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San Jacinto Marsh is a 350-acre tidal wetland located at the confluence of the Houston Shipping Channel and San Jacinto River. It is also the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive victory that won Texas independence from Mexico in 1836. The marsh is part of the larger San Jacinto Battleground complex, which is a designated National Historic Landmark that receives an estimated 250,000 visitors annually.  

One of the few functioning tidal wetlands among this industry-heavy area of Houston, San Jacinto has faced a barrage of modern-day battles associated with coastal erosion and sinking land surfaces. The marsh scored a big win by being selected as the recipient site for beneficially-used dredge material from a nearby dock expansion project at the Barbours Cut Terminal deepwater port. In turn, the community also reaped the benefit of the dock expansion, which was slated to provide additional jobs and revenue to the region.

We served as the dredging engineer of record and our team successfully designed and completed the project within an accelerated schedule of 20 months, transporting 475,000 cubic yards of dredged material nearly 10 miles from Barbours Cut to San Jacinto Marsh. 

The dredge fill helped restore 150 acres of intertidal marsh habitat, to mimic the conditions of the battlefield in 1836. By restoring the marsh to its historically-accurate condition, an intertidal habitat was created that promotes growth of native marsh grasses and withstands varying water elevations and salinity levels.

To ensure the dredged sediment consolidates successfully with existing material at San Jacinto, we will monitor the restoration site for two years. 

The Western Dredging Association, which covers the North, Central and South America regions, awarded the project their 2017 Environmental Excellence Award for Navigation Dredging. 


Reacting to past catastrophic utility failures, the State of Utah needed to identify, inventory, assess, and determine replacement costs for the underground utility systems within the state’s higher education campus and other state facilities. We were hired to create a GIS database populated with maps, element assessment, and associated information about the utility systems to address this need.

We began with pre-planning at each of the 20 campuses involved—collecting data in the form of paper plan sheets, PDF, CAD and GIS files to create a centralized GIS database. Systems included in the project were potable water, irrigation water (to vacuum breakers), sanitary sewer, storm water, electrical, gas, and utility tunnels. We then populated the database with a full utility assessment including remaining service life—allowing us to estimate the cost of asset replacement.

A summary report and maps to assist in capital planning were the final components of the project, but our goal was to support future potential. The GIS model is a living database—allowing for each institution to upgrade the quality and depth of information contained in the database over time.

The final product data is also being submitted to Faithful & Gould (F+G,) our sister Atkins company; they will compile and input the data into the State’s capital-planning software solution—enabling the state and its agencies to see a holistic view of the capital needs of both building and utility infrastructure assets and develop a strategic replacement plan based on criticality.

Ultimately, the State of Utah could use the tool for much more than capital planning. Potential applications include predictive system modeling, design support, maintenance operations, master planning, utility optimizations, and integration into the curriculum.


LSU’s Office of Facility Services worked with us to review and verify all available data sources, consolidating them into a new GIS model—a living database that will allow LSU to upgrade the quality and depth of information over time and as the budget allows.

As a first step, we reviewed all available as-built drawings (paper, CAD and PDF), and existing GIS layers to extract necessary information. Key utility data sets developed included: domestic and fire water, chilled water, hot water, storm water, wastewater/sanitary sewer, natural gas, steam, communications, compressed air, electric, and various utility providers with assets passing through campus.

As predetermined campus geographic work areas were finished, we provided the new GIS model to aid our survey teams with field investigations, supplementing the data with record drawing reviews to verify subsurface utility engineering (SUE) locations and capture related utility information. Upon completion of the field investigations, we integrated the survey data with the GIS database to produce a campus-wide utility GIS.

Finally, we provided LSU with three days of instructor-led training, focusing on the elements of the model, workflows to maintain the database, and administration of the GIS system. A system that will forecast when renovations/replacements are needed, aids survey teams with field investigations, is used in day-to-day operations and maintenance, and also serves as a decision-making tool on infrastructure improvements for future growth consistent with the campus master plan.


In the fall of 2016, the WSSC finished construction on the latest expansion, marking the completion of the $30 million project, and the completion of their goal. For us, it’s a decisive moment in Atkin’s long and fruitful partnership with the WSSC.

Since 1996 the WSSC has called on our expertise to make significant changes and improvements to the plant. The original biological nutrient removal (BNR) project incorporated new and expanded facilities, from preliminary treatment through tertiary filtration. During that project, as part of the client’s team, we evaluated various technologies and construction approaches which reduced the expected $80 million construction cost by $30 million.

The 2011 enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) upgrade and expansion project pushed the limits of current standards in wastewater engineering—allowing us to create a cutting-edge design that could be retrofitted into the existing plant while keeping it fully operational. We added a fifth aeration tank, increasing the plant capacity to 26-mgd to allow for planned growth in the region, and converted activated sludge facilities to a flexible MLE or 4-four stage Bardenpho™ process; this will allow the plant to reduce supplemental carbon usage during warmer temperatures, or lower flow to achieve ENR.

Additional work included: two new 400 HP turbo blowers, one new 150-foot-diameter secondary clarifier and extension of RAS facilities, seven new deep bed denitrification filters (for a total of 20), a new methanol storage and feed facility, and an expanded solids-handling facility with new centrifuge dewatering unit.

The design innovations vital to this project will ensure wastewater is treated responsibly, efficiently and safely—protecting the environment, conforming to State legislation, preserving the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and providing for the growing community of Montgomery County.

The ENR project began construction in September 2011 and was completed in the fall of 2016.


In an ongoing problem, Yucca Valley’s 10,000 septic systems have been leaking contaminants—including nitrates, pharmaceuticals, and salts—endangering the town’s scarce groundwater. These systems discharge 180 tons of nitrogen into the ground year-after-year. That’s enough nitrogen to fertilize 3,760 football fields. The community is under a state order to remove septic tanks by 2025 to protect groundwater.

To address this problem, the Hi-Desert Water District utilized our engineering services to design a brand-new wastewater collection and treatment system. This project is the first of three phases to convert the existing septic systems to a public sewer system—protecting groundwater and allowing the Yucca Valley community to grow. The first step will convert approximately 5,000 properties necessitating 77 miles of sewer mains and three sewer pump stations.

At the beginning of the design process, we reviewed all planning assumptions and flow projections, and developed a comprehensive model of the future collection system to meet the needs of Yucca Valley. The proposed collection system is a new system in the community (there were no previous flow projections to use) requiring our design team to rely on our work in other desert communities. The design team focused on reviewing design criteria, evaluating existing water use, and determining when buildout of the community would occur.

Our detailed analysis of existing infrastructure and project specifications resulted in significant cost savings to the district and residents.

The Phase I system is currently under construction, and we look forward to working with the Hi-Desert Water District as they roll out subsequent phases in the coming years.


Responding to a recent population boom, Colorado Department of Transportation has taken a bold step to effect change and transform its aging transportation system by embracing technology. CDOT is investing $20 million to combat congestion and improve safety through the use of intelligent mobility technology in the next year.

As one of three consulting firms selected as advisers on the program, Atkins is serving as an extension of CDOT’s staff—helping to move projects from conception through procurement and construction—facilitating a reimagination of transportation infrastructure through intelligent mobility solutions.

RoadX’s goals include: reducing the cost of transporting goods by 25%; turning a rural state highway into a zero death road; and reducing congestion and vehicle emissions on Colorado’s critical corridors. We’re using improved analytics, innovative strategies in autonomous/connected vehicles, and big data to exceed these goals—creating a safer more efficient future.

Toward this same end, we’re currently administrating the RoadX: Bicycle & Pedestrian Challenge—soliciting innovative solutions to protect pedestrians and cyclists in Colorado. Prizes go to both the most creative ideas, and the most effective implementation strategies. Winners will be selected at the end of April.

In launching the RoadX Program, CDOT made a commitment to the aggressive implementation of new transportation technology within the next ten years. Atkins’ partnership brings our considerable experience in intelligent mobility towards facilitating that commitment—making a big difference in the lives of Colorado commuters.

For more information on CDOT’s RoadX, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Challenge, and the future of infrastructure see:


One of the most efficient ways to capture existing site conditions is with aerial drones. So when the City of Atlanta recently commissioned Atkins to help demolish and expand the North and South parking garage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), we reached out to software engineering company Autdodesk and drone technology experts 3DR Robotics to orchestrate a drone flight over Atkins’ construction site.

Because the site was in the controlled airspace of an international airport, the team needed to obtain authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct the drone flight. As part of the authorization process, 3DR, Autodesk, and Atkins were able to demonstrate that the drone operation (which would be conducted in a critical location between runways) could be performed safely and without disruption to airport users. Part of the requirement for the authorization was that the flight team would be in radio contact with the ATL control tower at all times and performed all operations under the control tower’s authority.

On January 10th, 2017, the team legally and safely flew the 3DR Site Scan drone over the parking garage area. The team performed a total of 7 flights, capturing over 700 nadir and oblique images, covering an area of 40 acres. This is the first FAA-approved commercial drone operation in Class B restricted airspace. The pictures were uploaded to a cloud-based program operated by 3DR, where they were automatically processed into accurate 3D point clouds.

The models will be used by Atkins to plan the demolition process and organize construction so to minimize effects on the airport’s daily activities.


A major east-west transportation corridor that carries recreational, commercial and commuter traffic through the Rocky Mountains also creates a lot of headaches for those maneuvering through regular back-ups and gridlock. 

When the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expressed an interest in using intelligent transportation systems and innovative technologies to decrease gridlock, increase safety and reduce traffic time, we were brought on board to help drive the effort for the I-70 Mountain Express Lane (MEXL).

CDOT’s overall vision for improving congestion with immediate, interim improvements led us to evaluate the effectiveness of a tolled peak hour shoulder lane between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs. We expanded existing models to assess traffic improvements, which indicated that travel times could be cut nearly in half in the project area.

