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From building planning and design, to enabling effective estates strategies for existing property portfolios, Atkins has unrivalled experience in delivering professional services for the built environment.


Atkins has been a pioneer in the built environment for more than 70 years. With our experts delivering high quality, innovative services we can provide clients with solutions that span the entire spectrum of the building and property sector.

We provide professional technical services associated with the property, infrastructure and design markets. With architects, designers, multidisciplinary engineers, building surveyors, project/programme managers and a broad range of specialists, we deliver projects of all kinds and sizes, from initial study to completion for both public and private sector clients in a range of sectors.

In these challenging times, we also enable our clients to deliver property strategies that contribute to the overall performance of their organisations by getting the best from their building portfolios.

We help our clients focus on their core business activities by enabling their strategies to deliver efficient and effective working environments. Our range of advisory and managed services allows clients to deliver quality whilst balancing the need to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, save energy and cut waste.

With a vast experience of working with major public and private sector organisations with large, complex estates, we can work with you to deliver significant results by putting you in total control of owning, operating and occupying your properties.



Atkins’ breadth and depth of expertise in the building and property sector includes:


As one of the world’s leading architectural firms, our architecture teams produce cutting edge design across a broad spectrum of building types, from high-rise mixed-use international developments to innovative solutions which breathe new life into existing buildings, working in both the public and private sectors.


We design interiors for visual impact and for function, for example, creating healing environments in medical facilities and designing spaces which promote learning in schools. We also provide the knowledge and capability required to deliver the most effective and flexible use of space.


Our experience and unique independent approach puts you in complete control of owning and occupying your properties. With our strategy and supply chain consultancy and our knowledge and property intelligence services, we are able to provide our clients complete transparency across their estate and information to make informed strategic decisions, from budgets and policies to supplier contracts and maintenance programmes.


Our building design capability also includes our extensive teams of structural and building services engineers and sustainability consultants. Our multidisciplinary teams combine traditional methods with modern technology whilst keeping abreast of challenging issues such as sustainability and global climate change.


Our carbon critical tools can reduce the carbon emissions of your existing property portfolios. Our low carbon designers and engineers work to optimise the carbon credentials of building projects within the agreed brief, programme and budget, resulting in simpler, more durable buildings with efficiencies in design, construction and operation.


Our comprehensive range of managed services enables the end-to-end delivery of property operation activities to positively impact your commercial and customer service position. With Atkins Intelligence (Ai), our market leading property asset and work management system, we support day-to-day transactions and effective operations with our expertise in asset management and lifecycle, building and commercial audits, compliance, helpdesk, supply chain management and project management.


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Chris Birdsong
19 Apr 2017

OBOR has the potential to be the world’s largest platform for regional collaboration. The infrastructure projects will stimulate economic growth and build legacy for countries along the way. How much would such a transformational programme cost?   It is estimated that the total cost lies somewhere between $4 and $8 trillion US dollars, meaning that realising the full potential of the OBOR initiative is beyond even the investment ability of the Chinese government and institutions, and is therefore going to need significant private sector involvement.  This, however, means that each element of the initiative needs to have a positive investment case in order to attract financing. Whilst we are already seeing a shift amongst Chinese agencies and institutions towards broader funding avenues such as pension funds, overseas sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds, further private sector involvement is required due to the ambitious scale of the projects. This brings a range of wider considerations in attracting private sector investment. Whilst it is well known that investment is available in the market, matching this to viable projects is the critical gap that OBOR, like many other major projects, needs to address. Based on my experiences with Atkins and Atkins Acuity, the advisory business of the Atkins Group, there are seven areas that a private sector investor would consider when an opportunity is presented. Bankable and technically feasible projects. Detailed feasibility studies and robust business cases are important to attract investors who will often require high quality information on which

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Ian Milne
19 Oct 2016

What we’re witnessing today is the growth not just of high-rise buildings, but of high-rise living. In many cities across Southeast Asia, high-rise, high-density living is now being embraced in a way the West have never seen. So if we’re asking whether such huge buildings are justified, it’s worth considering the value of their new sense of purpose. In many Western countries, such as the UK, high-rise blocks of flats have historically been associated with economic deprivation, or more recently, as multimillion ‘lifestyle’ bachelor pads – with not much to offer anyone in between. But that’s certainly not the case in cities like Hong Kong, where extended families wanting a convenient central address live happily next door to each other, supported by excellent, nearby transport links to get around the city easily. Perhaps it’s by moving upwards, and not outwards, that these new high-rise buildings are working hardest, in conserving the surrounding countryside? Planners aren’t making the costly mistakes of urban sprawl that we’ve see in the West. Take Hong Kong for example – it’s one of the most densely populated places in the world, yet has a higher percentage of land left as wilderness than the UK. Hong Kong is also an exemplar for ‘transport oriented development’. Driven by ongoing efforts to cut emissions and improve air quality, in essence this means incorporating very close access to public transport from the new building from the outset.  As a result car ownership and usage, a major cause of carbon emissions,

