European Council


Civil Engineers

Paul Coughlan, ECCE Executive Board Member

Profession: Civil Engineer
Current Position: Director, Chair, Europe Region of ARUP
Years of Experience: 28
Nationality: Irish
Qualification: BE University College Cork 1987, CEng 1994
Professional Associations: Member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (MIEI), Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)

Paul Coughlan is a Chartered Civil Engineer who currently runs Arup's business in Europe, managing our operations in ten countries. Previously he ran Arup's business in the Netherlands. Paul combines his Europe Region role with leadership and advisory roles on large projects. Paul has managed projects and has provided consultancy advice to clients in the roads, railways, aviation and transportation planning sectors. Particular expertise has been gained in project management, safety management, contract administration, strategic consultancy and risk management in those sectors.

Paul was Project Director on the Dublin Airport Terminal 2 project and managed the Arup team that guided the project through to opening on time in November 2010. He is currently
Project Director for all of Arup's work at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and recently provided an advice to Schiphol's Management Board on the governance of their Capital Programme.

Paul's strengths are in the management of large infrastructure projects and providing high value strategic advice to Clients, particularly in the aviation sector.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Project Director for all Arup's design, engineering and advisory work at Schiphol Airport. Projects include new airfield facilities, the new Central Security Filter and Lounge 2 upgrade project and providing an advice on the governance of the upcoming Capital Programme.

Zagreb Airport, Croatia
Project Director for Arup's Independent Engineer role on Zagreb's new Terminal project working for the Concessionaire and the Croatian government.

Terminal 2/Pier E, Dublin Airport
Design Director (Infrastructure) for the 100,000 sq m Terminal 2/Pier E project at Dublin Airport between 2006 and 2008 and onsite Project Director and Contract Administrator for the Terminal 2/Pier E project from 2008 to 2011. Total project budget was over €600m.

Dublin Airport Campus Roads Improvement Project
Project manager for the design and construction of a project to completely upgrade the roads, at-grade car parking and bus interchange, including associated utilities, at Dublin Airport as part of the €1.2bn Capital Investment Programme at the airport.

Managing Contractor Bridge Renewal Programme
Paul is Project Director on this 7 year programme of assessment, design and implementation of renewal works on seven of the Netherlands most important steel bridges for Rijkswaterstaat.

Newlands Cross Upgrade, Dublin
Project Director for this €100m project during the design and permitting stage. Arup brought an integrated approach to the project design process, including transport planning, road design, bridge engineering, geotechnics, environmental management, noise and economic assessment and road safety design.

DBF01 M1/ Westlink and M2 Improvements Belfast
Project director for the winning tender design for the €125m M1/Westlink upgrade project. The project included online widening of existing urban motorway sections in Belfast City, including the construction or improvement of three grade separated interchanges in difficult ground conditions.

Infrastructure Renewal Programme, Railtrack East Anglia Zone, UK
Paul led the risk management team for the implementation of a package of infrastructure renewal projects in East Anglia including bridge deck replacements and tunnel upgrades on mainline routes to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Ports Access Study, Department of the Marine and Natural Resources (Ireland)
Paul project managed and co-authored a review of the strategic infrastructure needs for Irelands ports sector, including costing and prioritising investment needs across all the country's main ports.

Reculver Coastal Defences, Kent, England
Paul was Project Manager and Contract Administrator for this project for the National Rivers Authority which designed and implemented engineering works to protect a large part of north Kent from coastal flooding.