Taking an innovative approach to relieve congestion without overbuilding the mountain corridor, a 13-mile stretch of the existing eastbound shoulder was repurposed as a dynamically tolled express lane during peak travel periods. Today, it operates only on weekends and holidays and users pay between four and eight dollars, based on congestion levels (tolls can reach 30 dollars based on congestion levels). With added capacity, the corridor has seen consistent, faster speeds and reduced travel times for all lanes. In its first summer season, throughput increased by 14 percent, travel times in general purpose lanes improved by 38 percent, and the time involved in clearing back-ups substantially improved.

Less gridlock. Less stress. Less time on the road means more time for the good stuff.

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CDOT received Gov. John Hickenlooper's inaugural Governor's Elevation Award in the Superior Customer Service category. CDOT's successful delivery of this project led to stakeholder support and the lane opening on schedule.

The project was also honored with the 2016 Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year award by the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS). The project was bestowed this honor because it helped solve a longstanding transportation problem in Colorado with an innovative solution.



In order to complete major elements of its most recent airport master plan, the City of Atlanta selected the Ascend joint venture (JV) to provide on-call technical, professional architectural, and engineering design services for various projects at H-JAIA. As the lead firm of the Ascend JV, Atkins has been involved in some of the most notable projects at Hartsfield-Jackson.

We served as the project management and design lead for the terminal roadways portion of the $1.2 billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Terminal. The project included structural design of the three-level, landside elevated roadway structures and mechanical stabilized earth walls, as well as an extensive drainage network. The project also included a maze of utility infrastructure that required coordination with multiple utility companies and consultants, as well as several LEED design elements. In addition, we designed new access roadways for surrounding tenants including Delta and the Federal Aviation Authority, along with coordinating traffic signals on Loop Road for shuttle connections to the main terminal.

Other services provided by the Ascend JV include development of one of the first electronic airport layout plan (eALP) projects in the country at H-JAIA. We worked with a team of consultants to develop geographic information system (GIS) data including all airside features, runway and taxiway features, lighting, navaids, obstructions, virtual surfaces, and environmental layers in the airport GIS database. The tool lets airport officials, regional planning agencies and other stakeholders access airport layout plans electronically, saving costs as compared to traditional paper ALPs and helping standardize the process of performing airport and aeronautical surveys.



Our services include a 35% design for the design-build renovation of the historic Scott Barracks, originally built in 1936, and full design services for extensive renovations of the MacArthur (Short Wing), MacArthur (Long Wing), and Pershing Barracks. Using innovative tools like our interactive 4D VIS site logistics model, we’re able to predict construction impacts and costs years in advance.

Energy-savings features are incorporated into the Scott Barracks renovations and are expected to yield an estimated 30 percent reduction in annual energy costs, while high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce water use by more than 40 percent. The modernization of the MacArthur Barracks includes building envelope rehabilitation, roof replacement, exterior stone façade repairs, and new antiterrorism/force protection compliant windows. Additional improvements include cadet room renovations to improve health and comfort, new laundry facilities, new cadet common areas, and site improvements. Each of the barracks will be designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

We’re also providing architecture and engineering services for a new, $70 million wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The new WWTP is designed to increase capacity to more than 2 million gallons per day to meet current and projected future needs. The state-of-the-art facility will feature closed-circuit television and energy monitoring and control systems. Because West Point is a designated pilot installation for the U.S. Army’s Net Zero sustainability initiative, all energy consumed in operating the new WWTP will be partially offset through alternative energy systems. The facility will generate power using methane gas, a by-product of the treatment process. To increase methane production, food scraps will be utilized from the cadet mess hall and other post dining facilities.

A modern convenience that will be added to the barracks buildings for the first time is air conditioning, a luxury previously unheard of for cadets throughout West Point’s 200 plus-year history. We’re designing a chilled-water plant in the basement level of the newly constructed Davis Barracks, with chilled-water pipes extending from that site to the nine other existing barracks. Because portions of West Point date back to the American Revolution, our team was particularly sensitive to the historic importance of the barracks, accommodating the guidelines of the New York State Historic Preservation Office as well as meeting security requirements from the Department of Defense’s Antiterrorism/Force Protection Directorate.

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The Doha Metro Red Line South project is part of the overall Doha Metro project being developed by Qatar Rail.  The Red Line, also known as the Coast Line, runs for about 40 kilometres from Al Wakra in the south to Lusail in the north and has 17 stations. The line connects Hamad International Airport at Terminal 1 to the centre of the city. 

The Red Line South contract comprises c. 14 km of twin-bore tunnels along with five underground stations. Atkins was appointed as Lead Designer in June 2013 by RLS JV, a joint venture led by QDVC, a JV between Qatari Diar and France's Vinci Construction Grands Projects, and including South Korea's GS Engineering and Construction and Qatar's Al-Darwish Engineering. 

The vision is to provide integrated railway services that are reliable, attractive and be the favoured mode of transport for all. Atkins has been responsible for the multi-disciplinary design of five underground stations, five switchbox structures, four emergency egress shafts as well as functional planning of tunnels/shafts and track alignment design. In addition to the above we are providing expert advice on all fire and life safety issues in establishing the appropriate fire strategy for the stations and tunnels, and assisting the client with obtaining Qatar Civil Defence Department approvals.

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The Public Library building is planned as part of the Nabta Town Masterplan in the region of Borg Al Arab, Egypt. Nabta Town, a sustainable mixed-use urban development in the Middle East, is a uniquely smart, urban real estate masterplan that incorporates world-class academic institutions, cultural, leisure and commercial centres, a business park, generous public spaces and holistic housing neighbourhoods.

The brief proposes a multiuser learning facility that caters to the needs of both the public and students from nearby academic facilities. The design emphasises an architectural language that is deeply rooted within its context, which encourages the user to ponder, innovate and explore. It forms a landmark public space that encourages dialogue through culturally stimulating spaces that are reminiscent of Egypt’s vibrant heritage.

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Atkins worked with Swedish company Hexicon as engineering partner to design the world’s first multi-turbine offshore wind floating platform.

Atkins was 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 had 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 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 were 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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In conjunction with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Charleston District, Atkins will prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) in order to evaluate the project’s potential socioeconomic and natural environmental impacts. Conducted over a period of 5 to 6 years, the EIS will address numerous issues such as sea level rise, scenery impacts, protected species and habitat, socioeconomic issues, transportation impacts, noise and vibration, and air quality.

The wharf will encompass more than 2 miles, with the ability to manage eight design vessels at full buildout. The expansive size of this project could impact approximately 54 acres of tidal salt marsh and bottomland hardwood wetlands, where threatened and endangered species exist. Among these and several other issues, Atkins will evaluate the project’s impact and develop ways to mitigate the environmental effects.

Developed jointly by the port authorities of Georgia and South Carolina, this bi-state owned and operated marine container terminal will aid projected growth for containerized cargo for a minimum of 25 years and is expected to support economic development in the region, including adding billions in tax revenue and upwards of 1 million jobs.


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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The initial phase of the program was the design and construction of the South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex. As a subconsultant to the prime architect, Atkins is responsible for civil and transportation engineering for the South APM Complex. This initial phase included the design and construction of a new APM station, new 2,400 car parking garage, renovation of the APM station in the North Terminal, completion of the APM guideway structure to the South APM Complex, roadways, bridges, overpasses, site grading, utilities, and all associated infrastructure.

The ultimate STC program will include the South APM Complex as well as an Intermodal Transportation Facility, which will serve as a hub for three passenger rail projects, including a planned $2.2 billion intercity passenger rail line from Miami. Atkins was responsible for planning the entire roadway system for the STC ultimate buildout.

Atkins was also responsible for the design of the loop access roadway surrounding the South APM Complex, including planning and development of alternative roadway concepts for the ultimate transportation master plan addressing the future STC. This effort included roadway plans, stormwater conveyance systems, signing and pavement marking plans, demolition plans, utility coordination, retaining walls, and maintenance of traffic plans. The approximate length of the 2-to-4 lane loop roadway was 3 miles.


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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 Infrastructure 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

On the project, there are several types of confinement and shielding doors all with seismic withstand capability, including:

  • 46 remotely controlled port cell doors, with confinement and shielding (up to 350mm thick steel equivalent) with an opening size of four metres by four metres
  • 12 remotely controlled lift lobby doors with an opening size of four metres by four metres
  • In excess of 600 manually operated doors with shielding, confinement and water pressure requirement with opening sizes up  to 1.5 metres wide by 2.4 metres tall.


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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Since 1989, Atkins has performed a wide range of projects at PortMiami. As program management consultant, we provided on-site marine structural engineering and project management expertise in support of the evaluation, design, engineering, and value engineering of over 5,200 linear feet of deep water combi-wall retrofit and strengthening work, designed to accommodate super post-panamax container vessels of up to 216,000 deadweight tonnage. The combi-wall system is comprised of steel pipe piles measuring up to 48 inches in diameter in combination with intermediate AZ sheet piles. The project included design of new 100- and 150-ton capacity mooring bollards as well as high-energy absorption foam-filled floating fenders.

Recently, Atkins completed an in-depth surface and underwater inspection, condition assessment, and structural evaluation of the cruise ship berthing zone seawall located waterside of Cruise Terminal J. The seawall was constructed in 1989 and is made up of 1,487 feet of steel sheet pile combi-wall. Atkins prepared a comprehensive inspection and condition assessment report that addressed the structural integrity aspects of the combi-wall and contained alternatives for long- and short-term repairs, an assessment of feasible restoration methods, and replacement alternative design.

Atkins also provided construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for 6,000 linear feet of active cargo wharves including 800 linear feet of pile-supported mooring dolphins. Atkins self-performed underwater inspection services for a new sheet pile wall in 45 feet of water and oversaw relocation of more than 150 healthy corals from the existing seawall to an on-port recipient area.


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Atkins has completed the flood control master plan updates for the Las Vegas Valley since 1997 (consultant-led updates). Individual flood control plans must be reviewed every five years, and the master plan must be continuously updated to assess progress, identify obstacles, and to recommend changes needed due to growth and development of the area. Over time, the master plan has evolved into a technical tool for guiding local governmental agencies and private consultants in the development of both public and private property.

The master plan update process includes data collection, updating land use data, determining hydrologic modeling parameters using GIS capabilities, updating hydrologic models, updating the flood control facilities inventory in a GIS geodatabase, making master plan facility recommendations, and estimating facility construction costs.

