Core Business / Areas of Diversification

Theatre Consulting
Acoustic Consulting
Building Engineering – Structural, Mechanical, Electrical etc.
Specialist consulting – Fire, Economic planning, Lighting, ICT etc.


Key Personnel / Contacts

Tateo Nakajima, Principal, Arup Venues
Ian Knowles, Director, Arup Acoustics
Andrew Lerpiniere, UKMEA Arts and Culture Leader


Company Address

13 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ
(+ UK offices in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Winchester and other cities)


Business Operating Zone

Global – multiple offices in the UK, continental Europe, USA, Africa, East Asia and Australasia


Company Profile

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a uniquely broad range of professional services.

From the grandest and most historic opera houses, theatres and concert halls to new performing arts venues, both indoor and outdoor, modest and large-scale, Arup has long been involved in the design and delivery of cutting-edge performing arts spaces. We support our clients through the entire process from feasibility to opening night and beyond.

We have an excellent reputation for getting the balance of architecture, acoustics and theatrical functionality right. Our design expertise is backed up by an understanding of the heights of clients’ artistic ambitions and the practical restraints they have to work within. We work hard to create flexible buildings that can transform and adapt to meet changing needs. Likewise, our experience in traditional methods and refurbishment projects matches our commitment to innovation and advances in technology.

Arup is proud to work with our remarkable creative clients, delivering the most beautiful, functional and sustainable performing arts buildings.


Current Projects

Soyuz cultural centre, Russia (theatre consulting, acoustics and building engineering)
Centre for Music, London (venue consulting)
New Arts Centre, Southampton (theatre consulting, acoustics, building engineering and fire
Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London (arts business planning and venue consulting)
Royal Opera House, London (acoustics)
Palava cultural arts centre, Mumbai (fire, acoustics and building engineering)


Recent Projects

Stormen Kulturkvartlet, Bodo, Norway (venue consulting, acoustics and building engineering)
Guildhall School of Music recital hall, London (acoustics)
Pontio, Bangor (venue consulting and acoustics)
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (venue consulting, acoustics and building engineering)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra new hall at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (venue consulting, acoustics, structural and fire engineering)
Swansea University – Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium (venue consulting, acoustics and building engineering)
First Direct Arena, Leeds (arts business planning and venue consulting)
Royal National Theatre, London (acoustics)
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore (acoustics, theatre consulting, fire engineering)



Multiple including

the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA)
the Institute of Acoustics
Key staff are Members of the UK Society of Theatre Consultants



Selected recent awards

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Building of the Year 2015
Stormen, Bodo, Norwegian State Architecture Prize 2015
Royal National Theatre, London, RIBA National Award winner 2015
First Direct Arena, Leeds, RIBA Yorkshire Award winner 2015


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