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To reduce the risk of flash flooding in downtown Las Vegas, Atkins provided engineering design services for a 5-mile storm drain system serving the city’s central regions. The system starts at the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, about 5 miles northwest of the famous Las Vegas Strip, ending at the Oakey Meadows detention basin near Springs Preserve. Atkins designed 15,000 feet of storm drain conveyance, an additional 5,000 feet of storm drain collection facilities and 1,600 feet of concrete open channel, capable of conveying up to 4,772 cubic feet per second (cfs) to the basin.

The storm drain will provide enhanced flood protection for buildings and street intersections along the system’s route, in particular the flood-prone intersections along Decatur Boulevard. The system is one of about 20 flood control projects being developed by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, including channels, underground diversion tunnels, and detention basins.

Due to the magnitude of construction, the project was split into four phases to divide the construction up into manageable sections. The project includes reinforced concrete box culverts ranging in size from 12 by 5 feet to 23 by 8 feet; rectangular reinforced concrete channel up to 45 feet wide and 10 feet deep; reinforced concrete pipes; storm drain drop inlets; junction manholes; transition structures; pavement renewal and replacement along the storm drain corridor, and a confluence structure for the Alta Channel and Oakey Meadows storm drain.

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Atkins, working with Arup, has been appointed to work with Severn Trent Water Ltd. as part of their clean water strategic grid team. A key part of the grid is the Elan Valley Aqueduct, which is 120 kilometers long and provides water to Severn Trent's customers in Birmingham. Completed in 1906 and now in continual operation for over 100 years, increasing water demands of the city mean the infrastructure is beginning to show its age. 

Using expertise from our multidisciplinary teams, we established options for the proactive maintenance and replacement of several sections of the Elan Valley Aqueduct (EVA). The objective of the work is to achieve Severn Trent Water’s aspiration for an asset fit for the 22nd Century.  

Using our extensive water and tunnelling experience, we developed the outline design for the selected schemes, provided planning support and environmental guidance and assisted the client in compiling tender documentation for a design and build contract. The package of 3 schemes covers 4.2 kilometres of 3 metre diameter tunnel, with a capital cost of around £70million.

This was undertaken as part of a 10 year Engineering Consultancy Framework under which we assist Severn Trent Water in prioritising assets for investment and promoting the best TOTEX solution in achieving the best outcomes for STW and their customers.

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Atkins was appointed by Surrey County Council to help reduce flood risk in the county. As part of our services, we developed and implemented an innovative solution to prioritise areas at risk of flooding for further investigation across the whole of Surrey.

As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Surrey County Council is responsible for managing local flood risk from groundwater, surface water and ordinary watercourses. The Surrey Flood Risk Partnership Board, a local stakeholder group, meet on a regular basis to discuss the priorities for investing in flood risk. The prioritisation tool provides the group with most relevant, readily available data to quickly identify which areas in Surrey had the greatest need for managing flood risk on a strategic level.

The flood risk prioritisation tool is a GIS based multi-criteria tool that incorporates the flood risk information from multiple theoretical and historic data sources including Environment Agency flood map and records of property flooding collated by Surrey County Council. The tool provides a strategic overview of flood risk across the whole of Surrey in a simple and easy to use format.

This project was completed in 2013 and is updated annually. The latest version incorporates flood economic data using Atkins flood economic tool, Flood DamaGIS. This enhancement allows Surrey County Council to consider the potential for a viable economic business case as part of the prioritisation.

Atkins also developed an excel based tool, which works alongside the GIS, enabling the client to adjust the weightings applied. This allows the client to quickly assess the impact of changing priorities, such as focussing on reducing surface water flooding or considering the priorities of local stakeholders, without needing expert skills in GIS.

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A joint venture between Atkins and Arup has been appointed for a consultancy contract to deliver a range of design and engineering services for BMB; the joint venture between BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, who have been appointed by Tideway to deliver the West section of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel. 

Valued at £416 million the six kilometre ‘West’ section of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London incorporating seven separate work sites along the route. Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance following construction completion. 

The new tunnel will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. 

The completion is scheduled for 2022. 

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Atkins has been a partner to DONG Energy since 2013 helping to transform the offshore wind industry through standardisation of design and cost reduction.

We are helping to enable a production line approach to fabrication, rather than a bespoke solution each time, driving down the whole life costs to DONG Energy whilst maintaining the highest safety and reliability standards.

Atkins has contracts for detailed engineering design of offshore substation platforms (OSPs) at DONG Energy construction projects around the UK;
• one substation at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay
• two substations at the Race Bank offshore wind farm off the north coast of Norfolk
• and two substations at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness in the Irish Sea

In 2015, we were awarded a contract for engineering design services for three offshore substations with helidecks and refuelling systems for DONG Energy’s proposed Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, taking the total number of OSPs that Atkins is designing to eight.

With over 30 years looking after oil and gas offshore structures, we can directly apply lessons learned in terms of construction and operation in deeper waters, foundation and jacket technology, the use of heavy-lift vessels and asset maintenance offshore. Our UK based team will be working together with DONG Energy to apply the lessons on these large, complex projects enabling us to set new benchmarks in stripping out any fat for an industry that needs to become more and more competitive with other energy sources.

DONG Energy is progressing to a standardised wind farm, reducing the costs of offshore wind energy by 35 - 40 percent for projects getting the go-ahead in 2020.

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Atkins has worked with Swedish company Hexicon since 2015 to design the world’s first multi-turbine offshore wind floating platform. It is planned that the platform will be deployed at the Dounreay Tri Project off the Scottish north coast.

As engineering partner, Atkins’ offshore wind team is responsible for analysing a two turbine structure ready for detailed design and physical model testing of the new design in mid-2016.

Atkins is pushing the boundaries of design to support Hexicon in maximising energy yield. Experience in innovative, transformational work both in the renewables and oil and gas sectors has enabled the project team to go one step further in making the exciting concept a reality.

New developments in the design of the floating structure's mooring system have increased the efficiency of the rotating system reducing CAPEX and maximising energy yield.

Atkins’ extensive experience in floating wind has played a key role in developing the concept and originally winning the work. The integrated design capability that enables the head to toe design that we are undertaking for Hexicon demonstrates how our experience across a range of both floating and fixed offshore wind projects can add real value to clients.

Atkins has been involved in more than half a dozen floating wind projects around the world including:

  • Detailed design and analysis for Principle Power’s WindFloat prototype in Portugal
  • Design for Pilot Offshore Renewable’s Kincardine floating wind project
  • Winning Statoil’s Hywind floating wind demonstrator Installation Challenge competition.

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The largest component of FasTracks, the Eagle public private partnership (P3) project, unites three corridors and will more than double the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) current transit system. In June 2010, RTD selected the Denver Transit Partners (DTP) team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the East Rail Line, the electrified portion of the Northwest Rail Line, the Gold Line, and the commuter rail maintenance facility.

Our primary role on the DTP team included corridor management of the entire East Corridor rail line as well as design for the trackway, roadway, and structural elements for portions of the East Corridor and design for trackway, roadway, drainage, and structural elements of the Northwest Rail electrified segment. This also included maintenance-of-traffic plans for grade crossings, overhead structures, and underpasses in these jurisdictions. With a significant number of stakeholders and multiple projects in progress, effective coordination and communication was critical to manage interfaces with outside projects, internal project components, and operational requirements.

The East Corridor is particularly important to Denver residents and visitors as it extends the existing rail line to Denver International Airport—located 25 miles outside of downtown Denver—providing cost-effective and reliable transit to the airport.

Prior to the start of this project, Atkins worked closely with RTD to conduct an alternatives analysis and prepare the Environmental Impact Statement and preliminary engineering for the I-70 East Transit Corridor. The study, which included extensive public outreach, documented the transportation and environmental impacts associated with transit improvements in the area. A wide range of possible alignments, technologies, and station locations were examined to support the development the FasTracks program.


Atkins produced the detailed design for E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm’s offshore substation support structure. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited delivered E.ON with a full design and build package with Atkins subcontracted for the module support structure design. This project was awarded to Atkins because of our geotechnical expertise and capability to develop feasible foundation designs for the chalk ground conditions.

The offshore substation platform substructure consists of two components; a piled jacket and a module support frame (MSF) that was lifted onto the jacket substructure on site. All work was performed with due consideration to the difficult ground conditions and a key project requirement to enable installation using the project’s jack-up vessel – the MPI Adventure – which imposed restrictive load curve limits on geometry and weight. This enabled the developer to make optimal use of long term charter arrangements and mitigate installation risks.

The MSF provides support and allows access to two topside modules. The modules are connected to the foundation through eight support points, four per module. The modules connect to the wind farm by eight array cables each and are connected to land by one export cable each.

Atkins conducted:
• Full in-place, load-out, transportation analyses
• Lift structural analyses for both structures
• Fatigue, ship impact and on bottom stability analysis for the jacket substructure
• Detailed design drawings based on calculations for fabrication at Harland and Wolff’s shipyards in Belfast.

The work took place during 2013, and was completed in 2014.

Humber Gateway is located in the northern part of the Greater Wash area. The site is around 8km east of the Yorkshire coast near the Humber Estuary in the North-East of England. The wind farm has an installed capacity of 219MW, consisting of 73 3MW Vestas V112 turbines and a single twin circuit 33KV to 132KV substation. The wind farm provides 170,000 homes with green power.

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The National Signalling Framework has been established to modernise and improve signalling infrastructure across the UK network.

Atkins was awarded contracts for the Anglia and Kent area and the Sussex and Wessex frameworks in January 2012 for seven years. Services provided by Atkins include specialist signalling systems design, installation, testing and commissioning, and the associated power, telecommunications, ancillary civil engineering and OLE designs.

The framework was set up to deliver design and build contracts (GRIP 5-8) but at the time that Atkins was appointed, the initial development stage (GRIP 1-4) also needed to be done. Given Atkins’ signalling expertise, we were given an additional commission by Network Rail to progress several key projects to the design and build phase so that they could then be delivered under the framework. 

On East Kent Resignalling Phase 2 (EKR2) will see a 33-mile stretch of the region’s network upgraded and a brand new station has opened at Rochester, delivering a more reliable and efficient rail service with five extra trains to London during the morning peak and longer platforms.

The scheme is upgrading an area last renewed in 1959 and is part of Network Rail’s strategy to transfer control of signalling systems to Regional Operating Centres.

Our team has developed a range of innovations designed to save time on the scheme including the introduction of a new software package to assess assets along the project route. Working with Gioconda Limited, virtual reality software was created which allows the signal designer at the outline design stage to do everything they could if they were on-site but in a fraction of the time. Signal sighting can usually take up to nine months for a project of this size, but the software solution saw the work completed in just four weeks by one person at their computer without the need to go on-site.

Not only has this pioneering solution cut six months from the outline design phase but has also made savings in terms of site protection staff while significantly reducing occupational health issues associated with travelling to and from site and working in an operational railway environment. The HD video that was produced has been distributed to the design, construction and testing teams so that their site visits have been dramatically reduced too.

The collaborative nature of the framework contracts means that knowledge and best practice gained on one scheme will be applied to the others to provide value for our client. 


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Atkins was lead consultant on a demanding project to upgrade Belfast’s ageing Victorian sewer system. One of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Northern Ireland, the scheme had to contend with high volume stormwater flow and challenging geology. The scale of the project was immense, including the construction of 9.5km of tunnels, 21 access shafts and a pumping station housed in Belfast's deepest and largest excavation.

We provided project management, planning, preliminary design, contract supervision and administration to improve water quality in the River Lagan.

The new infrastructure means that the Belfast sewers are now able to deal with a one in 30 year storm event, an event magnitude that has since become an industry standard.

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Dubai Opera will be unique for a venue of its size, in that it will have the ability to convert into three modes; from a theatre into a concert hall and into a ‘flat floor’ form, offering 2000 m² of space for events such as exhibitions and gala events.

What makes Dubai Opera so important is the new offering it will bring to residents and visitors of the city. It will become a hub for cultural activity, entertainment and artistic expression, while playing its part in creating a vibrant local community. 

Dubai Opera aims to transform the emirate’s cultural footprint and establish the city as a part of the elite global theatre circuit – providing a vital new draw for the tourist industry – a cornerstone of Dubai’s economy.

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It implies the symbiosis of three main components – Office, Hotel and SOHO apartments. Although these buildings can be operated individually but while they function together, a powerful urban synergy is created from these separate entities.

Total GFA is 246,067 sq.m with a plot ratio of 12.6. It comprises of three 165.8m tall building, a 39 storey office tower, a 38 storey Hilton hotel and a 43 storey SOHO apartment. The crystalline building form signifies its status as the landmark in the city of Chengdu, with its modern and geometrical expression in curtain wall, has given the project a pure and classic appearance.

Chengdu Seaton Plaza 


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East West Rail is a major project to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England.

Atkins provided the technical design for the Chiltern Railways Bicester to Oxford main line railway. This involved the design of a brand new, 20 kilometre long, twin track section of 100mph railway between Bicester and Oxford, the building of a new station at Oxford Parkway and the upgrading of stations at Bicester Town and Islip.

In addition, this will allow Chiltern Railways to run services from Oxford through to London Marylebone, the first new line connecting a major city to London for over 100 years.

The design expertise provided by Atkins includes project and engineering management, track, civils, mechanical and electrical, telecoms, signalling, electrification, surveying, highways, geotechnical, drainage, utilities, architecture and environment plus engineering safety management.

Phase 2 of the Western Section of East West Rail will see the remainder of the work designed and built over an 8 year period.

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The redevelopment of the port will transform Muscat’s current commercial port into Oman’s premier waterfront destination ensuring integration with and enhancement of adjacent historically sensitive areas including Muttrah and Harat Al Shamal.

With a GFA of approximately 350,000 m2 new mixed use area, the new port hopes to support the government’s drive towards a diversified economy by creating up to 5,000 direct jobs and accommodating up to 10,000 visitors per day. The redevelopment will enable increased international cruise liner arrivals and has the potential to operate as a dedicated home port.

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

The tower comprises a mix of serviced apartments and a five-star hotel – the first five star property in a five-kilometre radius. The sky lobby located at the top of the podium accommodates a spa, all-day-dining restaurant, health club, meeting rooms and a landscaped podium roof. The hotel part of the tower comprises 247 hotel rooms and suites, whereas the residential accommodation includes 221 one and two bedroom apartments and 33 four-bedroom apartments with private pools. 

The concept is based on a 30 degree rotation of each floor thus creating a series of lush-green balcony sky gardens and 271 sky-high swimming pools.

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

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

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

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

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

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This building will stand out with its simplicity, bold and clarity in design that signify the corporate culture and image of the bank as well as the characteristic of the financial industry. While people are familiar with the iconic Bank of China tower in Hong Kong, soon a new signature tower will appear in the skyline of Jiangbeizhui, the Central Financial District (CFD) of West China. Bank of China Tower is the new beacon of fortune and prosperity in Chongqing.

This 198-metre high iconic tower is designed by a world class architects – Atkins. Atkins is a famous international architecture and engineering consultancy – largest in the Europe and Top 4 in the world. Atkins has more than 200 offices in 80 countries and regions. This building is perfectly situated in a premium location. The designer of BOC tower incorporates an advanced design approach in terms of sustainability, energy saving, intelligence into the local context, and creates a high rise tower which is transparent, modern, and dignified.

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Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to develop the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. The development will be designed as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic facilities, a convention centre and a hotel. Spread over a 30-acre site the campus is located near Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur.

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A quarry is a rather unlikely destination for a swank hotel. Perhaps that’s what makes the concept of Songjiang Quarry Hotel so awe-inspiring. Indeed, design and engineering consultancy Atkins won an international design competition for the five-star hotel back in August 2006 and their vision is in the process of being transformed into reality by Chinese developer Shimao. The satellite town of Songjiang is approximately 35 km from Shanghai city centre and well connected to existing transport infrastructure. Sprawling landscapes and natural beauty have made it a popular tourist destination and the district has been designated as an important local and national leisure resource. The design of the Songjiang Quarry Hotel is meant to reflect the natural landscape of the quarry. The winning concept was inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the rocky cliffs, waterfalls and surrounding hills. The project will see the construction of a five-star, 383-bedroom hotel built into the side of a disused, 90 m deep, water filled quarry. The hotel will be operated by Intercontinental as a sport and leisure-oriented spa resort. The concept design has attracted tremendous interest across the world. Apart from the green roof, it is intended that many features, ranging from geothermal energy to solar energy utilization, are included in this project. The reasons for the green roof are two-fold: it is both for the building to fit seamlessly into the surrounding environment and become a ‘natural’ part of the local topography, and also for its eco-friendly and energy saving qualities.

Apart from an awe-inspiring location, a cascading waterfall from the top of the quarry into the pool below it, and striking waveform architecture, the Songjiang Quarry Hotel will have plenty to offer. The futuristic hotel features underwater public areas, guest rooms and conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, and also includes sport and leisure centres. Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a 10 m deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel. Also, a transparent glass ‘waterfall’ located in the centre of the building is a major architectural feature. By building the hotel where it is, designers and developers hope to prevent further damage to the ecological environment around it. The Songjiang Quarry Hotel may become just about the greenest hotel ever made.

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With a height of over 460m, this will be the tallest building in Vietnam. The 81-storey development is located in Vinhomes Central Park - one of the most prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its frontage faces the beautiful Saigon River, and is conveniently connected via major road and water transportation. Featuring a modern and unusual architecture design that symbolises the diversity and fast-emergence of Ho Chi Minh City, this mixed-use development involves space for hotel, serviced residential apartment and retail. At the base of this skyscraper is a sumptuous shopping centre featuring the finest retailers under one roof for a top-class shopping experience. The 241,000m2 development will also feature contemporary landscape design that merges natural beauty into this building.

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Heathrow Terminals 1 and 5 host both international and domestic flights. The Airport wished to find a solution that would meet the UK Border Force requirement to ensure that passengers cannot swap their boarding cards once they have cleared security and then leave on a domestic departure when they were cleared originally for an international flight.

Importantly, any implementation also had to balance the conflicting factors of security, cost and speed of use.


Atkins worked with Aurora to implement its Passenger Authentication Scanning System which uses biometric facial recognition to link a passenger to their boarding pass.

The system amalgamates online check-in, airline data, biometric facial recognition technology and departure lounge systems into one seamless ‘end-to-end’ solution. In order to accommodate the varying lighting conditions that are found in the Terminal, PASS employs infrared technology to secure facial recognition of a passenger.

Thanks to comprehensive trialling, bench testing and close working with the client, PASS carefully balances the three competing factors identified by the Airport. The system offers quick and simple identification capture and enrollment, it operates on Heathrow’s standard client and server machines and it meets the stringent standards of the UK Border Force.


PASS has been in operation at Heathrow since 2012 and since its inception has successfully processed millions of passengers.

This solution is now being extended in Heathrow’s Terminal 5 with the introduction of Self-Boarding channels which will allow passengers to board their flight using a self-service gate.

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In recent years, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) has seen a dramatic recovery from its significant underutilization in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. With enplanements rebounding to pre-Katrina levels, focus has turned from recovery and short-term development to its long-term infrastructure needs. Critical sections of the terminal and support facilities—currently more than 60 years old—have exceeded their useful life spans and must be replaced.

In 2012, the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board selected Crescent City Aviation Team (a joint venture) to oversee the airport’s return to a world-class airport in both form and function. The team is working to create solutions that demonstrate a balance between respect for the area’s unique heritage and the need to innovate in a sustainable way that re-declares the relevance of the airport, City, and region.

Atkins has provided a full range of planning, engineering and architectural services for the airport’s long-term development. Called “the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome” by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the multi-phase project requires an alternative site location concept and layout, a new terminal facility with expandability to 42 gates, a new airfield apron to support the terminal, roadway improvements for access and circulation, and on-site parking facilities.

Travelers to New Orleans will be welcomed with the natural hues and tones of the native landscape and the elegant architecture of the City. Layers of stone tile, metallic wall coverings and porcelain will tile throughout the new North Terminal, reflecting the design inspiration of brass trumpets, oyster shells, and misty cypress groves. The development will serve as a gateway that melds the region’s unique colonial past with its cosmopolitan present, supporting the emergence of New Orleans as a destination city.

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Our work on the Doha Metro is helping Qatar improve transportation and infrastructure across the city. The programme is critical for the 2022 World Cup and is central in delivering Qatar’s 2030 vision.

We were appointed as lead designer by the ALYSJ JV to deliver the Gold Line Metro stations comprising 13 underground stations and 16km of twin bore tunnels.

Our role on the Gold Line includes architectural design, station planning, structural, design of twin bore tunnel, geotechnical analysis and site investigations, site monitoring of AGI Works, design of excavation support, fire and life safety strategy, alignment design, support of the client’s requirements, management and systems assurance and additional works for mechanical and electrical building services design.

Once complete, the Doha Metro will reduce congestion and pollution while offering sustainable, attractive and fast public transportation choices for the first time.

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We are helping Riyadh by dramatically improving transportation across the city through the design of the metro. We were appointed as lead designer (in a joint venture with Typsa) by FAST consortium to deliver three of the six lines that will comprise Riyadh Metro.

This design and build package includes 25 stations, two depots and seven park and ride car parks, 63km of track, with a total capital cost of approximately £5bn. Atkins is drawing on its multidisciplinary team of around 250 specialist staff from its offices in Riyadh, the UAE, Bangalore, Hong Kong and the UK.

Once complete, the Riyadh Metro, currently the largest public transportation project in the world, will reduce congestion and pollution while offering people sustainable, attractive and fast public transport choices for the first time.

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Bourges Boulevard is part of a major ring road around Peterborough, forming a key gateway into the city.

Atkins was commissioned by Peterborough City Council to redesign the pedestrian areas of Bourges Boulevard and create better connections between Peterborough train station and the city centre as part of a £4m improvement scheme.

The design proposals looked to encourage development within this area, enhance the visual appearance of a major city gateway and improve the provision of pedestrian and cycle facilities along and across the Boulevard.

The main outcome was to enhance the aesthetic quality of the street. This has been achieved by the introduction of large-scale street trees, a distinctive new paving arrangement and a suite of new street furniture including lighting and cor-ten planters.

