Atkins is a major force in urban development. We design cities throughout the world, delivering sustainable solutions to best meet the needs of modern populations.

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 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 theories. Using a reinterpretation of the geometry of a traditional Moroccan mosaic tile as its inspiration, the masterplan delivers axes and views to key existing and future buildings, as well as to new cultural open spaces. 

Both new buildings complement and reference the geometries of the masterplan, acknowledging their aspect in relation to Rabat’s most important existing historic buildings, the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the new Zaha Hadid-designed National Theatre. They will also provide contemporary spaces that will reinvigorate the capital’s cultural and artistic scene, aligning with the Royal vision for “Rabat, the City of Light, the Moroccan Capital of Culture”.

The House of Arts and Culture will feature contemporary exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, and open plan areas for both professional artists and new younger talent from around the world.

The Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco will showcase exhibitions on Morocco’s rich cultural history, as well as providing educational and training spaces. This building will also contain classrooms, digital experiences and restoration laboratories, where Morocco’s precious archives will be restored, maintained, and displayed to the public.

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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.

Dominican Republic, North America,

The 450-foot long pier sits within a highly visible, narrow manmade navigational channel between Miami Beach and Fisher Island. The channel is the main entrance to PortMiami, the world’s leading cruise port and Florida’s largest container port. Approximately 20 million vacationing passengers travel through the channel to vacation destinations such as, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico.

Because of the high visibility of the pier, it was important to honor local aesthetics. Atkins carefully considered every facet of the pier’s redesign. 338-feet of designated fishing areas were incorporated. Durable concrete benches and two canopy structures were installed. Aluminum bar grading covers the pier’s subfloor and is topped with Ipe wood in South Pointe’s signature honeycomb pattern.

Protecting the local sea life was also a priority. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)-approved, turtle friendly lighting was used throughout the pier to minimize impacts on hatching sea turtles. To protect corals and water quality, Atkins prepared an Avoidance and Minimization Plan (AMP), which served as a guide for the construction contractor to address construction impacts. Corals were relocated to an artificial reef recipient site west of the pier. 29 coral-encrusted rock boulders within the project footprint were also relocated to the same site. Potential water quality impacts were addressed in a turbidity monitoring plan.

Complex environmental conditions required permitting approvals from multiple agencies. Land and water rights, held by the City, state, and federal government, had to be updated prior to construction. Atkins used its longstanding relationships and experience with regulatory agencies to ensure all requirements were met.

In August of 2014, the City of Miami Beach officially reopened the pier to the public and it was commemorated with a series of free events that included art displays, giveaways, and refreshments. Today, the Pier remains a vibrant attraction for artists, joggers, and fishing enthusiasts.

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Cambridge North Station will create a new gateway to Cambridge and its northern fringes. The development is expected to serve over 3,000 passengers per day, and forms a key piece of Cambridgeshire’s transport infrastructure. The new station will alleviate congestion in the city centre and open up access to Cambridge Science Park and several major new developments to the north of Cambridge.

Through consultation and collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council the Atkins design team created a piece of functional rail infrastructure, benchmarked for cost against other similar developments, which was also a piece of architecture specific to Cambridge and the high tech industries it would be helping to serve.

The passenger route through Cambridge North is clear and direct with constant views of the passenger destination. This allows the building to declutter itself of signage. Natural light is also used as part of the wayfinding strategy, with both top light and large format windows lighting key areas of the station and providing visual reminders to passengers of their route.

The station is wrapped in three equal bands of aluminium panels which have been perforated with a design derived from John Horton Conway’s “Game of Life” theories which he established while at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1970. These beautiful, delicate panels ensure passive security to ground floor glazed areas, assist with wayfinding while crossing the footbridge and allow the building to transform its appearance between day and night through sensitive backlighting.

By bringing out elements of its local history and surrounding businesses, the station is unique to Cambridge – a truly bespoke, tailored design for both client and community.

UK,

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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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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In the early 1960s, Birmingham New Street Station was originally rebuilt to accommodate 60,000 passengers a day and the concrete station came to represent the city of Birmingham for many travellers. The redesign of Birmingham New Street has transformed the reinforced concrete station into a futuristic transport hub.

In 2008, Network Rail awarded Atkins the detailed design (GRIP 5) for Birmingham New Street, where up to 170,000 passengers now travel through the station each day.

Over seven years, Atkins played a lead role in the design of the station and the shopping centre Grand Central, overcoming significant challenges by applying innovative solutions to help successfully deliver one of the biggest station refurbishments in Europe.

