We're passionate about what we do

Whether that’s standing side-by-side with our clients to deliver transformational change or supporting our people to be the very best versions of themselves, we take pride in living out our values each and every day. In striving to have a positive influence on the communities we serve and people who live, play, work, move and thrive in our cities, we can leave a lasting legacy.

Shaping Manchester’s housing delivery

Manchester residents enjoy a vibrant nightlife, booming creative industry, globally successful sporting teams and renowned cultural venues. But they aren’t guaranteed affordable housing. Demand is outstripping supply and prices are soaring. For people looking to buy a home, this lack of affordable housing can cause overcrowding and have serious impacts on health.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) need to deliver over 10,000 new homes each year for the next 20 years. But it's not as simple as building more homes. GMCA need the right type of housing, on the right type of land, in the right areas, with the right infrastructure and investment from the right developers. The existing process to marry these demands is complex, time-consuming and involves multiple teams, data and approvals.

Recognising how important access to housing is for the people of Manchester, we partnered with GMCA to develop a solution. Our urban planning platform allows Greater Manchester's ten district planning authorities to make evidence-based decisions according to accurate data. It uses a mix of land, building, commercial and planning data to model the impact of planning decisions. The platform will speed up the planning process, lower costs and – most importantly – reduce the delay in delivering much needed housing for the people of Manchester.

Jon Moore, City Executive for Manchester & the Northern Powerhouse

Disability in the workplace

Only half of disabled people of working age are in employment, compared with 81 percent of the rest of the population. For some, the picture is even more profound. Only 16 percent of autistic adults are in full-time paid work. I’m proud to say I’m in that 16 percent.

I struggled to find work experience due to my autism. But through a coordinated charity programme, my AFK, people in the business were given training around working with people who had disabilities. Soon after, I joined Arcadis for two mornings a week on a trial period working in the Post Room.

Fast forward two years and I am now employed full-time. Working in the Post Room has given me the confidence that has allowed me to interact on a daily basis with people I now consider my friends. It’s gone a long way towards helping me combat the loneliness I had felt until joining the organisation. It’s given me independence and purpose and has improved my quality of life in ways I cannot describe. Being employed full-time has literally transformed my life.

Marcel Fearon, Office Facilities Assistant

Leicester's rehabilitation centre

The impact of street drinking and addiction can be devastating, not only for sufferers themselves but also on the people and environment around them. Those seeking help and refuge need a safe and secure environment for recovery.

Working with Leicester City Council on finding a new premise for a rehabilitation centre, in the right location and refurbished to a high standard, meant those turning to the centre for support were offered a safe and comfortable environment to receive treatment. I’ve seen first-hand how far reaching the impact this has had. For so many people, using this new centre could be the cornerstone of their recovery.

Anesh Chauhan, Senior Consultant, Government, Municipals and Health

Creating future mobility

Effective mobility enables the movement of people and goods, creates economic success and is the lifeblood of our cities. For residents and visitors working in the Amsterdam Central Business District (Zuidas), this was not something they could relate to. Rapid economic growth was creating pressure on the local transport infrastructure and increasing congestion and travel times was making it difficult to move around the city.

To solve this problem, a 10-year major programme of road and rail station upgrades is due to start in 2020. However, these vital upgrade works will create a decade of congestion and disruption, impacting people’s health and businesses. As a result, Arcadis and Amsterdam City are co-creating a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solution to encourage city dwellers to stop driving cars to work.

Public trials have already taken place, helping to create awareness and increase successful uptake of the MaaS solution that will provide alternative travel options from 2020 for over 40,000 people daily.

Tim Strong, Transport Innovation Director

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