Other measures included narrowing of the carriageway and the introduction of two 10m-wide toucan crossings to provide easy ground-level connections to the city centre.

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Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and Site Formation and Infrastructure Works
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The project is one of the major construction contracts of a new cross-boundary connection in Hong Kong between the boundary control point near Heung Yuen Wai and Fanling Highway to provide a strategic and direct new transport link to serve the cross-boundary goods vehicles and passengers travelling between the northeast New Territories and Shenzhen East on Mainland China. Atkins is employed by Dragages (Hongkong) Limited to be the design consultant firm for the detailed design of a 4.8-km-long dual two-lane Lung Shan Tunnel excavated by tunnel boring machine (TBM) and Drill-&-Blast techniques, mid-ventilation adit, and temporary site formation at portals with other associated works.

One of the key challenges for Atkins is to carry out the detailed design of 12.5m ID TBM permanent lining for double tube tunnels in various ground conditions and form a numbers of underground cross passage openings with 6m span in soft ground underneath public area with shallow ground cover.

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To connect the landscape to the local climate and natural environment, the project team led by design-build contractor Hensel Phelps restored 20 acres of natural wetlands to their original condition, including several ponds, a marsh and a canal running along the southern edge of the property. Our work included site civil, landscape architecture, environmental, and utility permitting and surveying services.

Designed for LEED certification (Platinum Core and Shell, and Gold Commercial Interiors), the 383,000-square-foot facility is part of the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program, which emphasizes quality in the federal built environment and establishes policies for selecting top consultants for integrated design teams. The building is projected to achieve the Design Excellence Program’s 2030 zero environmental footprint goal.



Interstate 70 is one of the United States’ major east-west transportation corridors, carrying recreational, commercial, and commuter traffic through the Rocky Mountains. The high volume of traffic through this corridor regularly creates significant congestion and gridlock. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) selected Atkins to help address the immediate need to improve safety and congestion that has plagued this corridor for many years. The Twin Tunnels project widens the lanes of I-70 from Idaho Springs to the base of Floyd Hill and is the first project to add capacity to the corridor in over 20 years.

After successfully assisting with the concept design in an environmental assessment, CDOT selected Atkins to complete the eastbound tunnel expansion project under a construction management/general contractor delivery system. After the completion of the initial eastbound tunnel, CDOT sole sourced the Atkins team to complete the westbound tunnel. The compressed delivery schedule and complexity of the project required tapping into Atkins’ worldwide expertise in tunnel design, managed lanes, bridge and retaining wall design, highway design, and construction phasing. The team developed creative solutions to maintain traffic flow during construction, mitigate environmental impacts, and increase highway safety and operations.


The new complex was constructed on a 50-acre site on U.S. Highway 90, about 6 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. We designed several facilities including the 50,000-square-foot border patrol station and provided design for site grading, drainage, and paving. The project incorporated an integrated delivery process that leverages our experience using AutoDesk’s Revit building information modeling (BIM) software to provide closely coordinated, quality construction documents. This resulted in minimal issues during construction period, ensuring the facility could be built in a highly remote and austere location.

Located in an extremely dry and arid environment, conservation was a top priority. With this in mind, we designed the complex to comply with LEED Silver certification requirements and native plants were used in landscaping to reduce water consumption. 

USBP agents undertake some of the most dangerous responsibilities in U.S. law enforcement, including detection and apprehension of subjects responsible for illegal incursions into the United States. To ensure the safety of agents working at the station, the facility was designed according to USBP physical security requirements and to meet Forced Entry and Ballistic Resistance of Structural System standards established by the Diplomatic Security Bureau of the U.S. Department of State.  



The Connector is instrumental in relieving traffic congestion in historic Ybor City and improving freight access to the Port of Tampa. It also provides an additional hurricane evacuation route and enhances emergency access for first responders.

Atkins served as lead engineer on the $426 million project, and as the primary designer of the Connector’s southern portion (80 percent of the overall construction effort). Innovative features include a toll gantry that saves FDOT an estimated $10 million in capital and maintenance costs, and truck-only lanes that provide convenient, exclusive freight access and minimize congestion and safety issues on local roads. The project is also one of the first to use concrete segmental construction and incorporate the new AASHTO Bridge Code. 

Atkins' ability to mobilize staff in support of this project enabled completion of alternate bridge designs three months early in an aggressive design schedule. Aesthetics also played a key role in the project, with designers making every effort to incorporate the style and character of historic Ybor City. One of the project’s notable features is a “gateway” that evokes the area’s unique, century-old Florida architecture.  

The project received the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)/FDOT 2014 Outstanding Project Award, FICE 2015 Engineering Excellence Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2015 National Recognition Award, and American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) 2015 Bridge Award of Excellence (urban bridges category). 



The A3 bypass at Hindhead was constructed to improve road safety, reduce congestion and improve air quality. Running beneath Devil's Punch Bowl, a site of Special Scientific Interest, the new dual carriageway includes the longest non-estuary underpass in the UK – 1.83km of twin bored tunnels.

With traffic congestion now absent, the existing road south has been downgraded to a local distributor road, while the northern carriageway has been closed and restored to heathland, as it was a century ago.

The Highways Agency commissioned Atkins for design, geotechnical advice, site supervision, tender and contract documentation, noise and air quality assessments, and expert witness services.

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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.

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The site is located in Chengdu along a river bank and surrounded by Hotel tower and adjacent residential development.

The Landscape concept takes reference from the typical natural mountainous Chengdu landscape., which is known to be very humid and contains dominant bamboo vegetation. The Hotel landscape is themed as  “Mystic Landscape “ which shall become a signature landscape feature  and  reinforce the strong iconic identity of the Hotel development.

Selection of native plants  are further enhancing the Chengdu reference  and Gingko trees are used throughout.  Form and color of the local Ginkgo tree” is also adopted ias a design inspiration for various hardscape features such as planters, paving and water features. Natural dynamics such as wind and sound are introduced throughout an artificial mist pond and plantations of Bamboo along the river bank.

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Aberdeen, the largest satellite town of Hong Kong city, is a vibrant waterfront harbour resort. It is unique in the sense that it puts forward the traditional lifestyle and modernity on a single platter. Floating restaurants and sampan rides are highly acclaimed features of this tourist centre, which is one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most popular tour attractions. Visitors can cruise around the fishing port on a boat once boarding at the newly designed sampan piers.

The uplifting works along Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau aimed to preserve the features of a fishing port. In view of the distinct characteristics of Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau, apart from the functional requirements of operating in a safe, environmental friendly and effective manner, the proposed works such as the repaving, soft and hard landscape, sculptures, display board and directional signs, kiosk, leisure and resting area, etc will be aesthetically pleasing and will become the iconic designs to reflect the theme of “Traditional Fishing Village” to blend in with the cultural and heritage nature of Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau in harmony.

Various landscape components along the promenade such as feature seating, performance stages or pavilions, make reference to traditional artifacts and lifestyle. Lush planting with different textures have been carefully chosen and introduced along the promenade as soft landscape and form the pedestrian green walkway. People who have passed most of their life on dry lands would find fishing life of Aberdeen very intriguing as conventional lifestyle still prevails in Aberdeen.

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The Hainan Wanning Jun waterfront residential area is the key seaside resort of CITIC Group; this development’s area is very big so that it have to be developed phase by phase; Atkins landscape and architectural design team participate in the design to provide professional knowledge and perspective, together with client to create a modern upscale resort district.

Trying to create the southeast landscape environment through introduction of palm trees, features sculptures, the pool of free boundary and diverse Southeast Asian vegetation. The combination of varies of elements, such as the organic arrangement, integrated layout, connection in-between architecture and landscape, the spatial variation, visual connection, all these have been set accordingly with the project.

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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”.

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The M25 is the busiest road in the UK and strategically important to the economy. Atkins is part of the Connect Plus consortium including Balfour BeattySkanska and Egis Road Operation UK which was appointed by the UK’s Highways Agency in 2009 to manage the M25 and its key arterial link roads.

As part of this 30-year contract to manage and enhance London’s orbital motorway network, we are delivering lifecycle maintenance and major improvement projects. These include widening 38 miles of the M25, refurbishing tunnels and bridges, delivering Smart Motorways with all lane running and installing hundreds of variable messaging signs and gantries, helping to maximise the use of the network and deliver more reliable journeys. We also manage the Dartford River crossing, and operate and maintain 440km of this economically strategic road network providing our customer and road user with a world-class highway service.

Delivering the first significant widening programme before the London 2012 Olympic Games was a huge challenge, and to meet the deadline the design and construction had to be twice as fast as previous comparable projects, expending around £1 million per day and widening the motorway at a rate of 1.6km/month.

The second phase of widening includes the transition to all-lane running. Section 5a (Junctions 23-25) and Section 2 (Junctions 5-7) went live in April 2014.

The contract transfers the investment risk in lifecycle maintenance to the Joint Venture for 30 years and requires us to meet challenging performance requirements. Atkins is involved in all aspects of maintenance scheme delivery, from data gathering and inspections, through solution evaluation and whole life costing to detailed design and management of activities on the network. Some 200 individual schemes are progressed in any 12 month period and as such works must minimise road user impacts. This has driven innovation in many areas for example; solutions for concrete pavement repairs, major bridge joint renewal and bridge deck waterproofing replacement.

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Part of the Trans-European Road Network, the M62 Smart Motorway scheme is of strategic importance on a regional, national and international scale. Atkins developed an innovative design for this project to provide 15.5 miles of extra road capacity to reduce congestion and provide safer journeys for motorists.

The design includes the use of Dynamic Hardshoulder Running and All Lane Running (ALR), where the existing hard shoulder is converted into a running lane. This is the first scheme in the UK to implement ALR and this approach delivered savings of around £3 million as less technology was required.

To deliver this scheme two months ahead of schedule and under budget, our design team worked collaboratively with main contractor BAM Nuttall/Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (bmJV) and client, the Highways Agency.

Innovation was key to successful delivery such as 3D modelling, developed by Atkins. These models informed the design process so well and achieved early buy in from stakeholders to new layouts that it led to a reduction in infrastructure requirements, saving the project £9 million. The 3D models were able to replicate views from properties allowing impacts to be determined and minimised as well as facilitating early engagement with residents to agree mitigation measures if required. The models were also able to replicate CCTV camera images ensuring full coverage of the scheme and also meant that cameras were positioned in the right place, first time.

Atkins’ design team were also behind the introduction of 19 metre span cantilever sign/signal gantries, the longest to be installed on the network. These cantilever gantries reduced costs and minimised the impact on the local environment including visual intrusion to local residents.

Officially opened in September 2013, the scheme has seen around 15 minutes taken off the average journey for all road users.

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Atkins provided full multidisciplinary design and management of the civil works on Dubai Metro. This included geotechnical and site investigations, bored tunnels, viaducts and bridges, route alignment, depots and additional specialist services such as fire and ventilation, environmental impact, concrete durability, noise and vibration reduction and landscaping.

The first line of the Dubai Metro opened to the public on 09 September 2009. It is the longest automated, driverless system in the world and it has eased traffic congestion by improving mobility throughout Dubai.

A key challenge has been to integrate the specialist skills from Atkins' international offices to work with our local presence on this tightly programmed project. Another challenge was to tackle the project in a carbon-critical way. Our approach resulted in less glass and more insulation than the original designs. Our recommendations saved just over 500m3 of aluminium and a saving of approximately 12,900t (CO2-e) and reduced estimated peak cooling load by around 35%.

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

ITER is the next step in one of the world's leading energy research programmes, and is bringing together the largest nations in a quest to harness nuclear fusion to meet mankind's future energy needs.

Since 2010, Atkins has been architect engineer, in partnership with engineering giants Assystem, Egis and Empresarios Agrupados, as part of the Engage consortium. The consortium is in charge of delivering 39 buildings and associated infrastructure for the ITER project, including the 50 x 200m Tokamak complex.

The 200-strong integrated team of experts from our Energy and Design & Engineering businesses are working together to ensure fusion experiments begin on schedule to help meet the challenge of not only decarbonising but also increasing the world's energy supply.

Engage is responsible for supporting the procurement process and construction planning and supervision for the buildings including service and site infrastructure. The scope of work also covers all disciplines of design:

  • Preliminary design
  • Tender design
  • Construction design for nuclear buildings

Click here to watch a drone-eye view of the site

To find out more about the ITER project, visit the F4E and ITER websites. Discover more about the science behind nuclear fusion, the European contribution to ITER, the move towards sustainable energy, and the future for fusion energy here.

Watch videos of construction milestones, updates of what is happening on site, and find out more about the technology being used at ITER on F4E's official YouTube channel. And, keep track of progress on site on Flickr.  

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Northamptonshire County Council aims to be the first area in England with Superfast Next Generation Broadband by the end of 2017.

A critical component of this project was effectively communicating the progress of the broadband service roll out to people living and working in Northamptonshire.

To help Northamptonshire do this, Atkins developed the Superfast When & Where Portal which can be accessed online via

Traditionally maps like this would be in static paper or PDF format, so the interactive web map represents a new way of engaging with constituents. With the Portal accessible via desktop, mobile and tablet, people in Northamptonshire can search by postcode and see when they will receive superfast broadband at their home or business.

Since going live in November 2013, the Portal has been well-received by the public. Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire mentioned the site in a speech in the House of Commons, saying: “Northamptonshire County Council has one of the most detailed “when and where” maps in the country.”

PC Pro magazine also cited the project as an example of fibre broadband coverage map best practice in their July edition feature on ‘Who’s getting fibre’.

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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 floors of VIP suites which enjoy incomparable views of Dubai.

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Our urban designers created a vision which will help grow and bring new vitality and vibrancy to the Downtown and Business Bay districts in the heart of Dubai. Our urban designers focused on the public realm – the space between buildings – to provide a solution which will deliver a true sense of place and identity, ensuring long-term environmental, social and economic resilience.

This vision has provided the platform for a new cultural centre which will be home to museums, art galleries and an Opera House, as well as the development of an 80 million sq ft precinct linking Downtown Dubai to Business Bay. Mohammad Bin Rashid City will be a major new mixed-use development comprising residences, hotels, retail outlets, commercial and community space.

Our masterplan visioning provides a cohesive design at ground level which will improve connectivity and permeability for pedestrians and cyclists. The waterfront will have a distinct character with green spaces along its frontage that integrate into public spaces, thus making it accessible to other areas of the development.

Targeted development, both in terms of public space and individual buildings, will provide for a cohesive, carefully planned sustainable urban environment.

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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. When it opened in time for the millennium celebrations, it was the world's tallest single structure hotel housing the world’s tallest atrium at 182m.

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The masterplan for Baku White City aims to transform the area into a brand new, high quality urban quarter, acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city and the wider region. Atkins was asked to develop the long term strategy for the 220 hectare site, located on the eastern edge of Azerbaijan’s capital city.

Our vision looks to achieve this through the creation of a cohesive, carefully planned sustainable urban environment, offering distinct character and a high quality of life for its residents. It also presents an opportunity to attract and promote investment, generate jobs and strengthen the city’s economy.

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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.

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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. Upon completion, 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.

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

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

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

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

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Atkins 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.

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Atkins has been appointed to a three-year contract by the Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to support delivery of its multi-billion dollar transport and infrastructure programmes underpinning Qatar’s 2030 vision for world class infrastructure development.

Under the contract, Atkins is establishing a Central Planning Office (CPO) to co-ordinate current and planned road, rail, metro and other major transport and infrastructure projects, including elements associated with the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

Qatar’s 2030 vision includes programmes for education, health, science and sport, all of which must be connected by multimodal transport infrastructure. The CPO will be a single co-ordinating body which will be responsible for ensuring all works are planned in an integrated and efficient way to minimise disruption and maximise cost effectiveness. Atkins’ project team draws upon a wide range of skills from rail to tunnelling, traffic planning to environment, urban design to cost estimating.

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Atkins conducted an Environemental Impact Assessment at Barr Al Jissah to identify a coral community that could have been damaged.

A decision was taken to transplant the suitable coral onto a man-made substrate in a location which would not be impacted by construction.

A total of 41 small concrete forms were constructed with rough faces and a number of openings to allow coral and reef organisms to be transplanted. In total over 200 coral colonies were relocated with every attempt made to minimise disturbance and abrasion.

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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.

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Atkins is delivering the Signalling and Power & Distribution contracts for the CASR which will modernise life-expired signalling equipment across 192 route miles of track between Newport and Port Talbot.

A technically challenging project, CASR is one of the first major signalling schemes in the UK to use latest innovations such as plug couplers and Frauscher train detection technology to help save time and money.

Over the course of the scheme, the team will undertake a range of tasks including centralising control of signalling equipment to the Cardiff Control Centre, installing an electronic crossing controller system and providing an improved power and distribution system.

Due for completion in 2016, this project will provide more efficient and reliable passenger services to meet demand in the South Wales region.

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The A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in the world with a wingspan of 80 metres. Atkins provided independent certification of the A380 wing structure to enable its client to comply with international air safety standards. Atkins’ A380 wingbox certification covered detailed stress analysis extending over the whole aircraft lifecycle, operating loads, in-service fatigue and damage tolerance.

To deliver the project, which extended over four years, Atkins brought together a large team and managed inputs from a wider supply chain. The A380 has a ground-breaking, fuel efficient design, resulting in 12% lower fuel burn per seat than a comparable aircraft. To provide certification Atkins was required to develop new and innovative stress analysis methods.

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Completed in 2012, we successfully delivered the detailed design for the Chiltern Railways upgrade, one of the UK’s most important and technically challenging rail modernisation programmes.

Atkins helped develop the project from its infancy, right through to detailed design and final commissioning. Drawing on knowledge from across the company, over 400 engineers were involved in the project to deliver the multidisciplinary elements of the scheme. This included pway, civils, E&P, signalling and stations design, plus the associated geotechnical investigations, human factors studies, ecological and environmental assessments and surveying.

Atkins also undertook the installation, testing and commissioning works for the new signalling system.

Now finished, journey times have been reduced and there are more frequent commuter services on the line between Birmingham and London Marylebone. As a result of these improvements, passenger numbers increased by over 30 per cent in the 12 months after the works were completed.

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These programs include construction of new roadways, widening of existing roadways, construction of new bridges, replacement of existing bridges, roadway safety and operational improvements, intersection safety and operational improvements, resurfacing, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Atkins has been selected five consecutive times as Program Manager, working side-by-side with and as an extension of county engineering staff. We serve as the representative to the board of county commissioners and field public inquiries related to construction projects. As a measure of Atkins’ dedication to responsiveness, our inspectors are routinely sent to resolve transportation issues and concerns of the local citizens.

Through close coordination and partnership with the county’s department of transportation staff, we have consistently accelerated construction schedules and reduced construction costs to meet proposed budgets. We also provide input and assistance in the development of the future TIP as well as participating in associated public information programs.

Our deep-rooted and long-term collaboration with Cobb County extends past our involvement on the project and participation in the Chamber of Commerce, where we work closely with the business community. Our team members are also actively involved in local charities that serve the community and initiatives that contribute to the County’s economic health. An example is the annual Atkins Golf Tournament that benefits the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, a restored and treasured venue that anchors historic Marietta Square.


By replacing a 5,300-foot general aviation runway with a new 8,000-foot commercial service runway, the airport has been able to increase its capacity and flexibility in handling larger commercial jets. The expansion of Runway 10R-28L was critical to the airport’s long-range development capacity goals and the overall U.S. air traffic system, increasing aircraft operations from 80 operations per hour to more than 100.

Atkins served as lead designer responsible for the replacement and expansion of Runway 10R-28L and associated taxiways, leading a team of 16 specialized and local subconsultants. As project manager/engineer-of-record for the $791 million expansion, Atkins developed the design criteria package for the elevated bridge-tunnel structure, using a design-build methodology. It’s only the second time a runway in the U.S. has been elevated for active roads and rail. The expanded south runway and parallel taxiway extend over the existing airport perimeter road, Florida East Coast Railway, and US Highway 1. Atkins also performed construction administration and oversight for the project, which is among the largest construction projects of its kind to be undertaken in the U.S.

Throughout the course of the project, an estimated 11,000 temporary construction jobs were created, with a $1.4 billion impact to the regional economy. The project was awarded Commercial Airport Project of the Year by the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

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Atkins prepared greenhouse gas inventories and evaluated education measures, population trends, changes in potable water supplies, air quality, and transportation connectivity. We then developed a series of monitoring and implementation tools to help achieve desired targets.

A screening table concept was developed to allow projects flexibility in how they achieve their reduction allocations to help maintain a business-friendly environment. The screening tool offers a menu of reduction options, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, transportation, waste diversion, and industry specific opportunities. 

As the world’s fifteenth largest emitter of greenhouse gases and with trillions of dollars of real estate at risk, California is leading the way in adopting initiatives to address climate change. Implementation of the San Bernardino County Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 4.3 million metric tons in the region by 2020—18 percent lower than 2008 levels across the participating cities.

Atkins was awarded the Consulting and Engineering: Energy and Carbon Management Silver Medal for development of the greenhouse gas screening tables by the Climate Change Business Journal. 


Oxford Circus, in the heart of London, is one of the world’s most congested intersections, with more than 80 million pedestrians crossing it each year. The innovative makeover allows shoppers to walk across Oxford Circus diagonally for the first time. Atkins' design was inspired by Tokyo's famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing people to cross with ease.

Atkins was appointed by the Crown Estate to improve pedestrian movement and the quality of the public realm. This involved the introduction of the UK’s first large scale, diagonal crossing and a radical increase in the amount of footway space. Our solution enabled all existing barriers and street clutter to be ripped out and remodelled in order to give pedestrians the freedom to move around quickly both straight ahead and diagonally – across both Regent Street and Oxford Street.

To test such an innovative approach our transport planning team and our Intelligent Space pedestrian modellers initially developed computer models including 2D real time simulations for vehicles (VISSIM) and pedestrians (LEGION). The urban design team combined this data and prepared a 3D animated, photo-realistic environment (3D Studio Max model) with specialist Design Hive, which was used for stakeholder and public consultation.