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02 Jun 2016

Using offsite construction building methods and modes isn’t anything new. Prefabs have been a feature of construction projects for years. But for designers, engineers and planners, the possibilities that offsite construction methods and materials can offer have begun to present genuine, lasting and cost-effective solutions to some seemingly intractable problems: housing shortages in areas of high population density; the need to update dilapidated school stock in these straitened times; and delivering robust buildings for engineering and military projects, often in hostile environments. But what exactly do we mean by ‘prefab’ in 2016? In practice, the term covers a wider range of techniques than simple boxes. The first is template, where the form of the building is predetermined and a client effectively buys off plan to a pre-designed solution. This is typified by the Sunesis range of designs, which Atkins has produced for the Keynes primary school range. Through this approach, schools were pre-designed, allowing school leaders to choose the configuration of classrooms based on a standard template. This was then delivered within a shortened timescale. The second type is volumetric, where a building is made using pre-formed box volumes of space that are constructed off site and assembled on site. The final system, kit of parts, has nuances but generally relies on creating rules for designers that define aspects such as structural dimensions, the number of components and certain limitations on how these can be assembled. “This is typified by solutions that Atkins has developed alongside major contractors such as Laing O'Rourke,” says John Edwards,

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Bertil de Kleynen
16 Dec 2015

TOD means either Transport Oriented Development, or Transit Oriented Development. It is the same thing, depending only really what part of the world you grew up in. If you live in the imperial world of gallons and inches you are more likely to be used to Transit, whereas for those of us who tend to drive on the left-hand side of the road, we prefer the term Transport.  There are a number of similar acronyms. Transport Adjacent Development (TAD); Transferable Development Rights (TDR), a common based US term; and Transport-Proximity Development (TPD). All of these could be considered subsets to TOD, or individual tools in the TOD toolbox.   Almost like innovation, the term TOD has the tendency to be overused without really being well understood. Being an all-encompassing term, it’s not surprising that the acronym means many different things to many different people. What is the essence that defines TOD?    The generic meaning of TOD as per Wikipedia, goes something like this;    A transport-oriented development (TOD) is a mixed-use residential and commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport, and often incorporates features to encourage transport ridership. A TOD neighborhood typically has a center with a train or metro station, surrounded by relatively high-density development with progressively lower-density development spreading outward from the center.  The description is not incorrect. It touches on the aspects of mix-used development, the adjacency to transport hub and its ability to stimulate further growth of the development. However, there is a more fundamental ingredient to TOD’s success.  Let’s

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The IMX project site lies within the world-class Hongqiao Transportation Hub, which connects the airport, high speed rail and Shanghai public transit system. The winning Atkins concept architecturally expresses international trade and creates places and spaces where people exchange goods and ideas, thus creating optimal opportunities for the IMX brand to create wealth. The contract will also see Atkins develop its iconic architectural designs for the IMX exhibition centre and supporting commercial development covering approximately 150,000 square metres. All buildings within the Atkins masterplan have been designed to meet or exceed China’s three-star Green Building Standard.

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It implies the symbiosis of three main components – Office, Hotel and SOHO apartments. Although these buildings can be operated individually but while they function together, a powerful urban synergy is created from these separate entities. Total GFA is 246,067 sq.m with a plot ratio of 12.6. It comprises of three 165.8m tall building, a 39 storey office tower, a 38 storey Hilton hotel and a 43 storey SOHO apartment. The crystalline building form signifies its status as the landmark in the city of Chengdu, with its modern and geometrical expression in curtain wall, has given the project a pure and classic appearance.        

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Atkins is designing the two supertall towers of the Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1 in Shenyang with total investment estimated at RMB10,000,000,000. At 568 metres and 308 metres high respectively they will be the landmark of Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China. Named “Pearl of the North” the 568-metre tower will become the tallest building in Shenyang and signals the continuing growth of the city. The towers occupy a

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This building will stand out with its simplicity, bold and clarity in design that signify the corporate culture and image of the bank as well as the characteristic of the financial industry. While people are familiar with the iconic Bank of China tower in Hong Kong, soon a new signature tower will appear in the skyline of Jiangbeizhui, the Central Financial District (CFD) of West China. Bank of China Tower is the new beacon of fortune and prosperity in Chongqing.

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Named “Window of Canton”, this project defines the southern gateway to Guangzhou, the first Chinese city that pioneered trading with the west centuries ago. Moreover, the multi-tower masterplan development can be read as “001” from the south and “100” from the north, both being auspicious numbers. The concept uses only a 25m deep slab, thus allowing for daylighting and northsouth ventilation and views of both the famous Pearl River and the CBD skylight for all office units. Moreover, the use of solar shades on the roof, east and west elevations optimizes the energy conservation strategy. Lifting the “window” off the ground not only lightens the mass of this 178m-long building but also opens up uncluttered vistas to the river from future development to the north. The top floor unit will

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The client will be developing the Northstar Delta site to create a new landmark - Northstar Changsha Centre - on behalf of the government for the city of Changsha, and has appointed Atkins to provide architecture design services for this development. The Centre will integrate residential, cultural, retail and commercial space of the riverside area to create a central public space for activities. This will include a supertall 400 metre landmark

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Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to develop the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. The development will be designed as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic facilities, a convention centre and a hotel. Spread over a 30-acre site the campus is located near Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur.  

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A quarry is a rather unlikely destination for a swank hotel. Perhaps that’s what makes the concept of Songjiang Quarry Hotel so awe-inspiring. Indeed, design and engineering consultancy Atkins won an international design competition for the five-star hotel back in August 2006 and their vision is in the process of being transformed into reality by Chinese developer Shimao. The satellite town of Songjiang is approximately 35 km from Shanghai city centre and well connected to existing transport infrastructure. Sprawling landscapes and natural beauty have made it a popular tourist destination and the district has been designated as an important local and national leisure resource. The design of the Songjiang Quarry Hotel is meant to reflect the natural landscape of the quarry. The winning concept was inspired by the

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