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Atkins delivers major transformation programmes for Governments around the world, helping them to address fiscal, growth and sustainability challenges. 


In the UK

Atkins is a key supplier of services to UK Government (national and local) across many areas. We work with our clients at the heart of the reform agenda, providing efficient and effective solutions to complex challenges.

Public sector organisations across the UK are facing the toughest challenges for generations. With pressing budgetary pressures, growing citizen demand, and the localism agenda, the entire sector requires urgent and radical reform.

Atkins has been advising Government for more than 50 years, delivering a full range of management consulting, planning, design, and programme and project management.

We currently focus on the following key sectors:


Providing specialist services to ensure that strategic programmes achieve vital savings and equip Government for demanding future workloads.


Using our engineering and programme management expertise to help emergency services improve their operational efficiency.


Helping the Department for Work and Pensions shape and deliver the new Coalition Welfare and Pension Reform proposals and modernise benefit processing to reduce costs.


Helping central departments to deliver IT-enabled change and reform the skills sector. Planning, designing and delivering modernisation of school buildings (Building Schools for the Future).


Helping councils, local police forces and fire and rescue services to deliver the localism agenda, procure services and change their businesses to operate within the new funding arrangements.


Helping our clients to deliver complex IT and business change programmes. Secure property management and IT services to maintain critical buildings and activities.
We pride ourselves on delivering outcomes and value for money for our clients and by providing sector insight delivered by our highly skilled people working in a collaborative working style.

In North America

Atkins provides comprehensive engineering, architectural, and consulting services for numerous clients in the federal marketplace, including every branch of the armed forces and multiple federal agencies.

The Atkins network of offices throughout North America is staffed with experts in a wide array of disciplines. Our planners, engineers, architects, and technical professionals support projects ranging from planning and asset management to design and construction. We also provide program management services for major federal initiatives.

We have been working on projects for the Department of Defense (DoD) since 1963 and have a proven track record of contract support with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Army installations, U.S. Naval Facilities Command (USN NAVFAC), U.S. Air Force (USAF) Major Commands, Air Force bases, and other DoD and non-DoD agencies. Our extensive experience in the federal arena has given us the tools to navigate through sensitive public projects, security enhancements, and more.

In the Middle East

Atkins is a key supplier of services to government clients throughout the GCC region. We work at the heart of our clients' organisations to help manage change, providing efficient and effective solutions to complex challenges.

Government clients across the region are facing the toughest challenges for generations, managing huge and complex programmes while bringing systems and processes up to world class standards.

Atkins has been advising goverment clients for more than 50 years,delivering a full range of management consultancy, planning, design, programme and project management and property services.



Atkins has considerable experience of working with both central and local Government departments and organisations around the world. Particular specialities include:

Management consultancy

The range of management consultancy services we provide covers the spectrum of organisational needs from organisational design and development, change management, business strategy, business process improvement, business case development and benefits management. We use formal processes and tools to deliver on time, every time.
Learn more about our expertise in management consultancy

Portfolio, programme and project management

Atkins’ consultants are experts in portfolio, programme and project management and delivery. The vast majority of our consultants are accredited PRINCE2, MSP and M-o-R professionals with considerable expertise in cutting through complexity to deliver results for our customers. Atkins manages large-scale federal programs in North America that range from environmental restoration to federal mobility solutions and capital improvement projects. We increase staff resources in your agency to accomplish work, and we partner with your agency team to facilitate your success. We help navigate the peaks and valleys of lengthy projects and unsure financing by offering flexibility in staffing and significant technical expertise.
Learn more about our expertise in portfolio, programme and project management

Procurement and supply chain management and consultancy

As one of a handful of organisations to have been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply, we have considerable experience in the provision of advisory and management services for our customers’ supply chains. We work with you to understand your strategic aims and deliver solutions from procurement strategy through to tactical supplier management and development.
Learn more about our expertise in procurement and supply chain management and consultancy.

Ict consultancy

We help clients to transform business operations through IT-enabled change, supporting them throughout the programme lifecycle with ICT consultancy and thought leadership. Of course, technology is only one dimension of IT-enabled change and Atkins brings together the whole range of expertise to address how issues affect both the public and private sectors.
Learn more about our expertise in ICT consultancy.