The project involved the assessment of existing structures and the design of new ones including the stainless steel façade, new atrium roof and the steel framed John Lewis structure, which is built partly over the 1965 reinforced concrete station. This entailed the building of a Global Stability Analysis Model (GSAM), to understand how the old station and the new constructions would behave under different loadings, both in its final state and during key stages of the construction programme.

Working closely with Network Rail and Mace, Atkins drew upon their range of multidisciplinary specialists, from civils, highways and architecture, to modelling, telecoms, landscaping and project management to deliver the design for this extraordinary project.

The station was officially reopened on September 20, 2015.

 
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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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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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Taiyuan Wusu airport is located to the southeast of Taiyuan which is the capital city of Shanxi Province and its political, economic and cultural centre. In ancient times, Taiyuan was an important military town but it is now one of China’s most important centres of heavy industry, using more than half the nation’s coal output.

Fundamental to the planning for this new terminal was maintaining the efficient relationship between the terminal and the flight area. Also, the terminal zone had to satisfy the demands of both short term and long term operation.

A building form angled at 45 degrees was used to develop the character of the site. By join­ing the new main building and its gate piers to the existing terminal, this makes it a visual as well as a functional part of the entire complex. The existing building and the new extension merge around three courtyards that are evocative of traditional Shanxi courtyards.

The courtyards are open internal spaces bringing light and air into the centre of the plan where they can be appreciated by domestic and international passengers.

China,

Atkins' East Lake design connects the old and new areas of Karamay through a distinctive landscape, building on the tradition of water festivals whilst introducing and enhancing ecological provision unique to Xinjiang.

The design takes inspiration from Karamay’s natural and historical heritage, with particular reference to the cities importance as an oil reserve. Building on Karamay’s history Atkins’ proposal looks to protect and enhance the local biodiversity whilst providing an attractive destination not only for locals but tourists also. Atkins’ idea was to offset any new built form with an area for nature, so Incorporating a landmark bridge with new lake islands, recreational piers with functional wetlands; all contributing to the ideal of ‘city living’ in harmony with nature.

According to “Mountain and Water” from Chinese culture, Atkins designed the following nine items: a central lake, leisure and fitness area, resort, adventure park, cultural display area, lakeside business, Northern Xinjiang Garden, entrance plaza and wetlands. “The benevolent enjoy mountains; the wise enjoy water”.

China,

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 appointed in 2011 as lead designer for the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

The 36-month project involves designing a new 640,000 m² passenger terminal and associated buildings to increase the airport’s capacity to 30 million passengers each year.

In addition to lead design activities, we are undertaking the architectural, special airport systems (SAS) and information and communication technology (ICT) design for all aspects of the terminal building, including an advanced baggage handling system, departure gates and airway bridges, a 56-room hotel for transit passengers, four first class lounges and a business lounge and duty-free shops and commercial centres.

The airport expansion is needed as Saudi Arabia seeks to meet demand from religious tourism to the holy city of Mecca. Approximately 2.5 million people visit Mecca during the Hajj period alone, and this is projected to rise to 4 million in the next few years.

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Atkins was responsible for all aspects of design for the 2010 Asian Beach Games in Oman, including the athlete's village, a four-star hotel, marina, residential and retail facilities.

Our deep technical expertise, combined with our unparalleled experience of working in the region, enabled us to masterplan the site, design the games facilities and deliver the project detailed design in just 14 months - saving up to a year compared to a standard project cycle.

Oman,

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.

Bahrain,

Atkins provided architecture, structural and civil engineering, interior design and building services for this four million sq ft mixed-use development, including a tower that will be Pakistan’s tallest building.

The Atkins' design reflects the landscape with references to the Himalaya mountain range that dominates the horizon beyond the city of Islamabad. The development includes a new pedestrianised zone, creating much-needed public space in the busy urban environment. Sited in an earthquake zone, the development provides an innovative approach to the demanding structural requirements of tall buildings in seismically active regions.

Pakistan,

Atkins supplied architecture, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering, town planning, landscape design, environmental impact assessment, and site supervision for the UK’s largest and most sustainable marina of its kind. The project comprises not only a marina but also includes marina operations HQ, restaurant and business units.

 

Atkins' low carbon design is an exemplar project utilising a passive solution through the selection of orientation, form and materials to optimise natural ventilation, natural light and the thermal mass of the construction. Active renewables include wind turbines, a bio-mass boiler and solar panels to generate 20% renewable energy and to enable a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘very good’.

