Workplaces that work

Office buildings are not just places of work – they are home to the businesses that operate out of them and a shared space for employees and clients.

From high-rise towers to super green, highly sustainable developments, we design buildings that not only contribute to city skylines but also acknowledge the importance of health and well-being in office environments.


The first speculative office to be built in Bristol since the recession, this flexible BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Grade-A office development within Bristol’s Enterprise zone forms part of a wider masterplan project that links to Temple Meads, Avon Street and the rest of the waterfront.

Our design includes a highly efficient core and limited internal columns, allowing each of the six floors regular, flexible floorplates. This gives businesses the freedom to customise their space. The design was conceived as a series of interlocking geometric forms, which creatively reflects the flexible internal office space.

The striking curtain wall façade, designed to reflect the interior’s flexibility, offers panoramic views across Bristol whilst capitalising on natural light.

Besides the office space, the development has retail and restaurant accommodation on the ground floor. Innovative use of sheet piling as part of the load bearing structure also allows basement parking beneath the level of the floating harbour.

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Our designs for the redevelopment of our historic offices in Epsom will give staff working at Woodcote Grove more modern, efficient and flexible working spaces. The design is intended to meet the highest sustainability targets, including BREEAM Excellent and an A rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPA).

The new design will also encourage more interaction between our multi-disciplinary design, engineering and project management teams. The internal spaces at Woodcote Grove give the building its distinct identity, with a central atrium designed as the office ‘hub’ to encourage informal interactions between teams and create a social culture that makes working an enjoyable and motivating experience.

Over 20 disciplines from across Atkins – including architects, building services, structural engineers, archaeologists and ecologists – have come together on the project. We took a truly inter-disciplinary approach at the early stages of the project, working together to get the fundamentals of the design right. 

 
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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.

 
 
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Euston Estate Limited want to transform Euston Station into a place where people not only travel, but live, work, shop, eat and play. As well as new station facilities, they want to offer people a place to go for high end shopping, dining and entertainment.

Our multidisciplinary team created a 17 hectare vision and masterplan for the redevelopment of Euston Station, including the 1980s commercial office buildings at the station’s entrance.

Our masterplan went beyond the development of a new station to create a vibrant mixed use community space incorporating retail, leisure, office space and residential buildings, and high quality public spaces. Our vision for Euston also included a makeover for the landmark Euston Square at the front of the station.

 
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Atkins is designing the two supertall towers of the Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1 in Shenyang with total investment estimated at RMB10,000,000,000. At 568 metres and 308 metres high respectively they will be the landmark of Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China. Named “Pearl of the North” the 568-metre tower will become the tallest building in Shenyang and signals the continuing growth of the city.

The towers occupy a prestigious site to the south of the iconic TV tower, and form part of the 5.8 hectare masterplan on the “Golden Corridor” Youth Street in the central business district. The development overlooks the Youth Park and the Nanyun River to the east. In addition to these two towers the complex will contain five luxury residential towers each approximately 200 metres high, above a large culturally themed lifestyle shopping mall.

           
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This building will stand out with its simplicity, bold and clarity in design that signify the corporate culture and image of the bank as well as the characteristic of the financial industry. While people are familiar with the iconic Bank of China tower in Hong Kong, soon a new signature tower will appear in the skyline of Jiangbeizhui, the Central Financial District (CFD) of West China. Bank of China Tower is the new beacon of fortune and prosperity in Chongqing.

This 198-metre high iconic tower is designed by a world class architects – Atkins. Atkins is a famous international architecture and engineering consultancy – largest in the Europe and Top 4 in the world. Atkins has more than 200 offices in 80 countries and regions. This building is perfectly situated in a premium location. The designer of BOC tower incorporates an advanced design approach in terms of sustainability, energy saving, intelligence into the local context, and creates a high rise tower which is transparent, modern, and dignified.


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Named “Window of Canton”, this project defines the southern gateway to Guangzhou, the first Chinese city that pioneered trading with the west centuries ago. Moreover, the multi-tower masterplan development can be read as “001” from the south and “100” from the north, both being auspicious numbers. The concept uses only a 25m deep slab, thus allowing for daylighting and northsouth ventilation and views of both the famous Pearl River and the CBD skylight for all office units. Moreover, the use of solar shades on the roof, east and west elevations optimizes the energy conservation strategy. Lifting the “window” off the ground not only lightens the mass of this 178m-long building but also opens up uncluttered vistas to the river from future development to the north. The top floor unit will boast a 178m long panorama of the Riverbank Park and marina occupying a shipyard converted into a yacht club.

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Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to develop the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. The development will be designed as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic facilities, a convention centre and a hotel. Spread over a 30-acre site the campus is located near Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur.