Applied technologies

Atkins’ applied technologies group (ATG) addresses the information management needs of our clients through the innovative use of technology. Our business and technical professionals maintain excellence by continuously researching and evaluating new solutions. We have the capacity to provide complete services to clients, beginning with problem definition and continuing through implementation and ongoing support. Our approach addresses the key factors of flexibility, scalability, and reliability. We create business workflows and application frameworks that can adapt to changing technology and that can grow and change to meet an organisation’s needs.
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Our established practice in the planning and design of federal building projects in North America reflects our understanding of a client’s evolving organisational and operational goals. Our nationwide network of technical professionals includes experienced project managers and architects who meet practical needs while addressing time and budget constraints with innovative solutions and exceptional design. We support the efforts of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program. Our complete team of LEED-accredited professionals, practiced in the science of preserving our environment and minimising energy consumption, is committed to green building and sustainable architecture. Additionally, Atkins has been at the forefront of the building information modelling (BIM) movement, and we routinely and expertly incorporate BIM into our design processes.

Emergency management

Communities face challenges daily to keep residents safe and secure. To protect the infrastructure that we help plan, design, and construct, Atkins is on the front lines with our clients, assisting emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. We work with communities to perform vulnerability assessments and provide mitigation plans, response support, and recovery tools to help minimise the impacts of disasters. Our experts offer assistance with technical advancements in communications, development of best practices in debris management, and integration with federal, state, and local entities to help rebuild infrastructure while renewing and restoring a sense of community.
Learn more about our emergency management service.


Building on our traditional land surveying services, Atkins has incorporated the most advanced geomatics technologies available to the industry to employ the latest surveying and data collection methods. This experience allows us to address all project needs regardless of size, location, complexity, site conditions, or time constraints. We have extensive experience in the federal arena providing technologically advanced geomatics and survey and mapping services. Our professionals have enhanced the logistical operations of federal facilities to achieve better sustainability of assets and maintenance.
Learn more about our Geomatics / surveying service.

Planning and landscape architecture

In North America, Atkins has extensive experience performing military planning services. Recent project assignments have included multiple studies for all branches of the US Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies and departments within the federal government. We have a detailed knowledge of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard military planning regulations and technical manuals. Atkins personnel have been repeatedly selected to revise and update DoD master planning manuals and guidelines. Furthermore, Atkins’ landscape architects help clients achieve the desired aesthetic and functional goals for their projects. Our designs are responsive to the natural environment, and sensitive to long-term sustainability.


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Ian Heijne
19 Sep 2016

For me it is hugely important for a variety reasons. Firstly, the report has finally acknowledged public concern that there has been too much damage to property due to flooding in recent years. Secondly, it is evidence that the government has taken this opportunity to at last advance the technical understanding of flood risk – something that has been outdated for quite some time. So does it achieve these objectives?  Yes and no. The emphasis of this review is on the impact of flooding on public services and infrastructure, which is important as disruption to the road network, electricity supply and water supply has to be avoided. Working closely with the water companies and telecoms, the government has gained agreement for some 530 vulnerable sites to be protected. This is good news. This report has also undertaken a significant piece of research, carried out by the Met Office, to completely reshape the way that we predict rainfall, which is something that consultants like Atkins have needed for some time. Instead of looking back at recorded data and then using some ‘simple maths’ to attempt to predict what the future holds, the Met Office’s weather forecasting computers can now generate over 900 years of future rainfall predictions across the whole of the UK. This is a major step forward. From my perspective, we must move away from statistical analysis to this new synthesis based approach based on actual physical processes. Importantly the findings of this review confirm that the ‘Extreme Flood Outlines’ (areas with

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Philip Barton
15 Sep 2016

Although I would always advocate having every feasible layer of security in place to protect an organisation’s industrial control systems (ICS), what I’d like to share now are my thoughts on how good system design techniques can augment those other layers. Doing so is a capability that is often overlooked, which is surprising considering that this is often the last line of defence after all other layers of security have been compromised. ‘Out of the box’ settings To fully appreciate what can, and should, be achieved through rigorous design, configuration and management, one first needs to understand the condition in which ICS components are often delivered. Vendors are motivated to make their equipment easy to configure, easy to integrate, and least likely to generate technical support workload or service returns. All of this helps to create a positive first impression with their customers. To this end, devices tend to have the simplest, most accessible configuration: common addresses are used (192.168.y.x) default names, usernames and passwords are set methods of automatic configuration are enabled (BOOTP, DHCP for example) a wide range of protocols are installed/enabled a wide range of services are activated, whether they are needed or not (web server, for example) Although this is far from an exhaustive list, all of these are serious potential vulnerabilities. Default names will result in your system being easily discovered using open source methods. Default credentials will result in its compromise.

