For over 50 years, we’ve been helping move the world forward one step at a time by creating world class airports where air travel is safer, easier and faster for commuters.

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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In recent years, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has seen a dramatic recovery from its significant underutilization in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. With enplanements rebounding to pre-Katrina levels, focus has turned from recovery and short-term development to its long-term infrastructure needs. Critical sections of the terminal and support facilities—currently more than 60 years old—have exceeded their useful life spans and must be replaced.

In 2012, the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board selected Crescent City Aviation Team (a joint venture) to oversee the airport’s return to a world-class airport in both form and function. The team is working to create solutions that demonstrate a balance between respect for the area’s unique heritage and the need to innovate in a sustainable way that re-declares the relevance of the airport, City, and region.

Atkins has provided a full range of planning, engineering and architectural services for the airport’s long-term development. Called “the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome” by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the multi-phase project requires an alternative site location concept and layout, a new terminal facility with expandability to 42 gates, a new airfield apron to support the terminal, roadway improvements for access and circulation, and on-site parking facilities.

Travelers to New Orleans will be welcomed with the natural hues and tones of the native landscape and the elegant architecture of the City. Layers of stone tile, metallic wall coverings and porcelain will tile throughout the new North Terminal, reflecting the design inspiration of brass trumpets, oyster shells, and misty cypress groves. The development will serve as a gateway that melds the region’s unique colonial past with its cosmopolitan present, supporting the emergence of New Orleans as a destination city.

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Taiyuan Wusu airport is located to the southeast of Taiyuan which is the capital city of Shanxi Province and its political, economic and cultural centre. In ancient times, Taiyuan was an important military town but it is now one of China’s most important centres of heavy industry, using more than half the nation’s coal output.

Fundamental to the planning for this new terminal was maintaining the efficient relationship between the terminal and the flight area. Also, the terminal zone had to satisfy the demands of both short term and long term operation.

A building form angled at 45 degrees was used to develop the character of the site. By join­ing the new main building and its gate piers to the existing terminal, this makes it a visual as well as a functional part of the entire complex. The existing building and the new extension merge around three courtyards that are evocative of traditional Shanxi courtyards.

The courtyards are open internal spaces bringing light and air into the centre of the plan where they can be appreciated by domestic and international passengers.


In tandem with China’s economic expansion there has been exponential growth in air travel. Cities that were caught up in the first wave of growth are rapidly being overhauled. So-called ‘second tier cities’ are now building airports. It is predicted that more than 1,000 new airports will be built in China in a relatively short time span.

Won in a limited competition, the design of the new domestic terminal building for Yinchuan in China’s western province of Ningxai reflects the Islamic influence of the minority groups in this, the most important Muslim port of China. The 53-metre clear span roof is a light and airy space while the structural frame of the terminal buildings is manifestly a representation of the pointed arches of Muslim architecture.

The structure also suggests ‘flight’ with the upward sweep of its aerofoil shaped roof.


Atkins was appointed in 2011 as lead designer for the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

The 36-month project involves designing a new 640,000 m² passenger terminal and associated buildings to increase the airport’s capacity to 30 million passengers each year.

In addition to lead design activities, we are undertaking the architectural, special airport systems (SAS) and information and communication technology (ICT) design for all aspects of the terminal building, including an advanced baggage handling system, departure gates and airway bridges, a 56-room hotel for transit passengers, four first class lounges and a business lounge and duty-free shops and commercial centres.

The airport expansion is needed as Saudi Arabia seeks to meet demand from religious tourism to the holy city of Mecca. Approximately 2.5 million people visit Mecca during the Hajj period alone, and this is projected to rise to 4 million in the next few years.

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This state-of-the-art aircraft rescue and firefighting facility (ARFF) houses ten firefighting vehicles in a drive-through design that directly accesses the airport’s aircraft apron system. The building accommodates 12 to 15 fulltime firefighters with offices, training and conference rooms, a kitchen and dining area, individual sleeping rooms, and locker rooms. To meet the firefighter’s fitness needs, a gym, sauna, whirlpool, and racquetball court were incorporated into the design. The long sloping roof form is directly related to the line-of-sight required between the control tower for taxiway “J.”

Completed in 2006, Atkins provided architecture and design services for this state of the art rescue facility for the Hillborough County Aviation Authority.


Atkins is behind the long-term masterplan for the new Medina Airport and has also developed designs for the terminal to facilitate the growth of domestic, international and Hajj traffic.

The scope of work, on a full multidisciplinary basis, included masterplanning, terminal design, surface access planning, sustainability strategy, and layouts for the runway, taxiway and aprons.

The terminal was designed for 18 million passengers per annum with expansion up to 30 million. The masterplan also made provision for the later development of a second terminal. Our designs fit with Saudi Arabia’s desire to vastly improve the traveller experience as they make their pilgrimage.

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The new terminal for Xi'an airport in central China will provide an additional 270,000 square metres of space. When the airport expansion is complete the anticipated passenger volume will be 31 million per year.

Our competition winning design for the new terminal building suggests a connection to the formality of traditional Chinese architecture. The three dimensional form is inspired by the architectural style of the Han and Tang dynasties where the sculptural roof rises in symmetrical layers towards a central axis.