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Graduate Opportunities in Cities, Planning & Design

Economics/Transport Planning/Environment.

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Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of advisors and experts working across 140 countries. Founded to be both humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology and rigour to shape a better world. 

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Introduction to Cities Planning & Design 

Every city faces tough development challenges, from meeting the needs of growing populations to tackling air pollution to improving economic opportunity. These issues must also be aligned to a transition to net zero and adaptation to climate risks. 

Arup is active in hundreds of cities across the world supporting city leaders and authorities, investors, developers and community groups to shape a better future for their city. Our strategists, economists, urban planners, designers, and technical specialists are working across multiple cities that vary enormously in terms of their age, scale, and physical make-up, applying an integrated approach to solve their issues. Our aim is to produce more sustainable environments and buildings, improve transport connectivity, achieve cleaner air, provide better access to health and education facilities and stimulate more economic activity. 

We work as a global network of experts, able to develop ideas and share knowledge between cities that face similar challenges, before developing an effective local response. 

We always aim to become a partner to cities who want to build a future that works for everyone. 

Opportunities available within our Cities Planning & Design Portfolio are listed below: 

Graduate Integrated City Planning – Urban Strategy & Host Cities

We design sustainable places in balance with the aspirations of communities.  Integrated urbanism, Arup's approach to master planning, acknowledges the interdependence of urban systems and communities as well as the effects of global issues, such as climate change resilience and economic uncertainty, on the future of our cities. 

The origins of our approach are demonstrated in urban renewal successes such as Stockley Park, Broadgate and Stratford City. 
More recent projects include Singapore Sports Hub, the Addis Ababa Urban Renewal Initiative and the Crewe Masterplan where we are helping to prepare the town for the arrival of High Speed Two (HS2). 

Landscape Architect

Arup provides an integrated approach and delivers sustainable solutions to the design of cities and complex urban and rural environments. We are a team of landscape architects, GIS, digital and visualisation experts working on a variety of projects across the world. Our landscape architecture teams work side by side with a wide range of Arup's other specialist disciplines, including urban design, architecture, ecology, town planning, sustainability experts, engineering, cost consulting and project management.  

Economic Planning 

By integrating economics, planning, policy appraisal and financial analysis, we support clients to meet the challenges and opportunities facing cities and regions. 

Arup's considerable experience in designing, realising and evaluating development and infrastructure worldwide means that we know first-hand how economics influences the success of a project and the community it serves.  

We help clients understand the economic potential or impact of proposals as well as the relevant policy, and to frame their strategies in response to both. We work closely with our in-house technical and financial experts to deliver comprehensive solutions and area plans across the built environment. 

Town Planning 

Our planning teams work closely with clients to understand challenges and provide creative, robust solutions to support the delivery of complex projects across the built environment. ​ Projects can vary in duration and location which helps to provide a diverse working environment. Due to the nature of our work, you will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills and will develop over the course of your employment as you gain increased responsibility. Both commercial and technical training is available and encouraged as you gain more experience. 

Transport Planning

Our Transport Planners specialise in producing sustainable policy, plans, frameworks and masterplans that, in turn, give us the insight to guide projects that are in sympathy with visions for local or regional development. Our planning, policy and economic experts work collaboratively with specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, including environmental, design, energy, sustainability, legal, costing, engineering and infrastructure and transactions to ensure that our advice is pragmatic and delivers value.  

City Economics 

Our Cities Advisory and Economics team address the challenges and opportunities faced by our towns and cities improving the places we live, our infrastructure, the economy, society, and the environment.  We make a tangible impact in the places where we and our clients work and invest, demonstrating meaningful changes on the ground. 

Our Cities Advisory and Economics experts work side by side with specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, including foresight, energy, engineering and advisory teams. Many of our projects are boundary pushing and of strategic significance.   

What we offer you:   

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.   

As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our people also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits.   

You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.  

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.

Different people, shared values:

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.
At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: December 8th, 2022
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Acoustics
  • Architecture
  • Building Services
  • Building Surveying
  • Civil
  • Construction
  • Construction Management
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Structural
  • Transport Planning
  • Water/Hydrology

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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