Our architects, designers and urbanists work across a global network of studios, creating outstanding places and spaces that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world.

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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This 'next generation' care home has been thoughtfully designed alongside dementia specialists to create an environment which increases quality of life for older people and facilitates independent living. With over 15,000 people in Surrey with dementia, and a 30 per cent increase predicted by 2021, these high standard care homes are more important than ever.

Our design for West Hall included many features aimed specifically at helping people with dementia. These include sensors built into bed frames to monitor individuals’ sleep patterns and bedtime bathroom routines.

Residents fill memory boxes built into the entrance of each bedroom with their personal items, such as family pictures, which help them recognise their room. Uniquely patterned tactile panels by their doors and distinct colour schemes on each floor also help with recognition.

The other facilities at West Hall include a central bistro, private dining room, library and hair salon which provide comfort and a sense of normality to residents, with a designed quiet room offering a peaceful retreat for those looking to relax away from their room.

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UK,

Lime Tree brings not only much needed additional school places for Manchester (statistics show over half of primary schools in Manchester are now over capacity), but a new way of teaching and learning that blends indoor and outdoor learning in new and exciting ways. Over half of the curriculum is delivered outdoors.

The buildings, which work with the landscape to create a physical and metaphysical forest, were largely constructed off-site out of modular components, a process that greatly reduced the amount of waste products and the time taken to complete the building.

As a ‘forest school’, Lime Tree aims to develop pupil’s self-esteem, self-confidence and independence skills by nurturing an understanding and respect for nature and the outside world. Atkins designed the building to reflect this ethos, with columns clad in tree bark, green and sky blue cladding inspired by leaves in the sunlight, and classrooms full of natural light connected by ‘forest clearings’.

What makes Lime Tree stand out in comparison with many modular or standardised school solutions is that the project has not been compromised by the construction methodology – it simply helped us realise the vision sooner, cheaper and with considerable panache.

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UK,

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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Our re-invention of Dalmarnock Station was designed in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, providing the transport hub for spectators arriving from all over the world.

The new station is a complete transformation of the claustrophobic, dark and intimidating ticket halls and stairways, and a critical part of Clyde Gateway’s long term transformation of Glasgow’s east end. The new station is brighter, safer and easier to navigate.                        

Externally, a single skin of translucent, cast glass is used to fill the interior with natural light and strike considered contrasts with the original station masonry construction. Internally, a dynamic sequence of light filled spaces direct passengers through the station in a simple, elegant promenade.

The roofscape is conceived as a designed set of peaks and valleys that reinforce the wayfinding experience within the station in a quiet revere of grand station architecture.

Although originally constructed for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, the project will continue to provide long-term benefits for commuters and other passengers for years to come as part of the legacy of the event.


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Located at Tianjin TEDA Modern Service District, the H2 low carbon build­ing was conceived as a demonstration project and research platform for green building technologies. The 20,000 sqm building occupies a 5,000 sqm site, of which 12,000 sqm of gross floor area is above ground level.

The top floor and roof garden of the nine-storey building is designated as a showcase for low carbon building technologies, while the remaining floors for the slab tower are office spaces. The two-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 two-storey basement.

Due to its layered, slim rectilinear appearance and performance-inspired facades, the project has been nicknamed “ecological sandwich” by the design team. An array of photo-voltaic cells is positioned in front of a double-skinned facade on the south elevation, while the north facade utilizes triple-glazing curtain wall panels. Service cores are located at the east and west ends of the building.

H2 low carbon building is poised to be the first in the world to be accred­ited for four green building standards: China 3 Stars, CASBEE, BREEAM and LEED. Incorporated green building initiatives include simple tech­niques such as rainwater harvesting to relatively complex photo-voltaic systems for solar energy. The aim is to create an energy-saving, comfortable indoor building environment through five aspects of architectural and engi­neering designs – building structure and architectural envelope, renewable energy, electrical and lighting design, plumbing and sanitary engineering, and HVAC engineering. As a technological showcase, the project not only explores the feasibility of new building materials and systems, it is an attempt to integrate low carbon design with a smart, attractive architec­tural expression.

In 2014 TEDA H2 Building was awarded bronze in the “Best Innovative Green Building” category at MIPIM Asia awards, read the news release here.

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Atkins provided full architectural services for this $8.5 million, 49,000-square-foot library. In keeping with the historic nature of Georgetown, the materials and forms of the library were chosen to reflect the local vernacular, while proclaiming the project's important civic nature.

The evolving client collaboration resulted in an efficient program layout that can change configurations to serve different community groups for day or evening. At the same time, the project transformed an old maintenance and storage yard into a new pedestrian urban experience with small courtyards and formal lawns, while seamlessly integrating the required utilities. This project also met the stringent requirements and review process of the Georgetown Historic Architectural Review Committee.

USA,

Bond Street station currently suffers from significant levels of congestion caused by heavy demand, poor access for mobility impaired passengers and restricted capacity on access to and from the Jubilee line platforms. The project brief was to upgrade the station in order to relieve congestion to a very busy and crowded station and to provide step free access. This was achieved by providing a new station entrance and satellite ticket hall on the north side of Oxford Street, a new route to the Jubilee Line with improved interchange between the lines, new lifts and escalators, connections to existing LUL infrastructure and a direct connection to the new Crossrail Bond Street station.

Atkins has been involved with the project since 2007 and has provided a multidiscipline design service with lead designers for the tunnelling, architectural, station planning and mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) design elements.

The project’s scheme design (RIBA Stages C and D) was initially developed by Atkins under a direct appointment with LUL. After competitive tendering, LUL subsequently awarded the design and build contract to Costain Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (CoLOR) with the Halcrow Atkins Joint Venture (HAT) as their lead designer for completion of the detailed design (RIBA Stages E and F).

Tunnelling works comprise the construction of new lift shafts, an inclined escalator barrel, station passage and concourse tunnels and stairs. The majority of the tunnelling works has been carried using sprayed concrete linings (SCL). Traditional squareworks (non-SCL) to form passages, stairs and lift shaft was used where space constraints from the very close proximity of the tunnelling to the existing station structures prevented the use of SCL. New overbridges over the Central and Jubilee Line platform tunnels were constructed in either squareworks or a hybrid SCL and squareworks design.

From 2013 Atkins has provided an on-going role with technical support to the contractor during construction. Completion of the construction works is due in 2017.

UK,

Atkins is designing the Northstar Changsha Centre in Changsha, China.

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will integrate residential, cultural, retail and commercial space of the riverside area to create a central public space for activities. This will include a supertall 400 metre landmark office tower, regional convention centre, department stores, a five-star hotel and serviced apartments. The project will cover a floor area of 406,000sqm.

Based on existing road planning, the development has been designed to be very pedestrian friendly, and a major civic plaza will connect the buildings with a network of elevated walkways. Vertical recesses running up the sides of the towers will make them look more slender and the tops of the towers are ‘stepped’ to add differentiation to the overall shape, ensuring the towers will create a dramatic and unified group on the city’s skyline.

China,

Atkins is designing the two supertall towers of the Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1 in Shenyang with total investment estimated at RMB 10,000,000,000. 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 58.5 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 life style shopping mall. 

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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 optimises 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.

China,

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

The first tower comprises 498 serviced apartments while the other tower is a four-star hotel. The ground floor of the serviced apartment tower comprises the main entry lobby, back of house spaces and the requisite plant areas. The sky lobby located at the top of the podium accommodates a spa, all-day-dining, health club, meeting rooms and an extravagant landscaped podium roof.

The other tower has a mix of guest rooms, one and two bedroom apartments, 30 penthouses on the top 10 floors, and a 700 m² Chinese restaurant that commands breathtaking views.

The concept is based on a 30 degree rotation of each floor thus creating a sky garden. The introduction of sky gardens into the buildings is not new to the architecture world; however the way these sky gardens have been integrated into the Suites in the Skai towers is considered as an innovative approach.

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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.

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In tandem with China’s economic expansion there has been exponential growth in air travel. Cities that were caught up in the first wave of growth are rapidly being overhauled. So-called ‘second tier cities’ are now building airports. It is predicted that more than 1,000 new airports will be built in China in a relatively short time span.

Won in a limited competition, the design of the new domestic terminal building for Yinchuan in China’s western province of Ningxai reflects the Islamic influence of the minority groups in this, the most important Muslim port of China. The 53-metre clear span roof is a light and airy space while the structural frame of the terminal buildings is manifestly a representation of the pointed arches of Muslim architecture.

The structure also suggests ‘flight’ with the upward sweep of its aerofoil shaped roof.

China,

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.

Malaysia,

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.

Oman,

Exhibition Building Vietnam is a public building which serves as a dialog between the city planning department and the local citizens through exhibitions of the past, the present and the vision for the future of the city.  Whilst its unique peninsular location gestures the beginning of city expansion, the iconic design signifies its status as the gateway to the east.

Atkins carried out architectural design and landscape design on the project.

Vietnam,

The concept of Bank of China Tower is distinctive and bright. Atkins' design represents the cultural spirit of the Bank of China and the characteristics of the financial industry, which is creative, forward-looking, economical and functional. The tower presents a solid image of the Bank of China and its core operations, as well as demonstrating the characteristics of sustainability, science and culture. It is an intelligent office building and an example of green building.

