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

NHS Nightingale

As the nation faced an unprecedented global pandemic, the NHS called upon Construction Healthcare Specialists to create and equip staff with new intensive care spaces to fight COVID-19. We are proud to have worked with industry on three of the NHS Nightingale hospitals including Birmingham, Yorkshire & the Humber, and Cardiff, providing project and cost management services to create these field hospital facilities. 

I personally worked on the NHS Nightingale Yorkshire & the Humber project in Harrogate, which involved converting eight halls of the 1982 Harrogate Convention Centre, across two phases.  We installed a new VIE Medical Gas Plant as well as upgraded the services infrastructure on site to deliver critical care facilities.

We had enormous support from the local community during work on site with nearby restaurants opening to cook food for the site team who were working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which was incredibly uplifting. The comradery between everyone was fantastic and kept us all going during the long working days. It was teamwork in the truest sense. 

By Julie Hirlam, Associate Project Manager

Chris Waine, UK Account Director for Health, added:

I was so proud of every one of our 24 Arcadis Nightingales and the contribution they made in the rapid delivery of these new field hospitals. Julie and others were instrumental to their success and will no doubt look back at these projects in the future with a great sense of pride. The entire experience has also led to the NHS and other stakeholders to consider new ways of working on projects, so it has certainly challenged the current status quo and the delivery of new health facilities.

Supporting Fareshare

We offer fruit to our staff in most of our UK offices and since offices have closed temporarily as a result of COVID-19, the fruit deliveries are no longer taking place. Our Charity Board has donated the money allocated to be spent on fruit baskets for our offices to food redistribution charity, FareShare. 

As a business, we want to help those is need, particularly during these times where it may be more difficult for charities to get donations.  I'm delighted to say that adds up to a donation of £3,800 towards this brilliant charity, as well as an additional contribution of £2,000 from our Community Funding budget. 

FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 17 independent organisations. They take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. 

You can find out more about this great charity here


Shelter Program

Through the Shelter Program, the partnership of Arcadis with UN-Habitat, Arcadis experts have provided pro-bono technical support for over 120 UN-Habitat development projects all over the world over the last 10 years. The Shelter program is supported by the Lovinklaan Foundation. 

The Shelter Program has been called upon by UN-Habitat to provide technical expertise and solutions to support the UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response Plan covering all key regions affected by the pandemic crisis.

A large team of Arcadis and CRTKL colleagues contributed to a helpdesk answering questions on COVID-19 related issues posed by UN-Habitat and by alumni of the annual Shelter Academy. To advise with recommendations and guidelines on a longer term the Healthy Pandemic Resilient Cities Report was produced and released through the World Urban Campaign, the UN-Habitat partners platform.

The Shelter Program will be supporting 10 projects of UN-Habitat in Asia and Africa this year. Due to travel restrictions all support will be from our homes. Besides, as part of the next phase of our COVID-19 support, we will organize internal online workshops with Arcadis colleagues to discuss healthy pandemic resilient cities. 

The program is a fantastic initiative to support vulnerable communities in developing countries where our expertise is needed the most.  

By Greg Trickey, coordinator Shelter COVID-19 core team and Bert Smolders, Shelter program manager. 

Supporting those affected by Beirut explosion

On 4th August 2020, dangerous chemicals stored in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon, exploded. The explosion took over 200 lives, injured 6000 people and displaced over 300,000 making it the third worst chemical explosion ever recorded behind Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Infrastructure within 20 miles of the explosion were affected and it was felt in Cyprus, 160 miles away. 

I decided to immediately book a flight to Beirut at my own expenses to assist in any way possible.  I joined a volunteer group called “Frontline Engineers” working alongside the Lebanese Army carrying out over 30 structural inspections to the affected properties ensuring the safety of the public and enabling me to put my skills to good use. 

I set up a GoFundMe page to raise money where I raised just over £3,000 to assist in house repairs and essentials, including food and medicine. The money was directly donated to those who were affected.

I also was in contact with Edinburgh University MedAid in Scotland, who kindly donated essential medical equipment. All equipment was donated to two hospitals in Beirut which were in desperate need of all these items.

During my time in Beirut, I was able to gather unwanted clothes and house furniture and donate this to people in need. 

My time volunteering in Beirut was a lifechanging and humbling experience that I will never forget, and I would be keen to continue my support and assistance in the near future to help those who were affected. 

By Joe Bilan, Assistant Engineer


Our Heritage

In my role as Principal Surveyor in the Heritage team at Arcadis, I’ve worked on many projects from sympathetically repairing ruined castles to regenerating decaying listed buildings of local and national importance to make sure they can be used and enjoyed as an asset by communities for years to come. We help our commercial clients to be responsible custodians of their heritage assets. Our work requires a delicate balancing act and a careful, professional, conservation-based approach, underpinned by expert credibility in the field.

At Arcadis we are passionate about giving heritage its best chance for a sustainable future. Our aim is to help our clients manage risk, reduce uncertainty, unlock opportunities and maximise value whilst importantly, protecting what is best about our heritage. Conservation is the process of managing change to sustain an asset’s heritage values. The diverse nature of conservation projects dictates that no single approach can embrace all situations.

One of the recent projects I’ve worked on is Sandal Castle, near Wakefield in Yorkshire, providing heritage advice in connection with masonry stabilisation and repairs to the Scheduled Ancient Monument. During The War of The Roses, the castle was a stronghold for Richard Plantagenet who was killed in the Battle of Wakefield. 

Parts of the site including modern bridges across the moat had been closed due to their condition. Works enabled the bridges to be reopened allowing local residents and visitors to enjoy the castle and understand its historical significance. Working with the local community, training workshops were incorporated into the project scope to demonstrate the history, construction and methods of repair of the castle. 

Nigel Green, Principal Surveyor 

Being a STEM ambassador

At Arcadis we are working with schools, colleges and universities to help them transform how they deliver their educational courses to achieve better outcomes, and also inspiring young people to pursue careers in STEM. 

I have loved the opportunity to support young people towards careers in STEM industries by getting involved with a range of activities, from giving presentations in school halls, to being on board a partially sinking – but completely safe – ship to judge boat designs as part of a science competition for young people in Bristol. 

It’s so important to ignite a passion for engineering in children from a young age – not just at college and upwards – to show that industry offers a variety of exciting career paths and help to bridge the skills gap.

There are many and varied opportunities to support young peoples’ development, and even ways you can do this virtually. Sign up to become a STEM ambassador here.

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