 1946, the firm now has 11,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants working in 90 offices in 38 countries and our projects have taken us to more than 160 countries. Our Science and Industry expertise spans 50 years of delivering leading projects, ranging from major science campus facilities to specialist laboratories, clean rooms and facility upgrades.

Science provides the catalyst for innovation and advancement of solutions for the world and in order to remain at the forefront of science our clients need to balance a variety of challenges. Laboratories are becoming more flexible and digitally connected. The future of science facilities is also being shaped by the growing pressures of commercial and environmental sustainability.

Arup’s clients span academic, institutional and corporate sectors. We carry best practice from sector to sector to help clients create more cost-effective, sustainable and adaptable facilities. As a firm we help our clients with challenges such as; agility, carbon reduction, operational performance, facilities management, high containment and clean room facilities, specialist services, sustainability, unique laboratories and vibration-sensitive laboratories.

Landmark projects include The Francis Crick Institute, in London, which is set to become Europe’s largest biomedical research centre as well as a series of science laboratories at Princeton University,  USA where we helped to create models of energy-efficient research space. In addition to these landmark projects, our specialist teams have also worked on key projects such as:

  • Institute of Life Sciences, Centre for NanoHealth, University of Swansea,
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, London
  • CRANN centre, Trinity College Dublin
  • Frick Chemistry Laboratory Princeton, USA,
  • Northern Arizona University, Applied Research & Development Facility, USA
  • Australian Synchroton, Melbourne.

The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

The Francis Crick Institute is intended to train and inspire the next generation of scientists and will host some 1,500 research staff making this one of Europe’s largest centres of biomedical research facility.

As the client’s consultant, Arup was involved in the evaluation of various sites before settling on the institute’s final location in 2008. The firm was appointed to carry out the MEP engineering design, project management, fire, security and logistics consultancy services.

The Francis Crick Institute is the first laboratory – and one of the first buildings of any type – to be subject to the latest (2010) energy regulations, which demand an average of approximately 25% reduction in carbon levels. This was achieved, along with an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.  Discharges must satisfy both the Clean Air Act and the local authority with regard to contamination levels at local street-level receptor points. To ensure no discharges are returned into the building, a physical model was tested in a wind tunnel.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The school of tropical medicine is a purpose built laboratory research facility arranged over three levels of 8,000m² providing high containment level laboratories, insectaries, large open plan laboratories, write-up areas, offices and meeting rooms. Arup was able to influence the final design using advanced analysis skills, saving the client in excess of £500k from construction costs. Built above an existing rail tunnel, the Arup team challenged an original design for a costly transfer structure for this high quality laboratory research facility. Innovative design allowed decreased suspended floor depths to be achieved, reducing the use of materials and bringing the overall height to an acceptable level for the city planners. The design principles for all the mechanical, electrical and structural engineering systems were based around providing flexible and adaptable solutions to enable simple alterations to be made with minimal disruption to the laboratory areas.

Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

The client brief for the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge called for ‘world class architecture’ for ‘world class science’. The showcase laboratories benefit from unusually high levels of day lighting through extensive roof and facade glazing. Careful integration of the services with the structural form maintains the sense of openness throughout. The target for on-site renewables was set at 10% and attaining this was a significant achievement. Arup’s detailed energy analyses and liaison with the local council meant the requirements were met early in the planning process. The incorporation of specialist laboratory equipment, such as plant growth chambers and a transmission electron microscope, required close collaboration with the scientific advisor and specialist manufacturers to develop specifications and suitable building and system interfaces. Arup provided detailed mechanical, electrical and public health engineering, including performance specification of ICT and security services, RIBA design stages C-F, plus an on-going role through construction. Additional services included: fire, lighting, acoustics, facades and vibration.

The Sainsbury Laboratory won the prestigious Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2012, the first time a laboratory had done so. Designed by award winning architects Stanton Williams, the laboratory houses 120 plant scientists studying plant development and diversity in the state of the art laboratory facilities.


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