China,

Shanghai Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel is located in the western suburbs of Shanghai City – Songjiang District. Songjiang is the birthplace of Shanghai and is historically renowned for the “Jiufeng sanmao-nine peaks and three rivers” in its region. Ranked as the top of the nine peaks, the Tianma Mountain and Heng Mountain are located north and west of the site. The rocks, cliffs and water within the quarry pit resemble the miniature of the greater “Jiufeng sanmao.” The quarry pit is approximately 100m deep, 240m long and 160m wide and forms an inner lake within the pit. A future five star hotel estimated to be completed in 2015 is currently under construction like a shining crystal growing from the quarry stone.

Through careful study of the site, four elements – “forest, mist, water and stone” are captivated and become the soul of the architectural concept. Our architects do not intend to destroy the serenity of the site, but hold the belief of “creating a hotel which blends naturally into the surrounding nature.”

The landscape of the hotel is divided into two parts - the ground level and the open water in the bottom of the pit. The design of the ground level uses lush and mature planting to recreate a picturesque landscape. In addition, a walkway along the perimeter of the quarry will provide guests a closer appreciation of the “forest, mist, water and stone” than viewing from hotel balconies. Cascading water cliff walk and lake-side sunken tea house create intimate experience immersing people in nature.

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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.

Vietnam,

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,

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.

China,

This competition-winning design by Atkins sits in the new Hengqin District of Zhuhai facing towards the skyline of Macau. It is formed by two towers; one a hotel and the other an office tower, both sitting above a retail podium. All of these functions are arranged to maximize views of Macau and the surrounding sea and to produce an extrovert retail podium with abundant roof terraces. Its facade is protected by projecting sunshades whose ripples combine with the curved form of the towers to create a fluid form that sits well next to the sea.

China,

Our architecture and landscape team has assisted Lifestyle Group Charity Foundation Limited to propose a design concept for a heritage revitalization scheme in a prestigious location of Hong Kong. The King Yin Lei mansion has a rich cultural and historical background; our proposal would be the first heritage wedding gallery in Hong Kong. The proposed wedding would reflect the original cultural intent and architectural aspiration of 'East meets West' and 'traditional meets modernity'.

China,

Atkins has supported Manchester City Council’s plans to provide additional primary school places to children across the region through its work on a number of key education projects. The Council’s Basic Needs Programme, which was funded by the Education Funding Agency, provided the framework for the construction of facilities. The work was constrained by a low budget and had to be delivered to a challenging programme.

The projects varied in scale from a new primary school to classroom block extensions. All were delivered in partnership with the framework contractor and used a prefabricated construction system. Atkins provided multidisciplinary services consisting of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, acoustic, and fire engineering. The partnership team also included separate RIBA stage 1-3 architects, a mechanical and electrical subcontractor, and a cladding subcontractor.

The BIM strategy for the project encouraged an open dialogue between all of these team members so information could be exchanged easily. A BIM execution plan (BEP) shaped day-to-day data management and provided guidance that teams could rely on to address uncertainties. Team members were responsible for the development of individual BIM models and the deliverables were discussed and agreed to ensure that the right information was being captured and utilised and could be handed over to the next responsible party. This regular sharing regime ensured the streamlined coordination of BIM models, which reduced the need for amendments.

The information exchange process was developed in line with best practice, drawing on BS1192 and PAS 1192. It included a checking and audit process to ensure the data was consistent with the BEP. This was an open, honest, and pragmatic arrangement that fostered a close working relationship. It was essential to success given the challenging budget and timescales.

Prefabrication was a key element of the project and it was integrated into the BIM process. BIM models were developed for the standardised elements that could be replicated across the project, and then transferred to other parts of the framework. This included structural concrete elements, an external envelope SIPS product, and the classroom ventilation system. A framework library of objects was developed for modelling and detailing purposes. The library objects were then shared across each project and as the central library was refined, the changes were synchronised. This process required additional effort at the start but it delivered increased benefits as the projects progressed. It streamlined the whole process with the efficiencies resulting in a better solution that was shared across the entire team, including Atkins, the constructor and the client.

Once on site the contractor continued to use BIM as a focus for its activities. The benefits extended to site inductions, stakeholder engagement and problem resolution.

UK,

ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is the world’s latest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in southern France which aims to deliver nuclear fusion on a commercial scale, offering safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy.

Atkins, as part of the Engage consortium (a JV of Atkins, Assystem, Empresarios Agrupados and Iosis/Egis), has signed one of the biggest engineering contracts in Europe with Fusion for Energy (F4E) on the ITER project.

As architect engineer, the consortium will assist F4E during the entire construction process, from detailed design to works completion for the ITER buildings as well as the site infrastructures and the distribution of the power supplies. At the peak of the design activity, more than 230 engineers and designers will work on the contract. 

The €15bn research and development programme will deliver the world’s largest fusion machine.

Find out more: http://www.slideshare.net/WSAtkins/presentation-iter  

France,

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 Dubai. We provided innovative cost solutions and used Carbon Critical design options wherever possible. 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 Dubai tower.

United Arab Emirates,

Atkins has been commissioned to provide full design services for this prestigious educational facility located in Dubailand. The development comprises complete educational facilities supplying both IB and NCE curriculum from crèche to Junior college.

Other facilities include indoor and outdoor sport facilities, performing arts centre, student/teacher and visitor’s accommodation, auditorium and client’s headquarters. The Flagship Campus will be located within the prestigious Dubailand development 30km south of Dubai and will be the first of its kind in the Middle East. The campus will offer the wider community the opportunity to use the site's associated amenities including the auditorium and sports facilities.

United Arab Emirates,

Part of the White City masterplan in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Crescent offers 62 apartments ranging from single-storey single bedroom to five-bedroom duplex penthouses.

The building’s arresting sculptural form incorporates a number of initiatives that minimise energy consumption including deep balconies, grey water recycling system, naturally cooling cross ventilation and high levels of passive insulation.

The building is elevated to provide every level with enhanced security and clear views over the Caspian Sea.

Azerbaijan,

Atkins was commissioned to undertake the design, specification and manage the construction and delivery of a warehouse extension for Qatar Distribution Company (part of the Qatar Airways Group of Companies).

The 3,600m2 facility includes warehouse (block stack, pallet racking – 5 high, shelving), truck docking facilities (dock levellers, seals and doors etc), a truck manoeuvring yard, offices, staff messing and changing, shaded staff parking, plant rooms, and associated building services (power, lighting, AC, CCTV etc).

The facility is fully insulated and designed to be maintained at a temperature of 15 degrees centigrade.

Qatar,

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 fl oors of VIP suites which enjoy incomparable views of Dubai.

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. Opened in time for the millennium celebrations, it has been acknowledged as the tallest single structure hotel housing the world’s tallest atrium at 182m.

United Arab Emirates,

Atkins designed and provided construction supervision services for the 360m-high commercial tower, the centrepiece of the Jumeirah Lakes development and host to the Diamond Exchange facility.

Almas, meaning ‘diamond’ in Arabic, was Atkins' inspiration behind the distinctive projecting facets of the two-storey steel podium at the base of this 60-storey tower. Eight diamond facets reach out in total with the most prominent facet housing the actual Diamond Exchange, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, where stones can be viewed and traded. The podium glass is of a specification such that the diamond inspection process will not be influenced by the light.

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. Due for completion in 2015, 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 was commissioned to provide full design services for a commercial landmark which would reflect a prominent investment corporation’s stature and image.

The 35-storey tower scaling a height of approximately 185 meters, will provide a rich, high quality working environment for its users who will benefit from a range of amenities including advanced IT and communication facilities, conferences and lecture halls, a restaurant, a cafe, a nursery and a multi-storey underground car park.

In addition, the complex will include a block for a health club comprising a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa built to international standards. IPIC will occupy approximately 25% of the building and is looking to lease the rest, to multinational corporations looking for prestigious office space.

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 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.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

For this Arabic themed water park in Dubai, Atkins provided architecture, civil and structural engineering, MEP engineering and construction supervision services. Themes of local resonance are essential with leisure projects such as these but their real realm is the land of escape, thrills and fun.

Atkins' interpretation of the legend of Sinbad helped it win a World Water Park Association's Industry Innovation Award for Outstanding Design and Theme. With 16 interconnected rides and 2.4km of waterways, some of which flow uphill, we created the longest water ride in the world.

United Arab Emirates,

When presented with a site including its own beach, Atkins responded by expanding the aqua park into the sea, truly defining the meaning of the name Bahrain – Two Seas.

The theme was based on the discovery of a mysterious Black Pearl. The aqua park features a variety of ideas including a high level Master BlasterTM rock ride, family rides, speed slides, a kids play zone and a 1,500 foot long lazy river.

The success of the concept design of the aqua park, led to the client expanding the brief to incorporate a much larger leisure and entertainment facility to include a retail mall, food outlets, a science center, bowling alley, go-karting track, theater and a 600 bed 5 star hotel.

A key facility on the islands of Durrat Al Bahrain is the water sports and dive center adjacent to the aqua park. This facility provides both powered and non powered water sports to the resort and local resident population. Trained instructors offer courses or individual sessions in sailing, canoeing, sailboarding, kite surfing, waterskiing, jet skis, and parasailing. Safe snorkeling and dive training is provided in a 6,500 sq. ft. sheltered aquarium, fed by the sea and stocked with extensive tropical fish. Experienced divers can venture out to the central island where three dive environments have been created to attract and support marine life.