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Andrew Wall
17 Aug 2016

Business operations, and the technology that supports it, are increasing in complexity. Securing these operations is becoming more difficult, in no small part due to the continuing demand to create more modern, efficient and effective infrastructure. What we therefore need is better design. Design that is undertaken up front and early in the process. We believe that existing industry approaches only go so far. As an organisation that designs and engineers some of the most complex infrastructure on the planet, we have some views on securing this – the security design challenge. Technology and security professionals are used to designing technical approaches by using shapes on network maps and schematics - typically detailing many layers, boxes and connections. We adopt a different approach. Although we start with an idea and develop it into a detailed set of requirements, our approach is based on a different form, one which can address diverse levels of analysis, encompass an organisations strategy and objectives, and focus on the people, process and technology required to realise those objectives. A fundamental aspect to this approach is our belief that security is probably misunderstood in many organisations. To us it is a process and not a product. It should exist to protect assets of value, meaning that it is a relative concept, it has no intrinsic meaning outside the asset view. As an asset changes then so does the security around it based on organisational risk approaches. If security design is so important what can hinder it? In our experience

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Nick Roberts
12 Aug 2016

It’s estimated that an average adult will make somewhere in the region of 35,000 conscious decisions every day. Granted, many of these will be fairly trivial, but a significant number of them will require us to make a choice of whether to compete or collaborate. Generally speaking competing means pursuing self-interest before all else. The gains can be more significant, but the losses too. Competition runs to the core of what businesses and business leaders, and even individuals, are expected to do. On the other hand, collaborating means that you have to share your competitive advantage and work harder to make sure the relationships with your partners run smoothly. Risk and reward for the individual companies is normally smaller but in the long term you will probably achieve a greater good. As we face increasingly complex challenges and an evolving business landscape the lines between competing and collaborating have to move closer together so we can have the best of both worlds. The people of the UK have recently been asked one of the most important questions in recent history. Do we want to forge our own way or do we want to be part of something bigger. We chose to go it alone. In other words we want to compete and to do better. It’s therefore slightly ironic that in order to do this successfully we will need to collaborate more than ever. Focusing firstly on Brexit, it is a mind-blowingly complex task to unpick countless EU rules, regulations, standards,

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As part of its focus on continually improving its people, processes and information, EDF recognised the need to gain a better understanding of its staff’s security awareness and training needs so that a specific programme could be developed to meet their continual learning requirement in this area. Atkins worked closely with the client for over three years providing professional advice, analysis and solutions through the full lifecycle of organisational learning and development. This work included development of better learning and development solutions for a range of requirements, such as: • Support for the design and implementation of a structured training programme for the internal regulation department of around 60 people • Design and support of training-related management information and reporting • Design and implementation of a major e-learning PC-based training package on Basic Nuclear Principles Refreshment to be used by over 400 people on a cyclical basis • Participation in key self-assessments relating to organisational learning and development improvements that will support the re-accreditation of the Engineering Support training programme against industry standards. These support services were key to EDF achieving training standards accreditation for one of the largest single training programmes in the world. This has in turn provided credibility for lifetime extension programmes for the company’s existing nuclear fleet and new build programmes. Our support has meant that EDF can clearly demonstrate that they have control of their nuclear resources in a measurable and systematic programme which has a clear view of the challenges in addressing an aging demographic and a finite industry

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Horizon was particularly aware of the issues surrounding the UK approach to security of control and protection systems. Realising that it did not possess detailed knowledge of evolving best practice and regulatory requirements, our client wished to undertake a comprehensive review of relevant standards, guidance and approaches, as well the expectations of bodies that provided security advice. Atkins was chosen to undertake this security standards review. Our work addressed UK best practice and other well established industry methods from around the world. Nuclear best practice was also discussed, including the US NRC 5.71 Regulatory Guide, which had already adopted international good practice, albeit through a very prescriptive implementation. We reviewed the best practice and standards utilised for securing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and produced a comprehensive overview, assessment and recommendations on future practice. Our review included: The ISO/IEC 27001/27002 series: • ISA99 – Industrial Automation and Control System Security • IEC 62443 – Industrial Communication Networks Network and System Security • NIST SP 800-82 Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security • NRC Regulatory Guide 5.71 Cyber Security Programs for Nuclear Facilities. At the end of the comprehensive review, Atkins produced two briefing papers. The first of these covered ICS security best practice, emerging developments and a forward-looking strategy. The second paper concentrated upon nuclear safety protection systems. The briefing papers, follow up presentations, and meetings provided Horizon with a detailed understanding of the security and safety practices which they then used to inform their strategic planning.