To support this process, Atkins developed a hydrologic model of over 1,500 square miles, which defines accurate 100-year peak flows and volumes for the entire valley. Atkins also developed a relational geodatabase to represent valley watersheds and associated regional flood control facilities, serving as the foundation for associated modeling efforts. A custom suite of GIS tools was also developed to facilitate the continuous update/maintenance of the master plan.

In addition, an automated cost estimation tool was created to predict the future cost of flood control facilities for more accurate forecasting and planning. The tool summarizes the costs of all facilities in the region, keeping track of the value of flood control infrastructure—helping our client best plan for and provide effective flood controls.

© Jeffreyjcoleman | - Flooding On Las Vegas Boulevard In Las Vegas, NV On July 19, 2013 Photo


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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Wessex Water, is developing its water supply grid to meet demand for the next 25 years with support from Atkins. This will be the largest and most complex project for Wessex Water and is valued at £225m. The 8 year project includes a 74km transfer main that will run between Sturminster Marshall in East Dorset and Camp Hill in Wiltshire. The grid allows water to be moved from areas with surplus water to other areas which are deficient. This is to improve flows in some rivers and protect their ecology, as well as to improve resilience for example against occasional deteriorating raw water quality. It secures a reliable, constant supply of water which can be maintained 365 days of the year.

Atkins developed the conceptual design and prepared the initial business case for the Optimiser, a sophisticated closed loop control system. We then assessed potential suppliers and helped Wessex to procure and the Optimiser from Servelec Technologies, and to implement it. This included identifying enabling works, and the resources needed to ensure a smooth adoption of the Optimiser solution. 

The Optimiser, a subset of the grid, has already enabled Wessex Water to respond more effectively to incidents to ensure that supplies to customers are maintained if water treatment plant failures occur, as well as minimising operating costs.

The Grid will greatly improve the flexibility of the water network, enabling alternative sources to supply demand (each customer will have two sources). Control of the existing system has traditionally been simple, however, the Optimiser has provided a more flexible control system, which will be address a range of hydraulic and water quality issues to provide cost-effective integrated control of the whole Grid. 

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Decades of instability were ended when a 300m section of a road near Rothbury was reconstructed by partners of the VBA joint venture (VolkerStevin, Boskalis and Atkins). The B6334 road in Rothbury has been subject to regular landslips over a prolonged period of time, and was frequently closed to traffic. The section was future-proofed by VBA who carried out complex earthworks and site dewatering in order to prevent further destruction. The project addressed the underlying causes of ground instability and dealt with the 2012 landslip that had left damage. This means the residents of Rothbury will no longer have to take lengthy detours to get to the village. 

Our team of engineers designed and constructed an anchored bored piled retaining wall in order to support the road. Their design included an innovative passive dewatering system which will reduce groundwater pressure. Our team made sure environmental enhancements to the SSSI (wood pasture) and provision for wildlife were incorporated. Downhole CCTV footage was used from inside the boreholes to help create 3D models which provided the basis of the design and to gain an understanding of what was happening underground. 

Most of the complex engineering is invisible to people driving along the new road. Slopes are held in place by retaining walls and 30m long rock anchors bored into the hillside whilst deep wells take the excess water away. This will have a positive social and economic impact on the town which relies on its income through tourism.  

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Atkins is a key partner of the eight-strong alliance, eight2o, which has been formed to deliver billions of pounds (£1.738bn) worth of essential work for Thames Water, updating Britain’s biggest water and sewage company. 

Comprising of five groupings including two design and build joint ventures, which are Costain and Atkins (CA) and Skanska, MWH Treatment and Balfour Beatty (SMB). MWH is the programme manager and IBM is the technology innovator partner, plus Thames Water as both client and partner.

The main projects eight2o are working on are the large water treatment works in London, Hampton, Ashford, Kempton and Walton under the wastewater non-infrastructure quadrant. Atkins have designed the major upgrade of the Beddington Wastewater Treatment Works, with supplier integration using BIM at the heart of the upgrade approach. Atkins has also worked on the Lane End and Southfleet nitrates project and eel screens project to align river systems with EU regulations. The biggest project includes working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel Interface project.

Atkins has been involved with the Mogden air main and combined heat and power (CHP) projects, to Ogbourne and Angelinos water pipeline schemes amongst several hundred other projects that are set to be undertaken within Thames Water’s 5 year plan. These plans have been broken down into quadrants; wastewater and water, and within these groups; infrastructure (underground) and non-infrastructure (above ground). 

Thames Water is taking this opportunity to achieve greater efficiency in implementing its business plan for AMP6, focusing on team work, sustainability and an integrated supply community in order to deliver strategy and cement long term value to Thames Water and its customers.

The overall eight2o work is set to be completed in 2020 with a potential to extend contracts until 2025.

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Atkins has designed the world’s largest drinking water storage facility, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The project was delivered by a consortium of Al Muhaidib and Vinci UK with Atkins as sole consultancy service provider. Atkins was the multi-discipline detailed designer for the scheme, completing the civil, structural, architectural, geotechnical, hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and process design of the scheme. During an initial optioneering and innovation phase with the National Water Company, KSA, we developed a range of options including steel, reinforced concrete and precast construction techniques. As a result of combining technical innovation with collaborative working, our consortium proposed a solution utilising internal post tensioned circular reservoirs to reduce the land take needed and maximise efficient use of the overall site.

The reservoirs are strategically important to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia given the rapid development of Jeddah in recent years and a rise in the demand for water. The project was part of the first phase of a programme of work commissioned by the National Water Company and are the first reservoirs of this type to be constructed in Saudi Arabia.

The reservoirs are currently the largest operational internally post-tensioned circular concrete potable water reservoirs in the world - 120 metres in diameter and 18 metres in height. The eleven circular tanks are hydraulically linked providing a storage volume of over 2 million cubic metres of water – the equivalent of 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The Briman Strategic Reservoir project not only holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest drinking facility but more importantly will provide secure water for use during emergencies and during unpredicted situations for the population on Jeddah for years to come.

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As lead consultant, we carried out a major project on the resilience of UK water supplies for Water UK with partners Mott McDonald and Nera Economic, which was completed in the summer of 2016. We produced a report that set out the basis of a long term planning framework that considered the impact of climate change, population growth and environmental factors in order to strengthen the resilience of water suppliers for users across the UK, whilst protecting the environment.

Our experience working for individual water companies, UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), the government and regulators alike, gave us the specific expertise to lead on this project. The report looked at the next 50 years of water provision across the country. The key findings of the report included:

  There is a strong case for the UK and Welsh Governments to consider adopting consistent national minimum levels of resilience, recognising that there are significant issues to address, including inter-regional and inter-generational fairness  
  The investment needed to increase resilience is relatively modest compared with the cost of drought 
  A ‘twin track’ approach that includes supply enhancement, with associated transfers, as well as demand management is the most appropriate strategic mix for the future 
  There is a case for a national level ‘adaptive plan’ that supports on-going Water Resource Management Plans and balances risk against opportunities to defer costs
  Industry, government and regulators need to work together with customers on how best to respond to the risk of severe drought

We are working on other initiatives that hope to further influence policy and strategy in this field, with the next round of Water Resource Management Plans (WRMP). Our other projects include: UKWIR (methodologies for WRMP 2019 programme), Joint Research Council MaRIUS project (member of the external stakeholder advisory panel for the Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of Drought and Water Scarcity Project), Regional and individual water company initiatives, including Water Resources in the South East (WRSE) and Water Resources East (WRE).

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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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We have been working with Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) since 2013 as an active member of the development team. We are developing one of the world’s first arrays of floating wind turbines by 2020 which will establish a leading position for Scotland in the development and deployment of this novel technology.

This will be a pilot-scale demonstrator offshore wind farm utilising a semi-spar floating foundation technology, which will demonstrate the technological and commercial feasibility of floating offshore wind. Floating foundations open the possibility for future offshore wind farms to be located further from shore in deeper waters, minimising visual impacts whilst accessing hitherto untapped wind resources.

The wind farm will have the capacity to provide 218GWhr of electricity which is the equivalent to powering over 55,000 homes in Scotland, and will see a reduction of over 94,000 tonnes of CO2 compared to fossil fuelled power sources.

We have taken the Project from initial concept design to pre-consent determination. The journey has been significant and challenging, and was made possible by our in-house expertise in marine environmental assessment and consenting. The marine and coastal team provided a ‘one stop shop’ for the licensing and assessment of the Project including:

  • Environmental Scoping Assessment
  • Environmental Baseline Studies and Reports
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Statement
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment 
  • Bird Collision Risk Modelling
  • Marine Licence and Section 36 Applications
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Ongoing project support – containing installation and operation and maintenance include:

  • Further requirements for marine licences e.g. geotechnical/geophysical survey requirements
  • Further requirements for small works consent applications to The Crown Estate e.g.  scientific equipment deployment 
  • Ongoing support and advice related to defined marine licence and S36 Rochdale envelope to project engineers
  • Authoring Project Environmental Management Plan
  • Authoring environmental monitoring programme
  • Ongoing stakeholder engagement 

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We helped the Environment Agency to deliver a beach management scheme at Dawlish Warren at the mouth of the Exe Estuary, with an estimated total project cost of over £14 million.  

Dawlish Warren is an important wildlife site, designated as a Site of Special Scientifc Interest, Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation, a Ramsar wetland of international importance and local nature reserve. A key challenge was to enhance the role the sand spit plays as a flood defence to the Exe Estuary but not impact on the conservation features for which it was designated. We were involved in all stages of the scheme including: strategy, project appraisal, outline design, Preliminary Environmental Information Report, detailed design and Environmental Impact Assessment. Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme Our key marine and coastal environment services included:

  • Specifcation and management and analysis of required marine surveys, including ecology, UXO and bathymetry
  • Wave, plume and tidal modelling and reporting
  • Water Framework Directive assessment
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Coastal impact study
  • Stakeholder engagement (including 3D printed model of the scheme).

The scheme will involve the removal of gabions from the beach to re-mobilise the dunes, beach nourishment using sediment from subtidal sandbanks, repair of groynes to help control the nourishment and development of monitoring and management plans.

