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From building planning and design, to enabling effective asset strategies and workplace optimisation, 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 strategies that contribute to the overall performance of their organisations by getting the best from their building portfolios.

Our range of 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, we can work with you to deliver significant results by putting you in total control.



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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.

Interiors and workspace

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.

Property asset management strategy and advisory services

Our experience and unique independent approach puts you in complete control of assets you are responsible for in your properties. With our strategy and supply chain consultancy and our knowledge and property asset management 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.

Low carbon leadership

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.


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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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Chris Raven
14 Feb 2017

In December 2015 Atkins was commissioned to design, tender and oversee landscape improvements around Ivybridge Primary School in Isleworth, London. The school's existing external environment consisted of large open areas of tarmac with inaccessible boundaries and overgrown vegetation. Our brief was to design multi-functional landscape features that support learning across the curriculum whilst also providing improved playtime resources for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The project has been a great success and so I wanted to share my five step process for achieving the perfect design project: 1. Engage the wider community during the consultation Gaining comment and inspiration from teachers, pupils, parents and maintenance staff is the best way to ensure any project meets and hopefully exceeds the ambitions of the client. Rather than asking a simple "What do you want?" we provided a number of consultation questions, such as "What do you currently like/dislike externally" and "What would you like to be able to do in your school grounds?" to prompt deeper thought and provide better insights for us as designers. 2. Interpret aspirations and transform ideas into inspired designs Inevitably, early consultation comments can include unachievable aspirations. Rather than dismiss these requests or take them literally, we strive to incorporate the sensations or experiential qualities the children are seeking with these elements into our landscape designs. For example, At Ivybridge Primary School the pupils had requested a bouncy castle and helter skelter. We were able to install a bouncy board belt feature that provided the bouncy castle sensation and replicate the swing

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Caroline Paradise
23 Jan 2017

The study, published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, is based on a survey of almost 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 and found that those that sit down for most of the day had shorter telomeres, tiny caps which are found on the ends of strands of DNA and protect chromosomes from damage. As telomeres shorten with age, risk of disease increases.  This is one of an ever growing number of studies to come out demonstrating the importance of movement to our health. The World Health Organisation found that sitting for eight hours a day increases your risk of developing a chronic disease by 90 per cent and puts lack of movement as the forth leading risk factor for death. But it’s not just our physical health that suffers from remaining sedentary throughout the day. A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity, whereas skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion. Sit-stand desks have also been proven to improve employee productivity by as much as 53 per cent over a period of six months. These are startling statistics and yet 37 per cent of men and 45 per cent of women still spend less than 30 minutes a day on their feet. That sounds terrible, but perhaps not surprising when data recently collected from over 1,500 respondents using Atkins’ new WellBriefing tool suggests that between 45-50 per cent of people aren’t aware of how much they move throughout the day. With people

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Joanne Farrar
09 Nov 2016

The ‘planning process’ is one area which frequently comes under attack in the national media with significant delays and a drop in the number of applications approved being reported. Personally I feel all this ‘passing the buck’ is becoming depressing and it’s time we recognise this is no one’s fault, it’s a challenging task we all face, and it’s about time we all pull together to find some real solutions. Planning isn’t the biggest challenge I see in delivering the scale of housing required, I think the issue is four-fold:  Local authority planning departments are chronically under-resourced which has an impact on determining the myriad conditions, including planning permission, which need to be met before any building works start. The capacity of the housebuilding sector is constrained – the downturn in 2008 prompted about 250,000 people to leave the construction industry.  Now that demand has returned, there is a skills shortage, with bricklayers, carpenters and joiners in short supply.  Small and medium-sized developers experience difficulty in accessing finance – not least because of the complexity of seeking funding – and they have declined in number. The sector is now faced with new pressures from political uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote which will result in a further slowdown. If you’ve read, and been tempted to believe, the articles recently that point fingers

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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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The Public Library building is planned as part of the Nabta Town Masterplan in the region of Borg Al Arab, Egypt. Nabta Town, a sustainable mixed-use urban development in the Middle East, is a uniquely smart, urban real estate masterplan that incorporates world-class academic institutions, cultural, leisure and commercial centres, a business park, generous public spaces and holistic housing neighbourhoods. The brief proposes a multiuser learning facility that caters to the needs of both the public and students from nearby academic facilities. The design emphasises an architectural language that is deeply rooted within its context, which encourages the user to ponder, innovate and explore. It forms a landmark public space that encourages dialogue through culturally stimulating spaces that are reminiscent of Egypt’s vibrant heritage.

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ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is the world's largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France which aims to deliver nuclear fusion on a commercial scale, offering safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy. ITER is the next step in one of the world's leading energy research programmes, and is bringing together the largest nations in a quest to harness nuclear fusion to meet mankind's future energy needs. Since 2010, Atkins has been architect engineer, in partnership with engineering giants Assystem, Egis and Empresarios Agrupados, as part of the Engage consortium. The consortium is in charge of delivering 39 buildings and associated infrastructure for the ITER project, including the 50 x 200m Tokamak complex. The 200-strong integrated team of experts from our Energy and Infrastructure businesses are working together to ensure fusion experiments begin on schedule to help meet the challenge of not only decarbonising but also increasing the world's energy supply. Engage is responsible for supporting the procurement process and construction planning and supervision for the buildings including service and site infrastructure. The scope of work also covers all disciplines of design: Preliminary design Tender design Construction design for nuclear buildings On the project, there are several types of confinement and shielding doors all with seismic withstand capability, including: 46 remotely controlled port cell doors, with confinement and shielding (up to 350mm thick steel equivalent) with an opening size of four metres by four metres 12

