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Catherine Li
21 Jun 2017

OBOR is arguably one of the biggest stories in today’s Asia business sector, covering 60 countries and accounting for about 65 per cent of the world’s population, one-third of the world’s GDP, and about a quarter of all the goods and services the world moves. 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. The visit was led by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Atkins joined the mission as a key player in Hong Kong’s infrastructure sector and a strategic partner for HKTDC’s OBOR activities. I had the pleasure to join the other forty some leaders that are involved in the OBOR and infrastructure development with a diverse sector representation which made the trip particularly rewarding. Thailand: A key OBOR development and public and private sector collaboration Our first stop of the trip was Thailand. We had the opportunity to meet with various senior Thai government officials including the Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as well as many leading Thai companies. On the business level, the highlight was the discussions on how Hong-Kong-based companies can help the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Thailand hopes to develop its eastern provinces into a leading ASEAN economic zone. Branded as one of the three key OBOR corridor developments (the other two being China-Myanmar corridor, and China-Pakistan Corridor), the EEC straddles three eastern provinces of Thailand – Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao –

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Prof Dr Uwe Krueger
06 Jun 2017

Uwe has consistently taken part in the GII summits, regular gatherings of the world’s most senior leaders in infrastructure and capital projects, which look to identify ways to improve the delivery of new infrastructure and get more out of existing assets. During the visit Uwe gave some of his latest views on how new innovative digital approaches were helping transform the construction and engineering sector and ensure better solutions for clients. You can see him discuss these ideas in the videos on this page. atkins0303   atkins0304   atkins0306   Find out more about the Global Infrastructure Initiative. Credit: Photograph and videos courtesy of McKinsey & Company.

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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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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 Two Rivers Mall, also known as the Two Rivers Lifestyle Centre takes up 11 acres of a 102-acre mixed use development. Comprising of 66,000m2 of gross lettable area (GLA) of mall and 20,000m2 of office space in the two commercial towers. It derives its name from the Giichi and Ruiruaka rivers flowing through it and as such has been sustainably designed to provide a backdrop where visitors enjoy the natural environment combined with a recreational, cultural and retail experience. Two Rivers will be the largest mall in sub Saharan Africa outside of South Africa with over 200 outlets on two levels with high end international brands to enhance the local retail experience. The ultimate design intent is for people to gather and connect by creating spaces within the complex for both intimate outings as well as large multicultural events. This project has been classified as a Vision 2030 Flagship Project by government. Its positive impact on the economy will be realised by providing employment opportunities for approximately 10,000 Kenyans.

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Built over 60 years ago, the Nairobi hospital has provided quality private health care to residents of Kenya and the neighbouring countries. To meet growing demand, the client sought to expand the hospital by increasing the bed capacity from 350 to 750. To this end they needed to create adequate space for the proposed development by removing a number of small buildings that housed functions that would be replaced by the increased bed capacity while catering for further expansion of the hospital. The first consideration was the construction of a 12 storey building to house the displaced functions from the school of nursing including demonstration rooms, students’ accommodation to doctors’ offices, laundry equipment among others. Two subsidiary buildings to house steam boilers and the power centre were also constructed. Howard Humphreys – now an Atkins company - was commissioned as part of the consultant’s design team to design and supervise all civil & structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services on the project. In our design, the needs of the patient are the critical consideration alongside the unique and sensitive requirements of hospital operations. Our solutions for uninterrupted power supply and distribution, lighting, ventilation, medical gases, water purification plant for bulk water supply, fire detection, communication and security systems addressed the challenges of replacing existing critical operating facilities without disruption. In its contribution to the regions business community Nairobi hospital’s new laundry is now the largest and is currently providing services to nearby hospitals and hotels thereby generating additional income. The hospital will

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The Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen), produces electricity from the power plants at the Greater Olkaria Geothermal Field, located in the Rift Valley of Kenya within Hell’s Gate National Park and approximately 132 km north-west of Nairobi by road. The Olkaria I and Olkaria II Power Plants contribute close to 20 percent of the Kenyan power supply to the grid network, the other sources being hydro, wind and thermal. KenGen assessed that there would be sufficient geothermal resource available to support the operation of an additional 280MWe of generation with half of that capacity being located in two additional units in a prior plant and the other half in a separate power plant designated as Olkaria IV. Atkins in partnership with the client and the lead consultant Sinclair Knight Merz provided concept design, steam field civil engineering design and construction supervision services for the two plants. Atkins led the construction of 2 new substations, expansion of 3 existing substations and construction of transmission lines around the power stations and two lines connecting to the existing Suswa Substation approximately 30 kilometers away. The innovative design and development of a highly integrated steam gathering system from the production wells to power the power plant turbines ensures the plant is sustainable, reliable and efficient. The injection of 280 MW of geothermal power into the Kenyan national grid has led to increased grid stability, a reduction in use of fossil based generation and a decrease in the cost of electricity for local customers. The reduction

Howard Humphreys (now an Atkins company) was appointed by Britam to provide civil/structural design and construction supervision for a commercial building that would not only reflect the stature and image of the client but also contribute in shaping Nairobi’s changing skyline. The client’s desire was to have a sustainable building that will stand the test of time, a timeless piece. The proposed development incorporates the design and construction of a 31-storey office tower that stands 200m tall. It begins at the base as a square that rotates progressively till the 30th floor at 45 degrees, resulting in varying floor sizes. The building center core will end at 34th floor level to support a 60m high conical steel spire mast that will carry feature fins. A 15-storey Parkade building that will hold approximately 1000 cars is also constructed in the adjacent to cater for the parking needs with a data center to be housed on the top floor. The two buildings are separated by an open atrium. At the time of completion, the BRITAM Tower was amongst the highest building structures in Africa at a height of 200m above ground including the 60m spire sitting above the main building.

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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




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

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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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