Business and pleasure

Whether catering for business functions or family vacations, hotels must create an experience and leave a lasting impression.

From the iconic Burj Al Arab and award-winning ‘The Address’ in Dubai, to the awe-inspiring Songjiang Intercontinental Quarry Hotel in China, we work with our clients to design hotels that indulge, serve and inspire.

It implies the symbiosis of three main components – Office, Hotel and SOHO apartments. Although these buildings can be operated individually but while they function together, a powerful urban synergy is created from these separate entities.

Total GFA is 246,067 sq.m with a plot ratio of 12.6. It comprises of three 165.8m tall building, a 39 storey office tower, a 38 storey Hilton hotel and a 43 storey SOHO apartment. The crystalline building form signifies its status as the landmark in the city of Chengdu, with its modern and geometrical expression in curtain wall, has given the project a pure and classic appearance.

Chengdu Seaton Plaza 


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Atkins was appointed by SKAI Holdings as lead designer for the 60-storey tower, which is to be located in the heart of Jumeirah Village, off Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The tower comprises a mix of serviced apartments and a five-star hotel – the first five star property in a five-kilometre radius. The sky lobby located at the top of the podium accommodates a spa, all-day-dining restaurant, health club, meeting rooms and a landscaped podium roof. The hotel part of the tower comprises 247 hotel rooms and suites, whereas the residential accommodation includes 221 one and two bedroom apartments and 33 four-bedroom apartments with private pools. 

The concept is based on a 30 degree rotation of each floor thus creating a series of lush-green balcony sky gardens and 271 sky-high swimming pools.

United Arab Emirates,

A quarry is a rather unlikely destination for a swank hotel. Perhaps that’s what makes the concept of Songjiang Quarry Hotel so awe-inspiring. Indeed, design and engineering consultancy Atkins won an international design competition for the five-star hotel back in August 2006 and their vision is in the process of being transformed into reality by Chinese developer Shimao. The satellite town of Songjiang is approximately 35 km from Shanghai city centre and well connected to existing transport infrastructure. Sprawling landscapes and natural beauty have made it a popular tourist destination and the district has been designated as an important local and national leisure resource. The design of the Songjiang Quarry Hotel is meant to reflect the natural landscape of the quarry. The winning concept was inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the rocky cliffs, waterfalls and surrounding hills. The project will see the construction of a five-star, 383-bedroom hotel built into the side of a disused, 90 m deep, water filled quarry. The hotel will be operated by Intercontinental as a sport and leisure-oriented spa resort. The concept design has attracted tremendous interest across the world. Apart from the green roof, it is intended that many features, ranging from geothermal energy to solar energy utilization, are included in this project. The reasons for the green roof are two-fold: it is both for the building to fit seamlessly into the surrounding environment and become a ‘natural’ part of the local topography, and also for its eco-friendly and energy saving qualities.

Apart from an awe-inspiring location, a cascading waterfall from the top of the quarry into the pool below it, and striking waveform architecture, the Songjiang Quarry Hotel will have plenty to offer. The futuristic hotel features underwater public areas, guest rooms and conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, and also includes sport and leisure centres. Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a 10 m deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel. Also, a transparent glass ‘waterfall’ located in the centre of the building is a major architectural feature. By building the hotel where it is, designers and developers hope to prevent further damage to the ecological environment around it. The Songjiang Quarry Hotel may become just about the greenest hotel ever made.

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With a height of over 460m, this will be the tallest building in Vietnam. The 81-storey development is located in Vinhomes Central Park - one of the most prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its frontage faces the beautiful Saigon River, and is conveniently connected via major road and water transportation. Featuring a modern and unusual architecture design that symbolises the diversity and fast-emergence of Ho Chi Minh City, this mixed-use development involves space for hotel, serviced residential apartment and retail. At the base of this skyscraper is a sumptuous shopping centre featuring the finest retailers under one roof for a top-class shopping experience. The 241,000m2 development will also feature contemporary landscape design that merges natural beauty into this building.

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Alila Jabal Akhdar is a boutique hotel consisting of 86 suites, a spa, meeting facilities, restaurants and all related support facilities.

It is set to be an exceptional addition to the high-end tourist destinations in the Gulf region, and a catalyst for further developments in this stunning part of Oman.

Sustainability was a strong driver for the project’s architects and engineers. In order to maximise the use of local materials and reduce the energy footprint, the development is designed to make the best use of carbon critical principles and to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The project has demonstrated industry best practices in line with LEED principles, some of which include:

  • use of local rocks retrieved during excavation for the stone masonry;
  • international standards of recycling practice;
  • minimisation of disturbance to the existing natural landscape, flora and fauna, and to local people living in the vicinity;
  • water conservation practices, including use of curing compound to mitigate the scarcity of water;
  • management of robust processes to identify and mitigate risks.

The development’s landscape design is focused on minimising the use of water through a selection of gravels, paving and a palette of plant species accustomed to the Jabal Akhdar climate and soil conditions.