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HE partnered with their Netherlands equivalent, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), to help overcome their legacy system drawbacks. Both wished to develop a future operating model that delivered a modern and open technology platform and effective supply chain that would improve the resilience and efficiency of their road networks. Atkins were tasked with developing the security requirements for the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) operating model, and supporting its delivery through an open tender process to enable appropriate suppliers to provide the new solution. We worked in collaboration with HE and RWS, integrating our subject matter experts into the project team. This allowed us to agree a joint security approach which would took into account the different cultural, business, security and legislative concerns that the two partners faced. By working closely with all stakeholders, we determined the existing operational structures, business goals and service requirements. We reviewed UK and Dutch security standards and Governmental requirements and negotiated a joint approach to meet these. Finally, we developed a ‘to-be’ security operating model to meet business requirements for input into ‘Pre-qualification questionnaire’ (PQQ) and ‘Invitation to tender’ (ITT) contract phases and proposed and agreed approaches for the formal accreditation of ATMS. Our security-focused business systems analysis and requirements development led to a detailed set of building block deliverables at functional and technical levels. These included the specific application, infrastructure, hosting and platform components. The completion of this project provided HE and RWS with a pragmatic and realistic view of the threat environment for information assets with a

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The client had found it difficult, expensive and disruptive to their programme portfolio to maintain and manage a pool of experienced security consultants with the necessary analysis and security artefact-creation skills required to support the accreditation decision. Due to the finite resource, deciding which projects would benefit most from the IA consultants’ skills was also proving challenging. As a result, there was a risk of critical systems either remaining unaccredited or being accredited on the basis of an inadequate risk assessment. We worked with the client to develop a new managed service approach to the provision of security that brought together all the necessary expertise into a single team. Through the creation and implementation of a security catalogue, we provided key security and accreditation activities for the client. These covered business impact identification, risk assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, and current and new service/system ‘as-is’ security reviews. Also included were estate and system architecture advice and design, policy and standards gap analyses, and accreditation and risk management. In addition, our (previously CLAS) accredited security consultants provided specialist security support or management to particular projects over an extended period. Through the implementation of managed accreditor services we coached, mentored and trained the client’s junior accreditors. This proved to increase the client’s capabilities in accreditation and developed the organisation’s information risk management maturity. Our managed security consultancy service provided specialist advice to the client that is now an embedded part of the enterprise architecture. Our specialist expertise was also applied to the client’s department-wide information assurance enhancement

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As a significant element of the IT estate was legacy, the key challenge our client faced was understanding where information assets were stored and processed. This knowledge gap meant that DWP was unable to properly quantify and understand their risk exposure to help develop effective mitigation strategies. DWP therefore approached Atkins to perform a threat and risk assessment of their IT estate, specifically looking at key information assets and how they were stored, accessed, transmitted and processed. Atkins worked closely with DWP across a four month programme to provide a snapshot threat, security risk, and maturity assessment of key information assets across the IT estate. We identified IT and business stakeholders for engagement and reviewed DWP security approaches, policies, procedures and IT architecture to obtain the wider IT estate view. Quantitative and qualitative data was also collected on the shape of the IT estate through documentation reviews, workshops and interviews. This was then employed to identify the flow of data, potential threats and vulnerabilities. Finally, we identified key security risks and opportunities to reduce and mitigate these. We then developed strategic recommendations for the ownership and management of key information assets. As a result of this work, senior stakeholders obtained a quantified view of information asset risk across the DWP IT estate. Our threat assessment recognised what would make DWP an attractive target, as well as highlighting the key threat actors and the likely attack vectors. Clear and concise prioritised expert guidance was also provided relating to information asset risk mitigation activities. This informed