 

The marina played an important role in the sailing events for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when its on-shore facilities and 250 of its berths were dedicated to the occasion. Prior to the Games, the marina was also an approved training centre for Olympic teams.

 


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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.

Indonesia,

Conceptual masterplanning, including architecture and engineering, of three city sites to incorporate a new zoo and botanical gardens along with a retail/leisure development themed on flora and fauna.

Atkins' inspiration for the masterplan is a dragonfly, or in Russian, a 'strikazo'. The huge shining, translucent wings form the retail mall, containing shops, restaurants and a nine screen cinema, whilst the body, formed by an arched glazed steel structure, creates a pedestrian bridge link across the lake and a dramatic entrance to the zoo.

Russia,

The East Busan Entertainment Media Park is envisioned as rich in media-based content that celebrates the creativity and independent thinking of the Korean Wave Movement and its influence on international audiences. Park attractions will be experiential with a high level of technology and a focus on personalized experiences. Surrounding non-gated “free zones” include a village resort, world market, and central park.

The design approach focuses on preservation of the site’s natural topography and use of water as an organizing element. The park will incorporate sustainable design principles to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption. Green roofs, solar roof panels and curtain walls, rainwater collection, biofiltration, and greywater reuse will be used to achieve carbon neutrality. A commuter rail stop will be located near the west corner of the site, which will help reduce the parking demand.

Korea,

Originally inspired by the cathedral arches of Sofia, Atkins created the concept design for Fort Noks, a mixed used development in Bulgaria.

A high-rise tower and ‘L’ shaped low-rise office building sit over a podium comprising a wide range of retail and conference facilities accessed through a grand atrium lobby. With some of the most spectacular views of Vitosha Mountain, the high-rise office building reaches 135 metres high and is set to create a distinctive landmark in Sofia’s skyline. It will be visible to visitors driving in and out of the city centre and from the air as aircrafts approach Sofia International Airport. When completed it will be the tallest building in Bulgaria and the Balkans.

Bulgaria,

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.

Vietnam,

Atkins is behind the long-term masterplan for the new Medina Airport and has also developed designs for the terminal to facilitate the growth of domestic, international and Hajj traffic.

The scope of work, on a full multidisciplinary basis, included masterplanning, terminal design, surface access planning, sustainability strategy, and layouts for the runway, taxiway and aprons.

The terminal was designed for 18 million passengers per annum with expansion up to 30 million. The masterplan also made provision for the later development of a second terminal. Our designs fit with Saudi Arabia’s desire to vastly improve the traveller experience as they make their pilgrimage.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

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.

Indonesia,

Meixi Lake represents a sustainable city model, now in its implementation phase. Located to the west of Changsha City, Meixi Lake is positioned to be 'the future centre of Hexi City' with an expected population of 206,000 people.

Atkins’ masterplan embodies the spirit and objectives of an ecological city, maximising opportunities through transport infrastructure, promoting a development strategy of high density core areas (TOD – Transit Oriented Development), a new CBD, as well as seven character districts, all to be implemented over the evolutionary life of the development.

China,

The new terminal for Xi'an airport in central China will provide an additional 270,000 square metres of space. When the airport expansion is complete the anticipated passenger volume will be 31 million per year.

Our competition winning design for the new terminal building suggests a connection to the formality of traditional Chinese architecture. The three dimensional form is inspired by the architectural style of the Han and Tang dynasties where the sculptural roof rises in symmetrical layers towards a central axis.

China,

Atkins provided a range of services for the campus, focussing on the integration of five office buildings of the Supreme Educational Council Headquarters in Qatar.

The Atkins-designed “Wall of Knowledge” is a double-height internal street linking the five buildings around a central courtyard. Its' gallery allows drop-off access from the landscaped deck whilst the lower-ground level responds to climatic realities by enabling direct pedestrian access from the car park. The buildings and a central fountain rise through openings in the deck that also direct light and air down.

Qatar,

Atkins was contracted to carry out the entire design and site supervision services on this 50-storey residential tower. The design of the Sama Tower strives to create the illusion of continuous movement in a static object.

The trapezoidal floor plate with a gradually inverting geometry as one goes up represents a twist that is gentle, yet powerful.

The reversing triangle also allows for a greater number of apartments to have better views: towards the sea on higher floors and towards the landscape and vibrancy of Sheikh Zayed Road on the lower floors.

United Arab Emirates,