Bahrain,

The Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro project (MMMP) in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah, was constructed to ease public transport between Arafat and Jamarat. The rail system is a mass transit system with a peak of 72,000 passengers per hour per direction and includes nine stations, one depot and 18km of viaduct.

As rail systems design consultant, Atkins was responsible for procuring, managing and coordinating all the rail systems design through to operational readiness. We were also appointed MEP design consultant for all stations and depot works and responsible for checking and approving all the civil and structural works.

The railway will meet all the relevant national and international safety and railway operations & maintenance standards using state-of-the-art technology. It was completed in time for Hajj in November 2010.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

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.

Oman,

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 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.

Bahrain,

Atkins has been commissioned by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) to design/ redesign the Cardiology Centre in Awali, Bahrain. The project will make use of our multidisciplinary consultancy and design services to complete a tender package for construction.

The project will make use of our multidisciplinary consultancy and design services to complete a tender package for construction. The proposed cardiac centre will comprise a total of 148 beds covering in and out patients, diagnostic and therapeutic services, with a total built-up area estimated to be 32,000 sqm.

Atkins multidisciplinary team will cover architecture, MEP, structures, ICT, landscape, infrastructure, and medical gases & equipment. Atkins is undertaking due diligence of all existing engineering services and completion of the architectural design to conclude detailed design as well as tender and site supervision stages over a 33-month programme.

Bahrain,

The architect of the Bahrain National Theatre, AS.Architecture-Studio, appointed Atkins to provide the “Architect of Record” services, including detailed architectural design, full engineering services and site-wide supervision to its initial concept design of Bahrain’s new National Theatre. Atkins also provided the landscape architecture and public realm setting for what is now a central entertainment venue for Bahrain.

AS retained the interior design of the main 1,000+ seat theatre and the smaller 150 seat flexible auditorium. The facility has the capacity to stage dramas, small symphony concerts, conferences and varied cultural events.

Features demanded within the design included a clear glazed reception foyer, a jewelled skin for the central theatre and sweeping curved stairs rising to the upper galleries.

Transparency has been possible partly thanks to the 17,000m over sailing and woven brise soleil that also provides external exhibition space adjacent to the enhanced lagoons. This is supported on slender steel columns, protected by concrete filling. The all glass wall assembly, is the first in the Middle East to feature glass fins devoid of all visible fixings, offering a completely concealed assembly that enhances this crystal element.

Bahrain,

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.

Oman,

The design provides a contemporary station which responds to both site and a sustainable agenda. The asymmetrical nature of the station can also be oriented to work with the solar path and therefore minimise solar gain.

The form of the station has been specifically designed to allow passive smoke exhaust from the trains. This reduces both capital and operational costs but, most importantly, the stations impact on the environment.

Kuwait,

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.

Oman,

Atkins was commissioned to provide full architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical services for Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) in Dubai.

The design for the school was based on the notion of a ‘journey’ through school life. This was transformed on plan into a figure of eight, with an amphitheatre at the intersection point, defining the heart of the school.

Where possible, the school has been designed with sustainability in mind with high levels of thermal insulation, externally shaded windows and energy efficient engineering solutions.

United Arab Emirates,

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 created a new landmark for Northumbria University with this award winning design for a new School of Law, Business and Design.

Located to the east of Newcastle city centre within a contained site, the building plans and layouts were designed to provide clearer access and a wayfinding system.

Integral to the design was the addition of a solar veil created by a stainless steel mesh frame. Its gentle curved shape makes for a confident contribution to the urban fabric of the city, while shading the building from 50% of the sun’s radiation without affecting interior lighting. The unique form also allowed cladding panels and windows to be used on the buildings behind instead of expensive curtain walling.

The buildings include flexible office and teaching spaces, raked and flat floor lecture theatres and hospitality suites. The design school is articulated as a separate structure whilst the law and business schools are combined on the other side of the shared external courtyard or social space which they define.

The design incorporates the use of recycled materials and a host of other sustainable initiatives which have earned it numerous accolades, including: the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Award for Low Carbon New Build Project of the Year; the RICS Sustainability, Design and Innovation Award; and the overall Building of the Year Award 2008 for Northern Region.

Contact

Richard Johnston
Associate architect
3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 306 6711
Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

In order to consolidate dating sixth form facilities spreading across three high schools in the Lowestoft area, Suffolk County Council commissioned a brand new state-of-the-art sixth form college to accommodate 950 pupils.

The resulting four storey building – Lowestoft Sixth Form College – is an example of what can be achieved through intelligent, informed design and collaborative working.

Atkins’ design allows the college to meet the evolving needs of teachers and students alike. Fully configurable teaching facilities, learning pods suspended from a central atrium and a network of informal areas offer the flexibility needed in modern education – at Lowestoft Sixth Form College, any space can be a learning space.

The college also sets new standards in sustainability, thanks to a ‘whole building’ design approach which minimises energy usage by taking into account orientation, shape, fabric, external shading and thermal mass.

Atkins also designed a £1.5m sports facility which is used by Lowestoft Sixth Form College and a local football club. The Barnards Centre Point provides modern teaching and changing facilities alongside ‘3G’ all weather pitches and grass pitches.

Contact

Richard Christmas
Associate director
4th Floor, The Octagon
Middleborough
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1TG
Tel: +44 1206 732100
Email: richard.christmas@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

Northwood Primary School in Darlington was born out of a vision to create an affordable school which was low carbon; something different and inspiring – a hub for the community, offering extended services and space which would help redefine and regenerate the local area.

The design strategy takes advantage of the building’s context with classrooms oriented to the southern aspect to maximise natural light and ventilation, with garden terraces on the first floor ensuring every classroom has access to outside space.

As well as a timber frame, biomass boiler and balancing pond, the building features a patchwork sedum roof and green wall with living plants and herbs, to help reduce CO2 emissions and rainwater run-off, reducing the risk of flooding whilst providing a natural ecological habitat and learning resource.

Looking to make as little impact on the environment as possible, the design concept evolved to an idea of a building that was part of the landscape itself.

The form of the building reflects this with a curved form that appears as if it has literally grown out of the ground.

Northwood has been recognised by Cabe as an exemplar of community engagement and in 2011 was named Sustainable School of the Year by the British Council for School Environments.

Contact

Richard Johnston
Associate architect
3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 306 6711
Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

Springwell Special Education Needs School provides a safe and supportive learning environment for 110 youngsters aged 7-16 with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

We created a very calm and well organised building that has discreet areas dedicated to each Key Stage. Each of these areas has its own ‘Homebase’ containing dining and socialising spaces that are integral to the central strand of nurture and eating in family groups - crucial to personal growth and development.

The design is based on a simple rectangular plan, a combination of four quadrants: three Key stages and one admin area each with their own courtyard garden. The quadrants are formed around a central heart space which unites the school into a communal whole. Thanks to its flexible design, Springwell has been able to create an entirely new curriculum which has been very well received by teachers, parents and students alike.

Environmental sustainability was also paramount through design and construction, with the use of offsite fabrication reducing construction waste by 30% and carbon emissions by 25%.

Contact

Richard Johnston
Associate architect
3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 306 6711
Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee celebrates the school’s specialist status in performing arts. The school’s ambition is to use this success to inspire pupils to succeed in all areas of school life; we wanted to capture this enthusiasm and energy through our design.

The new performing arts facilities are placed at the front of the school to create a dramatic first impression, inspiring all who enter the campus. Curved and clad in metallic shingles, the performance hall appears like a floating glittering gem that proudly boasts the school’s specialist performing arts status.

Taking inspiration from the unique geological and topographical features of Peterlee, we layered and staggered the buildings and selected materials in a way that reflects the area’s mining heritage and responds to the staggered layers of geology found on the site. A palette of textured projecting dark brick brands forms a plinth above contrasting white render echoing the strata found in the local chalk cliffs which have exposed black coal seams.

The scheme has been extremely well received by users and the local community, who have embraced its uplifting and inspirational design. A great example of how highly the new building is regarded is its use as the venue for an annual cultural heritage community festival bringing together hundreds of people from across Durham.

Contact

Richard Johnston
Associate architect
3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 306 6711
Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

The redevelopment of Selby College has strengthened its position among England’s top-performing colleges.

A combination of outdated single storey school buildings and 40 years of steady growth and expansion had resulted in a site lacking focus and identity, as well as unused spaces around its parameter. Atkins’ design strategy completely transformed the use of these spaces, making the forgotten parts of the site the location for new buildings.

This not only created a ‘heart’ to the campus, but also resolved another great challenge in the brief which was to construct the new campus – including replacement of approximately 65% of the colleges facilities – without disrupting the curriculum.

A focal point of the redevelopment is the three-storey, glass-fronted Jubilee Building which houses modern science labs, contemporary hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, a spa and new sports hall alongside three storey classrooms, office space, a shop, coffee shop and refectory. Contemporary and vibrant, the building’s clean, sharp aesthetic creates an inspirational environment in which to teach and learn.

Contact

Richard Johnston
Associate architect
3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 306 6711
Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

The innovative design for Richmond School campus blends the heritage of a previous century with the needs of modern education.

Overall, the development opens up possibilities for the school to deliver a more flexible curriculum, offer more facilities to the wider community, provide high quality working environments for staff and create state of the art learning spaces for pupils.