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The Wessal Bouregreg project is a visionary scheme to transform the cultural and social landscape of Morocco’s capital, Rabat. We designed the masterplan for this inner city site, as well as two of its most iconic buildings - the Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the House of Arts and Culture - for Wessal Capital, an investment fund for tourism and real estate projects in the Kingdom of Morocco. The masterplan will create a new national cultural hub for Morocco, and will enhance Rabat’s position on the world stage as a destination to enjoy internationally important historic archives as well as new arts and cultural offerings. The inspiration for the scheme began with an investigation into the rich cultural history of Morocco and its unique historic development of mathematical
Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus is a 20,000sqm development featuring a new, state-of-the-art further education college, as well as a new free school, a special educational needs (SEN) school and a Technology Hub run by Haymarket Publishing. The regeneration of the existing site at Richmond-upon-Thames College will deliver an integrated, innovative education campus that brings together the best of industry with the best of teaching and learning. The first phase of building will make a strong, contemporary statement befitting its landmark position on an important gateway into London. It will deliver a variety of core curriculum spaces for business, creative and lifestyle disciplines, including e-enabled spaces for business incubation, innovation and collaboration with local businesses. Our design proposals reflect the College’s vision for a high quality, contemporary and professional college; the central atrium design provides open, flexible and transparent learning environments to promote inclusivity and encourage collaboration and information exchange. The atrium contains a variety of flexible activity spaces that encourage self-directed and group learning styles, which in turn stimulate learner motivation and improve student performance. The second phase, a

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After 25 years of serving the community with its iconic water flumes Coral Reef Waterworld is being revolutionised as part of Bracknell Forest Council’s pledge to invest in the long term future of the borough. Atkins has been appointed to prepare a concept design to completely transform Coral Reef. The project includes the demolition and complete removal of the existing timber glulam beam roof over the main pool hall and replacement with a new steel truss roof which will be split into two sections with a centrally located roof light running its length. The existing ancillary roofs over the changing village, Sauna World and Coconut Grove (café) will be overhauled and repaired and the existing ride tower will be demolished with a new tower featuring a launch platform at 12.5m will be constructed. Five new flumes will also be built and supplemented with audio visual special effects systems. Having welcomed more than 10 million visitors since its opening in 1989 the new iconic fume rides will ensure the longevity and continued success of Coral Reef Waterworld for many years to come.

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The Le Tour Way development in York provides large and spacious sustainable homes split 50/50 for council houses and homes for sale on the private market. We  designed the properties in response to feedback from residents on previous schemes, and all of the homes are built to ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards, which allows residents to stay in their homes longer and make adaptations at lower cost. Low water fittings and appliances, as well as rainwater collection for irrigation and flushing of WCs, help to minimise water use. Each home and apartment has individual facilities for recycling. As a result of the integrated design approach, the properties are inexpensive to run whilst minimising the impact on the environment. The design of the development strived to achieve ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4’, meaning energy use was minimised through passive design before incorporating low and zero carbon technologies.   We provided multidiscipline services for the development, including architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, landscaping, masterplanning, project management and code for sustainable homes assessment.

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This two-berth cruise terminal on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is capable of accommodating up to two post-Panamax cruise vessels, which translates to roughly 10,000 visitors a day. Carnival Corporation estimates eight of its brands will make 140 calls on the port, with 23 ships throughout its first year of operation. In addition to planning, landscape design, architecture, and engineering services for Amber Cove’s structures and amenities, we also designed roadways and the transportation hub that helps visitors take onshore excursions and explore outlying points of interest. The development also includes hillside waterslides overlooking the 5-acre pool/lazy river recreation area, a zipline, a series of shops and restaurants, a destination duty-free shop, and a hilltop food and beverage establishment with a 360-degree ramp access from below. Echoing the culture and existing architecture in the area, we incorporated modern interpretations of historical periods of significance for the Puerto Plata province. Visitors perusing the 25-acre waterfront development will enjoy an architectural nod to the fortified 16th century, classical-colonial 18th century, and Victorian late 19th century in 25 buildings and multiple landscapes. Atkins also incorporated features that promote self-sufficiency and sustainability including rooftop rainwater harvesting, seawater desalination, a wastewater treatment plant to minimize environmental impacts, and backup generators to ensure uninterrupted utility service.

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GLASS visually depicts logic relationships within equipment, systems, infrastructure or organisations, and is immensely valuable in planning and safety analysis, incident management and training.


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Atkins is the UK’s leading provider of utility reports. We also provide a wide range of utility management services across the lifecycle of a project.


For more information on our work and experience in this sector please contact:


D'Yon Peoples 
Communications manager, building design
United Kingdom
Tel:  +44 1454 66 2026

Middle East & Africa

Janus Rostock
Regional design director
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 405 9300

Asia Pacific

Peter Ridley
Senior design director
Tel: +86 10 5965 1166


North America

United States of America
Tel: +1 800 477 7275



In this section you can find technical papers and thought leadership articles produced by Atkins for the buildings sector.

Title Format Size
The structural design of Almas Tower, Dubai, UAE pdf 304KB
Concrete structures using fabric formwork pdf 3.5MB

In this section you can find technical papers and thought leadership articles produced by Atkins for the buildings sector.

Title Format Size
Feeling the heat pdf 240KB
Tall tales in Sofia pdf 128KB
Eastern star pdf 160KB
Force of nature pdf 206KB
Growing up pdf 304KB
The spark of change pdf 448KB
Saving for the future pdf 448KB
Whyscrapers? pdf 384KB
The great green build? pdf 480KB


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