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News releases 2015

As 2015 draws to the end, Akins has compiled a snapshot of its projects currently underway in Asia Pacific.

Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ chief executive officer for Asia Pacific, said: “This is a year full of life enriching projects where our teams are making positive impacts on people and the cities they live in. As our ideas are transforming into reality, I can’t be more proud of what we’ve achieved and be more grateful to our clients, partners and Atkins colleagues who have made it possible.” 

Cities and sustainable growth

Regeneration masterplan in Jiangxi, China

Atkins has won a contract to create a concept masterplan for an area fit to host a world-class flower exhibition in Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi Province in China. Appointed by Tang Dynasty West Market Co. Ltd, the project aims to embed the essence of Jiangxi culture in its design, revitalise the area and increase its overall competitiveness. 

The plan supports Jiangxi’s development as part of the national Silk Road economic belt and promotes the growth of cultural tourism industry across the province. Aiming to create a world-class cultural tourism destination that integrates commercial, business and residential, the development will help improve the local economy by creating jobs and stimulating consumption.

High-speed rail development in Shangrao

Atkins has jointly won a contract with Planning and Design Institute of Nanjing University, Beijing Branch, to provide urban design for the new high-speed rail development in Shangrao, Jiangxi Province in China. Appointed by Shangrao Urban & Rural Planning Bureau, Atkins will design an urban area to help boost economic growth and transform the district of Shangrao.

The new high-speed rail district is located at the east downtown of Shangrao, six km from the city centre. The development will benefit from this close accessibility with a focus on high-end cultural and tourist attractions, whilst maintaining a balance between sustainability and economic growth. The design will incorporate the natural heritage of the city along with Chinese cultural elements.  

Landmarks aiming high

Northstar Changsha Centre – a new supertall landmark at 400 metres

Atkins has been awarded a contract to design the centrepiece development for a new expansion project in Changsha, in the province of Hunan in China.

Ian Milne, Atkins’ senior design director, said: “Our design ambition is to create a spectacular centrepiece to this important new urban quarter. Connectivity is a major concept in our design and we want to connect not only places, but people. The civic plaza will be located between the proposed iconic landmark tower and convention centre and will be an ideal meeting point due to its convenient location, plus the wide range of cultural and recreational activities that can be staged there.”

Vincom Landmark 81 – Vingroup's tallest landmark building in Vietnam

Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed Vincom Landmark 81 - a supertall skyscraper located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Atkins is the lead architect working closely with Arup for the structural design, one of many global projects on which the two British design companies are collaborating. With an expected height of 460m, this building will be the tallest building in Vietnam once completed, adding a new iconic landmark to Ho Chi Minh City’s ever growing skyline.

Better connectivity

Atkins wins consultancy service contract for reclamation project of the three-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport

Atkins has won a consultancy service contract for the detailed design of 650 hectares of reclaimed land in preparation for the construction of the third-runway system (3RS) at Hong Kong International Airport. Upon completion of the 3RS, the expansion plan will allow the airport to handle an additional of 30 million passengers a year according to the Airport Master Planning of 2030.

Atkins and Dragages celebrate a key milestone for the strategic transport link project

A 14-metre diameter EPB (Earth Pressure Balance) tunnel boring machine (TBM), the largest in Hong Kong, has arrived on site as part of the construction of a major transport link between Hong Kong’s northeast New Territories and Shenzhen East on mainland China, the Liantang - Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Crossing Facility (BCF).

“Once completed, the link will shorten the travelling time between Hong Kong and eastern Guangdong province, southern Fujian and Jiangxi province, which will aid future cooperation and development. Passenger and cargo flow across the boundary will become smoother and more efficient. The new BCF will play a strategic role in sustaining the long-term economic growth of Hong Kong,” added Eric Chui, Atkins’ project director.

Asia’s cities must prepare now for a new generation of autonomous vehicle technology

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to trigger a transformation of the urban landscape in Asia with huge social, environmental and economic benefits, but only if cities and transportation agencies plan ahead and help drive this evolution.

Jonathan Spear, Atkins’ technical director in Asia Pacific, said: “In Asia, leading vehicle manufacturers are already seeking to bring advances to vehicle automation to market, and technology companies such as Baidu are leading research and development which is a rival to the California-based Google. Cities will be expected to provide some of the vital building blocks required to fully exploit CAV technology and bolster the automotive sector. This will range from the testing of driverless cars, developing an understanding of user needs to taking the vital policy, and ethical and regulatory decisions on how the technology should be rolled out.”

Enjoyable city life

Atkins brings Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon to life in Hong Kong

Atkins has played a key role in launching a visionary project that will transform part of Hong Kong’s skyline and cityscape. The company has provided vital engineering services to Event Horizon, which will see 31 sculptures, designed by leading British sculptor Antony Gormley, erected both at street and building top level, across the central and western districts of the city.

Sheraton Zhanjiang sea view hotel open to welcome guests

The Atkins-designed five-star Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel held its official opening ceremony on 26 April 2015 in Zhanjiang, China. The sea view hotel is situated on the Leizhou Peninsula, close to the subtropical shore of the South China Sea, and is designed to fully utilise its coastline location to facilitate the tourism of the port city.

Revitalising Nullah into attractive green river

Atkins has recently been appointed by the Drainage Services Department (DSD), the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), to undertake the investigation for the revitalization of King Yip Street Nullah. The project aims to revitalize the existing Nullah into a green and vibrant river.


For more information:

Christina Zhuang
Communications manager, Asia Pacific
Tel: +852 2972 1558 / Fax: +852 2890 6343

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