The Sixth Form Centre – housed in a creatively conserved Grade II listed building - sits independently within the school campus, helping to create a separate identity for the sixth form whilst enhancing Richmond’s specialism in creative arts.

The school’s design and construction also encompasses every element of sustainability, including transport, food miles, healthy lifestyles and energy use.

Contact

Richard Johnston
Associate architect
3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park
Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 113 306 6711
Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

Atkins and Faithful+Gould provided full multidisciplinary construction consultancy services for the project from concept design stage in 2002 through to handover 2013. The initial feasibility study involved budgets costs for a masterplan for a sporting centre of excellence located between the twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranolar in the Finn Valley in Co. Donegal.

The construction project recently handed over involved the doubling in size of the existing Finn Valley Athletic Club to create Finn Valley Leisure Centre by adding a 2,500m2 extension which incorporates a new five-lane 25m main pool together with a children’s and toddler pool and a spa facility, 300m2 changing village, gym and fitness area, new entrance and enhanced reception area. A sustainable approach was adopted by the designers for the building energy systems which included a new biomass boiler and future provision for solar power. The external works included the realignment of the adjacent Railway Road, a new car park and bus parking area and external landscaping. The works were phased to maintain the existing numerous sporting and social facilities of the existing athletic club during construction.

Atkins provided a whole range of multidisciplinary technical skills to this project, including architectural and interior design, structural and civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, quantity surveying, masterplanning, landscape architecture, fire engineering, health and safety, and project management.

Ireland,

This two-phasesd project involved the refurbishment of the college’s construction faculty building and engineering facilities and the recladding of a 1970s tower block.

The refurbishment of the 2,550 m2 construction building saw workshops remodeled and relocated to provide greatly improved practical areas, while the £4.5million refurbishment of the engineering centre provides a state-of-the-art facility which meets the exacting BREEAM environmental standards for sustainable building design.

Atkins improved the visual appearance of City College Plymouth by re-cladding a 1970s eight storey tower block. These works have also improved thermal efficiency, reduced wind noise and future maintenance costs and eliminated previous health and safety risks.

Using BIM, our specialists provided 3D images and walkthroughs which the college used as part of their consultation process with various stakeholders, including students.

UK,

The City Centre Site

Our overarching design driver for the City Site is that it should feel like it is meant to be there. The lower levels of the site are predominantly concerned with finding the building’s place in the local community, while the upper levels are designed to assert the college’s place in the city at large.

The site features a family of individual buildings grouped around a central space.

These ‘clusters’ vary in size and are designed to be flexible so that they can support any of the college’s departments over the course of their life.

The River Side Site

The river frontage is the principal focus of this site. The buildings are designed to fully embrace the riverside context, both in terms of educational necessity, and for the aesthetic and cultural benefits that the proximity to the Clyde brings.

An important function of the proposed redevelopment is to enhance and redefine the presence of the college in its immediate vicinity. The Riverside Site, like its big sister at the City Site, must marry the ambitions of the city centre, the local community and City of Glasgow College.

As the multidisciplinary designers of the proposed campuses we were responsible for the briefing and engagement exercises from the initial appraisal stage through to concept design.

 

Contact

Neil McLean
Associate director
200 Broomielaw
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Scotland, G1 4RU
Tel: +44 141 220 2364
Email: neil.mclean@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

The Incuba is an exciting new learning and business innovation centre in Dunstable, developed by Central Bedfordshire College in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Atkins worked with all stakeholders to design a striking facility that allows for zoned and scalable occupancy catering for the needs of the college and business users.

The building, which is BREEAM ‘Excellent’, provides a combination of classrooms, rental incubator office spaces, flexible meeting/conference rooms, a large double height multifunctional ‘demonstrator’ area, cafe, break out collaboration areas and a range of administration and business / education support spaces.

Our experienced project team also helped the client realise significant cost benefits through the use of repetitive structure and simplified specifications.

Contact

Richard Christmas
Associate Director
4th Floor, The Octagon
Middleborough
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1TG
Tel: +44 1206 732100
Email: richard.christmas@atkinsglobal.com

 

UK,

Built on a brownfield site, Northumbria Sport Central was used as a pre-Olympic training venue and is also home to the Newcastle Eagles Basketball Team.

The award winning building features:

  • 3,000 seat arena
  • Secondary sports hall,
  • 25m swimming pool
  • 12m high real form climbing wall
  • Indoor running track
  • Three glass backed squash courts
  • 150 station Fitness Suite
  • Fitness suite sports and research laboratories
  • Flexible teaching and learning facilities  

The design of Sport Central’s main arena provides a flexible column free space which can be divided into three separate sports halls. For specialist events and conferences, the space can be converted into a single arena capable of seating up to 3,000 spectators with movable seating allowing a wide range of configurations.

From the very outset of the project, a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating was targeted and achieved, through rainwater recycling, high thermal insulation and energy efficient fittings.

Our design demonstrates how a large volume space can be sensitively handled to create a valuable piece of new townscape.

 

AWARDS

  • RICS North East Project of the year 2011 
  • RICS North East Community Benefit award 2011
  • Lord Mayor's Commendation for Accessibility RICS North East

Contact

Richard Johnston

Associate architect

3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park

Leeds

West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 113 306 6711

Email: richard.johnston@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

Petroc is undergoing a ten year programme of improvements which will see approximately 5,000 m² of classrooms and internal space remodelled and re-equipped with new Information Technology (IT) and teaching equipment.

Atkins is the lead consultant for the project, which is being funded by the Government’s Enhanced Renewal Grant, and has, to date, overseen the redevelopment of four buildings.

Our work includes a radical transformation of the college’s iconic but dilapidated 59 year old C-block, which is visible from Barnstaple town centre. 1,500m2 of internal space was remodelled into state-of-the-art facilities designed to increase utilization and improve the learning environment.

Externally the fabric of this three storey building was rejuvenated with new cladding and replacement windows.

Atkins also oversaw major improvements to college’s central hub area which acts a crossover space and main access point to various buildings. High quality interior design created a visually striking and functionally enhanced area which has been highly acclaimed by staff and students alike.

Contact

James Harrison
Associate director
The Octagon, 2nd Floor
Pynes Hill Court, Rydon Lane
Exeter EX2 5AZ
Tel: +44 1392 352925
Email: james.harrison@atkinsglobal.com

UK,

The Birmingham New Street Gateway project is the remodelling and refurbishment of the station at the heart of the City of Birmingham – one of the busiest in the UK, with a new train arriving every minute during peak times.

Jointly funded by Advantage West Midlands, Centro and Birmingham City Council, the project will create a world class gateway to the UK’s second largest city, improving passenger facilities and the station environment, as well as access and city links. A strategic regeneration project for the West Midlands, it will also improve the urban environment and public realm and support the regeneration of the areas around the station. Atkins has been responsible for the concept development of the public realm with AZPA Architects and the ongoing detailed design.

UK,

This state-of-the-art aircraft rescue and firefighting facility (ARFF) houses ten firefighting vehicles in a drive-through design that directly accesses the airport’s aircraft apron system. The building accommodates 12 to 15 fulltime firefighters with offices, training and conference rooms, a kitchen and dining area, individual sleeping rooms, and locker rooms. To meet the firefighter’s fitness needs, a gym, sauna, whirlpool, and racquetball court were incorporated into the design. The long sloping roof form is directly related to the line-of-sight required between the control tower for taxiway “J.”

Completed in 2006, Atkins provided architecture and design services for this state of the art rescue facility for the Hillborough County Aviation Authority.

USA,

Atkins provided complete architectural and engineering design services, as well as cost estimating, civil engineering, and surveying, from programming through construction support, for the Miami Culinary Institute. A model of sustainability and urban stewardship, the eight-story building is designed to achieve LEED certification and incorporates six cooking/teaching labs, a television studio/demonstration lab, and a full-service restaurant on the top floor.

Other spaces include a café, classrooms, and administrative offices. As a modestly scaled yet iconic infill building, this project embodies a new paradigm of urban development and architecture.

At its completion, the MDC was certified as a LEED silver facility by the U.S. Green Building Council.

USA,

Atkins is providing architectural-engineering services for the design of a new 10,300-square-foot facility for the Collier County, Florida, Department of Alternative Transportation Modes (ATM).

An in-fill facility with modern, high-quality amenities and level of service, the transfer station will include the following architectural features: passenger platform, passenger waiting areas, restrooms, customer service and ticketing, driver’s lounge, staff restrooms, administrative offices and storage, benches and trash receptacles, and an information kiosk. The site design for this facility provides a busway with turnaround, six sawtooth-configured bus berths, retention pond enlargement/modifications, and relocation of existing underground infrastructure.

The building has been designed to comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2007 and reduce energy consumption. Energy reduction strategies include increased insulation, high-performance low-emissivity glazing, and high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The design also reduces energy consumption related to interior lighting, incorporates occupancy sensors throughout the building, and specifies ENERGY STAR®-compliant appliances where applicable. This facility will be the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified project for Collier County government; the current goal is gold level.

USA,

Atkins provided a full range of A-E design services for Phase I development of the newly planned South Bay Regional Intermodal Transit Center. The three-phase, $14.2 million construction project replaces the existing regional transit center in an effort to improve overall public bus transit service and mobility within southwestern Los Angeles County. Phase I services included architectural and landscape design; structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; LEED® administration; infrastructure design; and construction administration.