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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 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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Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) had problems with the existing, second stage treatment Baff plant blocking up, which led to premature discharges from the works to the River Mersey. A more robust treatment process was required and it was decided that a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) would be built on two levels within Wellington Dock adjacent to the existing works.

GCA JV, a joint venture between Galliford Try, Costain and Atkins, was chosen by United Utilities (UU) to carry out the upgrade of Liverpool WwTW.

UU recognised that to successfully deliver this complex project, a different approach to 'design and build' was required and a ‘One Team One Aim’ initiative was developed. The team was a special partnership of client, contractor and supply chain, working together to ensure the successful design and build of the new works.

All the team were located at the Liverpool site to ensure close collaboration, ownership of the problems and establish a commitment that the team would ‘fix’ Liverpool together. A successful tool for the team was using BIM, which was relatively new in the water industry at the start of the project (2013), but was recognised by the team to be invaluable in ensuring the success of this and future projects in AMP6. They therefore pioneered its use, ensuring the Liverpool project was at the forefront of BIM technology, setting the standards for AMP6.

Following the successful performance of the Liverpool team, UU intend to adopt the collaborative one team ethos to spread the ‘Liverpool magic’ across their upcoming AMP6 major projects.

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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

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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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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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 when the final line opens in the fall of 2016. The project’s three corridors stretch over 36 miles from Wheat Ridge and Arvada in Denver’s west suburbs to the Denver International Airport on the city’s eastern side. In June 2010, RTD selected the Denver Transit Partners (DTP) team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Eagle P3 project. This includes the University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport, B Line to Westminster, the Gold Line (G Line) to Wheat Ridge and Arvada, and a commuter rail maintenance facility.

Our role on the DTP design team included corridor management and design for the trackway, roadway, and structural elements for portions of the University of Colorado A Line and design for trackway, roadway, drainage, and structural elements of the B Line to Westminster. These corridors involved grade crossings, overhead structures, and underpasses in several 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 University of Colorado A Line is particularly important to Denver residents and visitors as it extended rail service 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 the Eagle P3 project, Atkins worked closely with RTD to conduct an alternatives analysis and prepare the Environmental Impact Statement and preliminary engineering for the East Corridor (now called the University of Colorado A Line). 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.

The University of Colorado A Line opened on April 22, 2016 and the B Line to Westminster opened July 25, 2016.


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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.

Dubai Opera opened on 31st of August 2016 with a sold out performance by Placido Domingo.

Go here to read more about the design and the opening.

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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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To most people, the M25 is 440km of motorway, a daily commute or a punchline. 

But to a small group of specialists it is most visible as a stream of data. From thousands of cameras and other sensors, they see progress, air quality, climate, accidents and repairs. 

In June 2015, Atkins teams in London, India and the US joined forces with innovation partners Fluxx and Connect Plus Services, the organisation that manages the M25, to develop innovative ways to use this data to improve the lives of commuters.  

The brief was simple; deliver intelligent interventions to improve travel experiences

“I know the pain that people suffer on the M25, and seeing the data that we collect being used in a completely different way, the benefits it unlocks, is brilliant,” said Tim Hughes, Intelligent Mobility product manager at Atkins.

This event, organised by the Atkins Digital Incubator, represented a new way of working. “How do we drive value more quickly?” asks Atkins' CDO Richard Cross, “Not spend months thinking, but develop something quickly, experiment and improve?”

“What’s crucial is having the transport planners in the room,” said product manager Ashkan Miri. “They’re working directly with developers to build the vision of the product they’re working on.”

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson:

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Atkins On The Go was the first app that Atkins had ever built, and it was a very successful trial of several new ways of working. 

With innovation partners Fluxx, we wanted to build a tool that was as useful as possible for our 18,000 staff around the world. We did this by involving staff at every stage in the process. 

We started with an open invitation from CIO Richard Cross, who wrote to every member of staff inviting suggestions for what the app might do. This crowdsourcing project was spectacularly successful, with over 400 responses in just the first two hours. 

It became apparent that timesheets and expenses were the key things, but staff also suggested bigger, even more innovative ideas; using phones to grant access to buildings, or building an Atkins car sharing system around the app. 

It was also crucial to involve everyone in Atkins, not just the vocal minority who responded to Richard’s email. So the team ran a detailed persona study, to understand the needs of specific groups within Atkins. 

Their research focused on people working on site. They were the group we were most keen to reach with the new app, but also the group least likely to rapidly respond to an email appeal. 

Interestingly, we had about 50 requests suggesting that email and an address book would be useful on mobile. These were both things that were already possible in the existing system, but a significant minority hadn’t realized. That made it clear that education and training was as important as developing new features. 

Staff were involved all through the process of developing the app. A pop-up user testing lab was built, where prototypes and mockups were shown to users, and thier feedback incorporated. 

The Timesheet app is now live across Atkins, with new functionality on the way.

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson:

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“We’ve had this problem since the airport opened,” said Richard Harding, Head of IT Strategy and Innovation at Heathrow. “What information can you provide to passengers when they arrive?” 


In February 2016 Atkins, Heathrow and innovation partners Fluxx joined forces to help answer this question at a two day Rapid Start event. 

The brief was simple:  “How can we improve the arrival experience from an hour before landing to onward transport?”

Multinational teams in Dubai, India, Hong Kong, Heathrow — and one in a carriage on the Heathrow Express  — worked together for 32 hours, developing ideas, building prototypes, talking to passengers and deploying experiments in the arrivals terminals. 

The teams were multi-skilled, bringing together diverse skills from Atkins and Heathrow including coders, designers, customer-facing service staff, back office technologists, baggage handling experts and members of the Heathrow Express team. 

The event started with insight and inspiration from innovation partners Fluxx, sharing customer experiences from Hong Kong, Singapore and Heathrow, interviews with passengers and operations staff. 

More than 25 ideas were pitched and voted on, with winning ideas including a personalised navigation app, an iPad-based bag tracking system, a personal virtual assistant for arriving passengers and intelligent signage systems. 

Teams were formed around winning ideas, which were prototyped and deployed over the next two days. “The energy in the room was just fantastic,” said Justin Stenner, Head of Technology for Heathrow Express. 

“You guys have looked at these problems through a passenger lens,” said Chris Annetts, Heathrow’s Director of Commercial Passenger Services, “Bringing so many creative ways to solve these problems. Many of these ideas we’ve thought about for a very long time as an airport, but haven’t quite cracked them. This lets us get started with a very small budget, to test things and make progress.” 

“I’ve been absolutely blown away,” said Heathrow Airport CIO Stuart Birrell. “The different thinking, the ideas and innovation, has been fantastic. I’ve been around airports for many years. 

“You think you know your business, you think you know the industry, but you get a team like this together and it really challenges some of your assumptions. The opportunities we have are just fantastic.”  

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson:

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At Atkins, we’re able to combine decades of deep engineering experience with the tools and techniques of innovation.

The work of the Digital Incubator—and our innovation partners Fluxx—helps us to understanding the hype cycle, enabling us to help clients make the most of new technology.  We’re then able to use our global network to empower Clients to work faster and smarter than ever before.

For example, we worked to help clients use unmanned aerial vehicles, 3D scanning, data analysis and virtual reality to dramatically improve asset management in large and complex sites.  This video shows geomatics consultants Charlton Bland and Kevin Ballard scanning and analysing complex visual and radar scan data.

Multiple data sets can be combined to provide intelligence for decision support; predicting collapses before they happen.  

The film shows how this rich 3D mapping can be used in a virtual reality environment for purposes as diverse as staff training or public consultation.  

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson:

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In the early 1960s, 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 has transformed 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.

Over seven years, Atkins 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.

The station was officially reopened on September 20, 2015.

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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 and two depots, 63km of track, with a total capital cost of approximately £7.8bn. 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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The works in the central area comprise the excavation of below ground ticket halls, running tunnels, station platform tunnels and access passages with links to existing London Underground Stations.

One of the biggest challenges of the project is undertaking tunnelling works under Central London where protection of the vast network of existing 3rd party utilities, tunnels, structures, railways and historical buildings is key to the success of the project. Atkins' engineers seconded into the Crossrail project have been responsible for the damage assessment and the design of mitigation to protect 3rd 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 3rd parties was key to securing “letters of no objection” to allow construction to progress. The extensive 3rd 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 3400 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. The design engineers have since moved onto the various sites acting as asset protection engineers, bringing with them technical skills and in depth knowledge to ensure continuity to the project across all the Central London bored station and tunnel contracts. As part of the project management team, our engineers continue to advise the client on all issues relating to 3rd party asset protection, accounting for the actual works being undertaken and the ground response on site.

Upon completion, phased from 2018, the line is expected to carry 78,000 passengers per hour through 38 stations travelling from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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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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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 project was named Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mountain States 2016 Best Project in the highways and bridges category (Colorado, Wyoming and plains states).


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 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 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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The railway alignment is designed to meet peak operational frequency of 24 trains per hour.

The Central London tunnels are 6.2m internal diameter constructed by Tunnel Boring Machine and lined with Precast Concrete Segmental rings. Tapered tunnel rings, with 8 segments are 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 of the tunnels environment. 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. Openings in the running tunnels to the cross passages were provided using hybrid PCC / SGI opening sets or steel reinforced PCC rings.

There are 3 bored tunnelling contracts, C300 West, C305 Central, C310 East. A 4th tunnel contract, C315, connects the central and eastern tunnels via the refurbished Connaught brick lined tunnel that runs under the Royal Dock in East London.

The C300 western tunnels were driven through the heart of central London from Paddington to Farringdon running directly under Oxford street using Earth Pressure TBMs. The PCC running tunnels were driven in advance of the stations being constructed. TBM station alignments were developed together with temporary segments to provide pilot tunnels from which the large diameter SCL platform tunnels were then constructed.

On Contract C305 the tunnels pass beneath the two major financial districts; the City of London and Canary Wharf. Tunnelling was undertaken by EPB TBMs and faced some of the most challenging conditions where water bearing sand lenses were encountered. The TBMs were driven in parallel with station constructions which required TBM arrival, transit and re-launch systems to be developed.