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Without a clear and deep understanding of their current cyber posture, the client’s leadership team were unable to identify their risk exposure or to develop an effective strategy for cyber resilience. Atkins were selected to perform a cyber risk assessment to identify the key challenges, threats and risks to Government-provisioned services, broader critical national infrastructure and key economic activity. The review would need to establish a realistic picture of the client’s level of resilience and their capability to respond to a serious cyber-attack. Working in collaboration with the client and key stakeholders, we developed a snapshot cyber threat and risk assessment. This provided a measurement of maturity assessment relating to their key assets. A series of sequenced and integrated work packages were also created. These focused on identifying Government and business stakeholders for engagement and reviewing existing security approaches, strategies and policies to obtain a wider national view. The work packages also involved collecting and analysing data on the state of the nation through events, workshops, interviews and reviews, and identifying key security threats, risks and opportunities to reduce risk and improve resilience. As a result of the risk assessment activity, potential threats, attack vectors and vulnerabilities were also highlighted, along with identification of what would make the client an attractive target. Our client’s senior stakeholders obtained a realistic view of the maturity of their cyber defence, with key areas of weakness and strength identified across Government and business sectors. Clear and concise prioritised expert recommendations, based on the client’s technology, people and processes, were then provided

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The Rocky Mountain Greenway connects three Denver metro area National Wildlife Refuges with a continuous trail system between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds, and Rocky Flats in the northwest Denver metro area. The project is part of a larger vision, the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, which seeks to reconnect Americans with the country’s natural resources. The Rocky Mountain Greenway was first announced in 2011 by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and then‐Interior Secretary Salazar to close gaps in existing trail networks and develop new trails. To support this project, Atkins coordinated across numerous jurisdictions and agencies. We completed feasibility studies to identify the best options to connect the wildlife refuges and extend Denver’s existing greenway trail network and prepared preliminary cost estimates to aid in prioritizing projects and developing improvement packages. Atkins also provided final design and completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the seven-mile portion of trail spanning Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge in Arvada and the Great Western Open Space in Broomfield.  The trail system is expected to extend to Rocky Mountain National Park in the future, creating an 80-mile long continuous route. The completed trail network would link thousands of acres of public lands together, connecting metropolitan residents to the vast natural areas surrounding them—passing through more than 10 municipalities, six counties, and four federal land areas. A grand opening ceremony for the completion of the continuous 25‐mile stretch between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the southeastern portion of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge took

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In 2008, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers authorized the construction of ten new modular barrack facilities at two separate sites for U.S. military personnel at the base. As the designer of record, we provided architectural-engineering services for the design-build of the barracks, as well as associated site/civil engineering and design for a masonry pump house and water storage tank at each site, sanitary system, site utilities, and drainage systems. An exercise in reuse, the relocatable barracks were constructed using steel shipping containers, the type most often found at ports around the world. Each two-story barrack provides 10,301 square-feet (sf) of space, for a project total of 103,010 sf. The barracks include 18 occupancy units per floor, two latrines with two showers, two mechanical rooms, one electrical/storage room and one janitor’s closet. Brought into the project at roughly the 35 percent design phase and after start of construction at one of the two sites, the project presented a number of design challenges, all of which were successfully met in less than three months. The project had a highly aggressive construction schedule, was sited in an active war zone, and every design detail and material specified had to consider the products available and skill level of the local labor force. To effectively deliver the project, Atkins self-performed architecture, interiors, structural, civil, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), HVAC, and telecommunications, as well as life/fire safety and suppression. After usage by U.S. military personnel, the barracks will eventually be turned over to the Afghanis

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CIRRUSmaps™ conforms to the Discovery, View, Download and Coordinate Transformation services of the INSPIRE directive, and can be used as a data portal enabling Government organisations to effectively share their data.



LOCARD is the most advanced truly integrated Forensic Case Management System on the market. It is available as a ‘software as a service’ on the UK Government G-Cloud.


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

Middle East

John McSheen
Sector managing director - Planning and management


Campbell Gray 
Managing director - Faithful+Gould



Chris Mulligan
Local Government account director

Euston Tower
286 Euston Road
London NW1 3AT
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 201 121 2000
Mobile: +44 7834 505 556

Andy Finch
Education account director

Euston Tower
286 Euston Road
London NW1 3AT
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7121 2000

Colin Heyes
Emergency Services account manager

Eastgate House
Dogflud Way
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1252 89 9621



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