Phase I plans for the 5.6-acre site include a pedestrian-friendly concourse, a “kiss-and-ride” lot for commuter drop-off/pickup, 13 bus bays, and a park-and-ride lot with 328 parking spaces, as well as a newly constructed, 2,875-square-foot bus transit building being designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. This facility also incorporates a sheriff’s office strategically sited with an overview of the grounds and bus bays for greater security, as well as public restrooms, ticket sales office, information window, and bus operators’ lounge.

A significant component of this project is the facility’s elongated concourse that incorporates 13 bus bays and 36,810 square feet of landscaping. Inviting elements specified by the Atkins design team include conveniently located coffee kiosks within the plaza, geometric landscape planters, playful and colorful paving patterns, sculptural trellises within waiting areas, and covered bike racks and lockers. Permanent public artwork, provided by the Regional Arts Commission, is also being incorporated into the plaza design.

The Atkins team integrated numerous sustainable and green elements, for example, recycled and regional materials, low-flow fixtures, bio-swales for filtering water runoff, and drought-resistant landscaping. The project also included off-site improvements to support the new transit facility.

USA,

Atkins provided full architectural services for a new $24 million complex, the first building on the south campus, located adjacent to the Lozano Resaca and linked to the main campus by a pedestrian bridge.

Additionally, Atkins master planned the 26-acre site and designed this facility, which features laboratories and support services for the Schools of Education and Business. The building also includes general classrooms; faculty and administrative offices for both schools, including the dean of education and two department chairs; and technology, general storage, and student study areas. This project, which also included a new central thermal energy chiller plant, was completed using the construction manager at-risk delivery method.

USA,

The Pinellas Mobility Initiative was a major planning study evaluating the implementation of a light rail system in Pinellas County.

Services provided as a subconsultant included an alternatives analysis of a fixed guideway transit/elevated guideway including environmental and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessments, station area planning and design, and structural concepts, and cost estimating.

Rail technologies evaluated included light rail systems, airport-style people movers, and monorail, with the entire 38-mile monorail system being chosen as the locally preferred alternative.

USA,

Atkins provided architecture, structural engineering services and applied Carbon Critical Design to this refurbishment project for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) London Headquarters.

Our work on Nobel House enabled it to achieve the highest ever BREEAM rating for a refurbishment of its time. A gas-fired combined heating and power plant provides 25% of the electrical load, plus water and additional cooling. 70% of all construction waste was reused or recycled, and natural sheep's wool was used as wall cavity insulation. Nobel House was named Sustainable Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2006.

UK,

Atkins provided full architectural services for the $25 million design-build of a new Armed Forces Reserve Center in San Marcos, Texas. Located on a 15-acre site, the complex includes a 62,648-square-foot training building that houses both Army Reserve and Texas National Guard functions, a 29,700-square-foot heated storage building, a 25,717-square-foot organizational maintenance shop, and a 722-square-foot unheated storage building. The site also includes parking spaces for 172 privately owned vehicles and 13,700 square yards for military equipment parking.

Site improvements included domestic water, wastewater, fire water, and natural gas services; grading and landscaping; erosion controls; paving, walks, and curbs; stormwater detention; communications, electric, fire protection, HVAC, CATV, and security mass notification systems, and security fencing.

USA,

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.

UK,

This project involved planning and engineering services for improvement projects at Gordon A. Finch Molasses Dock Marine Cargo Terminal. These projects included replacement of the existing roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ramp to accommodate a minimum of two island cargo vessels; a new general cargo building to provide administrative space for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Virgin Islands Department of Internal Revenue; concept planning for roadway ingress/egress, parking, and security to optimize cargo movement to, from, and through the facility; and assistance with Virgin Islands Natural Resources Coastal Zone Management, building, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits.

Atkins’ comprehensive services included conceptual design and site planning; architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering; cost estimating; and permitting.

To assist with future emergency management actions, design considerations for the dock and building included planning for hurricane surge and seismic event resistance. Further, to protect the sea turtle population and avoid turbidity during water-based construction, Atkins prepared a silt curtain monitoring plan that included monitoring and maintenance plans, as well as contingency measures, if the controls proved ineffective.

USA,

Atkins provided architectural services for an addition and renovation of the existing Swimming and Fitness Center at The University of Texas El Paso. Initial services included preparing and coordinating a comprehensive facility program. Atkins met with various departments, performed a complete building evaluation, and prepared space analyses, space adjacency diagrams, conceptual cost estimates, code analyses, Texas Accessibility Standards evaluation, and room data sheets.

Atkins also provided architectural design services for the facility, which is tucked in between two hills and has no street or entry presence. Through site modification and building placement, the new addition established a street presence and an entry sequence. The entryway maintains the campus’ Bhutanese architectural style while allowing approaching visitors to view the lobby, juice bar, and fitness center activities.

Atkins’ close coordination of construction phasing enabled the existing facility to remain operational during construction.

USA,

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.

UK,

This new recreation and community center houses a multifaceted array of recreational activities including double gym (for basketball, social events/dances, and volleyball) with an elevated two-lane jogging/walking track, cardio/weight room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and multipurpose rooms.

The heart of this facility is the community center, which contains various meetings rooms designed for flexibility to accommodate up to 150 people. This development includes lobby and recreation areas, administrative offices, support spaces, craft rooms, and a nursery. Atkins provided full design services for the new community center and recreation facility.

USA,

Atkins completed the design and construction administration of the new Mahogany Bay cruise terminal development—a themed destination retail village comprising 17 discrete buildings and incorporating a multimodal center to support vehicle transfers.

This innovative project included 20 acres of waterfront property developed to serve as an attraction for tourists and the community. It honors the local history and building design.

The Mahogany Bay Destination Cruise Center serves as a gateway for more than 500,000 passengers annually—quadruple the number of passengers that arrived prior to the completion of this development.

The project was recognized as the Best New Cruise Destination Port by Porthole Cruise Magazine in 2010.

Honduras,

Atkins provided design, construction administration, permitting, and bidding services for this 31,052-square-foot ARFF building to replace the existing facility at the Southwest Florida International Airport. The new building provides space to support the authority, while being located to allow for minimum response time after construction of the new runway.

The ARFF facility includes one main public entry access point with three interior secured door control points. The primary interior area features an open space with direct access to the administrative offices, restrooms, kitchenette, and large training room. The main lobby corridor provides a dynamic flow of movement throughout the facility and direct access to the primary interior spaces, dormitories, and apparatus bay. The ARFF provides space for five drive-through apparatus bays that can house ten vehicles.

The architectural features, interior finishes, and strategic signage reinforce the visual connections made between the main corridor, adjoining corridors, and activity spaces, and the design allows for natural light to enter into nearly all spaces—reducing power demands, without creating unwanted glare. The facility was designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

USA,

Atkins provided full architectural services for a new student success center at the Laredo campus of Texas A&M International University. The center houses a variety of critical departments, including admissions, financial aid, registrar, student IDs, the international program, and various administrative and faculty offices.

Other spaces include classrooms and lecture halls; departmental offices for the mentoring and tutoring program, graduate study programs, and special programs; and an academic advising center. A tree-lined corridor, which provides a shaded patio area intended to be a gathering space for students, draws students toward the building.

The design element of water running through the building’s center symbolizes the students’ journey through the education process, and the use of shad-ing and the incorporation of a water feature are especially nice in Laredo’s arid climate. Exterior and interior finishes, such as brick and tile, were selected to complement and enhance existing campus structures. This project was constructed using the construction manager at-risk delivery method.

USA,

The existing terminal at Winter Haven Municipal Airport was retrofitted within a commercial hangar that was originally constructed in the 1940s. During this project, terminal improvements were designed to allow the airport to satisfy the potential demand over the 20-year planning period. Atkins performed architecture and engineering services for a terminal building, an access road, and automobile parking. The terminal building’s design includes a fixed base operator, flight planning/weather room, pilot’s lounge, pilot’s sleeping lounge, flight school, administration, large and small conference rooms, restaurant, entry lobby, retail, recreation, vending area, and public restrooms.

The City of Winter Haven has adopted the slogan, The “Chain of Lakes City,” and with that in mind, the architecture of this facility was designed to reinforce that theme and provides a sense of arrival while promoting local attractions and outdoor recreation through displays and artwork. To enhance the theme, water was incorporated into both the interior and exterior design.

USA,

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,

Atkins has been co-located within London City’s operational project team since 2000, providing engineering and project management expertise vital to the airport’s expansion. In recent years, we have undertaken a range of major projects including apron reconfiguration, stand reconfiguration for E190 and A318 aircrafts and masterplan validation and implementation.

Our role also included the design of new and modified facilities, including new taxiways, and the design and delivery of three new stands. This work involved multidisciplinary engineering and architectural input into the relocation of an airport access road and new stands for the current aircraft fleet including pavement design, services relocation, drainage design, stand floodlighting and airfield markings.

UK,

Atkins provided masterplanning and full multidisciplinary design of the 185ha site, encompassing 137 new buildings and refurbishment of some existing buildings. Facilities include training buildings; headquarters; mess buildings and accommodation; an indoor swimming pool and sports pitches.

The delivery of this large and complex project involved a design team of around 180 Atkins staff, co-located with the client/contractor and working in excellent collaboration with all the stakeholders. Atkins achieved cost savings by providing a number of innovative and sustainable solutions. The new garrison was completed five months ahead of the five year schedule and on budget.

UK,

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,

Atkins’ carried out the detailed design of the topsides for the Galloper Wind Farm Offshore Transformer Platform with the complete topsides expected to be in the order of 1,600 tonnes.

Atkins’ design of the offshore transformer platform (OSP) incorporates all of the temporary construction, transportation, installation and commissioning conditions, including the complex sequential pull-through of multiple submarine cables for connection to the OSP equipment.

UK,

The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center serves as a gateway to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands but it is also a destination unto itself. The Center, developed and operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, includes a two-berth cruise terminal which can accommodate up to 8,000 passengers daily.

The Cruise Center features a welcome center along with retail outlets, themed bars, and restaurants, and several boutique shops. A ground transportation hub accommodates taxis, rental cars, jitneys, vans, and tour buses. Unique to Mahogany Bay is a chair lift system that takes cruise ship guests from the welcome center to neighboring Mahogany Beach.

Mahogany Beach is a private island eco-oasis featuring palm-lined beaches, themed retail and restaurant venues, a floating spa and bar, private cabanas, sports courts and a salt water lagoon pool with a zip line water-based attraction.

Awarded Best new Cruise Destination Port in Porthole Magazine’s 2010 Editor-in-Chief Awards and ranked by guests as the #2 port in all of the Caribbean.

Honduras,

Atkins recently provided design services for interior refurbishment of the Airside F facility at Tampa International Airport. This phased project for 25 active gates involves replacement of all gate counters and ticket podiums during active airside operations. The project also includes updating the architectural concrete block wall system with a new modern panelized overlay solution. The finish system will create a new visual image to update the facility and eliminate dated color palettes.

In addition, a new complementing concourse lighting solution is being installed to correct dim lighting conditions. Millwork updates and other various refurbishments are also being accomplished. The project includes the design of new American with Disabilities Act-compliant restrooms at the customs and border protection federal inspection service (FIS) area, as well as updating the public address system speakers. The landside shuttle lobbies for Airsides A and F will receive new ceiling treatments and HVAC updates, and the project also includes the removal of the ramp at Gate 76 and new construction in the existing ramp area.

All improvements will be implemented within an operational terminal. The project scope includes upgrading the flight information display systems at every gate; upgrading and providing new public announcement system; installing a new air handler system at shuttle lobbies and reworking chilled water loop; reworking of electrical distribution to new lighting system; and reworking sanitary systems for new and renovated restroom facilities at the FIS area.

USA,

Atkins provided planning services related to the potential development of a cruise terminal and port of call at Puerto Castillo in the Dominican Republic. The first goal of the project was to help Carnival Corporation make a decision about whether to proceed with the project. Secondly, Atkins’ work was submitted as part of the environmental permit application.

For planning purposes, the development was envisioned to include a water park amenity of between 7 and 14 acres with two integrated food and beverage locations; an intermodal transport center with active zones for 50 taxis, 50 coaches, and 50 rental cars; an intermodal staging area for 150 taxis and from 100 to 150 coach buses; a government office building; a series of shops totaling 35,000 to 40,000 square feet; a destination duty-free shop of about 10,000 to 12,000 square feet; and a hilltop food and beverage establishment with a ramp and mechanical access from below.

Atkins provided a number of deliverables to the client consisting of land use plan options; conceptual plan options based on the approximate locations of major structures and features; site circulation diagrams including vehicular and passenger movements; order of magnitude estimate of probable costs for horizontal and vertical landside development; utility demand calculations and conceptual design, and an executive summary that presented our findings. As a result of our efforts, the project has been approved for development, with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for April 2012.

Dominican Republic,

Atkins was appointed in February 2009 to provide full architectural and lead consultant services for the redevelopment and significant expansion of an existing Level 3 Neonatal Unit based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. It was a tight site set between buildings, and the brief was to incorporate an element of the existing to be seamlessly part of the new. The new unit accommodates 50 cots, with usage that varies between Intensive Care, High Dependency and Special Care levels with an associated Outpatients / Day Clinic area and Seminar Suite.

The Trust had concerns about efficiency and staffing levels for these critical care cots, as well as good patient management. Cutting edge technologies in respect of patient management systems are an essential component that have been incorporated & coordinated into the detail design.

The scheme design was developed to ensure compliance with the latest NHS Health Building Note guidance and to achieve a BREEAM Health rating of Excellent, early consideration was therefore given to optimising orientation, views, natural ventilation and the use of sustainable elements such as a sedum roof .

The project was procured through the NHS ProCure21 framework at a value of circa £5.4m and was successfully handed over to the client Aug 2010.

UK,

Yas Waterworld heralds a triumph of innovation in design for Atkins. The first hybrid park of its kind, it has evolved the water park into an adventure attraction complete with questing adventures and an interactive rollercoaster normally associated with theme parks. Spreading across more than 11 hectares, the park features 43 rides, slides and attractions set among caves, mountains, rivers and beaches, including four unique ‘world’s first’ rides and activities. The project involved considerable technical challenges with many rides and complicated special effects requiring sophisticated MEP designs, not least because the 55.2km of pipework and 20.2km of cabling had to be located almost entirely underground to prevent interference with rides and the visitors’ enjoyment of the park.

Yas Island already comprises the Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World and Yas Links golf course supported by five hotels and serviced apartments. Yas Waterworld is now an integral part of Yas Island’s entertainment portfolio and is the newest tourism destination for Abu Dhabi, drawing in regional and international crowds. As architects, theme designers and engineers on the park, Atkins’ teams from the UK and Middle East celebrated their contribution when it opened in January 2013.

Atkins was commissioned to plan, design and deliver the project, with a key remit to maximise sustainable design standards throughout the park in order to achieve an Estidama Pearl One sustainability rating. By pairing advanced technology with exceptional planning and engineering, our design reduced energy use and water consumption. The project involved detailed design work, such as the Pearl Crag mountain which required hundreds of tonnes of hand carved rockwork and 1.2 million kilograms of supporting steelwork, all of which were modelled in 3D and then interwoven with the rest of the park. The design evolved from concept in close collaboration with Aldar and Farah Leisure and took into account the critical nature of construction work sequencing, time allowance for theming completion, and continuity of design; and it was vitally important that throughout all the planning and delivery stages, sustainability remained a key consideration.

Atkins design ensured native, low water use landscaping was employed throughout with a subsurface irrigation strategy to minimise evaporation loss. Specialist aquatic filters, on-site chlorine generation and extensive use of shade all contributed to a sustainably constructed and operated theme park. During the build process, the Atkins team implemented a strategy for diverting more than 60% of constructional and operational waste from landfill and made use of an advanced Building Management System (BMS) that enabled full control of 90% of the rides aquatic systems providing early identification of any unforeseen problems. An integrated energy metering system, monitors energy consumption of the facilities amd tje desong, using orientation, insulation and shade has reduced the total energy required for cooling by 18%. Atkins was responsible for architecture, theme design, landscape, the MEP, structural engineering, infrastructure, acoustics, ICT and security, and overall site supervision on the project.

The project won a Leading Edge award from the World Waterpark Association (WWA) in 2012, Overall GCC Project of the Year at the MEP Awards 2012, the Middle East's Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards in 2013, and was voted the second best thermed waterpark in the world by the Los Angeles Times in 2013.

United Arab Emirates,

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,

Two new state-of-the-art health facilities have been created for the communities of Perthshire and Angus in Scotland. At Murray Royal Hospital, two wards have been built for psychiatric patients, including a secure care centre with low and medium security facilities. Patients at Stracathro Hospital will also benefit from the addition of two new wards.

Atkins’ design supported NHS Tayside’s aim of providing patients with an integrated mental health service. The new wards are connected by a social hub and patient support accommodation including day hospital and outpatient facilities. The secure care centre is a separate building because of the security needed in that area. However, we created a masterplan to ensure it was linked with the other facilities through cohesive architecture.

UK,

Atkins provided professional design services for the Grand Turk Cruise Center—a new, one-story welcome center facility—located on a 30,000-square-foot site. While capturing the spirit and history of the island, the design sought to reinvigorate its historic center.

In addition, Atkins provided professional services for design and construction documents for shell-only buildings, except for a full build-out of the public restrooms, including HVAC. The team designed a fully operational water storage cistern, coordinated the rerouting of an existing overhead power service line to underground, provided complete electrical design for the common areas, calculated electrical and HVAC loads including transformer sizing and metering, and provided adequate space for initial and future mechanical equipment.

A local architect and local civil engineer served as subcontractors, performing quality control, signing/sealing permit documents, and providing site/civil design services. The project was developed in four phases: conceptual design with renderings; design development documents for local government planning review; construction documents and bidding support services; and construction administration. During the project, Atkins provided ongoing value engineering services.

Turks & Caicos,

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,

Atkins supported renovation of a 74-year-old, 131,000-square-foot, four-story building—historically used as a barracks—at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The renovation, authorized under the USACE Training Barracks Upgrade Program, converted the concrete frame and masonry shell of the existing building into an advanced individual training facility to provide dormitory-type living quarters to house up to 284 soldiers while they receive training to provide medical-related services.

The aggressive design-build delivery schedule was achieved by construction proceeding simultaneously with design and documentation. For this project, Atkins carefully coordinated plans and specifications to meet USACE requirements, as well as the contractor’s intended means, methods, and budget. Atkins also assisted the contractor during construction through regular work observation and an on-site presence.

USA,

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.

India,

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,

The 220,000 gross tonne Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world, stretching to a remarkable 47 metres wide at the waterline and reaching over 65 metres in width on the upper decks. Atkins provided architectural and interior design services for the large luxury cruise liner owned by Royal Caribbean.

The vessel features 2,700 staterooms with capacity for 5,400 guests at double occupancy. At 360 metres long and 65 metres high, this next generation of cruise ship allows a larger number of guests and an even broader spectrum of entertainment and experience. It includes the first park at sea and first carousel at sea as well as an ice rink, climbing wall and more. If stood on its stern it would be taller than the Burj Al Arab and the Eiffel Tower.

USA,

A joint Atkins/Arup team undertook one of the largest and most important elements of the Crossrail project - the detailed design of the major twin tunnels to be bored beneath central London.

The tunnels are 6.2m internal diameter, at depths of up to 37m. Eight TBMs were used to construct the tunnels - six Earth Pressure Balance Machines (EPB) and two Slurry Machines - to cater for differing ground conditions. The tunnels are lined with 250,000 Precast Concrete Segments. Tapered tunnel rings with 8 segments were designed to accommodate the minimum track alignment radius. The majority of the tunnel segments are steel fibre reinforced and include poly-propylene fibre for fire protection. Segment joints are designed with locating dowels to facilitate high quality build ensuring good waterproofing performance and long term durability. Curved geometry on the segment joints is included to improve performance and protect the segment. There are a total of 18 cross passages along the bored tunnels length, constructed in a variety of linings, including insitu concrete, pre cast SGI and sprayed concrete.

Some of the most challenging conditions were faced on the central tunnels which pass beneath the two major financial districts, the City of London and Canary Wharf, where water bearing sand lenses were encountered. EPB TBMs were driven in parallel with station constructions which required TBM arrival, transit and re-launch systems to be developed.

One of the biggest challenges of the tunnelling works under central London was protection of the vast network of existing third party utilities, tunnels, structures, railways and historical buildings. Atkins' engineers seconded into the Crossrail project have been responsible for the damage assessment and the design of mitigation to protect third party assets from settlement induced damage. The assessments were undertaken in accordance with a robust phased approach to ensure consistency with focus placed on the most sensitive structures.

Timely resolution of concerns with stakeholders and third parties was key to securing “letters of no objection” to allow construction to progress. The extensive third party asset information assembled during the design phase was carefully managed and organised, allowing it to be integrated as a key data set into the Crossrail’s BIM system.

Over 3,400 buildings, 640 structures (including London Underground tunnels and other rail assets) and up to 14,000 utilities (gas, sewer and water mains) have been assessed to date. As part of the project management team, our engineers continue to advise the client on all issues relating to third party asset protection, accounting for the actual works being undertaken and the ground response on site.

Atkins was also awarded the architectural component contract for all the stations and associated structures. This award covers the design and specification of interior elements such as the wall and ceiling finishes, cladding systems, seating, lighting and wayfinding.

Upon completion the line is expected to carry 72,000 passengers per hour through 40 stations travelling from Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

UK,

Atkins provided a complete range of architecture-engineering design services for the design-build of three administration buildings and associated site work for the US Army’s first Warriors In Transition complex, located at Fort Riley, Kansas.

This project involved the design-build of three one-story facilities, encompassing a total of 41,700 gross square feet (gsf): a battalion headquarters (8,100 gsf), a company operations headquarters (18,600 gsf), and a soldier and family assistance center (15,000 gsf). All three buildings were entirely designed by Atkins using building information modeling and were constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification standards.

The facilities contain offices, reception areas, conference rooms, corridors, restrooms, mechanical rooms, electrical rooms, and storage areas.

USA,

This project is an addition to the City of Georgetown’s existing recreation center, which was built in 1994. Initial work included the development of an expansion concept for relocation of the main entrance and expanded locker rooms. Also included are an indoor lap pool and exercise pool (a recreational pool is currently located in an exterior courtyard).

In addition, this project includes a new gym and a 18,000-square-foot facility dedicated to community teens. The material is concrete split-face block and exterior plaster to match the existing facility with daylighting to enhance the new vaulted pool area through the use of clere-story panels.

USA,

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,

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 258m height, which are arranged in a form that is reminiscent of the Chinese character for ‘mountain’. The towers contain over 160,000m2  of class-A office space . 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 2014.

China,

Atkins were asked by GLP to redesign the facades for a new technology park in Xi’An and follow it through to ensure a quality built product.  The design focused using the facades to help create a human-scale campus. A simple but warm and human palette of materials were carefully selected which met the clients requirements in terms of elegance and budget.

China,

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.

China,

Located in west of shanghai, the Qingpu Powerlong City Plaza is a mixed-use project of 240,000 sq.m above grade, plus 100,000 sq.m below grade, including a shopping mall, two shopping streets, and 8 high rise office/apartment towers. The site, sitting on top of a metro station, and with a major road passing through, is divided into 4 urban blocks; one of them holds a bus terminal. Based on TOd principles, our project creates high connectivity between public transportation and commercials, introducing the transfer crowds into the retail street. Along the main avenue, two 100m high office towers together form the east entrance gate of Qingpu district. The bus terminal roof is designed into a sky garden, surrounded by lifted apartments. The Qingpu Powerlong City Plaza, with its differentiated urban spaces, is designed to be an business and commercial area full of economic vitality and popularity.

China,

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.

China,

This landmark mixed-use project in Western shenzhen consisting of 3 interconnected blocks of residential, shopping, leisure, entertainment, and office uses aims to become the first eco-friendly development in Guangming district. With a total GFa of 423,000sq. m, three curvilinear towers at 85m, 135m, and 250m respectively dominate the skyline along the lightrail. the 61,000sq.m commercial program weaves shops, restaurants, KtV and cinemas into a 5-story shopping mall and 3-story shopping street complex. energy conservation devices such as shading mechanisms and public roof gardens highlight the “urban living room concept” for the new CBD.  

China,

Cadre International TOD Centre (ITC) will be the iconic landmark development in the East Guangzhou area.

The 251,531 square metre mixed-use development integrates a number of transportation and will be a major attraction to visitors, interchanging passengers and the people working or living in the towers and will be a showcase Transport Orientated Design (TOD) development. The connections between the transportation hub, the commercial functions on the site and the surrounding environments have been optimized to ensure an efficient people flow that benefits the passengers and the commercial facilities on site.

The landmark architecture integrated with the TOD design will ensure Cadre International TOD Centre (ITC) will be a celebrated attraction that is renowned worldwide.

China,

easyJet, the largest airline at Gatwick Airport, commissioned Atkins to help optimise its operations. We worked closely with easyJet to review their current activity which spans Gatwick’s North and South Terminals, as well as all six piers, with a view to optimising operations into a single terminal.

In addition to developing a number of strategic options that would increase airside capacity and maximise pier-served stands, we also undertook option assessments which encompassed airside planning, taxiway and stand design, and enabling works including relocation of existing operational facilities and access routes.

This was followed by a commission to develop the preliminary design for the preferred option, including an indepth ground services survey for the airside reconfiguration followed by detailed stand designs.

UK,

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,

Atkins is providing project management, civil and geotechnical engineering, business case and risk consultancy, market research and demographic consultancy to develop a solution for air access to St Helena.

Atkins was the first consultant to devise a technically feasible airport solution that meets international safety standards. It requires a 1950m runway on the only relatively flat area of land on this tiny, mountainous and volcanic island situated in the Atlantic Ocean. This was supported by a wide-ranging study which produced integrated technical and economic arguments.

St Helena Island,

The Thameslink Programme at Farringdon Station aims to create an environment that meets the present and future needs of rail operators, passengers, staff and the local community.

Atkins was appointed as the detailed designer to help Network Rail accommodate longer trains and increase passenger throughput. We were also commissioned by London Underground, who owns the station, to provide concept and detailed design for the associated station entrances and integrated ticket hall, as well as the respective concourses and platforms.

UK,

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,

Through the course of planning the growth and direction for the City of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department, the citizens of St. Cloud enthusiastically supported redevelopment of the existing civic and aquatic center. A workshop conducted by Atkins and the City of St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative, programming, and aquatic staff identified the basic components and needs for redevelopment of the civic center. The conceptual needs were identified and presented in the form of a diagrammatic concept plan, which was then presented to the city council for review.

This project for the city involved schematic design and preliminary cost estimating services related to the renovation of the city's Civic Center/Aquatic Center. These services consisted of the preparation of schematics for renovations to the existing community center including two gymnasiums, meeting space, pool, and administrative offices as well as proposed new facilities including a two-story multi-purpose building, an entrance atrium, food court, outdoor pool deck, and picnic shade pavilion. Deliverables include a narrative consisting of a description of the building systems, an opinion of probable construction cost, site plans, and floor plans, building sections, elevations, and perspectives.

USA,

The objective of the Berkeley MiniStores ILW Management Project is to retrieve all Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from Berkeley site and repackage into Ductile Cast Iron Containers (DCICs) for long term safe storage.