Contract C310 tunnels were constructed through Chalk with slurry TBMs to control water ingress.

All the central London tunnels will be connected by the first quarter of 2015, with Crossrail scheduled to be fully operational by 2018.

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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 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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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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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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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 delivered the Signalling and Power and Distribution contracts for the CASR which have modernised life-expired signalling equipment across 192 route miles of track between Newport and Port Talbot.

A technically challenging project, CASR was 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 undertook 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.

Completed in 2016, this project has provided more efficient and reliable passenger and freight 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.


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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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 assisting Danish State Railways (DSB) with the procurement of approximately 30 new electrically powered locomotives for hauling double-deck trains. The objective is to obtain standardised locomotives, which provide a more reliable and eco-friendly rail service for Danish passengers.

Atkins is working with its partners Vestergård Consulting and TÜV Rheinland to provide advice throughout the entire process - until 2020. We are responsible for the planning, functional specification, tendering, procurement, testing and commissioning of the new locomotives.

We have also supported the development of the business case validating the acquisition of the new locomotives and identifying target routes.

The functional specification for the procurement includes technical requirements and maintenance requirements. During the first phase, a market analysis was conducted and an operation concept, maintenance strategy and Reliability-Accessibility-Maintainability (RAM) requirements were prepared.

Furthermore, we are designing a robust evaluation model to enable the procurement process to meet the requirements of the commissioning authorities, with particular emphasis on safety approvals.

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Atkins is assisting Rail Net Denmark to deliver the most important combined upgrade in passenger and freight train services in Europe; the application of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) across 3200km of twin track on the Danish rail network.

The project promises a radical improvement in safety, performance and capacity, and opens up the possibility of running non-stop trains across all borders.

The overall project consists of two large projects and two systems: the main and regional lines that will be equipped with ERTMS level 2 and the Copenhagen S-line, which will use CBTC (Communications Based Train Control).

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 all stages, which includes preparing tender documents for the supply of on-board train equipment and signalling infrastructure, technical assistance on client side and implementation of the systems.

The programme is carried out by a Joint Venture consisting of Atkins, Ramboll, Parsons and Emch+Berger.

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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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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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Dean Trust Ardwick High School is Manchester’s fastest ever built school, opening its door just 12 months after design and construction began.  

Designed by Atkins to provide a high quality, flexible space where young people can develop both in and outside of the classroom, the school’s impressive construction programme was achieved using Select Schools, a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) solution created by Laing O’Rourke, with modular units constructed offsite. 

By using offsite technology construction time was drastically reduced, minimising waste and work within a heavily constrained brownfield site. Construction of the school began in a factory before site clearance and demolition was completed. All this was achieved without compromising the integrity of the teaching and learning environment. 

Fast track construction was crucial for Dean Trust Ardwick as the 1,200 new secondary places it provides will help Manchester City Council meet its task of finding places for an additional 16,000 students over the next few years.

The secondary school is part of the council’s regeneration project in the area and will provide a space where everyone in the community can meet, play and learn, including a new state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch.

Atkins provided architecture, mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, ecology, environmental impact, fire safety, air quality management, acoustics, and BREEAM assessment for the school.


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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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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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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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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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The Two Rivers Mall, also known as the Two Rivers Lifestyle Centre takes up 11 acres of a 102-acre mixed use development. Comprising of 66,000m2 of gross lettable area (GLA) of mall and 20,000m2 of office space in the two commercial towers. It derives its name from the Giichi and Ruiruaka rivers flowing through it and as such has been sustainably designed to provide a backdrop where visitors enjoy the natural environment combined with a recreational, cultural and retail experience.

Two Rivers will be the largest mall in sub Saharan Africa outside of South Africa with over 200 outlets on two levels with high end international brands to enhance the local retail experience. The ultimate design intent is for people to gather and connect by creating spaces within the complex for both intimate outings as well as large multicultural events.

This project has been classified as a Vision 2030 Flagship Project by government. Its positive impact on the economy will be realised by providing employment opportunities for approximately 10,000 Kenyans.

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Built over 60 years ago, the Nairobi hospital has provided quality private health care to residents of Kenya and the neighbouring countries. To meet growing demand, the client sought to expand the hospital by increasing the bed capacity from 350 to 750. To this end they needed to create adequate space for the proposed development by removing a number of small buildings that housed functions that would be replaced by the increased bed capacity while catering for further expansion of the hospital.

The first consideration was the construction of a 12 storey building to house the displaced functions from the school of nursing including demonstration rooms, students’ accommodation to doctors’ offices, laundry equipment among others. Two subsidiary buildings to house steam boilers and the power centre were also constructed. Howard Humphreys – now an Atkins company - was commissioned as part of the consultant’s design team to design and supervise all civil & structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services on the project.

In our design, the needs of the patient are the critical consideration alongside the unique and sensitive requirements of hospital operations. Our solutions for uninterrupted power supply and distribution, lighting, ventilation, medical gases, water purification plant for bulk water supply, fire detection, communication and security systems addressed the challenges of replacing existing critical operating facilities without disruption.

In its contribution to the regions business community Nairobi hospital’s new laundry is now the largest and is currently providing services to nearby hospitals and hotels thereby generating additional income. The hospital will also be able to accommodate more in and outpatients while influencing the quality of Kenya’s medical professionals through its increased admission of nursing students and best of its class training facilities.

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The Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen), produces electricity from the power plants at the Greater Olkaria Geothermal Field, located in the Rift Valley of Kenya within Hell’s Gate National Park and approximately 132 km north-west of Nairobi by road.

The Olkaria I and Olkaria II Power Plants contribute close to 20 percent of the Kenyan power supply to the grid network, the other sources being hydro, wind and thermal. KenGen assessed that there would be sufficient geothermal resource available to support the operation of an additional 280MWe of generation with half of that capacity being located in two additional units in a prior plant and the other half in a separate power plant designated as Olkaria IV.

Atkins in partnership with the client and the lead consultant Sinclair Knight Merz provided concept design, steam field civil engineering design and construction supervision services for the two plants. Atkins led the construction of 2 new substations, expansion of 3 existing substations and construction of transmission lines around the power stations and two lines connecting to the existing Suswa Substation approximately 30 kilometers away.

The innovative design and development of a highly integrated steam gathering system from the production wells to power the power plant turbines ensures the plant is sustainable, reliable and efficient.

The injection of 280 MW of geothermal power into the Kenyan national grid has led to increased grid stability, a reduction in use of fossil based generation and a decrease in the cost of electricity for local customers. The reduction in the cost of power leads to lower power bills and cost of goods and services, promoting increases in economic activity in the country.

Howard Humphreys (now an Atkins company) was appointed by Britam to provide civil/structural design and construction supervision for a commercial building that would not only reflect the stature and image of the client but also contribute in shaping Nairobi’s changing skyline. The client’s desire was to have a sustainable building that will stand the test of time, a timeless piece.

The proposed development incorporates the design and construction of a 31-storey office tower that stands 200m tall. It begins at the base as a square that rotates progressively till the 30th floor at 45 degrees, resulting in varying floor sizes. The building center core will end at 34th floor level to support a 60m high conical steel spire mast that will carry feature fins.

A 15-storey Parkade building that will hold approximately 1000 cars is also constructed in the adjacent to cater for the parking needs with a data center to be housed on the top floor. The two buildings are separated by an open atrium.

At the time of completion, the BRITAM Tower was amongst the highest building structures in Africa at a height of 200m above ground including the 60m spire sitting above the main building.

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Our team of engineers created the Paired-Column Semisubmersible to make it safer and more financially viable to develop fields in harsh deepwater environments, such as offshore Western Australia and the Gulf of Mexico. By adding one additional column per corner to the traditional semisubmersible, platform motions can be significantly reduced.

The Paired-Column Semisubmersible is the previously missing piece from a complete portfolio of deepwater platform concepts – a dry tree semi that can support drilling.

This new technology brings many advantages to deepwater developments:

  • Support of either wet and/or dry trees
  • Reduced vertical motions that allow conventional off-the-shelf riser tensioning equipment due to low riser stroke
  • Full quayside integration
  • Conventional structural components
  • Efficient deck structure and hull deck interface
  • De-coupling of wide column spacing (stability) vs. narrow column spacing (deck support)
  • SCR friendly due to low surge motions and hang-off nearer to the platform centre
  • Damage tolerance

Thoroughly engineered, model tested, qualified and approved in principle by DNV for the Gulf of Mexico’s most severe metocean environment – Central Region.

Read more about the background, design and characteristics of the PC Semi in Offshore magazine.

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We have captured laser scanning data from a main plant area and an inaccessible plant room at Dungeness B to support optimisation of an upcoming outage. This data is being utilised through a simple desktop application to allow walkthroughs of the plant areas and creation of animated construction sequences for visualisation of the outage plan linked to the outage schedule itself.

A further aim of the project is to utilise Augmented Reality (AR) to visualise the planning data and critical path movements.

The outputs will enable interactive visualisation of the outage plan which can be used to trial different potential scenarios using a timeline based editor, and offer a collaborative tool for discussions with the whole team. Operators will be able to see what a sequence of work and the interactions with the surrounding plant should look like, and highlight any issues before the work.

Access to one of the scanned areas is also limited to outages only, therefore providing visualisation of these areas allows operators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the area prior to arriving on site, thus improving the efficiency of the tasks and removing the requirement for in situ planning.

The overall targeted outcome is to maximise efficient delivery of the outage by enabling optimisation of planned activities, training improvements and identification of equipment and technology innovations.

Representative image: TIS Workington, Workshop and Test Rig Facility

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Part of the Tubular Bells development in the Gulf of Mexico, our Houston team delivered the hull and mooring engineering for the Gulfstar One Spar, as well as fabrication and installation engineering support. The hull was built in one piece, strakes included, in a graving dock, completely in the US, which has never been done before for a Spar.

The unit has the capacity to hold almost 10,000 barrels of dead oil, and has 20 stainless steel tanks for storing flow assurance chemicals and the associated transfer systems.

The Gulfstar floating production system (FPS) is owned by Williams, and operated by Hess.