A seven month programme of site operations had to coordinate with London Underground improvements, maintain safe and convenient retail operations, street clutter clearance and utilities works, as well as implement improvements including granite paving, lighting mounted on buildings and wayfinding. The completed project had drawn significant public and professional support and Oxford Circus is again a place to visit for its change in character both by day and by night. The solution has resulted in a dramatic reduction in pedestrian congestion.

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Atkins is part of the team delivering the £250 million Stafford Area Improvements Programme - the first in the UK to be delivered as a ‘pure alliance’.

To boost capacity and reliability on the West Coast Main Line, Atkins is working collaboratively with Network Rail, Laing O’Rourke and VolkerRail to deliver a package of improvements by 2017.

Works include linespeed improvements between Crewe and Norton Bridge (now complete) and the wholesale resignalling of Stafford and the surrounding area. Six miles of new railway will also be constructed at Norton Bridge including a flyover which will help to provide a faster more reliable railway.

Once complete, the programme will deliver two extra fast trains per hour between London Euston and the North West, one additional train per hour between Manchester (Stone) and Birmingham and one additional freight path per hour through Stafford via Trent Valley, helping take lorries off congested roads such as the M6.

By working as a pure alliance, the first of its kind in the UK rail industry, all partners share equal risk and reward. This means that the project will be delivered more effectively, with all parties working in a truly collaborative manner. This approach is the way forward for rail infrastructure delivery in the UK.

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Atkins is helping to deliver the most important combined upgrade in passenger and freight train services in Europe. The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is being implemented across 4000km of track on the Norwegian rail network. The roll-out of ERTMS Level 2 and Baseline 3 is due for completion by 2023. 

The project promises a radical improvement in safety, performance and capacity, and opens up the possibility of running non-stop trains across all borders. ERTMS will see on-board computers fitted to every train which receive and relay information via trackside radio beacons that communicate with a central control. This improves timetable reliability and offers capacity improvements as services can be run closer together.

Safety is also a key feature as ERTMS includes an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system which applies a train’s brakes automatically if there is danger of a potential collision.

Atkins’ teams of specialists are steering the project through its early stages, which includes preparing tender documents for the supply of on-board train equipment and signalling infrastructure.

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The Prince Sultan Cultural Center Company envisages a development which will engender “social wellness”, through which residents will take “an active part in improving the world by encouraging a healthy living environment and initiating better communications with those around them.”

The masterplan for the project incorporates all the components needed for a strong community: residential; culture; healthcare; education; retail; offices and commercial space; exhibition and hospitality; and an integrated public realm network.

The idea behind the project is to create a new type of community for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which encourages ownership and involvement from everyone in order to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Every element within the masterplan has to meet this wellness criteria in order to create a city within the city of Jeddah – a fully self-sustaining mixed-use development.

The site area of approximately 2.4 million square metres features 40% high quality public realm comprising gardens, urban squares and shaded walkways all interconnected by a large central linear park.


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Atkins is the technical and procurement consultant for the 15.5km twin tunnel Copenhagen Metro CityRingen (City Circle Line) transportation system package which will transport passengers underground through the heart of the historic city. Together with a joint venture partner, Atkins is involved in the four critical stages of the project: concept design, tendering and procurement, evaluation and managing the delivery of this design, build, operation, and maintenance contract.

Our international expertise, combined with our local knowledge and understanding of the existing metro system allowed us to identify and mitigate problems. The creation of a bespoke management tool was also used to trace requirements.

We have also recommended a train control system which will ensure greater safety and reliability while at the same time reduce the amount of equipment and maintenance required. When complete, this vital metro system will represent one of the most advanced transport systems in the world.

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The ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) has proposed a long-term vision for the future planning of Riyadh, in which four urban sub-centres are to be created on the perimeter of the existing city. Riyadh East Sub Centreis to be the new centre for the eastern sector.

As its name suggests, Riyadh East Sub Centre aspires to be a haven, providing shelter and relief to its inhabitants and developing a modern concept of urban life by providing vibrant, interesting spaces.

It is dominated by a curvilinear, organically shaped public park that ties the north and south sides of the site together with a string of spatial experiences. These public spaces insinuate themselves into every aspect of the planning and use idealised aspects of Riyadh’s history, spirituality, culture, tradition, ecology and future aspirations as themes under an overall approach of sustainability. The spaces within the park are based on themes of nature, religion, tradition, the art and the souk

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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.

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Atkins was responsible for the design and implementation of the public realm improvements of this key heritage site, providing project management, landscape and urban design, transport planning, traffic engineering and civil infrastructure services.

The multi-award winning environmental improvement scheme is an example of our ability to manage complex multidisciplinary projects, and deliver a high quality public realm. The project successfully enhances the enjoyment for visitors, pedestrian access and bus travel, using a mixture of traffic management and urban design.

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Atkins provided feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment, coastal protection strategy plans and civil engineering services for this major coastal protection scheme which includes an offshore breakwater and the UK's first piece of offshore artwork.

Atkins designed a tidal breakwater built to withstand 5m waves approximately 300m offshore which had to be sympathetic to the town’s needs as a tourist destination. Atkins also introduced 500,000 tonnes of sand to replenish the town’s beach and provide additional sea defences, and designed a special platform for the artwork, The Couple. Atkins won a prestigious Civil Engineering award from the British Construction Industry for this coastal protection scheme.

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As lead consultant, Atkins is carrying out detailed design and site construction supervision to widen 23km of motorway, and upgrade seven interchanges on the existing M50 Dublin orbital ring motorway. The M50 is currently notorious for being the most traffic congested motorway in Ireland. Once the work is complete, it will ease congestion for 100,000 vehicles each day.

We suggested an alternative, more environmentally beneficial solution to the N3 interchange plan. Our approach to take the motorway over (rather than under) the railway line and canal has provided fewer impacts on the environment as well as cost and construction benefits.

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This two-berth cruise terminal on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is capable of accommodating up to two post-Panamax cruise vessels, which translates to roughly 10,000 visitors a day. Carnival Corporation estimates eight of its brands will make 140 calls on the port, with 23 ships throughout its first year of operation.

In addition to planning, landscape design, architecture, and engineering services for Amber Cove’s structures and amenities, we also designed roadways and the transportation hub that helps visitors take onshore excursions and explore outlying points of interest. The development also includes hillside waterslides overlooking the 5-acre pool/lazy river recreation area, a zipline, a series of shops and restaurants, a destination duty-free shop, and a hilltop food and beverage establishment with a 360-degree ramp access from below.

Echoing the culture and existing architecture in the area, we incorporated modern interpretations of historical periods of significance for the Puerto Plata province. Visitors perusing the 25-acre waterfront development will enjoy an architectural nod to the fortified 16th century, classical-colonial 18th century, and Victorian late 19th century in 25 buildings and multiple landscapes. Atkins also incorporated features that promote self-sufficiency and sustainability including rooftop rainwater harvesting, seawater desalination, a wastewater treatment plant to minimize environmental impacts, and backup generators to ensure uninterrupted utility service.

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With traffic through this freeway corridor expected to double in the next 20 years, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) prioritized investment in this critical section of infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing resident and tourist populations.

Travelers make 25,000 lane changes per hour in this freeway corridor and as many as 1,400 crashes take place annually. To boost safety, mobility, and accessibility, roadway improvement plans include separation of freeway traffic from arterial traffic, reduced numbers of merging sections, and connection of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to create a continuous 22-mile stretch from US 95 through I-15. Considered the most important and ambitious project in NDOT’s history, it also accommodates regional economic redevelopment through improved access to downtown Las Vegas and the Resort Corridor.

We serve as lead designer, for design builder, Kiewit Infrastructure West, managing all design and engineering services on this multiphased, multiyear project with responsibilities that include design services for roadway, drainage, bridges and structures, traffic control, signing, pavement marking, landscape, and ITS as well as providing quality control, utility coordination, public involvement, design surveying, and design support during construction.


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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 and 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 themed waterpark in the world by the Los Angeles Times in 2013.

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Following our work providing much of the infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Atkins is working with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to oversee the technical transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from Games venue into an exciting new visitor destination and community park.

The project includes acting as Technical Approval Authority so the transformation of the Olympic Park is completed to required standards on behalf of local authorities, as well as providing guidance on the removal of temporary infrastructure, the conversion of permanent venues, infrastructure and landscape into legacy configurations, and the further development of local infrastructure such as highways, a 7km mountain biking track and a 1.6km competitive cycling circuit.

The contracts include the provision of technical reviews, independent structural checks, supervisory services, environmental monitoring and testing, flood and crowd modelling, transport impact studies, and also the provision of cost consultancy services.

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To take advantage of the additional oil and gas reserves in the Valhall field, BP Norway has invested in a new Production and Hotel (PH) platform. Atkins provided technical support to address the working environment aspects of the PH platform during the detailed design phase and continues to provide support during the current construction phase.

There is a strong focus on user involvement and good design of the working environment.

Atkins staff provided expertise in this area during the detailed design and construction phases of the project, in an integrated design and assurance role.

Atkins’ client Mustang Engineering (part of the Wood Group) is responsible for the platform topsides (process area). Atkins staff carried out working environment activities in accordance with NORSOK standards to ensure compliance with the rigorous working environment standards set by the customer, BP Norway.

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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.

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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.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Runway 10-28, also known as the fifth runway, has been called the most important runway in America.

Atkins provided site preparation, paving and lighting, and construction documentation to bring this new 9,000ft runway to reality, and to alleviate delays at the world’s busiest airport.

This runway project required over 17.5 million cubic yards of embankment – transported from a local quarry via a five-mile conveyor system – and the crossing of 10 lanes of I-285, resulting in a runway over 60 feet higher than the interstate highway in some locations.


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.


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.

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Atkins has been appointed by the Drainage Services Department for the improvement of a 500m midstream section of Kai Tak nullah with landscape design to include an additional 200m section upstream.

The works include strengthening of the aging nullah walls, re-provision of dry weather flow interceptors, and beautification of the nullah environment with the introduction of various hard and soft landscape elements aimed at revitalizing the nullah into a local attraction.

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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.

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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.

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Central Reclamation Phase III (CRIII) is a high profile project on the north shore of Hong Kong Island in Victoria Harbour, and is the final phase of reclamation in the Central Business District on Hong Kong Island. The project will provide land for essential transport infrastructure and the area will later be developed into a world class waterfront.
The project involves a full range of essential infrastructures, including:

  • 18 hectares of reclamation
  • 1 km of wave absorbing seawalls
  • “Star” ferry and public piers
  • Cooling water pumping stations for existing private and government buildings;
  • 1,000 metres of extensions to drainage and sewerage systems
  • A 1 km dual 3 lane road tunnel forming part of the future Central-Wanchai Bypass
  • A tunnel extension for MTRC’s Airport Express and Tung Chung lines
  • A berth for the People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong (PLA) warships
  • 2.5 km of at-grade roads, together with an underpass
  • A 300 metre long footbridge from the General Post Office to the new ferry piers
  • Preservation of Queen’s pier
  • Promenade landscaping and architecture

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Atkins has supported the contractor - China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited - in winning this project involving the construction of an underground box structure beneath the Victoria Harbour off Causeway Bay on the Hong Kong Island. When this HK$5.5 billion project is completed, it will form part of the underpass linking Central and North Point. The major scope of our work includes the design of the temporary sea walls and reclamation with a total area of 51,000m2, and the design of the excavation method and sequence for constructing the two sections of tunnel box structures with a total length of 710m.

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Atkins undertook detailed pedestrian simulation modelling for a new footbridge which will be built during the redevelopment of South Australia’s iconic 140-year-old Adelaide Oval sports stadium. The new Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Bridge will cross the River Torrens, connecting the city side of the river with the north bank and the stadium, forming an integral part of the new Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Masterplan.

The pedestrian modelling analysis generated guidelines on the optimal alignment and width of the bridge. Two principal alignments – the east and west landing points on the south bank of the river – were compared regarding key performance metrics such as level of service and journey time to onward transport nodes.

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The Jeddah Waterfront project was envisioned following a decree by the King of Saudi Arabia to improve public amenities and recreation in Jeddah. Only 26% of the project will be built up, with the rest set aside for public open space, with promenades, parks and boulevards.

Buildings within the area will be predominantly food and beverage and retail outlets, as well as a 450-bed hotel, an aquarium, cultural centre, a stunning dancing water display, botanical gardens and a Ferris wheel.

Set in the heart of Jeddah, our design makes the most of the site’s position by the Red Sea to utilise water borne transport such as water taxis and ferries. People will be encouraged to navigate their way around the various amenities on foot or by bike, via car-free cycle routes, while children’s play areas will ensure it is family friendly.

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Atkins provided emergency response, maintenance works and minor improvements, construction management for major works as well as design, maintenance and work supervision for structures following torrential rain which led to the worst flooding Gloucestershire has seen for a generation.

Atkins worked with Gloucestershire County Council to secure £16 million grant funding to restore the network to its pre-flood condition. Atkins delivered a one year programme of flood repairs including 28 stabilisation schemes, 19 structural repair schemes for bridges, 334 lane kilometres of resurfacing and 733 minor works.

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The Bloodhound Supersonic Car is an extraordinary automobile. Designed for a top speed of 1,050 mph (1.3 times the speed of sound!), it is hoping to beat the world land speed record in Northern Cape, South Africa in 2015 and 2016. Atkins’ expertise in stress and finite element analysis, advanced composites methods and vehicle safety is helping Bloodhound to reach this goal.

Bloodhound’s design speed makes it faster than a jet fighter at sea level so it’s no surprise that the technologies it uses are closer to aerospace than automotive.

Atkins' aerospace engineers are supporting the design and analysis of aluminium and composite components on Bloodhound, including the airbrake panels, cockpit brackets and jet fuel tank. Atkins’ defence engineers are also supporting Bloodhound in their safety assessment of the car. 

Atkins is also involved in the Bloodhound STEM ambassador programme which uses this exciting project to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Atkins' head of engineering Tim Edwards presented on Bloodhound at the PNWAIAA Technical Symposium 'Innovation @ the Edge' on 1 November. His presentation looked at how designing and building a vehicle with the ambition of creating ‘the fastest man on earth’ has involved the application of rigorous stress testing principles learnt from large aircraft development programmes. Read his presentation here.

Tim has also co-authored an article in Atkins' technical journal about Bloodhound. Read it here.

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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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To prepare for the 2014 Youth Olympics, the Nanjing City called for an International Design Competition to revitalize a scenic waterfront and green belt zone along the Yangtze River. Atkins was awarded the first prize.

The challenge of the project was finding a resilient solution to integrate the individual lots, open space and landscape features which stretched along the river for 30 km and covered 11 hectares of land into one comprehensive piece. Atkins’ proposal provokes innovative waterfront planning strategies to reclaim the lost space and provide diverse recreational opportunities. In line with the requirements of the 2014 Youth Olympics and new developments along the south shore of Nanjing, an iconic area in Nanjing’s riverfront comprising and consolidating recreation, tourism, ecology, transit and culture regimens will be completed in the near future.

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In 2009, the NJTA approved a massive widening program for a 50-mile section of the parkway to achieve a 50 percent increase in capacity. Atkins served as program manager for widening activities from interchange 48 to 63 (phase 2) and the structure and drainage improvement projects for future widening at interchanges 30 and 48 (phase 3). Over the course of the project, we coordinated the efforts of more than 1,000 professionals to successfully design nearly $200 million worth of improvements to the existing highway while maintaining traffic flow.

The program’s scope included design and construction of a third lane to the northbound and southbound Parkway, widening of shoulders, mainline and local road bridge widening and replacement, existing drainage system replacement, and safety improvements such as roadway lighting, guide sign replacement, storm water management basins, and relocation of utilities.

The historic tollway, originally constructed in the late 1950’s, helped usher in a new wave of economic and residential development along the Jersey shore. Through continued investment and improvements, it remains a vital link from the New York state line to the southern tip of New Jersey.

The project was recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) of New Jersey as 2015 Project of the Year and received the 2016 ACEC New Jersey’s Engineering Excellence Award.

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The works were predominately undertaken to the bridge’s heavily eroded ornate masonry parapets in the interest of ensuring public safety. Due to the importance of the structure to the town both as an amenity and as part of its heritage, the bridge’s architectural features were also restored as part of the scheme.

Staff from Atkins/Waterman, who were seconded into Warwickshire County Council’s Bridge Maintenance Team on the west midlands highways alliance professional services framework, recently completed the repair and restoration of the historic Grade II Listed Willes Road Bridge in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The three span masonry arch bridge provides one of only three routes over the River Leam, linking the south of the town to its centre and so is a vital and heavily trafficked piece of infrastructure. The structure’s parapets were found to be in a poor condition during a routine bridge inspection with unstable and heavily weathered masonry. Some of the 300mm thick masonry blocks in the parapet were found to have eroded away entirely and so provided little protection for errant vehicles.

A scheme was devised and implemented to repair the masonry parapets to ensure the safety of road users passing over the bridge. Due to the structure’s importance in respect to the town’s heritage, it was decided to also restore its architectural features.

Extensive research was undertaken to determine the original appearance of the bridge’s original architectural features which included working with the District Council’s Conservation Officers and a local historical society. The source of the original stonework was also researched to ensure any replacements would match existing and satisfy the Conservation Officer’s requirements. The original, less weathered stonework was reused where possible to minimise waste and the environmental impacts of quarrying and transportation. The proposals also included replacing the original falcons that adorned the central parapet pedestals but it was not possible to use the original bronze falcons due to the risk of theft. A specialist supplier was sourced to create replicas of falcons in cold cast resin to match the originals and listed building consent sought for the change in material.

The B4099 Willes Road is a key arterial route into Royal Leamington Spa’s town centre and the only alternative route uses the Parade (Leamington’s high street). Minimising traffic disruption over the   lengthy construction programme was therefore a priority and the project team worked closely with the Principal Contractor, stone masons and scaffolding sub-contractor to design a safe method of working that allowed uninterrupted two way traffic to pass the works and also have the required working room and safety zones.

Due to the Grade II Listed status of the structure it was not possible to provide a fully compliant parapet to an N2 containment standard. However, the parapets were assessed as being low risk in accordance with the Department for Transport’s latest guidance on masonry parapets for highway structures and replacing the eroded sections provides the maximum possible level of vehicle containment.

The works were completed within the original programme of five months and the original budget for design, supervision and construction of £140,000. The scheme also received positive feedback from the local press, residents, Councillors and members of the local historical society. The bridge will now continue to provide safe access over the River Leam for all road users and the restoration of its architectural features has enhanced an important part of the town’s heritage as well as the local aesthetic.

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We are currently working on a portfolio of projects, including a new £22m landmark building to provide specialist facilities for two of the university’s internationally renowned facilities – the Faculty of Media and Communication and the Faculty of Science and Technology. The project, which we won through a design competition, is known as the Poole Gateway Fusion Building and will form a new visual gateway to the University’s Talbot Campus and its parkland setting.

The Gateway Building will house state of the art facilities on a series of tiered floors, including many multimedia areas, each with acoustically and visually sensitive spaces. These facilities include: TV and film studios, audio editing, media production spaces, green screen and motion capture suites, and animation studios.

We are also leading the design of a £40m academic building, which will provide a new home for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, as well as wider services to support the implementation of the University’s development masterplan. This includes: space planning of existing buildings, landscaping, infrastructure (road and transport interchanges), and facilities management overview.

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Plymouth History Centre will transform the city’s current museum, art gallery, library and adjacent church into a cutting-edge, interactive history centre three times its existing size. Scheduled to open in 2020 – in time for the 400th anniversary celebrations of the Mayflower ship setting sail from Plymouth to America – the Plymouth History Centre will provide a new home for the city's fascinating and vast historic collections.

Our designs feature a cantilevered 'floating' box above the heart of the Centre. This contains the museum’s historic archive, clad externally in four finishes of panel – from reflective to photo-chromatic finish – subtly mixed and graded over the elevations to represent pages telling the many stories the archive holds.

Working with exhibition designers, we’re converting the existing buildings into 3,500sqm of interactive and fun exhibition spaces, as well as large-scale permanent galleries and spaces for local and national touring exhibitions.

Urban designers, landscape architects and highway engineers are also designing a new pedestrianised public piazza with space for events and street entertainment and high quality food outlets.

The new vibrant History Centre will attract visitors to Plymouth, furthering local economic vitality. The History Centre will also be a hub for education and learning, enabling children and communities to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful future.

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Our refurbishment of the Grade A listed building dramatically transformed the appearance and facilities of the station ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Working closely with Network Rail, we created a design to improve the quality of experience of the 38 million people who pass through the station each year.

Working within a tight timeframe, our team transformed the station’s main entrances from Union Street, the low level station and the main concourse washrooms in time for the Games. Their design pays homage to the station’s original environment by introducing tall, delicate archway structures and large format gates which feature ornate metal work echoing times gone by.

Previously, there had been an over-reliance on complex signage within the station and there was a desire to simplify the passenger journey and communicate important gateways from a distance through material and form. Although significant in scale, the new arch and gateways are elegantly proportioned and delicately perforated, and laser cut steel plates help belie their structural weight.

The significance of secondary access to Union Street was also intensified through the introduction of large format porcelain tiles which create a dialogue with the ashlar sandstone and granite of the original building. The large format gates, like the archway, feature ornate metalwork based on the motifs and symbols found in the original station environment.

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Atkins has formed an unincorporated Joint Venture with CH2M and SENER with the split being 40% to Atkins, 50% to CHI2M and 10% to SENER. The joint venture brings together the engineering expertise of Atkins, the programme management capability of CH2M and the international high speed experience from SENER.

The contract is valued at between £250 million and £350 million and is expected to run for 10 years, extendable through to commissioning of the railway, and covers the civils, stations, planning and environment, and railway systems aspects of Phase One of the project.

Atkins’ Transportation division in the UK will be working on planning permissions, and railway systems and new build civils design management and assurance for the route, stations and depots, calling on teams in Infrastructure for stations, utilities, tunnelling and the huge environmental and archaeological challenges we will face.

Phase One of HS2 will run between London and Birmingham, with a connection to West Coast Main Line at Handsacre in Staffordshire, a total length of around 230km.

