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Our Pillar: A responsible business of the future

The future depends on what we do today

Our pillar: A responsible business of the future 

Our principle: Economic prosperity

Plan, design and enable to provide sustainable value and technical excellence for our clients. Support governments, investors and other authorities to achieve economic and environmental resilience through infrastructure and technological investment.

Economic and environmental resilience

We’re working with our clients and other partners to translate investment in infrastructure and technology into economic and environmental resilience.

We’ve helped to redevelop Birmingham New Street which is used by over 170,000 passengers every day. The services we’ve delivered, some of which are ongoing, include architecture, civils, highways, electrical, environment, landscape, modelling, project management, telecoms and survey works. This work is part of a portfolio of rail projects which is enabling us to contribute to economic and environmental resilience.

Find out more here about what happened when Birmingham New Street was opened.

Atkins’ contribution to the transformation of rail infrastructure includes work to prepare rail networks around the world to meet the demands of the future.

Technical excellence

We continue to provide sustainable value and technical excellence for our clients, using management standards to develop more collaborative client relationships. For example, we’ve developed a simulator to demonstrate the consequences of cyber-attack on critical national infrastructure such as railways, power and water supplies. We’ve also continued to roll out BIM; the purposeful management of information across the whole of the built environment project life cycle.

We’re working on a project in Hong Kong, involving the largest EPB (Earth Pressure Balance) TBM (tunnel boring machine). Part of the scope includes the 4.8 km dual two-lane road tunnel, the longest land road tunnel in Hong Kong, which will connect millions of passengers and cargo travelling between Hong Kong and mainland China. One of the key challenges of the project has been deploying the giant TBM through varying ground conditions underneath two densely populated villages, earthquake fault zones and areas of high water flow. Our engineers overcame these obstacles whilst minimising the impact to local people. Work is on schedule for completion in 2018.

We won the Civil Engineering Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards for Church Bridge Reconstruction, Frampton Cotterill in South Gloucestershire. Through the use of adapted composite technology, normally used to build the most advanced passenger aircraft, our team designed and created one of the UK’s largest composite road bridges made entirely out of glass and carbon fibre. This type of bridge will be more resilient against frost, extreme temperatures and de-icing salts, which will significantly reduce the frequency of maintenance checks and the cost of maintenance over the bridge’s lifetime by at least 50 per cent.

We're part of two winning project teams awarded Design-Build Institute of America's (DBIA) National Award of Merit. The P-822 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Terminal Operations and Aircraft Fire and Rescue Station Complex project in Kaneohe, Hawaii, won in the aviation category and the Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building project in Miramar, Florida, won in the federal, state, county, municipal category. The projects were recognized for advanced and innovative application of design-build best practices.

We’ve rolled out our ‘Right First Time’ behavioural programme. We’ve developed a technical assurance standard to define the requirements for all technical deliverables across the Group. The standard provides guidance for single discipline, multi-discipline, distributed working and large / complex projects. It aims to provide a framework that will ensure the consistent quality of all Atkins deliverables to clients.

Our principle: Strong governance and accountability

Demonstrate responsibility, transparency and fairness in the way we manage our worldwide business.

Our commitment to behaving as a responsible business, demonstrating transparency and fairness, is outlined by our Group policies and sustainability principles. Our code of conduct, Behaving the Atkins Way, works with our Business Management System to set out, not only what we do, but also controls in place to ensure consistent delivery of services.

Respect for human rights is critical to us and we seek to have a positive influence wherever we operate; communicating our support for human rights to stakeholders, including employees, clients and shareholders, through a variety of channels, including this report, and the visible representation of our values in our day to day business dealings.

Our principle: International business; local service

By employing local expertise and selecting and developing local suppliers, we play our part in sustaining local economies. We’ve to expanded our global reach by opening offices in Africa.

Our principle: Strategic engagement for innovation

Collaborate with key organisations to develop innovative solutions that meet the complex sustainability challenges faced by society.

We help to address the complex sustainability challenges faced by society by developing innovative solutions in collaboration with partners.

As part of the VENTURER consortium, working for Innovate UK, we’re testing driverless cars in Bristol, exploring their feasibility in the UK, investigating legal and insurance implications, and assessing public reaction.