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Appointed by INPEX in April 2011, we're providing flow assurance engineering as well as ad hoc process engineering services for the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase of the Ichthys field. The Ichthys field expects to deliver 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per annum, as well as 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

The scale of the project has seen Atkins deal with a wide range of issues including hydraulic analysis, thermal analysis and hydrate management. Detailed analysis has also been completed on the complex task of well clean-up, initial well start-up, pipeline blow-down, initial onshore LNG plant start-up and on-going pigging for flowlines and pipeline systems.

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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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.

As part of the Hartsfield America Joint Venture (HAJV), we provided site preparation, paving and lighting, and construction documentation for the massive 10-28 project. The assignment involved grading and drainage of a 3,000-foot segment of the 9,000-foot runway, as well as preparing construction documentation for a unique dual roadway tunnel system under two parallel connector taxiways. Atkins was also the engineer-of-record for an earthwork embankment project that required more than 17.5 million cubic yards of embankment to be divided into two sections, transported to the airport and placed on a compressed schedule, including the crossing of ten lanes of the busy I-285 highway loop.

In addition, we helped design and prepare construction documents for paving, marking, lighting, and navigational aids for the entire runway, including designing a completely new airfield lighting system using state-of-the-art technology. The new lighting system utilizes LED lights which provide energy cost savings for the airport due to their longer lamp life.

A key concern was the potential for differential settlement at the interface of the I-285 bridge structures. To address this issue, Atkins and the HAJV team recommended a design solution known as transition slabs, which helped keep the approach to the bridge as smooth as possible and minimize undue impact.

The opening of 10-28 in 2006 was a central moment in the history of the airport and the aviation industry. Dubbed the “most important runway in America”, the fifth runway has significantly reduced air traffic congestion along the East Coast, averaging 100,000 landings and takeoffs a year and saving the airline industry $260 million in annual delay costs.


Initial award included the design of new cargo aprons, involving four cargo stands. Subsequently, Atkins was awarded the Cargo Apron Expansion which comprised of eight cargo stands in the existing cargo terminal apron and involved 81,000m2 of pavements. The apron expansion area was adjacent to the operating Taxiway K and Taxilane L.

From 2000 to 2003, Atkins carried out the Engineering Design from Initial Scheme Design to Detailed Design as well as the construction supervision of airfield pavement, airfield and apron oil separation and stormwater drainage systems, apron floodlighting system, apron fixed ground power system, aviation fuel system, combined potable water and fire hydrant system, communications systems, ground lighting system and apron/airfield markings.

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The passenger and aircraft movements at HKIA have increased steadily since the original airport’s opening in 1998 and growth is anticipated to further continue. To meet this demand, it was necessary to increase the total number of passenger aircraft parking stands and airbridge served contact stands. Atkins has been involved in various contracts from the concept design phase through to construction phase of the Midfield Concourse (MFC).

The Midfield Development involved the initial development of the Midfield Area located between the two runways and which includes new taxiway and twenty aircraft parking stands.

The total area of pavements is 350,000m2. The project included a new “I” shape passenger MFC building, extension of the Automated People Mover (APM) system to service the MFC, including a new APM station underneath the MFC and APM tunnel extension.

Atkins provided airfield infrastructure and utilities design and construction stage support services, which included the addition of 20 airport parking contact stands.

Atkins was responsible for the design and construction stage support for the airfield and apron works including airfield pavements, apron oil separation and storm water drainage systems, aviation fuel system, combined potable water and fire hydrant system, communications systems and power infrastructure, and apron/airfield markings.

Our team worked with the Airport Authority to provide an advance works contract which enabled early operation of six aircraft parking stands to meet the ongoing increased demands of the Airport as well as vacate the construction site as far as possible.

This allowed the construction activity to be carryout in a streamline manner. Atkins’ design allowed the flexibility of the apron works to be commission by phases in consideration of handover sequence. These allow early release of the apron to ease aircrafts mid and long layover requirements at the HKIA.

After six years of design and construction, the Midfield Concourse (MFC) at Hong Kong International Airport was opened to serve passengers on 28 December 2015.

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Atkins has provided marine structural and engineering services to the Deer Park Terminal since 2009. To ensure the reliability and continued service to the terminal, we repaired and replaced deteriorated marine structures at Docks 1 and 2, including storm water management improvements and modifications to docking structures. To maintain a high level of service to Vopak’s customers during construction, we provided detailed construction sequencing and scheduling to minimize impact.

At the facilities on Docks 3, 4, and 5, we provided engineering and construction management services as the owner’s representative. The renovation of Dock 3 and new construction of Docks 4 and 5 added additional barge dock facilities and increased the total number of ship berths from three to four, mitigating barge dock closures and safeguarding shipment schedules.

To ease the significant congestion in Vopak’s limited footprint, a 2-mile rail loop was designed to receive unit trains and store up to 100 rail cars until they could be shuttled to Vopak’s nearby main terminal. Additionally, our team coordinated with pipeline companies to protect an important pipeline corridor that was crossed by the rail track during the design, engineering, and construction management phase of the rail upgrade.

Additional work, known as Project ONE, provided program management, master planning, design, and environmental permitting services for three distinct areas: a large inland site, a marine site, and a connecting pipeline corridor. Based on our previous work to add a 2-mile rail loop, we provided construction management services to add a second loop inside of the first rail loop. We delivered this fast-track project, which included significant permitting coordination with federal, state, and local governmental entities, in a period of only 6 months.

With these renovations, the Deer Park Terminal has 243 tanks capable of storing 1,000 to 80,000 barrels, with a total capacity of more than 7 million barrels.


We are working with the Airport Authority Hong Kong to implement a three-runway system (3RS), involving construction of a new airport platform north of the existing north runway. Our scope of works includes the design of the ground improvement works, reclamation, seawalls, re-provisioning works and the extension and modification of existing large box culverts. The size of the reclamation will be approximately 650 hectares - about half the current size of the airport platform.

The main challenge of the project is that no dredging of the soft sediments is allowed because of environmental concerns. Our key task is to develop cost-effective methods to strengthen the soft sediments in-situ such that the post-construction settlements are limited to acceptable values. A follow-up field trial will be conducted to confirm the performance of the treated seabed using the Deep Cement Mixing (DCM) technique.

The detailed design will be delivered within a tight schedule to facilitate the anticipated award of the main works contract in 2016. Our services will continue into the construction phase with the provision of design support services.

Upon completion of the 3RS, the expansion plan will allow the airport to handle an additional 30 million passengers a year according to the Airport Master Planning of 2030.

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We provide a range of services to several DOE projects across the US, at sites including Hanford, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Savannah River, South Carolina.

Atkins – with partners Westinghouse and Fluor – was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio in 2016.

The Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS) joint venture will operate the DUF6 conversion facilities for the purpose of processing DOE’s inventory of stored DUF6, a coproduct of the uranium enrichment process. The facilities convert DUF6 to depleted uranium oxide for possible future reuse, storage or disposal. A coproduct of the conversion process is hydrofluoric acid (HF), which can be reused in industrial processes.

Atkins has been involved at the Portsmouth and Paducah sites for over 10 years and managed the safe construction of the DUF6 plants.

Safe and successful operation of the facilities is paramount, as is engagement with the local workforce and community around both plant locations.

The team of leading nuclear industry experts will also broker the sale of the aqueous hydrofluoric acid (AqHF) product and provide surveillance and maintenance services for the DUF6 cylinder inventory.

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Atkins is supporting ADMA-OPCO’s expansion programme for its offshore production facilities by assisting the safe life extension of existing critical infrastructure.

We have been involved in the quantitative structural assessment of 31 Well Head Towers (WHTs) in the Umm Shaif Field, offshore from Abu Dhabi. Atkins undertook structural assessment of the WHTs to establish a robust integrity management system for the company's fleet of offshore structures, building SACS models to enable detailed analysis. We also undertook advanced structural analysis of barge-type structures, which form the central platforms of ADMA OPCO’s offshore processing facilities.

Atkins’ 40 years of experience in asset integrity management was a key factor in this work. Our approach to life extension enables operators to get the most oil and gas resource out of a field before the infrastructure needs to be replaced.

Our experience means we can safely anticipate and manage repair of age related defects, allowing continued use and development of ageing infrastructure. In some cases we have been able to extend the life of an asset by double its design life. This adds considerable value to the asset by deferring future investment cost, as well as providing assurance of asset integrity.

During large storm events, the Las Vegas Wash channel overbanks would flood due to overflow of the main channel, requiring regular and costly debris cleanup and repair of the facility’s only access road. Despite it not being designed to do so, the access road served as a grade control structure to protect improvements made to the channel upstream. Aside from making the facility inaccessible, failure of the road would have jeopardized the structural stability of those improvements as well as threatened underground utilities. Failure of the access road would have also resulted in damages to the surrounding private and public properties and facilities.

To remedy, channel improvements were designed to increase capacity and protect against any further damage. A secondary access road was constructed; 1,100 feet of various new utilities (20-inch water, twelve 6-inch power conduits, twelve 4-inch fiber-optic conduits, and four 12-inch sludge lines) crossing the wash were designed; and other increased security measures were put in place to secure the site.

To reduce cost and expedite construction of a new 200-foot steel girder bridge over Las Vegas Wash, we worked with the construction contractor and CCWRD to recycle steel girders from a former bridge. We inspected the old bridge’s superstructure, investigated the life span of the steel, verified the geometry of the girders for compatibility of design, and modeled using MDX software.

1D and 2D (pre- and post-project) hydraulic models of the area were also developed and sediment transport analysis was performed to ensure that there are not adverse impacts to adjacent properties.

These efforts greatly improved the safety and movement of floodwaters, improved access to the facility, mitigated channel degradation, protected existing utilities from flooding and erosion, reduced maintenance, and reclaimed about 40 acres of land within the CCWRD’s property.


Atkins will work closely with some of the UK’s leading cavern storage operators in identifying and examining the representative salt caverns in Cheshire, Teesside and East Yorkshire that could store hydrogen to be used in power generation. The critical data and technical expertise provided by the operators will assist in the development of hydrogen storage models for each region.