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Atkins-Waterman was successfully appointed as the designer in August 2013 with a core Atkins design team co-located in Coventry City Council's offices, along with an Assistant Project Manager seconded into Coventry City Council from Waterman.

Complex multi-stakeholder management, including balancing developer, council, public and business and transport requirements during construction and in the final project. 

The core team was supported by designers from Atkins’ offices, ensuring the best people were used on the scheme. Through effective collaboration between Atkins-Waterman, the client (Coventry City Council) and the Contractor (Costain), the scheme was delivered on time and within budget. The road was opened under substantial completion in May 2015.

To enable delivery, regularly collaborative programme workshops were carried out to develop a lean design and construction programme, prioritising critical elements such as steel beams which had long fabrication lead in times. Weekly progress meetings supplemented with Daily Lean meetings were held to highlight key activities and actions. Alongside this, risk workshops were held to manage project risks and reviewed on a monthly basis.

Safety was fundamental to our design, incorporating design features to reduce working at height and adjacent to live highways. The bridge was designed using pairs of braced girders, designed for prefabrication off-site and capable of installation during short night time road closures without temporary works.

The scheme also included the relocation of the existing bus terminus outside of the railway station to provide a temporary facility during the development. Working collaboratively, Atkins and Coventry City Council identified the space required for the terminus and designed the area in conjunction with stakeholders Virgin Trains, Centro and Bus Operators. The new terminus provides more space and dedicated bus stands.

Throughout the scheme the team dealt with any construction issues in a collaborative manner, ensuring that any programme impacts were mitigated and proposals were value engineered with Costain.

Waterman arranged secondments into Coventry City Council for the Project manager, Site Supervision and quantity surveyors, consulting on a daily basis to ensure client objectives were met. Alongside this, Atkins provided full-time design support on site in order to resolve queries as quickly as possible. To reduce cost and environment impact, arising’s were diverted from tip to another major highways project within the city.

Atkins-Watermans also looked to use the scheme as an opportunity for education. The scheme was the subject of a CIHT CPD event and site visits were organised for Warwick University engineering students.

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Mayflower Court provides 24 hour care for older people, as well as specialist care for people living with dementia. The home offers best in class facilities, with en-suite rooms for 72 residents, as well as a café, hair and beauty salon, craft room, bakery, lounges, library and landscaped gardens. 

The care home is formed of two small ten and eight bedroom ‘households’ on each of the four floors, to create intentional communities on a scale which resonates with peoples’ experiences of living in families. These spaces include shared dining, living, reading, terraces and ‘memory zones’.

Residents’ bedrooms have been designed to meet their changing needs, enabling them to remain in the same room throughout their stay. Bedrooms also include large floor to ceiling windows to maximise natural light and provide a connection with the outdoors. For people living with dementia, display cabinets or ‘memory boxes’ are placed outside each room, so that they can be filled with personal keepsakes such as photos or mementos to help patients recognise their room.

Our design enables the care home staff to provide different levels of care suited to each resident, ensuring their independence and dignity is maintained and their quality of life is greatly improved. 

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Harraby Community Campus is a truly multifunctional building, incorporating: a three form primary school; two early years’ nurseries; a Community Centre; a refurbished arts theatre; a café; and Children’s Centre.

Our challenge has been to bring four distinct groups (Community, School, Nursery and Children’s Centre) together in a new environment, creating a coherent sense of shared community whilst still respecting the individual identity of each group.

In response to this, the campus is imagined as an abstract representation of the surrounding residential district with its undulating suburban roofscape, where the expression of the nursery, school and community elements are articulated as a series of linked, but distinct, pavilions. Proudly, each pavilion is crowned by a translucent lantern – a beacon - that internally helps define spaces for gathering under the light, creating focal points for activity.

End-users and Local Authority are delighted with the outcome of this progressive learning environment with seamless connections from child care through to primary and adult social learning and to the wider community.

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Celtic Springs Cancer Centre in Newport, Wales, will be the first site in the UK able to perform proton beam therapy, a new and highly advanced form of radiotherapy.

We are providing a full multi-disciplinary service to remodel the existing building, which we also designed back in 2006. Our new designs for the centre, both inside and out, have been solely focused on the patient experience. From arrival to treatment, the exterior and interior of the building maintain a calming atmosphere to help patients overcome the inevitable anxiety associated with cancer diagnosis, treatment and medical institutions in general.

Proton beam therapy is highly important in the treatment of cancerous tumours found in places that can be difficult or dangerous to reach with surgery, and has less side-effects than standard radiotherapy.

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As a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program management oversight consultant (PMOC), Atkins oversaw the Portland Streetcar Loop (PSL) project, which consists of approximately 3.3 miles of new fixed guideway alignment, six new streetcars manufactured by Oregon Iron Works, along with 28 new streetcar stops. Opened in 2012, the PSL provides service between downtown Portland’s Pearl District to the city’s eastside, including the Lloyd Center District and Central Eastside and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Our role included assessing the city’s management capacity and technical capability, tracking constructability reviews, planning and implementing risk assessment, performing change order reviews, and providing value engineering services.

The new alignment is entirely street-running except for the overpass over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks. The alignment crosses the Willamette River on the existing Broadway Bridge, which is a bascule bridge structure. The connection from SE Martin Luther King Boulevard to SE Water Avenue in the OMSI district is via viaduct crossing the UPRR.

The Portland Streetcar system is touted as one of the most successful in the country, helping spur renewed interest in using modern streetcars to alleviate congestion in crowded urban areas. At least five other cities embarked on new urban streetcars since Portland started the trend in 2001.


Atkins was commissioned by Highways England to evaluate the performance of schemes delivered as part of their Major Schemes, LNMS and Pinch Point programmes, using Post Opening Project Evaluation (POPE).

The range of products prepared as part of the POPE commissions has offered a number of benefits to Highways England. Firstly, it offers a transparent mechanism by which Highways England; Department for Transport and parliamentary ministers can confidently demonstrate the extent to which individual schemes and the programme as a whole offer a return on investment to customers and wider stakeholders.  Furthermore, it offers a means by which the following can be provided:

  • Detailed explanation of why specific scheme objectives and outcomes may not have been achieved, helping to identify lessons for future appraisals;
  • Forms an evidence base to help identify where appraisal methods are most and least reliable, flagging up opportunities to improve appraisal methods, producing greater accuracy in the future; and
  •  It provides a means by which industry best practice in scheme design and appraisal techniques can be disseminated.

Throughout this project, Atkins has built up an excellent working relationship with Highways England and is the leader in Europe for the unrivalled experience we have in highway scheme evaluation. The results of all Atkins studies are of considerable interest to Highways England and the Department for Transport for the delivery against project objectives.  

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Atkins was contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to model the impact of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) on the road network.

Autonomous vehicles could revolutionise driving for millions and permanently impact the way we travel. They will also change the face of how we plan, design and operate transport infrastructure. This project seeks to understand and quantify how CAVs will affect road capacity, ranging from traffic lights to motorways, and accounting for different technologies.

National policy decisions around big infrastructure projects need to be taken years, sometimes decades in advance. The outputs of this work will help the DfT understand how CAVs might change the operation of the road network, shaping thinking around a number of issues, from safety policy to road construction.

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Atkins Traffic Modelling and Economic Assessment teams have investigated the Economic case and appraising potential highway based options for the A5036 Corridor from the M57 ‘Switch Island’ interchange to the Port of Liverpool.

As part of an initial feasibility study for Highways England, Atkins Transport Modelling team took the lead on the development of a strategic traffic model that enabled the understanding of future year transport conditions along this key corridor.

This involved close working relationships with the client (Highways England), Sefton Council, the Port of Liverpool and other key stakeholders (such as the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership). Outputs from the traffic model were supplied to colleagues from Atkins Air and Noise Quality, Environmental and Planning disciplines as well as providing essential information for an Economic Assessment exercise. 

The results of the feasibility study suggested that improving the A5036 would result in ‘high value for money’ and helped to secure a place on the Highways England’s National Infrastructure Road Programme. The transport planning team are now leading the ‘Stage 2’ phase of the traffic appraisal / model development.

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Atkins has been awarded the contract for the Turkey National Transport Masterplan, to collect traffic data across the country, develop a transport model and identify key transport infrastructure investment projects over the next 30 years. Although the work will be led by Transportation, the project win was a result of a collaborative effort between the Transportation and Water Ground and Environment teams at the bid stage.

Funded by EuropeAid, the work on the project will also include providing expertise on how the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication in Turkey and other institutions need to change so they are able to deliver the infrastructure investment as successfully as possible.

Atkins are collaborating with lead partner Egis, who have already been working with the Turkish government in the early development phase. The team, built a relationship with Egis ahead of the bid, and unrivalled skills in transportation were a good fit with Egis’ capabilities. This project win gives Atkins the opportunity to build durable client relations and capitalise on a project of huge significance for Turkey in the longer term.

In addition to building a national transport model for the country which will be used to forecast travel projections, the team are assisting with components of the Masterplan Strategy, with a particular focus on Intelligent Transport Systems and Air Transport and Navigation.

The work also involves utilising the outcomes of the National Masterplan to inform the development of guidelines for Urban Transportation plans. Atkins are leading on this element of the project.

As part of the work, Atkins are providing the Ministry with institutional support in the form of technical modelling training, and will be hosting representatives from the Ministry in UK Atkins offices for a short period during the project's early phases.


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The GEML Vision Group identified the need for shorter journey times, more routes, infrastructure investment and for an all-round better travelling experience for customers. Investment in the GEML is expected to deliver £3.4bn in direct economic benefits and £280m in wider impacts following an Atkins study for the East of England Development Agency.

The objective was for Atkins to identify necessary interventions needed to improve three key areas: meeting peak travel demand to/from London, reducing journey times, and introducing improved rolling stock. Atkins built on previous work on the economic case for investment on the GEML and delivered a bespoke strategy based on Atkins’ rail infrastructure and rolling stock expertise.

Atkins organised meetings with stakeholders, modelled costs and benefits and finally recommended a package of measures to be taken forward into the future, which played a key role in shaping and informing the debate on rail services in East Anglia. The work informed Network Rail’s work plan and subsequently led to Atkins being commissioned by the GEML taskforce to provide the business case for taking forward the recommendations, forming a large part of the Greater Anglia franchise specification.

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The Great Western franchise is due to undergo several changes from 2015-2019, including the electrification of the mainline route from London to Swansea which is due by 2016. The introduction of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) means that the rolling stock across the franchise will be replaced or refurbished, to replace the 40 year old High Speed Train fleet.

The Department for Transport (DfT) required a technical advisor in completing a second Direct Award (DA) with First Great Western (FGW) between September 2015 and at least March 2019. There is potential to extend the Direct Award dependent on whether First Great Western are the best placed and lowest risk operator to deliver the changes required in the IEP.

Atkins was awarded a £600k contract with tasks including the creation of a public sector comparator model to forecast costs and revenue over a five year period, development of an economic appraisal model, assessment of rolling stock options, assessment of the impacts of CrossRail and advise on pricing of the franchise.

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The Great Western route, which runs from London to South Wales and Devon/Cornwall, will over the next 3-4 years undergo a period of unprecedented change. This will come in the form of the route being electrified along the mainline between London and South Wales. The electrification will lead to the introduction of a new fleet of 125mph capable electric Inter-City trains which are expected to reduce journey times on key routes such as London to Bristol.

Over the remainder of the franchise the majority of the fleet is expected to be replaced or refurbished delivering significant improvements for passengers.

As the technical advisor, Atkins is delivering a range of services including:

  • The development of a public sector view regarding the costs and incomes attached to the franchise.This is important as the balance of payments drives the premium which in this case provides the government with net income to invest elsewhere.
  • Advice to support negotiations with the existing operator across a whole range of technical areas such as costs for compensating passengers for delays and cancellations to services plus the costs associated with rolling stock maintenance and other enhancements including board train Wi-Fi.
  • Support in establishing regimes to incentivise operator performance in areas such as train performance through the setting of benchmarks for delays and cancellations.
  • The completing of a large number of business case assessments for enhancements to the franchise, including a new fleet of bi-mode trains as well as other changes proposed by the operator such as additional services.

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The Midland Main Line (MML) is to be electrified as part of Control Period 5 (CP5)/High Level Output Statement 2 (HLOS2) between Bedford and Corby, Nottingham and Sheffield. Electrification will result in electric rolling stock which improves efficiency, capacity and has environmental benefits.

In 2014 Atkins was commissioned on a £135k contract to update the business case for MML electrification, providing route enhancements, cost evaluation and rolling stock assessment. Atkins would therefore produce a tool capable of producing demand and revenue forecasts, operating cost estimates and economic appraisal of infrastructure upgrades. In addition, baseline train service patterns and rolling stock scenarios had to be tested.

One of the key findings in Atkins’ work was that it was possible to have a joint stopping service to both Corby and Leicester which would retain hourly direct services from south of Kettering to Leicester whilst also reducing London to Nottingham journey times by removing intermediate stops, allowing Atkins to meet the principles specified by the client.

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The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communication mandated Jernbaneverket (JBV), Norwegian National Rail Administration, to assess High Speed Rail (HSR) in Norway, in particular whether it could contribute to obtaining a socio-economically efficient and sustainable transport system.

Atkins was supported by the consortium partners and were commissioned on a contract worth over £1m to provide market, financial and economic assessment. The key challenge of the project was to develop a new appraisal framework for the “new mode” that was HSR, therefore a bespoke mode choice model was developed to establish parameters specific to the local context in Norway.

In addition, HSR capital and operating cost models were developed, comparing Norwegian HSR with that in other countries. Atkins were able to produce a robust, evidence based platform for HSR investment and development, along with detailed methods for future development, provide client support and advise on delivery structures, adding significant value to the project.

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In collaboration with Vössing, EKJ and Sweco, Atkins is delivering the design of the new rail line including the establishment of the final layout. The project includes designing the rail line in a way enabling it to manage a speed of passenger trains up to 250 km/h.

Atkins is responsible for the layout optimization, the intersecting and temporary roads, bridges and other structures, including a 600 m long double track railway bridge. In addition to this, the consortium is delivering a suggested solution for the new overhead catenary system.

Once the double track rail line finishes in 2018, it will enable an enhanced railway timetable, reduced travelling time and improved reliability.

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Our designs for the redevelopment of our historic offices in Epsom will give staff working at Woodcote Grove more modern, efficient and flexible working spaces. The design is intended to meet the highest sustainability targets, including BREEAM Excellent and an A rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPA).

The new design will also encourage more interaction between our multi-disciplinary design, engineering and project management teams. The internal spaces at Woodcote Grove give the building its distinct identity, with a central atrium designed as the office ‘hub’ to encourage informal interactions between teams and create a social culture that makes working an enjoyable and motivating experience.

Over 20 disciplines from across Atkins – including architects, building services, structural engineers, archaeologists and ecologists – have come together on the project. We took a truly inter-disciplinary approach at the early stages of the project, working together to get the fundamentals of the design right. 

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Terhills, a mixed used development in the former coal mining province of Limburg, Belgium, is hoping to change perceptions of sustainable living, showing people that it can be easy, attractive and affordable. The 365 hectare development includes 10 synergetic ‘zones’, from a national park and enterprise centre, to a sport zone and retail centre. The development will act as a catalyst for the region’s economic growth, creating 1,250 new jobs and attracting an anticipated three million visitors each year.

We created the masterplan for the Terhill site, outlining a vision for a unique and diverse tourist destination set within the site’s distinct landscape. Our architects also did the concept design for Terhill Pure Shopping, a health and wellbeing themed retail centre incorporating the development’s sustainability principles through elements such as green roofs, wood cladding and natural lighting.

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Our design for the University of Edinburgh’s innovation centre and campus hub will create specialist research facilities for use by the University and external organisations, intended to attract and develop bioscience companies at different levels of maturity, including company start-ups and spin off commercial activities.The building also houses teaching laboratories, shared facilities and an exhibition space.

With its western side clad in local stone and a ‘living wall’ and its eastern side appearing to float above ground, the building will become an icon for the University, and act as the gateway to the campus, which is home to The Roslin Institute, a world leading animal sciences research institute.

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Atkins undertook a Power Plant Siting Study (PPSS) research project to contribute to a major report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) into the importance of low carbon technologies in the UK power mix. The report, titled “The role for nuclear within a low carbon energy system”, looked at both small and large scale nuclear power and how both could potentially play a crucial role in the move to an affordable low carbon economy.

We were appointed in June 2014 to carry out the PPSS to inform the ETI’s scenario modelling of the transition towards future UK low carbon energy systems. We applied existing nuclear power station siting criteria to clarify the potential for expanded nuclear deployment to analyse the siting constraints of potential locations for new low carbon and nuclear power stations. The PPSS delivered a baseline assessment of siting capacity for large nuclear power stations in England and Wales, and then examined a wide range of sensitivity studies including indicative site capacity for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), and the potential for competition for sites between nuclear and CCS power stations.

The full report from the ETI can be viewed at  

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Euston Estate Limited want to transform Euston Station into a place where people not only travel, but live, work, shop, eat and play. As well as new station facilities, they want to offer people a place to go for high end shopping, dining and entertainment.

Our multidisciplinary team created a 17 hectare vision and masterplan for the redevelopment of Euston Station, including the 1980s commercial office buildings at the station’s entrance.

Our masterplan went beyond the development of a new station to create a vibrant mixed use community space incorporating retail, leisure, office space and residential buildings, and high quality public spaces. Our vision for Euston also included a makeover for the landmark Euston Square at the front of the station.

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Heathrow Airport is looking to improve its passenger experience while protecting its resilience and optimising commercial returns. This is a challenge at any airport, but even more so at one of the world’s busiest airports.

To help Heathrow achieve this, Atkins carried out option studies and design for the re-alignment and widening of two taxiways, as well as reconfiguration of Rapid Exit Taxiways (RETs). We also performed the investigation and recommendations for implementing time based separation for arriving aircraft – helping Heathrow ensure their aircraft landing rate is maintained, even in windy conditions.

Our options review for replacement of the existing Instrument Landing System (ILS) also helped make sure aircraft can clear sensitive areas sooner, increasing landing rate in low visibility.

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Traditionally Atkins’ support to Dubai Airports (DA) has been transport focussed, with signature projects including a Landside Strategic Plan, Airside Strategic Plan and Logistics Masterplan. We were commissioned to create a holistic strategy for landside multi-modal transportation operations to address the anticipated future landside transport demand at Dubai International over the next 10 years, until operations transfer over to new Al Maktoum International Airport.

Building on a reputation of high quality and consistent delivery, a broad range of opportunities have now arisen, including consultancy services to support the design and implementation of an Energy Management programme and systems.

This project will see Atkins play a crucial role in helping to demonstrate that DA has a robust and integrated Energy Management performance strategy. Our multidisciplinary team will work with the client to embed an energy management programme success model as part of the work, based around the core themes of People, Process and Technical.

The programme’s main objectives are to create a schedule of energy improvement initiatives; baseline and monitor electricity and water consumption; integrate all energy management activities; provide control and reporting and set realistic targets to develop and manage a complete plan to meet the DSCE directive.

We have also developed an Electric Vehicle Policy, Regulations and Guidelines document on behalf of DA to identify the minimum requirements for planning, delivering and managing Electric Vehicles (EVs) within the passenger terminals and concourses of Dubai International. The Guidelines also considered the development of concourses at the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai which is planned for rapid expansion in coming years.

These projects are great examples of how the Middle East business is helping to bring our purpose to life through close partnerships with a key client, earning their trust and understanding their goals and challenges.

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The full improvement programme will be launched in 2016, featuring programme management, technical assessment, project and business case creation, and monitoring and reporting. This process will be extended to 2021. As well as bringing in best-practice programme management structure and techniques, we hope to apply both our engineering and business consultancy competencies to better answer the client's challenge. Through a team of energy management and programme specialists combining a broad spectrum of skillsets, we hope to bring diverse approaches and provide core support to the client team.

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This bridge is constructed as twin bridges and has a length of 742 m and a height of 30 m, hereby making it the largest onshore bridge in Denmark to date.

Atkins acted as client design advisor in connection with the tendering and construction of the large bridge. It was decided to apply a special method in the construction phase, which has only been applied once before in Denmark: Incremental Launching Method. Hereby bridge units of 28 m is prefabricated and later launched by sliding them gradually into the final position without the aid of scaffolding.

Atkins' principal tasks on the project included preparation of the tendering material, contract negotiation, review and supervision of the contractor's detailed project, and client design advisory in the construction period.

Great emphasis was placed on the collaboration between the client, the consultant and the contractor, which was completed in accordance with a comprehensive collaboration model.

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The 13,000 square-foot facility houses large-scale apparatus to support testing for Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), helping to ensure its successful progress while reducing risk to workers and the environment.

The Large-Scale Integrated Test (LSIT) platform is vital to the success of the WTP. Testing will allow designers to verify and/or revise designs of critical mixing equipment prior to installation in the plant.

The facility will also provide a future operating laboratory environment for Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSU –TC) students and faculty to gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematical experience.

Watch a video of the removal of a 30-ton stainless steel vessel from the Full-Scale Vessel Test Facility on YouTube.

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The cleanup of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond at Sellafield is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging projects in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s complex estate, and Atkins has been essential to its progression for over a decade. As part of the ACKtiv Nuclear joint venture with Jacobs and Carillion, we are providing engineering, project management, safety and implementation services to safely export hazardous waste fuel, debris and sludge from wet storage.

Our portfolio of projects at the site includes:

  • Support of waste retrieval from wet bays as part of a fast-tracked programme of work to decommission priority high-hazard facilities. The Legacy Pond is situated in a particularly congested part of the Sellafield site, making it a uniquely tough engineering challenge that required the full breadth of Atkins’ engineering experience
  • Design of new plant items to support retrieval of contaminated waste metal from the storage ponds. Our multidisciplinary team completed the work to an extremely tight timescale (just six months), while maintaining compliance with all client design processes
  • Refurbishment of the fuel route through the facility, which was originally designed to receive fuel from power stations. The Legacy Pond was constructed in the 1960s, to the design standards of the time. Using our deep knowledge of UK nuclear regulations and processes, we have designed modifications to support installation of new equipment for retrieving and processing material safely
  • Civil structural surveys to ensure the integrity of the 60-year-old buildings during decommissioning. Our surveyors identified several significant defects in the structure and produced an interpretive report highlighting like causes, predicting future developments, and presenting options for managing the defects during the lifetime of the project to ensure its safety.

