Published: 16 April 2019

Arup hosts students for London landmark site visit

A group of civil engineering students recently got a unique insight into the work of multinational company Arup Group.

Photo: Stephan Rapley
Students on ARUP site visit

The first, second and third year students visited two of Arup’s high profile projects – the King’s Cross extension and the redevelopment of nearby Coal Drops Yard – on 6 March.

The visit was hosted by Associate Director of Arup Richard Hill, who is an alumni of Surrey’s Civil Engineering degree course and a regular invited speaker at the University. Students learned about the key engineering features of the King’s Cross extension – a £400m project to sympathetically redevelop a historic rail terminus into a modern, dynamic transport hub and a destination in its own right. They then walked to Coal Drops yard, which is a regeneration of 1950s buildings originally used for coal distribution. Having suffered from severe fire damage, the Yard has been transformed into a retail district and tourist attraction which combines elements of its Victorian heritage with an 8m tall glazed façade, floating floor and three new bridges.

Year 1 student rep Stephan Rapley said: “The tour lasted 90 minutes and was a great opportunity to see and hear about the project and the design work that Arup consultants were responsible for. All the students enjoyed the tour and felt privileged to have been part of it.”

Teaching Fellow Dr Alireza Behnejad commented: “It’s crucial for the civil engineering students to visit both construction sites and completed projects during their studies to get an insight into real world challenges. These visits are also highly recommended by the Joint Board of Moderators. Thanks to our strong links with the industry, our students are able to benefit from a number of site visits every year.”


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