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Arup appointed to push forward Philippines underground infrastructure


Arup has signed a four-year retainer contract with the Philippine’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), to push forward the country’s much-needed infrastructure, including key underground structures.

Partly funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), it is one of the first major consultancy packages awarded under the Philippines’s ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure programme to spur further economic growth throughout the country.

The $11bn (£7.7bn) contract will enable Arup to help DPWH prepare feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs for new inter-island bridges, tunnels and highways.

DPWH secretary Mark Villar said: “Major infrastructure projects involving the construction of tunnels through mountainous areas and long-span bridges across islands are unprecedented in the Philippines. A world-class firm like Arup will help our government generate large-scale, state-of-the-art infrastructure projects, optimise public investment and realise our infrastructure vision.”

One of Arup’s first tasks will be to provide a high-level assessment of the viability of various projects in order to select the ones to be taken forward to the next stage.

Arup’s director of infrastructure Mark Wallace added: “We are delighted to celebrate this appointment, and we look forward to bringing our local and global expertise in designing the much-needed infrastructure projects to help improve the connectivity and livelihood of Filipinos and the Philippines to support its economic development.”

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