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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.

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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.

Wellbriefing

Wellbriefing

A tool to help organisations put people’s wellbeing at the heart of their building design.

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Expertise

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

Design

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.

Engineering

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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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

UK & Europe ,

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,

Asia Pacific ,

Philip Watson
26 Sep 2016

I read a worrying article recently. It said that our teachers’ health and wellbeing is at an all-time low. It gave some even more worrying statistics: that 79% of teachers feel anxious about their workload and one in ten have been prescribed anti-depressants. These statistics are shocking and made me question, as architects and designers working in the schools sector – what can we do to make a difference to teacher wellbeing in the workplace? The article suggested to teachers that there were five ways to boost their wellbeing: mindfulness, love and friendship, exercise, psychotherapy and learning. But there is something we as architects can do to help teachers before they get to breaking point – we can ensure they find themselves in the least stressful and unhealthy environments possible.  Designing for wellbeing in a school environment is as much about designing for teachers as it is for students. We need to design schools that encourage teachers to move, to connect to one another and their surroundings, and to feel ownership about the building where they spend much of their time. We also need to give them the best physical environment – lots of natural light, good ventilation and comfortable temperatures – so that their surroundings never interfere with their ability to teach and their students’ ability to learn. These are basic principles we can apply to every school we design so that teachers can focus on what’s important – providing effective and innovative learning environments for our children –

UK & Europe ,

Donna Huey
01 Sep 2016

A perfect storm of risks threatens even the simplest of resiliency goals. There are key dangers to pay attention to while evaluating the relevance of context, contracting, and people as critical factors to achieve goals. Starting with natural risks, resiliency is how vulnerable one is to hazards—understanding what the pattern or intensity of those hazards is, the response time, and how one can recover. There has been an 80 percent increase in the growth of climate-related disasters between 1980 and 2009. In 29 years, losses have doubled because of disaster. The increasing densities of urban centers, particularly in coastal cities, only push the limit of property and human losses. Even when attributing some of the loss increases to improved reporting, scientists argue two-thirds of the increase is ‘real.’ Certainly, if one were to dispute the increase in frequency, it would still be clear the rising costs are related to increased density in urban centers.. The key challenges of infrastructure risk include: • adequately maintained structures; • the pace of technology and new material adoption to improve asset life and performance; and • prioritizing maintenance or recovery plans based on risk and life line analysis. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013, Report Card for America’s Infrastructure estimates the need for $3.6 trillion to raise our infrastructure to acceptable standards. Further, ASCE’s 2015 Report Card for New York’s Infrastructure showed only modest improvements with roads, bridges, and wastewater still reflecting ‘D’ grades. Another risk to consider involves cyber security. Recent reports predict in the

North America ,

Projects

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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.

China ,

The Public Library building is planned as part of the Nabta Town Masterplan in the region of Borg Al Arab, Egypt. Nabta Town, the first and only “College Town” in the Middle East, is a uniquely smart, sustainable 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

UK ,

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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Products

GLASS

GLASS
 

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

READY TO DIG

Ready to dig  

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.
www.utilitymanagementsolutions.co.uk/readytodig/

Locations

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

Europe

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

Ben Thompson
Head of communications
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 405 9193
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Asia Pacific

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

United States of America
Tel: +1 800 477 7275
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Resources

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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