Together, we and our partners offer a compelling mix of skills and hundreds of man-years of experience, which allows us to respond rapidly and effectively to our customers’ needs. The longevity of our relationship is testament also to the alignment of values and behaviours which has enabled us to continue to work together to secure the safety of the site.

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Atkins is designing the two supertall towers of the Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1 in Shenyang with total investment estimated at RMB10,000,000,000. 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 5.8 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 lifestyle 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 optimizes 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.

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The client will be developing the Northstar Delta site to create a new landmark - Northstar Changsha Centre - on behalf of the government for the city of Changsha, and has appointed Atkins to provide architecture design services for this development.

The Centre 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 406,000 sq.m.

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Located at Tianjin TEDA Modern Service District, H2 low carbon building was conceived as a demonstration project and research platform for green building technologies. The top floor and roof garden of the 9 storey building is designated as a showcase for low carbon building technologies, while the remaining floors for the slab tower are office spaces. The 2 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 2 storey basement. H2 low carbon building has been accredited the first office building in the world with 4 green certification; China 3 Stars, CASBEE, BREEAM and LEED.

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The UK’s Armed Forces can be deployed almost anywhere, often to some of the world’s most inhospitable environments. When overseas, troops need to establish a secure base to operate from. These can comprise everything you would expect to find in a small town. The equipment required to provide these capabilities is known as Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI).

The Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), commissioned a study to review the common requirements across all areas of ECI, as well as how existing and future technologies might help to offer the best value investment to reduce the consumption of power and water in these deployed camps.


Atkins undertook the Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure Requirements Definition Study, which not only examined ECI capability today but also set the broad direction out to 2030.

Having identified the common requirements, we developed a model that looked at the camp as a whole system, rather than as a collection of separate services. This model was then used to explore the impact of alternative technologies on different types and sizes of camps in various climates.


The client was able to introduce some of the study’s recommendations into deployed bases in current operations. These helped improve camp efficiency, potentially reducing the frequency of supply convoys across hostile territory which would otherwise put troops at risk. Initial recommendations included the introduction of timers and sensors to control air conditioning units, with an estimated 33% power saving. Further recommendations, which will require longer term development, could ultimately provide a further 20% reduction in camp energy needs.

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Modern societies rely on complex infrastructure for all aspects of daily life. These in turn rely upon complex technologies that are the interface between the physical and cyber worlds. Like all computers, these Industrial Control Systems can be vulnerable to cyber-attack.

A UK Critical National Infrastructure energy company wished to secure its Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA from this potential threat. They particularly wished to understand which ICS information was available in the public domain that could be obtained by a potential adversary.


Atkins was appointed to undertake an open source vulnerability assessment on behalf of the client, thanks to our deep knowledge of ICS security.

We undertook an analytical investigation using mainstream media, blogs, social media, sector-specific journals, academic material, web 2.0 and industrial sector websites. Each threat was assessed and recommendations were proposed to both reduce the open source footprint and mitigate against the risk. Our assessment was divided into various categories, including mapping, social media, ICS, and outward-facing IT architecture.

To illustrate the increased threat to ICS to the client, freely available tools were used to demonstrate the identification of networked control systems, their vulnerabilities and how they might be exploited.


As a result of our assessment, our client’s new understanding of the potential threats to their ICS and adoption of our recommended mitigation measures has helped to improve security and safety for their company.

Our vulnerability assessment ensured our client’s corporate risk assessment process was more effective and allowed them to take a more considered stance on mitigation and planning for attack.

Our assessment also identified a number of vulnerabilities in critical systems that they were subsequently able to patch, helping to protect both revenues and shareholder returns.

Given our client’s status as part of the national infrastructure, our work also contributed to reducing the risk of disruption to services across the region.

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Procuring the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles for the British Armed Forces is a complex and technically challenging process.

The MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Armoured Vehicles Programmes (AVP) area of Land Equipment Operating Centre (LEOC) required additional specialist engineering expertise in order to make better informed decisions about the procurement of these essential vehicles.


Atkins was chosen, following competition, to provide this expertise and our team is embedded in AVP as part of the Customer Support Team contract to help deliver a number of complex Armoured Fighting Vehicle projects.

These include the Scout Specialist Vehicle, with its 40mm Common Cannon, as well as a sustainment programme for the Warrior and extension programme for Challenger II.

Our specialists are based at the MOD’s Abbey Wood site, providing technical engineering advice in Armoured Fighting Vehicle design, development and manufacture. This support includes systems engineering, safety, survivability, supportability and electronic architecture design.


By working together with the client, and liaising with the prime contractors producing each of the armoured fighting vehicles, we were able to assist in the early identification of risks in the programmes and help address issues, thereby saving our client potential downstream cost and time.

We have supported AVP through requirements development and are now providing the engineering assurance and advice required for demonstration and trials phases.

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As a one of the world’s leading energy companies, our client is an obvious target for people looking to attack critical national infrastructure. They are therefore committed to improving their security, particularly their automated Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and the associated safety systems which ensure that the plant operates safely and can be shut down in an emergency.

Whilst our client had their own proprietary security standard for ICS, and had taken steps to protect its systems in line with that standard, they recognised that without appropriate cross-organisation behavioural change the protection offered was limited. They therefore identified the need for a bespoke company-wide training course to address this.


Atkins was chosen to provide this training thanks to its deep knowledge of ICS security. The package we developed included information on targeted controls and consisted of e-learning and face-to-face modules, one for each of the three identified stakeholder groups.

Whilst the face-to-face modules cover broadly the same ground as the e-learning modules, they offer a much better opportunity to facilitate behavioural change. In particular, the final face-to-face module provides an environment where the attendees can explore the best approaches for changing attitudes towards security.


Our work creating this training programme has resulted in a significant increase in the cyber security maturity of our client’s engineers whose work either touches on industrial control systems or requires deeper engagement with ICS and SCADA. As a result they are able to deal with vulnerabilities and mitigate risk more effectively.

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) needs to have confidence that its aircraft are safe, airworthy and fit for deployment whenever they’re needed most.

In June 2013 the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) issued the Airworthiness Review regulations and mandated a Baseline Military Airworthiness Review (BMAR) of all military aircraft by July 2015.

The BMAR is used to confirm airworthiness by establishing an aircraft’s maintenance history and physical configuration. This gives confidence to aviation Duty Holders that the continuing airworthiness management activities for each aircraft have been carried out and documented correctly.


Atkins partnered with Gama Aviation in order to undertake this comprehensive and unprecedented review of RAF assets. Our team successfully completed Baseline Military Airworthiness Reviews within the stretching deadline set by the MAA.

Completing this within 12 months of the contract being awarded was an extensive task which, for some aircraft, included thorough checks of records going back over 34 years.


Our team were recognised by the client for their technical capability, thorough analysis and streamlining of existing processes. We were also praised for our flexible approach.

Completing these extensive airworthiness reviews while meeting and overcoming difficult challenges throughout the programme was only possible by working in close partnership with the RAF.

Now the BMAR has been completed, our team will conduct an annual Airworthiness Review on each allocated aircraft for the remainder of the three to five year contract. These will focus on the continuing airworthiness management activities conducted on the aircraft since the last review.

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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.

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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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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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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Atkins carried out the feasibility study and detailed design on the green route, including the feasibility study between Ashtown and Confey (11km) and the detailed design on the Ashtown to Castleknock section (2.2km).

The greenway will be a major asset for outdoor recreation and tourism in Ireland, while also providing a real “traffic-free” alternative for commuter cyclists travelling between Dublin City Centre and the Blanchardstown / Castleknock areas.

The project is based in a very sensitive ecological corridor within the Dublin area. The canal corridor itself is a designated proposed Natural Heritage Area and the environmental, ecological and industrial heritage sensitivities of the site provided significant challenges for the development of the scheme design. The biggest challenge on the project was dealing with the habitats of protected species and minimising the impacts on those habitats. As an example, extensive habitat surveys were carried out to determine the presence of protected species. Bespoke design features were developed in consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Fingal County Council Conservation Department to mitigate and minimise the impact the scheme would have on bats in particular. A bespoke lighting system was developed incorporating automatic dimming and remote monitoring technology so that natural environmental conditions could be maintained at dawn and dusk when bats are most active and feeding along the canal corridor.

The scheme involved the development of proposals which took into account the interfaces with traffic, integration of adjacent communities and connections to public transport and cycle networks. The option development stage included various options to develop the "deep sinking", a 4km stretch of the towpath where the canal channel is sunk into the bedrock to a depth of approx 9m. This area presented exceptional challenges in terms of the adjacent railway, deep cuttings and earthworks slopes and environmental/ecological concerns.

Other challenges included:

  • Public and stakeholder liaison (including Irish Rail, which owns the railway adjacent to the whole length of the route
  • Junction design incorporating a level crossing
  • Tie-in to an existing scheme to the east
  • Soft and hard ground conditions
  • Existing brick culverts which had to be widened/strengthened.

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Designed by Atkins, Aberdeen Channel Bridge forms part of the new South Island Line (East) of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway. The 225m long post tensioned concrete box girder bridge crosses the Aberdeen Channel, linking a section of viaduct on Hong Kong Island to a tunnel on Ap Lei Chau Island.

The bridge has been designed as a durable structure to fit into the local environment. In order to reduce maintenance required on the bridge, our designers and engineers eliminated the use of bearings at the top of the two piers. Making an integral connection to the piers restricts the expansion and contraction of the deck due to temperature changes and this can introduce very high forces in the piers. By designing split piers the stiffness of the piers is reduced without compromising the strength. This allows the deck to expand and contract without putting as much stress on the piers.

Our team put a number of measures in place to ensure the long term durability of these piers, including adopting Eurocode crack width requirements, installing cathodic protection from the outset and specifying higher performance, marine environment grade concrete.

The bridge is in a heavily populated area and to reduce the local impact, full enclosure noise barriers were provided. These increase the wind loads on the structure and this, combined with a short back span required to meet site constraints, led to large uplifts at the abutments. This was addressed by providing oversized diaphragms at the ends of the bridge.

The bridge design was completed in June 2010, to an accelerated schedule, to allow letting of the viaduct and bridge construction contracts together. The project was delivered by members of our UK bridges team, working in close coordination with the overall project design team based in Hong Kong.

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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.

Appointed by British Council in Hong Kong, Atkins’ scope of works consisted of structural engineering and the application for government approvals. Three schemes were designed to suit 31 different locations to ensure the structure soundness for public safety.

Atkins design solutions comprised:

  • Work closely with the government departments to provide detailed submissions and timely responses which helped to facilitate early approval
  • Structural design of the supporting steel frame fixed to existing reinforced concrete parapet at roof level of buildings
  • Structural design of the supporting steel frame used as counter-weight system using concrete blocks for sculpture sitting on roof slab of building without any physical attachment to the existing structure
  • Structural design of the base supporting structural for sculpture located on ground
  • Technical supervision of the erection of the sculptures

Photo credit to "Antony Gormley: Event Horizon | presented in Hong Kong by the British Council | Photography by Oak Taylor-Smith"

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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.


 URENCO is playing a critical role in the future of nuclear new build in the UK, and we are supporting it in delivering its capital investment programme. This includes investing in new facilities, as well as delivering upgrades at existing sites. 

Our nuclear enrichment team are working together with colleagues from across the company, leveraging the full capability of Atkins to deliver cost-effective solutions at URENCO’s site in Capenhurst, northwest England. The site operates three plants producing enriched uranium to enable nuclear power stations around the world to generate electricity.

To date, Atkins has been required to mobilise in excess of 250 people to provide design, engineering, safety case and project and programme management services to URENCO UK. We have been engaged in a diverse suite of nuclear and non-nuclear projects and have provided embedded resource to augment and upskill the client’s capability. Our work includes:

• Single and multi-discipline design for a range of new facilities and facility upgrades, including:
    o Facilities associated with an emergency arrangements upgrade on the site.
    o Facilities associated with extending/increasing the site’s enrichment capacity and capability.
    o An upgrade to the site water services on the Capenhurst site, covering new raw water supply connection and holding ponds and upgrades to the onsite sewage treatment works.
    o Installation of new ducting across the site to increase the capacity of the existing network in support of the delivery of further projects.
    o New car parks in order to relocate the existing car park outside of the operational site boundary.
• Safety case support to progress the Long-Term Periodic Review (LTPR) of safety across the existing operational facilities and support the design of new facilities.
• Support to the development of the client’s Design Authority / Intelligent customer capability through resource augmentation and the production of design process documentation.
• Delivery of engineering substantiation for safety critical plant items in the support of LTPR of the largest enrichment plant at Capenhurst.
• Provision of programme managers and project managers through resource augmentation to enhance and upskill the client’s project delivery organisation.


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Atkins, in association with Savills, undertook a Housing Land Availability Assessment (HLAA) for Derby to serve as an evidence base for the City Council.

We determined the extent and type of land available for residential development during the period 2006-2026. Sites were identified through baseline document review, consultation and desktop/field surveys. Potential greenfield sites were assessed for residential development in terms of environmental and sustainability factors.

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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.


Atkins work for Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) on Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (CGB) began with initial feasibility studies for the busway. Following the acceptance of the Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study (CHUMMS) Atkins developed the scheme assessment incorporating the following elements:

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Transport impacts and decongestion benefits
  • Economic and financial appraisals
  • Engineering feasibility assessment
  • Capital costing.

On the basis of the assessment, an ‘Annex E’ Major scheme appraisal submission for project funding was prepared and was successfully submitted to Department for Transport.

Working with CCC and consultants provided by private developers, Atkins prepared the Transport and Works Act application documents, which were submitted in February 2004. Atkins also contributed substantially to the preparations for public inquiry, including the statement of case and evidence, as well as advising CCC and contributing to consultation materials.

During the inquiry, Atkins provided the witness for the transport case, specialist rail advice and the witness for the rail case. Throughout the inquiry Atkins supported CCC and legal teams.

The CGB public inquiry closed in December 2004 and a positive decision was received in December 2005. Atkins continued to provide advice to CCC in its role as lead consultant and project manager for the scheme and supported the negation and discussion with DfT for funding for the scheme. Funding was obtained in summer 2006 for £90 million of the £116 million scheme cost.

Atkins managed the scheme through the procurement phase, managing other consultants through the pre-contract and tender stages. Atkins conducted the tender process, using a model similar to the competitive dialogue procedure, to a successful conclusion, resulting in selection of a preferred bidder in May 2006. Following agreement on funding of CGB, a contractor was appointed in July 2006.

During the design and construct contract Atkins acted as agent for CCC, project manager under the ECC contract and design reviewer. Works on site commenced in autumn 2006 and Atkins managed the contract from that date. As the contract has progressed, Atkins expanded the range of services provided to CCC to include specialist advice on contractual issues and programming and support for dispute resolution.

The scheme is now complete and bus operations started in summer 2011. Since opening the scheme has proved extremely successful with 3.5 million journeys made in 2014. Atkins has conducted post opening research in partnership with CCC which demonstrates high levels of transfer from private car to the new system and users with a broad socio-economic background.

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In the 1980s, Atlantans made a smart investment in a tollway that would redefine the region, provide easy access from north Fulton and Forsyth Counties, and contribute to economic growth in the area. In 2012, Georgia’s governor announced that the state would pay off the bond debt and end tolling on GA 400 in 2013.

We worked closely with the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority as their general engineering consultant to lead the project, and coordinated with contractors and local agencies.

Our role included development of the implementation plan and execution of civil site planning, project management, and architectural and electrical design services. We also developed comprehensive toll plaza closeout procedures and organized practice runs to ensure a successful transition.

With nearly 120,000 commuters using the road daily, motorist safety and effective communications with stakeholders took center stage. In recognition of achievement of those goals, the project received the Transportation Achievement Award for Operations from the Institute of Transportation Engineers


Atkins has been commissioned to carry out the reference design for the Silvertown Tunnel that shall inform statutory consultation, a Development Consent Order (DCO) application and provide the basis for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The tunnel project is proposed to comprise:

  • Two 11.45m Internal Diameter bores, each of approximately 1.0km in length, with two traffic lanes per bore and connecting cross-passages.
  • Cut-and-cover approaches at Greenwich and Silvertown, each of approximately 0.2km in length. The approaches will carry the same number of the traffic lanes as the bored tunnel, and would comprise emergency cross-passages. Each approach will include a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) chamber at the interface with the bored tunnel in order to facilitate its construction.

The major challenge for the project with regards to design and construction is the fact that it would be built in the area that historically was highly developed by a heavy industry, and underground remnants of redundant and demolished structures are still are present. Additionally in recent years new infrastructure such as Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Woolwich Branch Viaduct, and Emirates Air Line (EAL) were constructed in the close proximity to the proposed tunnel route. Therefore when developing the alignment it was of high priority that the following requirements would be met.

  • Minimum required horizontal distance between the tunnel bores extrados and the EAL deep foundations will be achieved.
  • Land available to the Greenwich Peninsula developers will be maximised by maintaining the tunnel alignment along the Edmund Halley Way and East Parkside Road, without encroaching unnecessary close to the Emirates Air Line South Station foundation piles.
  • Maximising the ground cover between the tunnels bores lining extrados and the River Thames bed, while maintaining the tunnel vertical gradient at 4%.
  • Ensuring a minimum clear allowed distance between the tunnel extrados and the DLR viaduct piers is maintained.
  • Maintaining approximately one bore diameter separation between the tunnel bores throughout the TBM section.
  • Use of cut-and-cover construction method at the Royal Victoria Dock redundant Western Entry to facilitate feasible removal of the historical obstruction.
  • Position TBM Launch chamber at Silvertown such that its footprint is offset south from redundant dock entry in order to allow its construction in time for the machine launch.
  • Minimum assumed TBM radius of curvature of 400m. 
  • Take consideration of the Greenwich Peninsula ground contamination related to former gas works that used to occupy the area. 

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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.

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Risk analysis

Applying ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) principles with a combination of qualitative assessment, stakeholder engagement and more focused quantitative risk analysis, Atkins assessed the risk to life safety, structural integrity and business operations associated with potential tunnel fires. Targeted improvements to the fire protection, ventilation and evacuation systems were recommended based on their value contribution.

Fire protection

Passive fire protection can offer cost benefits due to reduced structural damage and repair time in the case of vehicle fires. We quantified the potential benefits of sprayed and board linings for a variety of fire scenarios in the Heathrow tunnels.

Active fire suppression systems are a relatively new technology for road tunnels, with no tunnel-specific design standards. We engaged with specialist suppliers and manufacturers; analysed data from recent full scale fire test programmes; conducted independent analysis and developed design and performance specification for an effective, reliable fixed fire fighting system (FFFS).


Ventilation systems play a key role in minimising risk to life safety in tunnels. In addition to the maintenance of air quality during normal tunnel operation, the ventilation system is used to direct smoke and hot gases away from tunnel users in the event of a fire. We developed the design for a longitudinal ventilation system in one tunnel and a semi-transverse system in a second tunnel to provide effective improvements.

For the longitudinal system, we developed a unique and innovative aerodynamic jet fan deflector system which was trialed in the tunnel. Results demonstrated significant improvements in ventilation efficiency with simple deflector technology, intelligently applied on site; enabling significant cost savings in the final solution for ventilation upgrade.

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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.

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We’re providing specialist design and engineering support to help Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc create the world's first power-generating tidal lagoon in Wales, UK.

The project will see low carbon electricity generated by closing off a tidal sea area and incorporating hydro turbines through which the sea moves to generate power. With a 320MW installed capacity and 14 hours of reliable generation every day, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will capture enough renewable energy to power over 155,000 homes for 120 years.  It is also hoped that a blueprint will be established for the rapid roll-out of a new form of home-grown and built, low carbon energy infrastructure in the UK.

As the client’s chief engineer, Atkins is producing outline designs for the breakwater, turbine house and ancillary works and supporting the tender process by helping develop documents and reviewing responses and detailed designs. Once a design and build contractor is appointed and construction work starts, scheduled for Spring 2015, we will also provide a range of site supervision, auditing and technical checking services.

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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.

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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.

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Atkins’ architecture and urban design studio was selected by the developer, Huarong Real Estate Ltd Co through a design competition, as having provided an eye-catching and modern design which specifically responds to the site, the environment, and Huarong’s design aspirations of creating a landmark tower. This mixed-use development contains accommodation for a 5-star hotel, international grade-A offices and top brand retail facilities. It will be one of the first buildings to be built as part of the large masterplan of the new special economic zone of Hengqin Island District. This development benefits from a prime location facing the waterfront only a few hundred meters from the world-famous Cotai strip in Macau.

The organic towers of this project are carefully arranged to provide hotel guests and office users with stunning views of significant landmarks in Macau, while respecting the development potential and view corridors of adjacent sites. The building orientation also protects its main entrances from wind, while the façade consisted of louvers in wavy forms which shade unwanted glare and accentuate the concept of a rippling water surface.

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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'.

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The site is located in Mianyang, Sichuan, and covers an area of 21km2, 5km2 of which is water body. Since Mianyang became the second largest city in Sichuan, it sought to extend the frontage of the city beyond its core to the shores of the surrounding three rivers. Based on the overall city planning strategy and the understanding of its geography, Atkins fostered and developed the “meeting room” concept which interconnects the site and the adjacent areas seamlessly. Atkins’ design concept is derived from the iconic mountain range and the strands composing ridges and valleys in Sichuan.

The “strands” found in nature match the topography of the site and the meeting room concept perfectly.  Forests and wetlands, weaving as in the patterns of fingers and strands, re-link the natural landscape and human development coherently. Therefore the site is not an isolated extension of the city but a living organism capable of adapting to the environment.

Three main design points were:

  • Establishing a meaningful linkage system among various challenged land parcels
  • Seeking a design concept that creates an effortless passage for visitors from man-made structures to riverfront
  • Developing a spatial design strategy to provide an elegant solution to the sharp elevation changes beside the embankment, where space is limited.