Lishui Resort is a low-rise boutique resort located in a scenic location enclosed by rolling mountains and clear water with magnificent views. The 40,000m2 five-star luxury resort, comprising 74 standard rooms, 32 suites, 16 villas and one VIP villa, 10 SPA suites and ancillary facilities, offers pure relaxation in unparalleled comfort, private space and views.

The design aims to combine the exquisite comfort of a five-star luxury resort with traditional Chi­nese architecture, through discovering and interpreting in a modern sense the profound meaning of the Chinese art of building, and to create a strong sense of place.


Atkins’ architecture and urban design studio was selected by the developer, Huarong Real Estate Ltd Co through a design competition, as having provided an eye-catching and modern design which specifically responds to the site, the environment, and Huarong’s design aspirations of creating a landmark tower. This mixed-use development contains accommodation for a 5-star hotel, international grade-A offices and top brand retail facilities. It will be one of the first buildings to be built as part of the large masterplan of the new special economic zone of Hengqin Island District. This development benefits from a prime location facing the waterfront only a few hundred meters from the world-famous Cotai strip in Macau.

The organic towers of this project are carefully arranged to provide hotel guests and office users with stunning views of significant landmarks in Macau, while respecting the development potential and view corridors of adjacent sites. The building orientation also protects its main entrances from wind, while the façade consisted of louvers in wavy forms which shade unwanted glare and accentuate the concept of a rippling water surface.

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Atkins supplied architecture, civil and structural engineering, MEP engineering and construction supervision services for this 306m mixed use tower with a hotel and serviced apartments.

Atkins met the ambitious challenge of designing a building that needed to hold its own in the backdrop of the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa. The 63-storey tower rises from a restaurant and podium that fans outwards over ten floors, with full views of the lake below and Burj Khalifa tower.

United Arab Emirates,

The P-17 Tower is a stunning, 77-storey mixed-use tower development which is set to grace Sheikh Zayed Road in the neighbourhood of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The design of the super-slim P-17 Tower gives the illusion of constantly changing its appearance with the movement of people and the sun.

Standing tall at 370 metres and just 30 metres wide, the tower’s darker front facade rises from the ground and twists slightly in a striking glass and steel design. Behind the elegant form, increasingly taller blades gently splay outwards, conveying the appearance of layered planes which dynamically move sideways to produce a challenging, gravity-defying form.

The design integrates contemporary architectural thought, with innovative engineering solutions.

At the mid-building level tower, an angled atrium cuts straight through the tower filling a void over several storeys, which serves the five-star hotel and the serviced apartments.

Above the hotel are premium residential apartments and two floors of VIP suites which enjoy incomparable views of Dubai.

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United Arab Emirates,

Atkins developed the concept design and produced preliminary design, detailed design drawings and tender documentation as well as the construction supervision services for this prestigious five-star hotel which opened in November 2011.

The building comprises a 281-room, five-star hotel with a 30-shop boutique retail mall, spa, business centre and signature dining. The main feature of the building is an 11-storey glass atrium, within which is enclosed an oyster shaped ‘sky bar’ suspended at mid height on the sixth floor.

The building features a mosaic-style, multi-coloured façade and along with its shape, were inspired by the landscape of the UAE. The curvature represents the sand dunes, while the blue and green colour of the façade represents the Arabian Gulf.

United Arab Emirates,

Atkins' work on the iconic 321m-high, 56-storey super-luxury hotel included architecture, civil and structural engineering, MEP engineering, construction supervision and cost consultancy services. The hotel is situated on a man-made island and is considered a symbol of modern Dubai.

The Atkins-designed Burj Al Arab, with its distinctive theme of a billowing spinnaker sail of a high-tech J-class yacht, ranks alongside the instantaneously recognisable icons of other world cities. When it opened in time for the millennium celebrations, it was the world's tallest single structure hotel housing the world’s tallest atrium at 182m.

United Arab Emirates,

Al Habtoor City is a major mixed-use development alongside Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.

Atkins is working for Al Habtoor Group to provide full multidisciplinary design services for the residential element of the scheme, incorporating three luxury residential towers and a retail podium totalling 395,000 m².

The development will also include three five-star hotels and a spectacular water-themed theatre. Upon completion, the project’s location in Business Bay on the banks of the planned Dubai Water Canal will ensure it becomes a key destination for tourism and leisure.

United Arab Emirates,

Atkins provided architecture, civil and structural engineering, MEP engineering and construction supervision services for this landscaped 93m high, five-star hotel with a marina, conference centre and tennis courts.

Our design of the 275m long silhouette is of a large wave and the long layered facades add to the impression of a wave swelling and breaking. Corridors are also curved, meaning that all 600 rooms have sunset views over the ocean. Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a classic resort hotel which just a few years after opening, won Business Traveller Magazine's award as the ‘Best Resort Hotel in the World’.