The six-month project will provide more detail on the suitability of individual caverns and the costs associated with using them, increasing the evidence base needed if they are to be developed further.

It follows on from a report published by the ETI in 2015 which focused on hydrogen generation from fossil fuels, biomass or waste gasification, or steam reforming of methane, all with carbon capture and storage. The use of a store and responsive gas turbine greatly improves the flexibility of power output to the grid, whilst allowing the hydrogen generator and CCS plant, to operate at peak efficiency. The report showed how a single H2 cavern could cater for the peak energy demands and fluctuations of a whole city.

There are over 30 large salt caverns in use in the UK today storing natural gas for the power and heating market. Many of these could potentially be re-used for hydrogen storage or new caverns constructed in the extensive salt fields which are deep underground in many parts of the UK.

The ETI’s Insight on the potential role of hydrogen storage can be found at

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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 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.


The Innovation Challenge campaign looked to others within the energy sector to make the Hywind concept available in more markets around the world. The Hywind demonstrator was launched in 2009 as the world’s first full scale floating offshore wind demonstration unit, and a 30MW pilot park is planned for installation off the coast of Scotland in 2017, using five 6MW turbines.

With plans for even bigger arrays of turbines in the future, Statoil launched the Installation Challenge to look at options to improve the Hywind turbines assembly and installation sequence to make the concept more cost efficient and available in more markets around the world.

Atkins’ oil and gas teams in North America and the UK collaborated with the UK-based renewables team to develop a solution to this problem; using multiple turbines attached to a reusable transportation frame. This reduced the draught of the structures, resulting in the following benefits:

  • The turbines can be towed at reduced draughts. This allows them to be assembled in regions where a deep water inshore location is not readily available, or where a deep water inshore location exists but the tow-out route is draught-restricted.
  • The draught of the turbines can be reduced, enabling assembly against a conventional quayside. This removes the requirement for offshore lifts, which offers potential for cost, schedule and safety gains.
  • Multiple turbines can be towed simultaneously, increasing transport efficiency by reducing the number of towing vessels required over a large farm development.
  • Excellent motion characteristics (akin to a semi-submersible platform) reduce weather restrictions on towing and allow an increase in tow speed compared to towing single turbines.

The project provides an excellent example of Atkins’ innovative thinking and experience of cutting edge technology, as well as how Atkins empowers its talented engineers to come up with ideas from scratch.

The chosen designs are now undergoing further study to help mature the winning concepts.

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Atkins worked with SFWMD to forecast the total cost of keeping the system operational and within acceptable levels of risk. Through a phased approach, we began by documenting each asset with its associated lifetime cost—recognizing that many assets would be in need of repair or replacement at the same time in the next 20 to 30 years. As a result, we identified the need to optimize maintenance scheduling so costs could be spread out over time, while ensuring no assets were going too far beyond their projected lifespan.

Anchored by a digital workbench developed in Excel, the second phase implemented a solution that allows managers to quickly load assets into Excel’s familiar table system. The data is then used for modeling scenarios to optimize long-range life-cycle capital expenditures for existing and planned infrastructure. The workbench is linked to a central database and scenarios are published for the management team to review.

By working with SFWMD staff and clearly identifying the level of detail needed for the results, a fully-reviewed system report was ready in four months. The application was installed as a “living document” and is updated from the District’s inventory of record. This powerful set of tools allows SFWMD’s managers to understand risks and create consensus on management scenarios, while building confidence in proposed budgets to manage the system in the future. Using this application, the SFWMD was able to demonstrate a need to increase its budget by roughly $20 million per year in order to operate and maintain its stormwater system at acceptable risk levels throughout the 21st century.


As part of its focus on continually improving its people, processes and information, EDF recognised the need to gain a better understanding of its staff’s security awareness and training needs so that a specific programme could be developed to meet their continual learning requirement in this area.

Atkins worked closely with the client for over three years providing professional advice, analysis and solutions through the full lifecycle of organisational learning and development. This work included development of better learning and development solutions for a range of requirements, such as:

• Support for the design and implementation of a structured training programme for the internal regulation department of around 60 people

• Design and support of training-related management information and reporting

• Design and implementation of a major e-learning PC-based training package on Basic Nuclear Principles Refreshment to be used by over 400 people on a cyclical basis

• Participation in key self-assessments relating to organisational learning and development improvements that will support the re-accreditation of the Engineering Support training programme against industry standards.

These support services were key to EDF achieving training standards accreditation for one of the largest single training programmes in the world. This has in turn provided credibility for lifetime extension programmes for the company’s existing nuclear fleet and new build programmes.

Our support has meant that EDF can clearly demonstrate that they have control of their nuclear resources in a measurable and systematic programme which has a clear view of the challenges in addressing an aging demographic and a finite industry resource market.

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Horizon was particularly aware of the issues surrounding the UK approach to security of control and protection systems. Realising that it did not possess detailed knowledge of evolving best practice and regulatory requirements, our client wished to undertake a comprehensive review of relevant standards, guidance and approaches, as well the expectations of bodies that provided security advice.

Atkins was chosen to undertake this security standards review. Our work addressed UK best practice and other well established industry methods from around the world. Nuclear best practice was also discussed, including the US NRC 5.71 Regulatory Guide, which had already adopted international good practice, albeit through a very prescriptive implementation.

We reviewed the best practice and standards utilised for securing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and produced a comprehensive overview, assessment and recommendations on future practice.

Our review included: The ISO/IEC 27001/27002 series:

• ISA99 – Industrial Automation and Control System Security

• IEC 62443 – Industrial Communication Networks Network and System Security

• NIST SP 800-82 Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security

• NRC Regulatory Guide 5.71 Cyber Security Programs for Nuclear Facilities.

At the end of the comprehensive review, Atkins produced two briefing papers. The first of these covered ICS security best practice, emerging developments and a forward-looking strategy. The second paper concentrated upon nuclear safety protection systems.

The briefing papers, follow up presentations, and meetings provided Horizon with a detailed understanding of the security and safety practices which they then used to inform their strategic planning.

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HE partnered with their Netherlands equivalent, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), to help overcome their legacy system drawbacks. Both wished to develop a future operating model that delivered a modern and open technology platform and effective supply chain that would improve the resilience and efficiency of their road networks.

Atkins were tasked with developing the security requirements for the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) operating model, and supporting its delivery through an open tender process to enable appropriate suppliers to provide the new solution.

We worked in collaboration with HE and RWS, integrating our subject matter experts into the project team. This allowed us to agree a joint security approach which would took into account the different cultural, business, security and legislative concerns that the two partners faced.

By working closely with all stakeholders, we determined the existing operational structures, business goals and service requirements. We reviewed UK and Dutch security standards and Governmental requirements and negotiated a joint approach to meet these.

Finally, we developed a ‘to-be’ security operating model to meet business requirements for input into ‘Pre-qualification questionnaire’ (PQQ) and ‘Invitation to tender’ (ITT) contract phases and proposed and agreed approaches for the formal accreditation of ATMS.

Our security-focused business systems analysis and requirements development led to a detailed set of building block deliverables at functional and technical levels. These included the specific application, infrastructure, hosting and platform components.

The completion of this project provided HE and RWS with a pragmatic and realistic view of the threat environment for information assets with a consistent, security framework clearly linked to the HE and RWS business drivers. This would be essential to inform the partners’ security activity and maximise any return on investment.

Ultimately, Highways England benefited from the delivery of an accreditable solution that aligns with UK Government best practice, as well as Highways

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The client had found it difficult, expensive and disruptive to their programme portfolio to maintain and manage a pool of experienced security consultants with the necessary analysis and security artefact-creation skills required to support the accreditation decision.

Due to the finite resource, deciding which projects would benefit most from the IA consultants’ skills was also proving challenging. As a result, there was a risk of critical systems either remaining unaccredited or being accredited on the basis of an inadequate risk assessment.

We worked with the client to develop a new managed service approach to the provision of security that brought together all the necessary expertise into a single team.

Through the creation and implementation of a security catalogue, we provided key security and accreditation activities for the client. These covered business impact identification, risk assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, and current and new service/system ‘as-is’ security reviews. Also included were estate and system architecture advice and design, policy and standards gap analyses, and accreditation and risk management.

In addition, our (previously CLAS) accredited security consultants provided specialist security support or management to particular projects over an extended period.

Through the implementation of managed accreditor services we coached, mentored and trained the client’s junior accreditors. This proved to increase the client’s capabilities in accreditation and developed the organisation’s information risk management maturity.

Our managed security consultancy service provided specialist advice to the client that is now an embedded part of the enterprise architecture. Our specialist expertise was also applied to the client’s department-wide information assurance enhancement programme.

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As a significant element of the IT estate was legacy, the key challenge our client faced was understanding where information assets were stored and processed. This knowledge gap meant that DWP was unable to properly quantify and understand their risk exposure to help develop effective mitigation strategies.

DWP therefore approached Atkins to perform a threat and risk assessment of their IT estate, specifically looking at key information assets and how they were stored, accessed, transmitted and processed.

Atkins worked closely with DWP across a four month programme to provide a snapshot threat, security risk, and maturity assessment of key information assets across the IT estate.

We identified IT and business stakeholders for engagement and reviewed DWP security approaches, policies, procedures and IT architecture to obtain the wider IT estate view.

Quantitative and qualitative data was also collected on the shape of the IT estate through documentation reviews, workshops and interviews. This was then employed to identify the flow of data, potential threats and vulnerabilities.

Finally, we identified key security risks and opportunities to reduce and mitigate these. We then developed strategic recommendations for the ownership and management of key information assets.

As a result of this work, senior stakeholders obtained a quantified view of information asset risk across the DWP IT estate.

Our threat assessment recognised what would make DWP an attractive target, as well as highlighting the key threat actors and the likely attack vectors.

Clear and concise prioritised expert guidance was also provided relating to information asset risk mitigation activities. This informed the creation of an IT estate risk mitigation strategy to determine which actions needed to be taken to reduce the level of risk based on the organisation's risk appetite.

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Without a clear and deep understanding of their current cyber posture, the client’s leadership team were unable to identify their risk exposure or to develop an effective strategy for cyber resilience.