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Located at Tianjin TEDA Modern Service District, H2 low carbon building was conceived as a demonstration project and research platform for green building technologies. The top floor and roof garden of the 9 storey building is designated as a showcase for low carbon building technologies, while the remaining floors for the slab tower are office spaces. The 2 storey podium will be occupied by retail shops, bank, F&B outlets and main lobby. Parking lots, MEP equipment and auxiliary facilities are located in the 2 storey basement. H2 low carbon building has been accredited the first office building in the world with 4 green certification; China 3 Stars, CASBEE, BREEAM and LEED.


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With an angular, computer-circuitry design and turquoise neon-lights inspired by the movie Tron, our design for the Met Office in Exeter’s Science Park is a spark of science-fiction in the West Country, and an instantly recognisable building reflecting the pioneering work undertaken by the Met Office.

The BREEAM Excellent site features a large IT hall, which will house the Met Office’s new £97m supercomputer, and a striking two-storey ‘collaboration’ building – designed to reflect the patterns on a circuit board – which will hold the world’s leading research into weather data and climate change.

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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 provided multidisciplinary services for the twin 240m high office towers and shopping mall of the Bahrain World Trade Center.

Atkins achieved a world first by aesthetically incorporating commercial wind turbines into the fabric of the building. The three 29m diameter wind turbines and the shape of the paired towers have a direct and tangible relationship via wind dynamics. The Carbon Critical Design of the Bahrain World Trade Center meant it was fully tenanted by major regional businesses from day one. Atkins also received a number of accolades for the design including a Best Tall Building award from The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Construction Week award and an Innovation award from The Building Exchange.

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Designed and engineered by Atkins, Bank Muscat’s new 33,000sq m headquarters will serve as the bank’s central hub. The iconic building will become home to 2,000 employees, and was designed to provide a functional and attractive building firmly rooted in the Oman context.

The building incorporates a number of sustainable initiatives to allow optimum natural light to enter the building while at the same time keeping the building cool. These include the external mushrabiya screens, which are both decorative and functional, high-performance glass and the reduction of glazing.

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Atkins’ office in Bristol is one of the UK’s most energy efficient buildings. We provided the architecture design, carbon consultancy and design engineering for our new office which resulted in it being awarded a BREEAM excellent rating – the UK’s most widely used environmental assessment for buildings. Overall carbon emissions are more than a third lower than expected for a building of this type.

The Hub was designed as a showcase for Atkins’ Carbon Critical Design offering – combining a pragmatic design, flexible use of space, and the most energy efficient engineering. Key features include chilled beams, automated windows, energy efficient lighting, a ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting. The building is also ‘low carbon ready’ so that it can integrate with future innovations when they come along.

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The concept for this mixed-use development draws on the philosophy that opposing forces are interconnected in the natural world and takes inspiration from natural Indonesia. Elements of architecture are reduced to minimal shapes and geometry creating harmony between buildings and landscape in a natural environment. The organic layout blends forms into each other producing a fluid combination of internal and external spaces promoting a healthy living and working environment.

A solar orientation specific, shading calculator was developed for the project and applied to every glazed element to establish the correct number of shading louvers with respect to the variable overhang and solar exposure. This ensured the solar gains were kept within limits to enable the building to use low energy environmental control systems. Passive building elements are included in the environmental control system, with thermal mass from the concrete frame providing temperature stability and a high performance thermal envelope to reduce infiltration and thermal conduction gains. This innovative organic facade design contributed to an overall reduction in energy demand by 35% in comparison to typical buildings of this type in Jakarta.

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Atkins has been appointed to provide multidisciplinary design services for ITC Tower in Bangalore – ITC’s new headquarters. The proposed one million square feet commercial tower will function as information technology offices with ancillary support services, and will house a working population of 6,500.

Having a strong social and sustainable agenda, the brief required Atkins to support a “triple bottom line” approach where the needs of people, planet and profit are equally served by the design. The project aims to achieve the highest possible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Green Building rating, enabling us to push the envelope of best practice in sustainable design.

This project aims to set a new benchmark for quality office design and will keep Atkins at the leading edge of intelligent and sustainable building design.

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This project is a very high-profile mixed-used development which benefits from a prime location in the core commercial area of the Guanyinqiao business district in Chongqing. The development consists of 3 towers of up to 280m height, which are arranged in a form that is reminiscent of the Chinese character for ‘mountain’. The towers contain over 150,000m2 of grade-A office space with a public viewing deck and restaurant at the top of the tallest tower. The multi-storey retail mall is positioned to accommodate international luxury and fashion brands, a gourmet supermarket, fine dining and a large cinema. The retail strategy has been developed to take advantage of a new large pedestrian plaza that is connecting to existing shopping boulevards and squares, and which will form the heart of a wider urban regeneration masterplan for this district. The project is currently under construction and completion of the first phase is expected in 2016.

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