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The Shanghai Metro has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world. According to the latest report, by the end of 2020 the network will comprise 22 lines spanning 877 km (545 miles). Over the next two years alone it is anticipated that over 40 new stations will be opened.

Atkins undertook an independent review of existing wayfinding design standards and made recommendations for improvement. These included: 

  • Identifying design options to improve the overall visibility, legibility and uptake of station information
  • Upgrading the system to a ‘Best Practice’ standard
  • Creating a more international, dual language system
  • Best practice review and gap analysis to identify lessons from other leading metro systems and how these could be adopted in Shanghai
  • On-site audit of five major stations to assess quality of existing materials and current levels of performance
  • Re-evaluation of passenger information requirements throughout a typical station journey
  • Design optimisations to improve overall legibility, clarity and accessibility of displayed information, including guidelines for font sizes, spacing, colour contrasts, terminology, pictograms, placement, mounting heights and materials.

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Atkins’ oil and gas team was the engineering contractor providing technical support for the Solan subsea oil storage tank project. Beginning in 2008, the highly skilled group of engineers were involved in each step of the Solan project from concept development work, through to Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and then detailed design work in 2012-2013. Work was completed for client Premier Oil in 2014, after more than five years. The Solan subsea oil storage tank sits in around 135m of water and can store 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent; it is 25m high, has a foot print of 45m x 45m and is constructed from 10,000 tonnes of steel.

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Atkins are currently working in a joint venture partnership with Galliford Try and Costain (GCA JV, completing work on a £150 million expansion of the Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works. The joint venture was specifically set up to deliver detail design and construction for United Utilities Asset Management Programmes, and has been in partnership with the company for over 12 years. The completed project will provide the works with the capacity to deal with 960 mega-litres per day, serving the needs of more than 600,000 people.

Atkins’ role focused on the detailed design of the facility. A 16-cell, two-level sequence batch reactor (SBR), complete with pumping station, sludge treatment plant, distribution chambers, blower building and control centre The facility has been constructed inside the previously operational Wellington Dock, adjacent to UU’s existing Sandon Dock Treatment Works.

Atkins implemented a BIM strategy delivering  a 3D model to act as a ‘single source of truth’ and the core of the design process. This promoted a culture in which the project team were able to explore alternative concepts, conduct value engineering, optimise designs, and plan and rehearse construction. It enabled collaboration and integration between designers, constructors, process partners, supply chain and client in a far more efficient way than ever before, and lead to improved cost effective co-ordination, buildability, operability and maintainablility.

The use of 3D modelling and a robust process for managing the model information correctly, underpinned the team’s approach. The federated model of the entire new build brought together over 400 individual models from all disciplines and the supply chain, allowing Atkins to demonstrate the value of having a virtual model to highlight opportunities for change, and to facilitate quick and easy comment and sign off. It also meant improvements to the design through value engineering could be more effectively communicated to the client.

Atkins used the 3D model to explain that raising part of the basement level in the pumping station would greatly reduce the size of the cofferdam and decrease the amount of concrete required. Raising the slab also meant that the internal flooring could be optimised, improving access to equipment and enhancing safety.

The granularity of Atkins’ model ensured it could be aligned to the construction programme, to facilitate the use of 4D timelining to provide a visual aid for monitoring progress and planning construction activities to avoid clashes in the schedule. Costs and embedded carbon were also added to give the team a complete picture of the work in progress.

A BIM station was set up in the common area of the site offices where site personnel could navigate around the model to their designated work areas to check for safety concerns and access routes, or to simply orientate themselves within the structure and ongoing construction areas. Client operatives visited the station to view a facility that would not be handed over to them for at least another 12 to 18 months. This often led to feedback from them, further aiding the design process. The model was also utilised by the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) department as an aid for inductions, tool box talks and risk assessments.

The value of Atkins’ BIM strategy will continue to be demonstrated following the completion of the work. The model is flexible enough to incorporate asset management data, which will provide the basis for improved operability and maintainability of the asset following handover.

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The Lai Chi Kok Transfer Scheme forms an integral part of the overall flood control strategy for West Kowloon.  The scheme will intercept the surface runoff at six locations from the hinterland south of Lai Chi Kok and provide a drainage tunnel discharge directly into Victoria Harbour.  Atkins has been commissioned by the Leighton-John Holland Joint Venture to undertake the detailed design of all civil and structural works, and to carry out traffic and environmental consultation services.

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Designed by Atkins, the award winning Walton Bridge replaces an old, life expired crossing, while providing the Walton-on-Thames area with a modern landmark.

A steel thrust arch structure with a steel-concrete composite deck, Walton Bridge is the first road bridge in the UK to be wholly designed and fabricated to the final Eurocodes and Euronorms. Our bridge designers used the advanced provisions within the Eurocodes to improve the economy of the design, saving the project money.

The final design makes use of a hexagonal shape to give the bridge a unique appearance with contrast in light between the top, side and bottom faces. The suspended deck is a slim 600mm steel-concrete composite ladder structure edged using J shaped girders to give a clean external appearance. The removal of the crown bracing opens up the appearance of the bridge seen by road users and helped to improve construction.

Fatigue testing commissioned by the team on the hanger bars for this project has contributed to development of an industry specification.

Throughout the project efficiency was constantly sought such as adapting the design so that only one temporary central tower, supported on screw piled foundations, was required during construction. This simplified steelwork erection and reduced impact on both the environment and navigation.

By working in partnership with main contractor, Costain and the client, Surrey County Council, Atkins has designed a sustainable bridge which will stand the test of time.

Officially opened in July 2013, the new Walton Bridge is providing a vital link between Walton and Shepperton for the 35,000 vehicles, 200 pedestrians and 400 cyclists that use it each day.

The project received the prestigious British Construction Industry Best Practice Award in 2014, in recognition of the efforts of the whole team.

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Atkins was the design consultant and CDM-Coordinator on this award winning flood risk management scheme.

Situated on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, the small town of Godmanchester is steeped in Saxon and Roman history. After widespread flooding in 1998, the Environment Agency secured £10m to construct flood defences to protect the town over the next 100 years.

This challenging scheme has reduced the risk of flooding to over 556 properties in the town. The 1.5km of flood defences pass through a conservation area including 31 gardens of riverside properties, many of which are Grade ll listed. The town also lies adjacent to Portholme Meadow, Europe’s largest area of natural wet meadow and a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the grassland communities it supports. Dialogue with local residents, councils and other third parties has been ongoing since the initial study in 2005.

As well as the 1.5km of flood defences, the scheme included river widening and dredging around the Cooks Bridge crossing to improve conveyance, and two pumping stations to control seepage through the underlying soils.

The flood defences tie into the A14 embankment which runs across the floodplain to the northeast of the town. The defences, ranging in height from 0.4m to 1.8m, are a mixture of walls and embankments in public realm areas, private gardens and open fields.

A suite of environmental mitigation measures were also implemented. Mature trees and planted areas were retained where possible, and tree protection fencing was erected. Ecology surveys identified Great Crested Newts within a nature reserve pond, and during construction, one Great Crested Newt found within the working area was successfully relocated by a licensed ecologist to the pond outside the site.

Nesting birds and waterfowl are a regular feature of Godmanchester. Swans use the causeway in the centre of town, which is also an important fish spawning habitat. All vegetation and tree removal activities were undertaken outside of the nesting bird season. However, nesting ducks and birds were encountered within the working areas. By ensuring access routes to and from active nests, viability of the nests was managed whilst maintaining the overall construction programme.

Excellent teamwork was at the heart of this project’s success. They minimised the impact of the scheme on the area’s character while developing a solution that was embraced by landowners, the client, local planning authority and funding partners. In recognition of their success, the team received the highest Environment Agency award for health and safety management, as well as the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2014 BCI Awards. 

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Atkins has been at the forefront of the design for EGIP since its inception. The scheme, which is the biggest enhancement project ever undertaken in Scotland will modernise rail services and see the fastest journey times reduced by up to 10 minutes between Scotland’s two major cities.

Based in Glasgow, our multidisciplinary team initially completed a single-option feasibility study for the proposed electrification which involved conducting a series of surveys to develop layout plans covering 348 single-track miles. Atkins was then commissioned to deliver the multidisciplinary design for the entire scheme and has more recently finalised the detailed design for the first project to be delivered under EGIP – Springburn to Cumbernauld.

Our team has also installed, tested and brought into service the signalling, power and telecommunications for Springburn to Cumbernauld which was commissioned in early 2014. This key route was ready in time to meet the travel demands for two major events in Glasgow during 2014 – the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.

UK ,

The North London Line is a vital part of London’s transport infrastructure, providing both passenger and freight services. As part of a plan to boost capacity and deliver more frequent services along this route, Atkins was appointed signalling works contractor for the North London Rail Infrastructure Project.

Responsible for signalling and telecoms, Atkins worked collaboratively with its client and partners to successfully deliver this technically complex scheme. Works took place at multiple locations in one of the busiest cities in the world and were completed without any major safety incidents. Over 3.5 million man hours went into delivering this project which saw around 134 miles of signalling cable and more than 200 signals upgraded. Adding to the challenge, the scheme had to link into 14 railway networks and be completed within a tight timescale.

Delivered in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the North London Line formed a major part of the rail infrastructure used by people travelling to this major event. Since completion, not only has train performance been significantly improved but the project has also boosted passenger and freight capacity and reduced journey times on the Stratford to Richmond line.

UK ,

Atkins has played a key role in the business process improvement of the Surface Transport Sector of the Department of Transport in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In expanding and upgrading Abu Dhabi’s public transport services the Department needed to install a greater degree of structure to underpin delivery of its services.

Atkins used current strategies and policies to inform a restructure of existing processes and systems that were out of scope. The team established high level strategic functional process maps and used these as facilitators for workshops with staff. These drove the development of detailed role activity diagrams and sustainable processes and work instructions. This process helped establish international exemplar organisations, map best practice and undertake gap analysis before undertaking the detailed process development for each of the Department’s divisions and the 17 cross-organisational shared processes.

United Arab Emirates ,

Atkins worked interactively with all parts of the Road and Transportation Authority (RTA) to raise understanding and to design a tailored blueprint to embed asset management across the full portfolio of transportation assets including structures, roads, metro, buses, boats, and taxis. RTA recognized that the management of assets in a safe, optimal, and sustainable manner is fundamental for ensuring efficient transportation services, which are vital to the economic development and social well being of the Emirate of Dubai.

Atkins' work considered asset lifecycle, information needs, and performance measurement to set out an overall approach, helping RTA to identify and develop the critical processes tailored to their goals. This enabled them to become the first multimodal transportation service provider in the Middle East to obtain accreditation to the PAS 55 Asset Management Standard.

United Arab Emirates ,

Atkins has been appointed to set up and run the Regulatory Authority for the building and construction sector in Abu Dhabi. The project is being overseen by Al Ain Municipality, one of three municipalities in the Emirate, with Atkins’ staff working in the Municipality offices.

Atkins has recruited and motivated skilled and experienced safety professionals, despite being constrained to short term contracts. We ensured the work in our organisation added to their CVs and capability by providing Continuing Professional Development opportunities, including training to become a regulator, mentoring and on-site experience with different types of safety challenge in the construction industry.

Atkins worked closely with the three Abu Dhabi Municipalities and demonstrated the importance of an integrated regulatory system across the region.

United Arab Emirates ,

As lender’s technical advisor, Atkins provided valuable support to Synerail, the consortium responsible for installing and maintaining wireless communications on France’s rail network.

Valued at €1.5 billion, the deal will see GSM-R introduced across 14,000 route kilometres of railway by 2015. Our involvement in this project included technical due diligence reviews of the contracts and sub-contracts at initial bid, best and final offer stage, preferred bidder stage and financial close.

To support Synerail, we used a very small, bilingual team to deliver the due diligence reports. This language capability was essential as all business communications from presentations to meetings and site visits were conducted in French. Our team also proved invaluable when Nortel Networks, the chosen supplier of GSM-R equipment went into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, which could have meant the end of the project.

To help Synerail achieve financial close, Atkins undertook additional due diligence of Kapsch CarrierCom, the entity which eventually acquired Nortel Networks’ global GSM-R and rest of world GSM assets. Atkins was able to satisfy potential lenders that Kapsch CarrierCom had the capability to supply GSM-R equipment to the contract and had the technical and commercial track record to demonstrate this.

With the contract reaching financial close, Atkins now has an ongoing monitoring role for the entire contract which covers the design and construction, and the operations and maintenance phases. The latter will run until 2025.

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 Khalifa. 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 Khalifa 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 ,

Commissioned by Qatar’s Public Works Authority Ashgal in July 2005, Dukhan Highway is an expansion of the existing two-lane carriageway. Atkins was appointed to provide project management, pre-contract design services, construction supervision and post-contract site supervision services for the Dukhan Highway West contract.

The Dukhan Highway project consists of the design and construction of 66km of dual four lane expressway from the West side of Doha to the Dukhan Industrial Area.

Atkins' site team on the Dukhan-Doha highway celebrated the opening of the main carriageway in April 2009 with all four lanes accessible for public use, improving journey times between Qatar Petroleum’s oil and gas centre in Dukhan and the administrative capital of Doha. Now all five interchanges have been completed and opened to traffic as well as 75km of service roads.

Qatar ,

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 ,

The National Data Centre in Education City, Qatar is the first Tier 4 Data Centre outside the US and Canada as well as being the first co-located Tier 4 Data Centre anywhere in the world.

The new National Data Centre will become the largest centralised repository for the storage, management, and dissemination of data and information in Qatar.

Atkins was commissioned to provide full detailed design and tender documentation for this centre. The project draws upon the expertise of a wide range of disciplines from the Middle East and the UK including complete architectural and engineering design alongside specialist consultancy services such as transport infrastructure, landscape, security, fire & life safety, IT/data, FF&E & Interiors.

Qatar ,

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.

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Atkins was commissioned to provide construction supervision for the prestigious Central Market redevelopment, a fully integrated mixed-use scheme at the heart of Abu Dhabi city.

Our services included supervision of the complete construction activities, and the related administration of the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, landscaping, external and associated activities.

We also managed the quality control scheme, monitor the construction progress to ensure compliance with the approved schedules, and managed all the material procurement, deliveries and installation to ensure full compliance with the project requirements.

With in excess of 4,000 men on site and over 100 activities occurring simultaneously, health and safety was the top priority throughout the construction of the project.

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 ,

We were commissioned by the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu to develop the masterplan and front end engineering design (FEED) for the new mineral industrial city at Ras al Khair (RIC).

RIC is to be developed in phases, with phase 1 comprising 11,000 Ha being developed in the next 10 years, and overall completion in the next 40 years.

Atkins scope is to review the options for industry clusters likely to be based at RIC and identify the demographics, utility and infrastructure demands. This is then to be developed into the RIC masterplan and the development of the concept design of the key infrastructure systems, for further development under EPC contracts. Work covers all utilities including power, water, sewerage, drainage, irrigation and associated treatments, together with assessments of the environmental impacts of the development.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ,

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, provides a rich, high quality working environment for its users who 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 includes a block for a health club comprising a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa built to international standards. IPIC occupies approximately 25% of the building while the remainder is lettable 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 ,

Following environmental inputs to a masterplan for the creation of the Durrat Al Bahrain island resort on the south eastern coast of Bahrain, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the dredging and reclamation works was undertaken.

As part of the EIA report, investigations of the existing environmental conditions of the area were carried out using biological/ecological/chemical surveys of the marine near-shore environment, hydrodynamic and sediment plume dispersion models, data collection, literature review and consultation.

A range of environmental measures were proposed in an Environmental Enhancement and Compensation Plan to enhance some of the natural attractions of the site for residents and visitors and to reduce some of the impacts of the development, especially dredging and reclamation. An important aspect of the environmental proposals was the protection of one of the offshore shoals, and the creation of a Marine Park.

Specific measures proposed, included the protection measures for the offshore shoal and sea grass habitats, creation of reef areas, creation of bird islands, the sinking of a vessel as an artificial reef and mangrove planting.

Bahrain ,

Atkins was commissioned by the Muscat Municipality to carry out the feasibility study, design and contract documentation for the proposed Bandar Jissah- A'Sifah-Quriyat Road.

Atkins has currently completed the feasibility study and preliminary design of this project. Detailed design is ongoing.

Oman ,

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 ,

Atkins was commissioned to design a seawater desalination facility to be located in the utilities area of the island from which irrigation water will be pumped to the whole resort.

The anticipated ultimate average demand for desalinated irrigation water is 32,000 m³ per day, which includes an allowance for supply to the proposed district cooling facility.  In addition to this, we are also co-ordinating a sea outfall design for return brine and providing an intake gallery for the feed water.

Bahrain ,

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.

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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 carried out the design and supervision of the Phase 1 roads and bridges on this 100 hectare iconic new financial centre island development in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The road network consists of two levels, with a service road network at grade and the main trafficked roads elevated to provide access to buildings at podium level.

The design of the elevated roadways and marine bridge crossings incorporated corridors for light rail transportation, pedestrian walkways, public realm landscaping and a major underground metro and high-speed rail station, thus creating a sustainable integrated transport system to the development. Atkins maximised the use of precasting for the construction of the 150,000m2 of bridge decking for sustainability considerations and to meet the tight project programme.

United Arab Emirates ,

Atkins was engaged for the design, contract documentation and supervision construction for 4km of a two lane single carriageway leading to a hotel resort development at Barr Al Jissah.

The road also forms part of the proposed Bandar Jissah-A’Sifah to Quriyat Road and provides a link road to the Oman Dive Centre.

Oman ,

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 prepared a World Heritage Site Management Plan for the Bahla Fort and Oasis settlement in Oman to protect the area from further degradation. The 13km site was included on the World Heritage in Danger List due to the vulnerable condition of its earthen structures, erosion, limited planning controls and hydrological problems.

Our multidisciplinary team of heritage specialists, urban planners and designers, landscape, environmental and institutional specialists developed an understanding of the site in its cultural, physical and social context and set out a strategic framework for the transformation of the site. It resulted in the Bahla Fort and Oasis settlement being removed from the list of threatened sites. The project was undertaken in accordance with the Ministries and UNESCO requirements, international conservation charters and the principles of sustainable tourism.

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

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

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Atkins has been appointed Preliminary Engineering Consultant for early stages of the 1,200 km Union Railway project in the United Arab Emirates.

The new freight and passenger rail network is intended to form a central element in the modernisation of the UAE’s goods distribution system, linking its ports, population centres, sources of raw materials and industry.

Our 14-month contract will see a multidisciplinary team finalise the concept, and then prepare the preliminary design and tender documents for the construction of stages 0, 1 & 2 of the network. The £11bn railroad, which will form part of a planned Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) railway network, will stretch from the western region of the UAE near the Saudi and Qatari borders and travel across the desert to connect Abu Dhabi emirate with Dubai, Sharjah, other northern emirates and Fujairah outside the Gulf.

United Arab Emirates ,

We provided a coastal ecologist and natural resource planner to a two-year, nationwide study of mangrove ecosystems in Oman.

The Black Mangrove Avicennia marina is the only native mangrove species of Oman, but forms small “forests” at a number of sites along the coast, which are important for their greenery and biological diversity.

Some of these have been under threat from cutting, livestock (goats and camels), pollution and urban development. Alongside studies of water quality and soil, surveys of flora and fauna (especially birds and crabs as possible biological indicators for future monitoring programmes) were undertaken.

Local uses of mangrove resources and threats to the ecosystems were investigated. These provided the basis for the development of a conservation strategy and a series of detailed, site-specific management measures, including protection, enhancement (the establishment of mangrove nurseries and planting programmes) and the provision of facilities for recreation and environmental education. The work was carried out with the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources and financed by the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Oman ,

Atkins has provided infrastructure support services to BAE Systems and to the UK MoD in the Middle East for many years. Much of our work has focused on the delivery of elements of the Al Yamamah Programme including the Air Base Facilities Project, New Base One and specialist Munitions Storage Facilities.

Atkins provided consultancy services to assist with masterplanning and conceptual design, translating the client’s overall requirements into a detailed strategic plan.

Overall the client benefitted from having complete assurance of an auditable solution which aligned correctly with the bespoke requirements of the industry.

Our 30 year track record in the successful delivery of defence projects and our unique understanding of issues and design considerations were integral to the successful delivery of our services.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ,

Atkins is carrying out an exciting project in Bahrain, to deliver an iconic but functional structure to store and deliver water to the heart of the Financial District of Manama.

The full scope of work includes a partially buried 5 million gallon reinforced concrete reservoir, pumping station and 1 million gallon elevated reservoir (‘water tower’), but it was the treatment of the elevated reservoir that provided the challenge.

Our award winning architects produced a design study that included a number of conceptual approaches with different profiles for the structure, from which our Client selected a preferred solution.

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 was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to conduct a detailed market definition study and prepare a masterplan for the expansion of the existing port facility at Khasab.

We were appointed to provide initial site investigation, geotechnical investigation, topographic survey, bathymetric survey, technical and economic feasibility studies and the environmental impact assessments for the expansion of the Khasab Port.

Oman ,

A major oil company in the Gulf region retained Atkins to design a new integrated security system.

The need arose out of a revised threat assessment which identified major new security requirements across all of the company’s sites. A key requirement was to provide much improved security coupled with tools for the prevention, coordination and management of any incident.

Atkins provided the system design, creating detailed specifications with site drawings for a major security system operating over 15,000 sq km with over 100 sites. The design includes over 2000 cameras, four control rooms, sophisticated access control and a gigabit network providing connectivity for sensors.

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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 will be 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 the 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 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.

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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.

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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.

Our 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.

We 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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our oil and gas team in Perth successfully completed the FEED work for Apache Energy for a large gas compression facility in the north-west of Australia.

A multidisciplinary team worked closely with Apache to develop the chosen concept and optimise the layout, based on a modular construction philosophy. This was a key driver for Apache; a design which would maximise off-site fabrication and construction, and minimise the amount of on-site installation work in order to reduce the overall project risk.

A 3D model using PDMS (Plant Design Management System) was created, developed and reviewed on a regular basis, both internally and with Apache. This allowed ongoing, interactive discussions between various engineering disciplines as the design progressed, leading to a well-defined concept for taking into detailed design.

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The City of Grover Beach proposed to widen Fourth Street. Atkins modeled traffic noise in the Fourth Street corridor, using Caltrans' SOUND32 traffic noise model to predict noise in the future with and without the project. Standards in the City's General Plan Noise Element were taken into account, and sound walls were proposed as the preferred mitigation for adverse noise impacts.

Atkins developed sound wall configurations that would successfully mitigate all significant noise impacts at adjacent residences.


Atkins as part of the VENTURER consortium is trialling autonomous vehicles in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire council areas to explore the feasibility of driverless cars in the UK. The trial is being funded by Innovate UK to investigate the legal and insurance aspects of the new technology and explore how the public react to such vehicles.

Transport Minister Claire Perry and Business Secretary Vince Cable launched the VENTURER consortium’s driverless car trial in February 2015, giving the project the green light to test autonomous vehicles in the real world.

The VENTURER consortium is made up of a range of organisations from across different sectors:

  • Atkins: lead partner, providing project co-ordination, delivery and intelligent mobility expertise
  • AXA UK: insurance and legal expertise  
  • Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council: access to public roads and local road network intelligence
  • First Bus: as part of the work being done around driver assistance technologies, First will provide a bus as a means of collecting data
  • Fusion Processing: advanced sensor systems
  • Williams Advanced Engineering: driving simulator expertise
  • Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England: research on public expectations, acceptance and response
  • University of Bristol: car to infrastructure communications
  • Bristol Robotics Lab, University of the West of England & University of Bristol: hosting the trial centre and providing systems integration and decision-making algorithms.

The VENTURER trial will run for 36 months. Testing of the consortium’s autonomous vehicle, the BAE Systems Wildcat, on private and public roads is due to begin in early 2016.

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North Wales Fire & Rescue has been using FARYNOR, Atkins’ fire safety records management system, since 2009.

In this time, FARYNOR has become much more than a records system; it is now a vital risk management tool for North Wales.

Using innovative, modern technology, including mobile working via tablets, FARYNOR has delivered holistic operational benefits to North Wales and helped them to protect the public.

It has also helped North Wales to improve their risk management across a number of key areas including business, home and other community fire safety work plus operational risk assessment.  

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Initial design proposals for the new park were drawn up to include provisions for Astroturf sport pitches, tennis courts, two pedestrian footbridges, a riverside walk and cycle path, robust boundary treatment and a proposed lake incorporating Integrated constructed wetlands.

The areas of Castleknock and Cabra are to the south of the park area and Dunsink and Finglas are to the north. The Tolka River runs in an east-west direction through the park and the royal Canal is located approx. 500m to the south. The site and its wider environs are bound by three major transportation routes: M50 Motorway to the north, N3 to the south and the N2 to the northwest

To the northeast of the site is the established residential area of Finglas South and to the northwest (within the Fingal County Council boundary) is the Dunsink Development area comprising Scribblestown, Elmgreen Gold Course, the National Food Centre, Priorstown and the former Dunsink Landfill site. To the south of the site is the new development area of Pelletstown which, following construction will have a capacity of over 3,300 dwellings and approximately 40-45,000 sqm of commercial floor space. The Tolka Valley Park continues to the east of the site for approximately 1.5km towards Glasnevin. To the west of the site and within the Fingal County Council boundary the park extends 2km in length towards the M50 motorway. River road borders the site to the south, an access road and bridge to the National Food Centre marks the western boundary of the site, an individual dwelling off Scribblestown Lane marks the western boundary and Ratoath Road forms the eastern boundary.

Landscaping design works included for the preparation of planting beds, supply and plant wetland planting, shrubs, hedge, trees, grass and wildflower meadow.

We managed the archaeological work on site and incorporated their findings into the design.
The route of a former Millrace was designed into the park and is now constructed. Features such as an ancient trackway across the site will be marked by a bold strip of purple flowers and will cut through the main features of the open space. During the construction works excavation depths were limited where historic features were preserved insitu and minor deviations to pathways were incorporated into the design also to avoid features preserved in situ.

Health & Safety/Project Supervisor Design Process(PSDP):
Detailed risk assessments were completed at all stages of the design process. In addition, a Risk Register was prepared and updated to include for all commercial, safety and environmental risks that could result from the Works. This was utilised in conjunction with the preparation of the risk assessments and peer reviews in order to ensure that all mitigation measures were duly incorporated in the design and contract documentation.

Atkins is fulfilling the role of PSDP for the duration of the works.

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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.

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Lidingöbanan is a light rail commuter corridor that links towns and cities on the island of Lidingö, north east of Stockholm city centre, to the capital’s backbone of public transport networks at the important transit hub of Ropsten.

It was first opened in 1914 using retired Tunnelbana (metro) rolling stock. Today, most of the corridor has limited single track capacity, the signalling system and rolling stock are outdated and the entire network requires modernisation.

Atkins has been commissioned by the Transport department of Stockholm County to prepare the design and construction documents for a modernised system, which increases capacity and re-engineers the network so it can tie directly into Stockholm’s expanding City Tramway network by the year 2020.

Lidingöbanan is 9km long and contains a bridge over the Stockholm archipelago and 14 stations between Ropsten and Gåshaga, at the eastern end of the island. The contract includes the design of tracks, signalling, electrics, ducting, geotechnical engineering, telecoms, and landscape and signal buildings. The signalling system being designed is especially complex; relay-based signalling is being expanded with associated ATC equipment for the entire corridor.

The new rolling stock will begin operating on the existing route to Ropsten in early 2015, with the link to City Tramway planned for 2020.

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The Mälarbanan project consists of a programme of upgrades to the Mälarbanan rail line which connects Stockholm to Örebro in central Sweden, along the shores of Lake Mälaren.

Today, fully one quarter of the Swedish population reside in the Mälardalen region and the population is rising. As a consequence, the capacity of the rail line is at breaking point and major upgrades to increase capacity are urgently required to maintain effective services to and from the capital.

Atkins has been commissioned by the Swedish transport administration (Trafikverket) for the preliminary design and to produce system design documentation for the Mälarbanan project.

The design of the upgrade includes increasing the capacity of the corridor from two tracks to four tracks in places to allow overtaking of commuter trains by high speed inter-city trains. The corridor will include three new commuter stations and several new road, pedestrian and cycle bridges.

The cost of implementing Mälarbanan is estimated to be GBP 1.7 billion, with construction starting in 2016.

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Malmö Municipality’s Streets Department invited a number of consultants to participate in a competition to develop a Habitability Index for the streets and spaces of the city of Malmö in southern Sweden.

The Index is a weighted average of quantative parameters which make qualified and measurable judgements on the attractiveness of being in a given street or space in the city.

The qualification stage of the competition invited the consultants to devise methods of establishing parameters which are well adapted to the specific conditions of the city.

Of the four selected from the qualification stages, Atkins have been selected to be one of the two remaining ‘finalists’ that are working on the current work stage; to test and refine the Index in a selected group of sample area, and to determine the cost of applying the Index to the whole (or larger part of) of the city.

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Atkins worked with City College Plymouth to consolidate and reinvigorate its estate. 

This two-phased 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Metrolina Regional Traffic Management Center (MRTMC) Control Room Upgrades, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Charlotte, NC.

Atkins provided design of control room renovations consisting of development of user requirements, alternative design evaluations, and life cycle costs for a replacement video wall system that included operator consoles, new audio recording equipment, and new video displays for two conference rooms.


Atkins was commissioned to undertake independent safety assessment & audit for the NGTT-1A 2oo3 vital computer platform developed by Nanjing NRIET Industrial Co., Ltd based on the European railway standard EN50126/8/9.

NGTT-1A 2oo3 vital computer platform can be used as a base platform in multiple signalling system development, including interlocking system, onboard ATP and trackside ATP. The product has been assessed against, and the product is found to have been developed in compliance with Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL4) requirements of EN50126/8/9 series of standards.

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The city of Stockholm is undergoing a major infrastructural upgrade as part of the vision for the city in 2030, and one of the most important investments in the entire programme of works is Citybanan; an entirely new underground railway which will double rail capacity running through the city between major outlying cities and suburbs to the north and south of Stockholm.

In addition to the rail line itself, the programme will also involve the construction of two entirely new stations at Central Station and at Odenplan, in the Vasastan district of the city.

Atkins Sweden, as part of a consulting team of ÅF, Rejlers and Tyréns has been commissioned to carry out the detailed design of the Citybanan rail system. The contract covers the design of all railway engineering elements such as electricals, track, signaling , telecommunications and ducting and the development of system documents, specifications and construction documents.

In addition, Atkins is providing support to the client and the contractor during the construction phase up to the entry into service.

The total order value is estimated at about GBP20 million and is expected to last until 2016.

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Atkins was asked in 2009 to propose a methodology on how to undertake a comprehensive urban renewal study for the city centre of Lidingö; an urbanised island lying to the north east of Stockholm city centre. Pitted against Stockholm’s top four competing consultancies, we won the project.

The site is currently a mixed use area developed gradually since early 1900s as the commercial centre of the city. Today it suffers from low density sprawl and an oversized transport infrastructure which severs the city centre in two.

The client’s ambition is to overcome the barrier that the infrastructure creates, add modern, sustainable, higher density development and adding upgraded public transport provision.

The level of ambition and demand for change has risen and fallen numerous times and Atkins has adapted and delivered in tune with the changes.

Atkins has provided services within a vast number of disciplines including masterplanning, landscape architecture, transport planning, pedestrian modeling, geotechnical, rock and concrete tunneling, steel and concrete bridges, financial calculations, waste management, water supply and treatment and energy solutions.

The multidisciplinary team has worked seamlessly and closely with the client. Our work has been greatly appreciated due to our flexibility, quick response and ability to balance this complex palette of obstacles, targets, and processes.

The masterplan includes 2 km of new tramway, 950 meters of rock and concrete tunnelling, a 800 meter bridge over the Stockholm archipelago, 3000 new housing units, parks, a suction system for waste and various energy and other sustainability related KPIs.

Atkins Sweden worked in collaboration with London-based colleagues in pedestrian modeling and bridge engineering to give the client a uniquely comprehensive and broad service. Atkins has remained continually delivering proactively through the lifetime of the project while the client has switched consultants in virtually all other sectors several times.

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The city of Lund in Skåne, southern Sweden, is planning a light rail infrastructure programme to improve the public transport service within the city and its suburbs.

Atkins was initially commissioned to develop an urban design strategy and landscape proposals for integrating the rail corridor into the streets and spaces of the city centre, focussing on transit node around the Central Station.

The underlying concept of the proposal is to further develop and strengthen the urban and landscape qualities that currently exist in the city centre of Lund which reflect quite different characters either side of the rail line; to the east of the line, tightly wound medieval streets and spaces, with a light, airy urban parkland to the west.

Following the presentation of the design proposals, Atkins was further commissioned to carry out a wider evaluation study to determine the effect of the new infrastructure on surrounding neighbourhoods in terms of environmental impact, habitability and property values, and to find solutions for effective physical integration of the network.

The results were then used to model and understand the proposed infrastructure network and to ratify and modify the network where appropriate; thereby aiding the municipality and other stakeholders in their decision making.

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Atkins was retained as an owner’s representative for a design-build project at the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The project was a $6 million upgrade and expansion of existing sludge dewatering and stabilization facilities. A contractor was selected to design and construct four 2-meter belt filter presses and associated equipment such as polymer systems, pumping facilities, lime stabilization equipment, and odor control systems. Atkins provided technical and administrative support for the Piscataway WWTP dewatering facility upgrade.

Tasks performed on this contract include:

  • Review of request for proposals
  • Review of design-build proposals
  • Review of construction documents
  • Review of submittals
  • Review of belter filter press pilot study
  • Technical and engineering evaluations to assist WSSC in assessing options and resolving conflicts
  • Assistance and consultation in responding to contractor requests for information
  • Consultation on contract interpretation
  • Administrative field support.


The Pineywoods Mitigation Bank (one of the largest in the world) was developed to provide a means to mitigate for wetlands that are impacted by projects in the same watershed by purchasing credits as compensation for the wetland loss in order to restore, enhance, and protect one of the most impressive and productive types of ecosystems in the US. Atkins was contracted to provide environmental services for the establishment of a 19,079-acre wetland mitigation bank located along the Neches River in Angelina, Polk, and Tyler Counties in East Texas, and to create a protected corridor between the Davy Crockett National Forest and the Angelina National Forest.

Initial services included verification of the wetland determination and delineation, verification of the baseline data survey using Wildlife Habitat Appraisal Procedure (WHAP) and Hydrogeomorphic Assessment of Wetland Functions (HGM), and authoring the mitigation banking instrument and site development plan. The project will restore, enhance, and protect 19,079 acres of bottomland hardwood ecosystem historically found in the Neches River watershed, which includes upland long-leaf pine forests, and mixed pine-hardwood forests. Atkins also provided complete management for the 10 year implementation and monitoring plan. The Bank was established in July of 2008 and is owned and operated by the Neches River Corridor, LP. All credits are open to the public for purchase. Services included oversight of the implementation plan, marketing and sale of credits, monitoring, and maintenance of the Bank.


To enhance decision making and support coordinated responses during emergencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retained Atkins to develop the Mass Management System (MMS). MMS is an emergency planning tool designed to be used by local response and federal agencies during tropical cyclones and tsunami emergencies.

Initially developed for the Island of Oahu, MMS has recently been expanded and deployed to all Hawaiian Islands. Features include evacuation scenario development, integration of high-resolution inundation and wind model data, live RSS feeds for disaster alerts, and extensive reporting capabilities for sheltering, road congestion, and overall risk profile. At the core of MMS is a data relocation model, developed by Atkins, incorporating population, socioeconomic, and event-specific data to accurately estimate relocation clearance times. MMS’s ease of use is promoting quick adoption of the system and incorporation into Hawaii’s preparedness exercises. MMS is the latest generation of evacuation decision support systems designed by Atkins.


Atkins served as engineer of record to provide planning, design, and construction management support services to upgrade the airport’s runway infrastructure. The project included extending the single runway to 6,000-feet, increasing the Runway Safety Area (RSA), upgrading lighting and navigational aids, and realigning the taxiway. Given the airport’s limited land envelope (400 acres) with constraints at the south end of the runway, an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) was installed to safely stop aircraft overruns and allow shorter RSA length.

To reduce impact to airport operations, the project was fast-tracked over a 2-year period—closing only for a brief 60-day period while major construction took place. We worked closely with our client to address FAA’s safety requirements while balancing the interests of multiple environmental agencies with jurisdiction over the site. This resulted in creation of an off-site wetland within the same watershed and incorporation of a 40,000-cubic-foot detention pond with a special treatment filter box to remove pollutants.

To minimize costs, new LED lighting fixtures were installed, reducing energy consumption by more than 50 percent and saving the airport approximately $13,000 per year. Recycling the original runway pavements for reuse in perimeter roads further reduced costs.

One of the busiest general aviation airports in Tennessee, JWN is now accessible to most business aviation aircraft, offering convenient access for regional, business and private travelers who visit and conduct business in the famed Music City.


Installing BMPs can be both time consuming and expensive, often requiring the use of a professional engineer or architect. To create a more cost-effective approach, we helped the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) develop a website that allows Lake Tahoe homeowners to easily design stormwater best management practices that can be installed on their property.

The free website, called BMP Designer, leads users through a step-by-step process of building the BMP site design. Property owners enter basic property information and general site conditions. Then, in an aerial view on the website, users can outline the property’s rooftops, driveways, decks, and other areas that can potentially drain stormwater too quickly. After the BMP Designer provides a selection of BMPs for each area, including average costs for installation and maintenance, the property owner then selects the BMPs and submits the preferred site design to TRPA for review. Once TRPA approves the site design, the property owner can install the chosen BMPs, request a site inspection through the tool, and complete the BMP certification process.

Atkins used its expertise in developing step-by-step tools, called “wizards”, to help users understand complex regulatory, permitting, design, and decision-making processes as they relate to future-proofing in a cost effective manner. The BMP Designer makes the process of correctly planning and installing BMPs a much simpler and cost effective one for Lake Tahoe area residents.

Atkins continues to advise TRPA on concepts that expand the tool set to accommodate additional future proofing requirements to further the benefits already realized.


Atkins provided project coordination, programming assistance, and phasing of potential separate project packages with construction cost estimates. Complete design and ad packages (including hydraulics, ROW, and etc.) were provided for the stretch of SH 9 from Valley Brook Street to Swan Mountain Road in Summit County (approximately five miles).

The planned improvements included widening the roadway from two to four lanes, to increase traffic capacity and improve safety. Structural project elements included retaining walls, replacing an existing structure known as Four-Mile Bridge, recreation Path Bridge, and wildlife crossings.


Since 1998, Atkins has supported the National Park Service under three consecutive as-needed services contracts. Ongoing services include inspection, cost estimating, scheduling, contractor negotiations support, permitting, geotechnical engineering, construction scope development, preparation of critical path method schedules, surveying, environmental resource monitoring, preliminary design, space planning, value engineering, constructability reviews, and on-site construction management.

To date, Atkins has successfully performed more than 210 separate task orders at 70 parks in 29 states. Current projects include support for life safety improvements at the Statue of Liberty and for structural repairs at Alcatraz Island.


Atkins was part of the design team for the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Atkins produced plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) for the westbound approach structure.

The westbound approach structure spans from Oakland to the cable-stayed main span bridge that ends on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay. The cast-in-place concrete box girder approach structure consists of 12 spans divided into four frames. The superstructure geometry set by the architects included a continuously changing girder depth and soffit width and required a cantilevered deck overhang at one end. The changing superstructure geometry required sophisticated 3-D finite element analysis and complex modeling. The foundations of two frames are located underwater in the soft bay mud, requiring a special foundation design. The structure uses nine 1.8-meter-diameter driven steel piles per foundation.

To design this unique substructure, a non-linear time history analysis was performed on each foundation. The final structure meets the latest Caltrans seismic design criteria for bridges. In addition to structural design, Atkins also provided staged demolition plans for the existing approach structure. Atkins provides construction support during the construction phase.


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.


Located in the National Capital Region, Joint Base Andrews is home to the 89th Airlift Wing, which is responsible for worldwide special air mission airlift, logistics, and communications support for the president, vice president, cabinet members, combatant commanders, and other senior military and elected leaders. The master plan accounted for these and other ongoing missions while accommodating 2005 Base Realignment and Closure growth requirements.

Atkins’ application of optimal planning principles to develop this general plan included the use of form-based code concepts; reuse of existing sites for future development; implementation of higher development densities to encourage use of transit; mixed-use and public-private development of the town center; and overall high-level sustainable planning.


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.


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.


Because Las Vegas obtains roughly 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead, the construction of Lake Mead Intake No. 3 helps to assure adequate water supply for future generations. Over the last 10 years, drought conditions across the western United States contributed to a declining water level in Lake Mead of approximately 100 feet. The new water intake facilitates added a much-needed water supply capacity for Las Vegas. Accessed from a shaft at a depth of approximately 560 feet, the new intake extends approximately 3 miles to a riser excavated in a cavern at the bottom of Lake Mead.

Atkins performed verification surveys of the project control using high-order differential GPS. In addition, after densifying control around the shaft, we transferred control to the starter tunnel using specialized survey gear such as Baechler prisms, Taylor Hobson spheres, and ZL plummets. Atkins also verified the tunnel alignment by providing accurate gyro-azimuth observations using the DMT Gyromat 2000. The shaft transfer technique enabled horizontal and vertical control transfer to an accuracy of 0.005 feet. The Gyromat 2000 provided survey control accuracy within an impressive 3 arcseconds.


Under a general engineering consultant contract with the Florida Department of Transportation District Three, which encompasses Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington Counties, this work involved assisting with the establishment of the District’s wildflower preservation program.

Atkins’ services included identifying candidate sites, establishing criteria for inclusion in the program, performing botanical surveys, and developing best management practice plans for the ongoing preservation efforts.

This wildflower preservation program gained District Three first and second place awards in the Ella P. Woods Paths of Sunshine Award Program, an annual award program initiated by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., and coordinated by the state’s Central Environmental Management Office.

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Through these projects, Atkins gained valuable experience and knowledge about Glenwood’s values, challenges, operations, interest in relocating SH 82, a local bypass, widening SH 82, transit, and multimodal challenges. We have been working collaboratively with CDOT, Glenwood, Garfield County, and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) since 2005 to better understand traffic on SH 82 through Glenwood Springs in order to identify existing and projected traffic patterns and context sensitive ways to plan and address the impacts of traffic.

The process of identifying traffic concerns and developing the framework for CDOT and Glenwood to plan for traffic improvements was done through three consecutive projects that built upon each other. The projects include the 2005 SH 82 Corridor Conditions Assessment (CCA), the 2007 SH 82 Corridor Optimization Study (COS), and the 2010 SH 82 COP. Through developing these three projects, Atkins gained comprehensive knowledge of the various factors influencing transportation for all modes of travel through Glenwood Springs.


Driven to provide fast-track transportation solutions in Nevada, Atkins delivered a host of multidisciplinary services to reduce congestion, improve roadway geometrics, and create an enhanced corridor along the US 95 freeway in Las Vegas. From major investment study support to preliminary and final design, Atkins has been involved in myriad facets of this high-profile Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) project.

Atkins completed an extensive traffic analysis and alternative designs for this project involving improvements to US 95, Rainbow Boulevard, and Summerlin Parkway. We coordinated with NDOT to develop future traffic volume projections for the project area, and we used CORSIM modeling for the proposed widening and interchange alternatives. Synchro software was also used for signal analysis to create signal phasing and progression schemes. Atkins produced permanent signing and striping for the project including designing sign structures, signing and striping design, and layout including high-occupancy vehicle lanes, and all associated quantities and estimates.

We created extensive traffic control to accommodate the various construction phases, in addition to close coordination with the ITS contract. We also provided construction support on this project in the form of ramp metering, temporary and permanent signal design, and modifications to existing signals.


Transit options in the Las Vegas Valley are limited to standard bus system serving the entire community and a short monorail system marketed toward the tourists along the Las Vegas Strip. Bus rapid transit (BRT) was selected as the best option for the valley. Completed in multiple phases, the Downtown Connector project is the first BRT project released by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Atkins provided signal design for 10 intersections to accommodate the BRT vehicles, queue jump, and pedestrian access to the shelters. Atkins also provided civil design for the stations through all three phases including utility coordination, right-of-way services, and platform bus turnout design.


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.


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.


The goal of the West Galveston Bay RSM plan was to identify opportunities for beneficial use of dredged material and to leverage various programs and projects to restore coastal marshes and shorelines within the bay. As such, Atkins evaluated and characterized the geology and geomorphology within West Galveston Bay and its vicinity to identify suitable sediments and locations that could support construction of habitat restoration features.

The Atkins RSM team then coordinated and collaborated with state and federal natural resource agencies, nonprofit organizations, local groups and municipalities, the USACE Galveston District, and other stakeholders to identify restoration opportunities and develop recommended activities for the RSM plan.


Atkins has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Scottish and Southern Energy PLC (SSE) to join a framework of key suppliers to help to drive efficiencies in its offshore wind programme.

Atkins’ role includes the provision of expert engineering design advice as part of an alliance of leading companies who are supporting SSE in its drive to boost its renewable energy provision.

The supplier framework will form an offshore wind alliance designed to help secure substantial reductions in the cost of delivered power from offshore wind farms.

The alliance brings together leading players in offshore wind and offshore oil & gas, with vast experience in energy, engineering and construction.

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Built in 1919 and formerly known as the “Women’s Gym,” Ustler Hall sat vacant for nearly 27 years prior to being transformed into a 14,770-square-foot academic building. A surface parking lot in front of the building was removed and replaced by The Catherine A. and Mary E. Yardley Garden. Atkins’ garden design, including a commemorative wall panel that honors famous women and contributors to the Women’s Study program, serves as a gateway to connecting Ustler Hall with the rest of the campus.

Atkins provided landscape architecture services for the renovation and construction of Yardley Garden at Ustler Hall, located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. Our services included concept development, landscape architecture (including landscape, hardscape, and irrigation design), and construction administration.

Atkins received a Beautification Award in the Institutional Facilities category from the city of Gainesville for our landscape architecture design of Yardley Garden. This award recognizes excellence in landscaping and urban civic design that contributes to enhancing the city of Gainesville and its surrounding areas.


This project supported the creation of a state-of-the-art National Levee Database (NLD). Atkins has managed the capture of levee centerline and profile data for the HLD since the inception of the pilot program in 2006, totaling 5,350 miles of levee data in 19 USACE districts and divisions nationwide. This information is used in the NLD, which is designed to play a vital role in maintaining the nation’s flood protection infrastructure.

All information generated through the survey data collection, and derived from as-built plans, was incorporated into an SDSFIE-compliant GIS database model. The final GIS database contains features and attributes including alignment, permits, inspection and geotechnical information, and operational activities. Tasks performed during the project included development of procedures and processes for field data collection, research, geodatabase development, and database population of feature attributes as well as project management and quality control functions.


Atkins provided design and engineering services for proposed streetscape improvements and utility rehabilitation and undergrounding along the heavily utilized Jefferson Avenue corridor in the southeast community of the City of Newport News, Virginia. This project involved both functional infrastructure improvements and aesthetic enhancements to the corridor to attract businesses and residents back to the area and to develop a pedestrian-friendly community.

Atkins led the development of construction documents (including drawings, technical specifications, bid quantities and construction cost estimates) for revitalization of the 11-block corridor. Aesthetic enhancements included streetscaping and hardscaping, ornamental street furnishings, and an overall improved pedestrian experience. Functional infrastructure improvements included in-depth coordination with private utility stakeholders for the undergrounding of overhead utilities, rehabilitation of the existing city sanitary sewer system, modifications to the existing storm sewer system, replacement and upgrades to the aging water distribution system, and replacement of the city traffic signals and communications system.

Atkins designed the corridor was designed to provide better on-street parking, an improved pedestrian walking path, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, and enhancements to business entrances.


Under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Atkins is providing architecture-engineering services at Laughlin Air Force Base, located outside of Del Rio, Texas. One task order involved high definition surveying (HDS) for assessment and replacement of the existing fire protection system associated with Hangar 2.

Atkins provided expertise in the areas of high-definition surveying, architectural design, structural engineering, and electrical engineering.

The remote location of the base (a three-hour drive from the nearest major city or airport), along with the lack of reliable facility documentation, posed significant project challenges that Atkins successfully overcame through the use of HDS technology. A Leica Geosystems HDS-6000 laser scanner was used to accurately identify existing conditions and assess structural integrity of the maintenance hangar to support redesign of the fire protection system.

The time and cost savings achieved through the use of 3-D laser scanning was reinvested into engineering a more economical wet fire protection solution for Hangar 2.


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.


Atkins prepared the final PS&E for approximately 10,000 ft of sound walls and retaining walls along Route 22 between Harbor Boulevard and Fairview Avenue in Santa Ana, and Route 91 between Acacia and Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton for Caltrans District 12.

The sound walls were placed along the right-of-way, and required several non-standard design features, such as crossing over storm drain boxes, utility interferences, existing structures and bridge interferences, etc. The sound walls are between 14 ft and 16 ft tall, and are made up of precast concrete panels founded on cast-in-drilled-hole piles. The design was carried out on a fast tracked schedule. Total project duration was two months.


The 95 Express project, the first of its kind in Florida, converted a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane to two high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes (in each direction) in the middle of I-95’s eight existing lanes. The HOT lanes, known as express lanes, allow single occupant vehicles and HOV 2+ users to use the express lanes after paying a toll. Registered HOV 3+, hybrid vehicles, buses, motorcycles, and emergency vehicles can use the lanes for free.

As FTE’s general consultant, Atkins provided design support for tolling system and infrastructure requirements for the design-build contract. We also reviewed and approved plan components associated with improvements within the right-of-way; developed a comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation plan for all project stakeholders; and developed the overall concept of operations and system requirements for the conversion I-95’s lanes from HOV to HOT.

The project won awards from the Florida Department of Transportation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and ITS America.


For the I-124 reconstruction project, Atkins used 3D HDS to provide the Tennessee Department of Transportation with faster, more efficient collection of as-built geometry at a higher level of accuracy than possible with conventional survey methods.

Atkins collected data for 5 miles of linear roadways including ramps, side streets, and intersections. In addition to a cost that is roughly 10 percent less than conventional methods, Atkins’ use of HDS required no traffic control or lane closures on this heavily traveled highway.

HDS also facilitated greater accuracy by enabling the capture of more data points than traditional methods, providing detailed data of the roadway, cross-slopes, intersections, and bridge as-built geometry. Crews collected data with an average of 3-inch spacing throughout the project.

HDS also promoted safe data collection for the crews and traveling public. Scans were gathered using Wi-Fi technology, enabling Atkins technicians to safely work at secure locations away from traffic.


Atkins provided full architectural services for a new three-story research office complex housing the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) and Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). The UTIG occupies the upper two floors comprising approximately 46,000 square feet.

The TACC, which supports research and education programs for the University and its partners through research, development, operation, and support of advanced computing technologies, occupies the lower floor. More than 60 staff and students are engaged in projects at the TACC, one of only eight super computers in the nation. A key component of the University’s vision for this best-in-class facility was the desire to apply “green” design and construction principles throughout the process.

Atkins’ project plan was based on environmental performance goals established by the U.S. Green Building Council for on-campus building projects. Those goals touched every aspect of the project, from building site to energy efficiency, and from building materials to the indoor environment. This project was the first UT Austin facility to obtain LEED certification. This project was completed using the construction manager at-risk delivery method.


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.

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Atkins has developed and delivers Ship Safety Management Training (SSMT) for the UK Ministry of Defence, its employees (service and civilian) and industry on behalf of the Defence Maritime Regulator (DMR).

Our specialists designed a course to cover safety management processes and techniques, safety cases in accordance with the requirements of JSP 815, JSP430 and Defence Standard 00-56 and the Acquisition Safety and Environmental Management System (ASEMS), POSMS and POEMS. For further information on the course, please click here:

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Atkins provided professional services for the research and development of contractual specifications for an intelligent transportation system (ITS) deployment for the Concessionaire I-595 Expressway Toll System project. The scope of work consisted of client coordination, research of existing documentation, and development of contractual specifications.

Atkins’ tasks included developing a number of sub-sections to the overall contractual documents for the solicitation of work including a scope of services for ITS; an “instruction to proposers” package; contractual attachments; and various submittal forms such as a schedule of payments and schedule of values.

We also developed a preliminary project systems engineering management plan to compliment the client’s plans for project progression and in accordance with Florida’s standards and rules as defined in Federal Highway Administration’s Rule 940. During the bid process, we assisted with proposal coordination, the interview process, and evaluation of proposers’ submittal packages, and then made recommendations to our client.


The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) operates two water treatment plants that provide drinking water for more than 1.6 million people in Maryland. In an effort to meet the increasing water supply needs of its customers, the WSSC embarked on an ambitious 10-year program to improve and expand the Potomac Water Filtration Plant, which currently produces approximately three-quarters of the water used in Maryland. 

Atkins was responsible for developing the improvements necessary to enhance water quality, increase process reliability and expand plant capacity to 280 million gallons per day. Total construction costs for the improvements are estimated at approximately $70 million, and the works include:

  • New ultraviolet disinfection facilities
  • New intermediate pumping station
  • Improved rapid mix and flow split facilities
  • Flocculation equipment upgrades
  • Hydraulic improvements
  • Electrical system enhancements.


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.


For XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, Atkins is coordinating environmental and regulatory activities associated with approximately 17,000 acres of lease holdings in the Bakken Shale play of the Williston Basin in North Dakota. Project activities include agency coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), and Fort Berthold Agency (representing the Three Affiliated Tribes [Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara]), in addition to various local governments and stakeholder groups.

Initial coordination was required during the siting process for more than 20 individual drilling pad locations through on-site assessments to determine preliminary surface boundaries of drilling pads and access roads. Once locations had been established, a range of 6 to 12 wells would be drilled on each location with a total of more than 200 proposed well locations planned. To facilitate drilling activities, Atkins prepared environmental assessments (EA) for each location on behalf of BIA and through collaboration with the Three Affiliated Tribes. Each EA was required to present a purpose and need and subsequent assessment of project impacts (known and potential) supported by mitigative measures intended to minimize potential resource impacts.

In addition, Atkins coordinated with project surveyors and land lease staff to complete and solicit approvals for Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) for each well for both BLM and NDIC. Extensive agency coordination with lead and interested agencies was required to facilitate project approvals and meet lease drilling obligations.


Atkins’ urban design strategic framework for the ‘Heart of the City’ in Derry/Londonderry takes a long term view of the sort of distinctive city centre that can be created and shows, in some detail, how design guidance can help achieve this. It seeks to create a vibrant and animated environment that reflects new ideas on urbanisation and the cultural importance of city centres as seen throughout Europe.

Our work on the design framework sparked extensive discussion with the community about the ‘Heart of the City’ and how it might develop over the next 20 years. A successful communication and consultation strategy generated wide interest and enthusiasm in the proposals and these are now being implemented by a newly-formed regeneration partnership.

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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.


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.


Atkins prepared a strategic program and financing plan for Port St. Joe’s near- and mid-term on-port capital improvements for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Three. The work was tailored to facilitate inclusion of on-port projects into the annual FDOT work program.

The Atkins-led team developed and compiled maritime Gulf of Mexico market trend information for presentation to FDOT.

Completing the initiative over a six-month period, the Port Authority, St. Joe Company, newly created Port Advisory Team, FDOT, and Atkins team initiated a forward-looking process to champion the job-creating opportunities Port of Port St. Joe could provide to local and regional residents. This group also assisted in raising awareness among public officials and private sector entities about the port’s strategic investment needs and its capabilities to achieve port and regional economic growth.


Atkins managed a major investment in information and communication technology (ICT) in schools in the London Borough of Hackney as part of the UK Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme. We were responsible for the strategic business case through to financial close, implementation and contract negotiations for the second and third phases of the project.

Key activities included visioning and strategy support, ICT output specification, competitive dialogue procurement, ICT design quality indicators, transition planning, programme management, risk management and affordability analysis.

We worked alongside council staff, teachers, school governors and suppliers in order to successfully deliver all elements of the programme on time. Environmental and financial sustainability were key considerations in specifying the ICT requirements and in assessing potential suppliers.

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Atkins is the prime contractor for the completion of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a 450-mile high-voltage transmission line proposed by NorthWestern Energy. The proposed routes run from central Montana to south-central Idaho. This EIS is being prepared to satisfy requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), and the Major Facility Siting Act (MFSA). 

The two co-lead agencies for this project are the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). BLM field offices are located in Shoshone, Upper Snake, Burley, Butte, and Dillon, Montana. Cooperating agencies include the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, US Forest Service, US Department of Energy, and Idaho Office of Energy Resources.

Atkins is responsible for all aspects of the EIS including public involvement, technical analysis, document preparation, and agency coordination. Key issues being addressed include visual resources, identification of sage grouse and other wildlife, socioeconomic impacts, Tribal concerns, and cultural resources. The most significant challenge addressed by Atkins on this project is the multi-agency involvement over two states. Jurisdiction over this project falls to agencies and BLM field offices in both Idaho and Montana. Atkins has formulated analytical methods and set up a project management system that allows for highly effective communication and flexibility as key modifications to route alternatives have evolved through the EIS process.


Atkins supported light rail planning, preliminary design, value engineering, 2012 Olympics resilience, and state of good repair management services. As a modern, urban rail system serving London’s financial and expanding population centers, significant growth in ridership, new routes, and new assets have been required while maintaining reliable services and preserving asset value. The need for effective management of the assets is recognized, particularly as operation and maintenance is outsourced.

Atkins' support of the light rail program in the Docklands has spanned many years, and has included multi-discipline audit of contracted maintenance activities, reviews of asset information management arrangements, establishing technical and asset management specifications for new route contracts, and developing 10-year asset management plans and tools to support longer-term investment planning.

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


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


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


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Working with a partnership of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Fluor-Transurban, Atkins provided services for the most significant package of improvements to the Capital Beltway in a generation, providing congestion relief and new travel choices to one of Virginia’s busiest roadways.

The project included constructing two new high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in each direction on I-495 from the Springfield interchange to just north of the Dulles toll road (14 miles). Buses, carpools, motorcycles, and emergency vehicles will have free access to HOT lanes. Drivers with fewer than three occupants can access the lanes for a fee. Tolls for the HOT lanes change based on traffic conditions, regulating demand keeping them congestion free, even during peak hours.

Based on its assessment, Atkins developed recommendations for implementation of additional intelligent transportation systems devices on the managed lanes to enhance tolling and traffic/incident management operations. We also developed a conceptual design for new or adjusted locations for dynamic message signs, closed-circuit television cameras, remote traffic microwave sensors, and video-based incident management detection.


The TransNet Program Management Dashboard was designed and developed by Atkins to support the San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) administration of the $14 billion in funds provided by TransNet, the half-cent sales tax for local transportation projects.

The web-based dashboard provides an online, interactive reporting tool. Data can be viewed at multiple levels for cash flow, schedule, and cost trend information. Stoplights and gauges provide immediate color-coded budget and schedule status at a glance. The TransNet dashboard is one of the first websites of its kind established by a public agency and constitutes a model for innovative communication with the public, project accountability, funding management transparency, and information-sharing capabilities among agencies. Atkins continues to support the hosting, data management, and enhancements for this innovative program management solution.


The Highways Department (HyD) has appointed Atkins to undertake this nine-month fast-tracked multidisciplinary investigation assignment involving site investigation, various impact assessments (e.g. DIA, SIA, HIA, TIA, LVIA, etc.), public consultations and preliminary design for the proposed escalator link/lift system and pedestrian walkway systems at Pound Lane in the western mid-levels between Bonham Road and Hollywood Road, and at Cheung Hang Estate in Tsing Yi.

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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.


As a subconsultant to the contractor, Atkins was responsible for all design services associated with the replacement of 16 existing monochrome dynamic message signs (DMS) with full color/full matrix DMS along I-4 for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Five.

Atkins scope of work included utility coordination, investigation of conduit routing and device locations, plans preparation, construction support, and as-built drawings. About half of the signs were fast tracked in the area of the Orange County Convention Center in order for them to be showcased during the 2011 ITS World Congress, held in Orlando, Florida.


Atkins worked alongside structural engineer Gifford and Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design a second crossing for Poole Harbour. The design brief was to provide a landmark structure that would alleviate congestion across the existing moving bridge and aid regeneration of the surrounding area. Atkins produced exemplar designs and detailed specifications for the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic elements of this unique twin triangular bascule bridge.

Our project scope included:

  • Exemplar design of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic element;
  • Design of a novel passive interlock system to ensure both leaves act together to resist vehicle and pedestrian loading;
  • Design of nose tip locks to prevent differential movements of the walkway under vehicle and pedestrian loading;
  • Two hydraulic cylinders per deck leaf to ensure reliable operation. In addition the hydraulic system was designed with single cylinder operation in mind to ensure that the bridge would be operational even if one cylinder was not functioning;
  • Evaluation of tender packages for construction phase.

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Atkins has created a vision for riverside communities along the River Thames and future use of the waterway with the development of the Thames Strategy for the area in South West London.

The strategy provides a long term vision and basis for a more holistic approach to the many complex and interrelated issues relating to planning, management and use of the river - issues which require the involvement and commitment of the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as the local communities, in active partnerships.

We looked at existing landmarks, historic buildings and landscapes, conservation areas, areas of archaeological and nature conservation interest, as well as public access, recreation and use of the river for sustainable transport.

Community participation was central to our work and involved the enthusiastic and proactive help and support of numerous local groups and individuals.

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The Belfast Streets Ahead (BSA) project is delivering transformational change in the heart of one of Britain’s major city centres and is the city’s most significant public realm investment to date. Atkins is working as part of this historic transformation programme which aims to create a more welcoming and attractive city centre, one that can compete as a European destination of choice.

The scheme is funded by the Department for Social Development and will improve a large number of streets, spaces and squares incorporating consideration of furniture, lighting and signs together with public art and sculpture. There is extensive use of natural stone with a deliberately restricted palette to maintain a common design language throughout the city centre and ease future maintenance and management. Considerable emphasis has been placed on attention to detail ensuring that all material interfaces have been appropriately designed to enable ease of construction and visual appeal. The scheme also included a comprehensive consultation process and managing a wide range of stakeholder interests.

BSA aims to create sustainable spaces, seeking the right balance to deliver a visually appealing and stimulating city environment, whilst being capable of accommodating the many associated city management activities together with planned and impromptu events and celebrations.

This was an exceptionally challenging and complex project that has required extensive design and construction collaborations to realise what will be a major asset in raising Belfast’s profile.

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Atkins has played an important part in the upgrade of a dry dock and associated equipment for use in the defueling of S and T class submarines at the Devonport Royal Dockyard, southern UK.

Working with the technical authority which is responsible for the design of the defueling equipment within the reactor access house, Atkins carried out the design and substantiation of long tools and associated equipment for the removal of fuel and associated items. Our team also provided expertise in 3D CAD design and production of 2D scheme drawings, seismic assessment, static and dynamic stress analysis, design for manufacture and maintainability, safety assessments, human factors review of operations and substantiation of safety functional requirements.

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Atkins designed and delivered the Chepstow High Street regeneration scheme in Monmouthshire in Wales. The project has won a series of prestigious awards including being highly commended in the ICE Welsh Regional Roy Edwards Awards.

A pedestrian-friendly environment was created by reducing the width of the high street carriageway, widening the adjacent footpaths and refurbishing the three adjoining squares. Atkins’ landscape team worked closely with artists to create a scheme in which artwork was interwoven within the fabric of the design.

The visual and environmental improvements have helped change the perception of the town and serve as a model for other local authority regeneration schemes.

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From 2006 to 2012, Atkins served as program management consultant for the Miami-Dade County Seaport Department, acting as a seamless extension of seaport staff by providing management and engineering support as required for the development program.

The six-year contract included assisting with coordination and oversight of all programming, design, construction management, short- and long-range planning, facilities planning, project programming, design criteria, standards oversight, quality assurance, value engineering, scheduling, estimating, contract administration, utility relocation and coordination, document control, and claims administration.

Atkins also coordinated with regulatory and government or private entities on behalf of the seaport.


Designed to support the master planner at the installation level, the U.S. Army Master Planning Technical Manual (MPTM) provides amplified guidance, advice, and examples on how to implement Army Regulation 210-20 Real Property Master Planning for Army Installations. Drawing on input from master planning professionals at Installation Management Command (IMCOM), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and individual Army installations, Atkins developed the MPTM to describe and standardize the Army’s master planning process and products.

Ultimately, the MPTM brings together both military and civilian planning techniques in a user-friendly format that is accessible both online and via hard copy. After developing the comprehensive MPTM, Atkins maintained and updated the document for a period of two years.


Atkins was commissioned to undertake independent safety assessment & audit for the JWJ-C Axle Counting Equipment developed by Harbin Railway Institute of Science & Technology based on the European railway standard EN50126/8/9.

JWJ-C Axle Counting Equipment can accomplish various safety requirements according to different application environment, such as section occupation check, station & switch sections occupation check and level crossing safety check. It can be applied in metro or railway signalling system. The product has been assessed against, and the product is found to have been developed in compliance with Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL4) requirements of EN50126/8/9 series of standards.

Certificate No. RH2543

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Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG), a major real estate investment trust, selected Atkins to provide civil engineering services as part of a larger project team, in connection with the Firewheel Town Center. The open air retail center emulates the traditional American Main Street; the “town square” is the center’s focal point. Atkins provided preliminary and final engineering design, wetland permitting, and survey services for the town center. Plans included water, sanitary, and storm utilities; detailed site grading; street paving; and several parking areas. A roundabout was designed to provide a focal point from the two main entrances, while a park with a central fountain anchored the north entrance to the center.

Working closely with SPG and the City of Garland, Atkins helped develop horizontal and vertical alignments for a six-lane divided thoroughfare separating the town center from Rowlett Creek. C