United Arab Emirates,

Atkins was commissioned to undertake the masterplanning and design of The Wave, Muscat, a development stretching along 6km of natural beach coastline between Al-Athaiba and Al-Mawelah, scheduled for completion in 2017.

Atkins is responsible for schematic and detail design documentation and supervision of the apartment complexes, town houses, villas, marine works and retail shopping precinct.

The project covers an area of 230 hectares, with an additional 30 hectares through land reclamation to accommodate a 300-berth marina and yacht club – which will boast internal waterways. The project also features an 18-hole championship golf course by Greg Norman. The tourism sector of the project has luxury 5- star hotels and a wide range of retail and restaurant outlets.

This is the first mixed-use project in Oman where freehold ownership by expatriates is permitted.


Atkins provided masterplanning, architecture, landscaping, environment, transport, civil engineering and project management services for this sustainable residential, commercial and leisure resort community for a population of 60,000.

Atkins' environmental considerations were central to the design, engineering and construction of the 13 offshore islands, golf course and marina. Alongside the design of the islands and the contours of the land to be reclaimed, we designed a number of features such as living areas, hotels, recreation zones, community facilities, transportation, water networks and power sources distribution.


The initial concept, architectural and landscape design for the resort was produced by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) and Derek Lovejoy Partnership (DLP) and has been subsequently developed by Atkins.

Barr Al Jissah Resort is idyllically situated in its own cove on the Omani coastline, framed by a spectacular mountainous backdrop. The initial concept, architectural and landscape design for the resort was produced by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) and Derek Lovejoy Partnership (DLP) and has been subsequently developed by Atkins.

The overall design philosophy is in keeping with Omani architectural cultural traditions but makes use of modern materials designed to achieve a very high level of energy efficiency through the use of thermal insulation, high specification glazing and natural shading techniques.


Vung Ro Bay is an opportunity to develop a new destination for Phu Yen Province and Vietnam. Atkins was commissioned to transform this vision into a masterplan for a long term strategy of growth at the most easterly point of Vietnam. Key components of the design include a marina, resort hotels, urban living community and private residential villas. The masterplan draws its inspiration from the natural beauty of the surroundings and an aspiration to create an integrated walkable community space.

Key design principles have been applied throughout the masterplan to include sustainability, identity, adaptability, diversity, public realm, compatibility, accessibility and density and massing. Three distinctive areas have been designed: the marina development with its cascading tier design allowing direct sea views; the village occupying the valley plain; and the Bai Mon with its sandy beach resort and the historical 1890 lighthouse. A green thread links these areas physically and visually to form one integrated and cohesive design.

Appropriate sustainability elements have been embedded within the masterplan to address the infrastructure, engineering and built environment in general. The aim is to reduce the impact on the existing landscape, avoid contamination of the natural watercourses, mitigate flood risk, use local technologies and methods, reduce energy demand, conserve water, reduce waste and improve safety and quality of life.


The project is located in the Pearl of Taihu Lake Resort, west of Taihu Lake Bridge, north of the Yuyang Mountain Scenic Area, east of the Star of Taihu Lake Yacht Club and Golf Club. The total area is about 72,000 square meters, total construction area of about 37642m2, and this is a five-star resort hotel, the project, four to six layers, include rooms, spa, swimming pool, banquet hall, wedding hall and logistics space.It’s “neo-Suzhou” expression reinterprets traditional Suzhou black-tile-roof and white-wall architecture in titanium-zinc roofs inspired by the graceful swallows returning every spring.  The hotel is located beside Taihu Lake extending both east and west with full view of lake. The main function focuses on the courtyard, and the whole shape is like a swallow flying on the water, easy and light. The project is located in the resort area. Courtyard space design creates a Poetic mood by combination of hotel and surrounding environment.


This  440-room 5-star business and resort hotel with a 2800 sqm banquet area exploits fully its sea view potential.

There are two lots on the site: Lot A is for hotel and support facilities while Lot B for offices with entertainment podium. Facing a shoreline park the twin towers’ “V” site formation flanking a 50m wide green belt allows all the rooms’ 30 °angled bay windows to enjoy sea view without looking into one another and without completely blocking other inland buildings towards the sea.

The intricate stepped facade treatments allude to seashell forms while the sail-like roof membranes establish a nautical presence and dramatic skyline seen both day and night.


Atkins’ iconic design for Regatta Apartments in Jakarta is a simple but dynamic concept with a nautical theme. The clusters of apartment buildings represent elegant sailing yachts departing from the cardinal points of a compass, giving rise to its name ‘Regatta’. The luxury 11 hectare mixed-use development comprises a five-star hotel, 10 luxury apartment towers each named after major port cities of the world, two serviced apartments and basement parking facilities.

This striking landmark is visible from land, air and sea and was formally acclaimed in 2010 with the Bali Congress Award, a Prix d‘Excellence awarded by the International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI.