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Atkins was last night named Consultancy of the Year for the second year in succession at the Construction Week Awards, a high profile gala event celebrating the achievements of the GCC construction industry.

An independent panel of judges recognised the significant contribution Atkins has made during the past 12 months to the region’s built environment sector.

The award was collected by Simon Moon, CEO Middle East, who said: “It’s great to end the year with such a fantastic industry endorsement and I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the incredibly talented people in Atkins who made it possible. Couple this with the extraordinary vision and commitment of our key clients, and that makes for a successful consultancy.

“Behind this award there are so many great stories and great achievements, and I never cease to be impressed by the determination of our people to excel at what they do.”

Established key projects for Atkins in the Middle East range from the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to the resourcing of the Central Planning Office in Doha, Qatar. In the past year the company has also secured a number of high profile projects, including Dubai Opera House, Doha Metro and Riyadh Metro.

“Fundamentally, our work is about improving people’s lives – creating liveable places with a strong public realm and with high quality services and facilities to support strong societies and healthy, active lifestyles,” adds Simon.

“The Middle East is one of the most interesting and exciting markets in the world and we’re looking forward to building on this success as we look ahead to 2014.”


For more information:

Ben Thompson
Head of communications, Middle East
+971 44059193 

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Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies*, employing some 17,400 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Over 75 years, from post-war regeneration and the advent of nuclear engineering to high speed rail and the integrated sustainable cities of the future, our people’s breadth and depth of expertise and drive to ask why has allowed us to plan, design and enable some of the world’s most complex projects.

*14th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2013) and the third largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2012).

Recent projects

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, masterplanning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

  • Doha Central Planning Office - helping to co-ordinate Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;
  • The London 2012 Games infrastructure transformation - as technical advisor to London’s boroughs as the Olympic Park moves into its legacy configuration as a follow-on role to our work as the Games’ official engineering and design provider;
  • UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme - providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
  • North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;
  • SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Crossrail - designing the Central London twin tunnels and station architecture for Europe’s biggest civil engineering scheme which will see tunnels passing beneath 470 listed buildings and critical infrastructure;
  • Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;
  • Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;
  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;
  • UK National Composites Centre - providing technical expertise to bring the latest lightweight carbon fibre materials to all engineering sectors, helping to develop innovative applications and reduce costs and carbon;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America;
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) superfast broadband – providing technical, commercial and procurement support to help deliver superfast broadband to one of Europe’s most remote regions.