Engineering giant Arup is doubling the size of its Liverpool headquarters by taking 10,500 sq ft at Bruntwood’s The Plaza as it plans to push the number of staff at the office past 100.
Currently based in a circa 6,000 sq ft space on the building’s 12th floor, Arup will move to the 10,500 sq ft 10th floor space later this year in one of the largest office deals in Liverpool so far in 2018, and has appointed Overbury to fit out its new Liverpool headquarters.
Garry Banks, office leader at Arup, said the engineer would now be looking to expand into new services offerings from its Liverpool office including rail, transport, maritime, and nuclear.
“This expansion is significant as it means we can continue to grow and make the most of new opportunities in such a dynamic and fast-growing region,” he said. “This will build on strategic commissions already secured with both public and private sector clients across the city region.”
Arup’s key projects in the region include the fresh proposals for New Chinatown, where it is working alongside a team including CBRE, Planit-IE, and Brock Carmichael. It also acted as consultant for the proposed Welcome Pavilion at the Royal Albert Dock, and is currently undertaking ground investigations for the city’s new £50m cruise terminal.
The Plaza at 100 Old Hall Street is also home to law firm Weightmans and sits opposite the Echo Building, which is due to be redeveloped into a hotel, commercial, and retail space.
Other tenants at the building include Maersk, Mazars, and Investec.
Philip Westwood, director at Overbury, added: “We have a long-standing relationship with Arup and subsequently a solid understanding of their brand, culture and way of working. The new office will significantly change the way in which the company operates and will create a space in which Arup can be proud to welcome visitors.”
Overbury is now on site and is due to complete the fit-out by mid-July.