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Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, is helping build infrastructure capacity in Singapore through a strategic relationship with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), resulting in a $5 million investment in skills in the region.

With support from government agency EDB, which acts to stimulate economic growth and create employment opportunities in Singapore, two Atkins Group companies, Faithful+Gould, and Atkins Acuity, are investing and training consultants, managers and directors to expand skills in project management and whole asset lifecycle infrastructure development.

Atkins set up Atkins Acuity in June 2016 to combine the company’s extensive engineering and master planning capability with new structuring, financing and project preparation expertise. Acuity has plans to invest $2.5 million over the next five years on recruiting and developing 18 high-potential consultants, managers and directors in Singapore to develop skills in advanced infrastructure development, overcoming complex asset management challenges, and delivering solutions across the whole asset lifecycle for developing economies.

For integrated project and program management consultancy, Faithful+Gould, its team in Singapore will be investing up to $2 million over the next five years to develop 16 high-potential project managers in deepening their skills for project leadership roles.

Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive officer, who took part in the fourth McKinsey Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) Summit on 24 May, said:

“Investment in skills is essential to drive innovation and enable sustainable economic growth in the region. Specifically, with the advent of digital, we see an unprecedented momentum of change in the engineering and construction industry. Our partnership with EDB is empowering us to prepare for this change and build capacity and create job opportunities in Singapore, while helping grow the infrastructure market.”

Ms Fong Pin Fen, director for cities, infrastructure and industrial solutions at EDB said: “We are pleased that Atkins has set up its global end-to-end advisory business, Atkins Acuity, whose senior leaders are based in Singapore. Atkins’ investment will help bring value to Singapore’s infrastructure ecosystem and strengthen our standing as Asia’s leading infrastructure hub. With talent as a key pillar of the sector, EDB looks forward to partnering Atkins in not only growing its business, but also in the building up of skilled talent that will help fuel the industry’s growth.”

In recent years, Singapore has been recognised as a highly attractive market in the world for infrastructure investment thanks to its comprehensive infrastructure ecosystem, strong business environment, healthy pipeline of development work and a growing economy. A workforce with deeper infrastructure skills will help the city better capture growing opportunities and maximise its growth potential.

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For more information:

Christina Zhuang

Head of Communications, Asia Pacific

christina.zhuang@atkinsglobal.com

Tel: +65 6675 0924 / Fax: +65 6227 9344

Notes to editors:

Atkins in Singapore

Drawing upon its strong integrated capabilities and experiences in Asia Pacific and internationally, Atkins has been successful in planning and delivering complex energy, transport, infrastructure and urban development projects in both Singapore and the wider surrounding region. Underpinned by rapid economic development, funding gaps in emerging economies and the ambitious One Belt One Road initiatives, significant opportunities exist for Atkins from throughout all stages of urban development. Atkins has been in Asia Pacific since 1973 and has put greater focus on Southeast Asia in the last five years, using its Singapore base to develop a broader market in the region.

In June 2016, Atkins announced the establishment of Atkins Acuity, a global end-to-end advisory business based in Singapore which complements Atkins’ breadth and depth of expertise to form a more comprehensive end-to-end value chain. Atkins Acuity offers structuring, financing and project preparation advisory services across four key sectors: transport, energy, water, and urban planning (for example smart cities and urban infrastructure).

Faithful+Gould, part of the Atkins’ group of companies, is a world-leading integrated project and program management consultancy with core expertise in development advisory, cost management, project management, program management, strategic asset management and project controls. With offices worldwide, Faithful+Gould’s Asia Pacific operation is headquartered in Singapore and is widely recognised for delivering some of the region’s most challenging projects and landmark developments including the Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and Resorts World Sentosa.

Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website               

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