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Sustainable Construction
October 1, 2010   
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Artur Soluch, director of Arup Polska, talks to Magdalena £asak about the company and its projects.

Arup has a global presence. What do your Polish operations involve?
Arup is a global consulting company focusing mainly on technical designs and consultancy related to construction and infrastructure projects in a broad sense. It employs more than 8,000 engineers worldwide. In Poland, we started in 1996 by building the Opel factory in Gliwice.

Our clients include investors, developers, communes and towns. Architects are a very important client group, as they come to us with proposals of working on their often fascinating and difficult concepts. We work on unusual, difficult projects requiring many analyses and extensive experience. Among many other projects, we handle those involving water management, such as water treatment plants, dams or anti-flooding studies. These are huge areas. We also work on infrastructure projects, to mention traffic organization studies for large cities to improve traffic flow, or plans for beltways. We also work with PKP, the railway company. We recently completed a study of the railway junction in Katowice. We also prepare feasibility studies for planned projects involving airports, for example, as well as building stadiums, hospitals, congress centers and so on.

Clients hire us as construction site engineers, whose role involves organizing and managing entire projects from the design stage, through choosing the contractors, supervising construction to completing the projects.

What are the features of good modern office and retail space?
We take “sustainable development” into consideration when working on a project, as this guarantees flexibility and energy efficiency. We do our best to design buildings so that they meet the investor’s expectations in full but are also prepared for future changes to their function. The building’s structure and systems are optimized. Our main objectives are energy efficiency, flexibility and safety. The design has to meet the demands of current users and of those 10 or 20 years from now.

What sets you apart from the competition?
Our competitive edge is know-how, experience, perfect finishing and the fact that we often handle the coordination of an entire project. We would like to encourage clients with imagination, with a vision for creating non-standard utility buildings in Poland and Europe, buildings that stand out in terms of their form and architectural approach, to work with us.
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