Over the past four years Atkins has provided a multidisciplinary team of engineers and specialist technical experts to Magnox to enhance their on-site technical capability and deliver packages of design work on behalf of the client to guarantee the most appropriate technical solutions are developed and implemented.

Atkins' support has covered a wide spectrum of skills and expertise including civil, geotechnical, mechanical (both handling and M&E), environmental, waste management, process, electrical, control and instrumentation, town and country planning, radiological assessment, DSEAR and specialist fire advice.

The key challenge on this project was to ensure that the technical solutions were appropriate for a nuclear decommissioning project with complex radioactive waste streams, but where the aim has been to keep the design simple.

UK,

Atkins provided full architectural services for this new 72,750-square-foot (sf) fitness center for the Air Force. Tyndall AFB and USACE Mobile District first presented Atkins with preliminary drawings for a single-story, 89,657-sf facility with construction costs that exceeded available funding.

To resolve siting and funding issues, Atkins refined the existing DD Form 1391 to accurately meet requirements; implemented innovative, sustainable, and cost-saving design approaches; and recommended the construction of a new, two-story, 72,750-sf fitness center, with a considerably smaller footprint and a construction cost not to exceed $19 million.

Evaluations conducted during design focused on optimizing energy and sustainable design features to achieve a maximum square footage with the least building energy use per square foot. A life-cycle cost analysis was conducted for all energy-saving features, such as the building envelope and cooling systems, increased wall insulation, an energy-efficient roof system, and roof mounted photovoltaic solar panels. Other sustainable design features included daylighting; solar thermal preheating of domestic water; rainwater collection for irrigation systems; low-flow plumbing fixtures; and permeable pavers in overflow parking areas. As work progressed, Atkins was able to design to Platinum standards with no impact to the project’s cost.

Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was used to generate the model for development of construction documents and to interface the model with structural programs. SpecsIntact and DrChecks were used to develop construction documents.

Atkins’ approach immediately resolved all site and funding issues while providing a more efficient building layout. Our team’s final design exceeded the client’s requirements by achieving LEED Platinum, and the entire project was awarded for $3 million less than the originally budgeted amount.

USA,

After receiving Livable Centers Initiative funding for MARTA plaza improvements, the City of Decatur retained an Atkins-led team to update the master plan prepared by the same team in 1999, and to carry the project from design through construction.

A series of public involvement meetings led to integration of the site and the City’s history into a new master plan. The existing plaza location, on top of the active MARTA station and transit tunnel, required consideration of unique constraints and challenges. The primary goal was to create a vibrant, attractive, and comfortable public space that supports the existing symbols and icons, enhances the retail and restaurant environment, and provides flexibility to accommodate multiple public activities.

Multiple state and local stakeholders were involved in the design process, which was completed within the expected time frame despite the numerous reviews and coordination efforts that were required. Additionally, despite unforeseen conditions that arose during construction, and associated changes orders, the final cost did not exceed the established $4.8 million budget.

USA,

Atkins designed a new cruise ship terminal in Dubai which will be the premier facility in the Middle East. The terminal is capable of handling two 4,000-passenger ships simultaneously, moving 10,000 pieces of luggage through 100 percent screening in either embarkation or disembarkation mode. In addition, the terminal is flexible enough to handle home-port and port-of-call vessels at the same time, with their unique processing protocols. Due to the unusual European flight arrivals pattern, the pre-boarding lounge must comfortably seat over 3,000 passengers.

Being the first of its kind in the country, the Atkins team collaborated with the United Arab Emirates’ customs, immigration, and security agencies to create a blueprint for processing passengers, crew, baggage, and multiple vehicle modes, including privately owned vehicles (POVs), taxis, coach buses, provisioning trucks, and bonded luggage trucks. The $46 million, 200,000-square-foot facility was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status, and reflects the modern aesthetic pulse of Dubai while subtly recalling traditional forms and patterns.

USA,

St Jean’s was the first new school to be built in central Brussels for over 25 years. This flagship school for community education offers both primary and nursery school education.

Receiving critical acclaim from both the Mayor of Brussels and the Minister for Education, this school provides facilities aimed specifically at supporting the local community.

Atkins developed the designs for the school and worked closely with Belgian-based company Burtonboy Architects to develop the detailed design.

Belgium,

Atkins developed a masterplan for a botanic reserve on a 400ha site in the north of Oman, to showcase the Middle East’s 1,200 species of native plant, 76 of which are found only in Oman.

The aim of the project was to create a principal habitat-based botanic garden telling the story of Oman’s diverse flora and its significance for people and wildlife. It would establish and maintain a documented living collection of Omani plants reflecting the different regions and natural habitats and provide a resource for conservation and education.

Our work encompassed detailed site analyses, economic assessment, architectural and landscape design and environmental impact assessment.

The project forms part of Oman’s national strategy to develop its tourism industry using the country’s diverse cultural and natural assets.

Oman,

Atkins prepared a comprehensive seafront masterplan for the modern central and southern promenades at Hornsea in Yorkshire. The overarching design establishes a coordinated approach to the promenade as a whole. The main features include a series of wave lawns enclosed by solid granite walls which provide shelter and enclosure, contemporary sunken gardens, a splash pool for children with interactive water jets, a new cafe, refurbished facilities and a parade of distinctive beach huts.

The scheme promotes Hornsea as a 21st Century English seaside destination to help boost tourism and local business and provide a lasting economic and environmental asset.

The scheme received a number of awards including: Landscape Institute Special Award North West Region; Civic Trust Special Award – hard landscape award; Local Government News special commendation award; and CABE library of Britain’s best buildings and public spaces.

UK,

The Lusail Light Railway Transit (LRT) System project is part of the overall Lusail project being developed by Qatari Diar to create a new city of 200,000 people on a land of 35 square kilometres north of Doha. 

The vision is to create an integrated transportation system to serve the visitors, employees and residents of Lusail plus provide opportunities to create a more dynamic urban environment.

Atkins is responsible for the preliminary designs and drafting the BOQ for the following elements of the project: depot and OCC; overground stations; underground stations; at-grade LRT.

In addition to the above we are providing expert advice on all fire and life safety issues in establishing the appropriate fire strategy for the stations and depot, and assisting the client in liaising with the Qatar Civil Defence Department.

Qatar,

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,

Our concept design for Kazan Accident and Emergency (A&E) was the winning design as part of a limited international competition. The hospital is a world class A&E facility for the citizens of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tartastan, Russia.

The concept is based on projecting a caring, maternal and organic image for the hospital, in contrast to the stereotypical clinical / functional appearance of the existing healthcare facilities.

The value of the external environment in contributing to the recuperation of patients is reinforced by the integration of landscape and courtyards while the soft curves and organic forms break the clinical stereotype.

Russia,

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 glitzy Sheikh Zayed Road on the lower floors.

United Arab Emirates,

Under this design-build project for the USACE Omaha District, Atkins designed a 17,876-sf air traffic control tower (ATCT) and collocated radar and approach control (RAPCON) facility at Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB).

To meet future needs at the base, the previous facilities were demolished and replaced with the new construction. The new facility coordinates flights from the tower in and out of the base, and from instrument flight rule (IFR) operations in and around the base and Grand Forks International Airport.

The scope of work for this $12.5 million contract included demolition of existing facilities and construction of a new ATCT and RAPCON. Constructed of similar materials and collocated for operational efficiencies, the new structures meet US Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration standards for safety, efficiency, and uncompromised control of flying traffic.

The project received the U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command's 2011 Design Award for Facility Design.

USA,

With yearly attendance averaging 500,000 visitors, the Miami Seaquarium is a 50-year-old, 37-acre landmark theme park located on Key Biscayne. The marine-based attraction features live shows and exhibits. Important to the history of its development as a landmark, the park served for 4 years as the film location of the Flipper television show in the 1960s. More recently, park management embarked on a program to update aging infrastructure and add new attractions, with the most recent attraction being the “Swim with the Dolphins” venue. The park’s brand identity is based on bringing the guest closer to the animals and creating an intimate personal experience focused on ecology and the natural environment.

Atkins’ services to create a plan for the renewal and replacement of facilities and uses at Miami Seaquarium included market assessment, facility and operational analysis, site analysis building assessment, financial analysis, conceptual design and cost estimating, detailed design and engineering, permitting, and bid and construction commissioning.

USA,

The purpose of this project was to prepare information for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Seven to use in deciding the type, design, location, and environmental impacts of the Tampa Bay Intermodal Centers in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, Florida. Atkins began the preliminary design phase by conducting a conceptual plan analysis of the two potential sites.

The Hillsborough County-Downtown Tampa site is highly urban and compact in nature, making it essential that the modes be organized to provide the best use of space while taking into account the proposed paths of the Florida High-Speed Rail and Light-Rail Transit. The Pinellas County-Gateway site was the former site of the Sunshine Speedway, although it is bordered by a wetland area, for which a green space buffer zone is being allotted, thus limiting site access from one street.

Facilities provided in the preliminary design include a parking garage for a multi-use development; surface parking; an express bus facility; intercity bus facility; Tampa light rail connection; Florida High-Speed Rail connection; passenger and para transit drop-off and pick-up; limousine and taxi stands; car rental accommodation; bicycle storage facilities; and an urban park with onsite stormwater retention.

USA,