Atkins were selected to perform a cyber risk assessment to identify the key challenges, threats and risks to Government-provisioned services, broader critical national infrastructure and key economic activity. The review would need to establish a realistic picture of the client’s level of resilience and their capability to respond to a serious cyber-attack.

Working in collaboration with the client and key stakeholders, we developed a snapshot cyber threat and risk assessment. This provided a measurement of maturity assessment relating to their key assets.

A series of sequenced and integrated work packages were also created. These focused on identifying Government and business stakeholders for engagement and reviewing existing security approaches, strategies and policies to obtain a wider national view.

The work packages also involved collecting and analysing data on the state of the nation through events, workshops, interviews and reviews, and identifying key security threats, risks and opportunities to reduce risk and improve resilience.

As a result of the risk assessment activity, potential threats, attack vectors and vulnerabilities were also highlighted, along with identification of what would make the client an attractive target.

Our client’s senior stakeholders obtained a realistic view of the maturity of their cyber defence, with key areas of weakness and strength identified across Government and business sectors.

Clear and concise prioritised expert recommendations, based on the client’s technology, people and processes, were then provided to inform their mitigation strategy and improve their cyber resilience.

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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) wished to commission collaborative research for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) into the relationship between people and cyber/ information assurance. Particular focus was required on the human and cultural issues relevant to risk and friction points associated with the design of policy and procedure.

Atkins collaborated with University College London (UCL), bringing together industry, commercial and academic expertise to undertake this research.

A set of customised assessments were developed to be undertaken by MOD staff using a specialised tool. This helped to identify an individual’s security understanding within their working environment, to highlight skills and knowledge gaps and focus on behaviours that may pose a risk to security compliance.

Through this research it was identified that current security practice reduces productivity by introducing rules that often create a conflict with the individual’s primary task and are consequently circumvented.

The work conducted represented new and innovative thinking leading to a number of achievable recommendations across the MOD. These would ultimately lead to a new paradigm in the way systems, policies and procedures were developed and implemented.

Research outcomes of the identification of friction, and understanding of what is causing it, can also form the basis for a potentially lower friction solution that operators can comply with.

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The Wessal Bouregreg project is a visionary scheme to transform the cultural and social landscape of Morocco’s capital, Rabat.

We designed the masterplan for this inner city site, as well as two of its most iconic buildings - the Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the House of Arts and Culture - for Wessal Capital, an investment fund for tourism and real estate projects in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The masterplan will create a new national cultural hub for Morocco, and will enhance Rabat’s position on the world stage as a destination to enjoy internationally important historic archives as well as new arts and cultural offerings.

The inspiration for the scheme began with an investigation into the rich cultural history of Morocco and its unique historic development of mathematical theories. Using a reinterpretation of the geometry of a traditional Moroccan mosaic tile as its inspiration, the masterplan delivers axes and views to key existing and future buildings, as well as to new cultural open spaces. 

Both new buildings complement and reference the geometries of the masterplan, acknowledging their aspect in relation to Rabat’s most important existing historic buildings, the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the new Zaha Hadid-designed National Theatre. They will also provide contemporary spaces that will reinvigorate the capital’s cultural and artistic scene, aligning with the Royal vision for “Rabat, the City of Light, the Moroccan Capital of Culture”.

The House of Arts and Culture will feature contemporary exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, and open plan areas for both professional artists and new younger talent from around the world.

The Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco will showcase exhibitions on Morocco’s rich cultural history, as well as providing educational and training spaces. This building will also contain classrooms, digital experiences and restoration laboratories, where Morocco’s precious archives will be restored, maintained, and displayed to the public.

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Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus is a 20,000sqm development featuring a new, state-of-the-art further education college, as well as a new free school, a special educational needs (SEN) school and a Technology Hub run by Haymarket Publishing. The regeneration of the existing site at Richmond-upon-Thames College will deliver an integrated, innovative education campus that brings together the best of industry with the best of teaching and learning.

The first phase of building will make a strong, contemporary statement befitting its landmark position on an important gateway into London. It will deliver a variety of core curriculum spaces for business, creative and lifestyle disciplines, including e-enabled spaces for business incubation, innovation and collaboration with local businesses.

Our design proposals reflect the College’s vision for a high quality, contemporary and professional college; the central atrium design provides open, flexible and transparent learning environments to promote inclusivity and encourage collaboration and information exchange. The atrium contains a variety of flexible activity spaces that encourage self-directed and group learning styles, which in turn stimulate learner motivation and improve student performance.

The second phase, a ‘hands-on’ STEM centre, will be available to 3,000 full-time students, providing digital technology, science, engineering and construction labs in addition to a dedicated sporting and fitness suite. Phased demolition of the existing college has begun on site to make way for the development. Our ‘decant and phasing’ strategy ensures the College remains open for business with minimal disruption to teachers and students throughout construction.

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TfL invited Atkins to tender for the Deep Tubes Programme Aerial Survey. The specification requested as close to 2cm resolution imagery and survey accuracy as could be achieved, 2cm being a resolution which up until that point had not been possible from a fixed wing aircraft.

Atkins developed the methodology that would deliver 2cm aerial imagery and +/-2cm survey accuracy. The Geomatics team won the contract and successfully captured aerial imagery for the Bakerloo Line, Central Line and parts of the Piccadilly Line at 2cm GSD (Ground Sampled Distance).

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Limehouse Viaduct is an early stock brick Grade II listed structure originally built to support the London to Blackwall Railway, serving the old docks of East London, and now carrying Docklands Light Railway system.

The viaduct is punctuated by a number of flat metal deck spans which cross a network of public highways and watercourses.

Due to the length of the viaduct structure and differing forms of construction, the project was divided into four packages. Package 1 was completed on time enabling the client to implement the tender process for the site works within the project time scales. Packages 2, 3 & 4 are due to commence following completion of the Package 1 site works.

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As part of our commitment to support the Risk MAP program, Atkins developed Floodmap Desktop (FMD), the only publicly available digital flood insurance rate map (DFIRM) software on the market. FMD enables users to create discovery maps, flood hazard profiles, flood risk reports and databases, quality control reports, and flood insurance studies. Automated and flexible data processing capabilities allows users to access, develop, compile and report on floodplain data easily and efficiently.

FMD can be licensed as a single standalone license or floating server license(s) for maximum project efficiency. FMD includes enhanced quality checks to verify all data meets FEMA quality control requirements, and contains topological rules to ensure the database feature classes are topologically correct. Help desk support is also included, as are software updates with a yearly license.

With FloodMap Desktop, users have a simple, quick, and effective tool to complete DFIRM tasks and Risk MAP projects. For more information or to download a trial version, please visit


With storm and flood damage creating chaos and headline news across the UK, it is crucial that we not only repair the damage, but protect ourselves against future occurrences.

Atkins has been appointed to design a replacement for the 30 year old sea wall in Morecambe. The wall will be constructed in three stages, with the first part currently under way.  The project compromises a new one metre high wall, over 1.8 kilometres in length and once complete it will protect 13,000 properties in this Lancashire coastal resort.

The wall will feature motifs reflecting local personalities, stories and references to flora and fauna. It has been designed to be robust as well as being beautiful in design and has been sloped back on the seaward side to give the impression of a wider promenade space. New surfacing, lighting and furniture will also enhance the promenade for residents, visitors and all users of this high profile seafront commission. 

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After 25 years of serving the community with its iconic water flumes Coral Reef Waterworld is being revolutionised as part of Bracknell Forest Council’s pledge to invest in the long term future of the borough.

Atkins has been appointed to prepare a concept design to completely transform Coral Reef. The project includes the demolition and complete removal of the existing timber glulam beam roof over the main pool hall and replacement with a new steel truss roof which will be split into two sections with a centrally located roof light running its length.

The existing ancillary roofs over the changing village, Sauna World and Coconut Grove (café) will be overhauled and repaired and the existing ride tower will be demolished with a new tower featuring a launch platform at 12.5m will be constructed. Five new flumes will also be built and supplemented with audio visual special effects systems.

Having welcomed more than 10 million visitors since its opening in 1989 the new iconic fume rides will ensure the longevity and continued success of Coral Reef Waterworld for many years to come.

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The Le Tour Way development in York provides large and spacious sustainable homes split 50/50 for council houses and homes for sale on the private market. We  designed the properties in response to feedback from residents on previous schemes, and all of the homes are built to ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards, which allows residents to stay in their homes longer and make adaptations at lower cost.

Low water fittings and appliances, as well as rainwater collection for irrigation and flushing of WCs, help to minimise water use. Each home and apartment has individual facilities for recycling. As a result of the integrated design approach, the properties are inexpensive to run whilst minimising the impact on the environment.

The design of the development strived to achieve ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4’, meaning energy use was minimised through passive design before incorporating low and zero carbon technologies.  

We provided multidiscipline services for the development, including architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, landscaping, masterplanning, project management and code for sustainable homes assessment.

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The five year agreement covered the provision of engineering and design services, drawing on a range of Atkins’ expertise across a number of disciplines in subsea, structures, pressure systems and environmental feasibility studies. The agreement applies to any fields Centrica decides to decommission in the UK or Netherlands during the contract period, including the Rose and Stamford fields.

The agreement also helped to strengthen Atkins’ existing relationship with Centrica, continuing the partnership in providing structural and subsea integrity services for Centrica’s offshore assets, ensuring the work is completed as safely as possible and in an environmentally friendly way.

As more oil and gas infrastructure begins to reach the end of its design life, multi-industry expertise and decommissioning experience from the nuclear sector, as well as the oil and gas industry, has become an important differentiator for Atkins in winning work.

We have been active in decommissioning for over 15 years, and as one of the leading experts in the field we have worked on some major projects including decommissioning for BP Thistle, Miller and North West Hutton, Fairfield Dunlin, Shell Brent D and TOTAL E&P UK’s subsea systems amongst others.

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In 2012, the Canadian government (which until that point owned the sites) decided to transform the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories from an Owner/Operator model to a Government Owned Contractor Operated (GoCo) concept in a similar fashion to how the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) appointed contractors to transform the clean-up and waste management program in the United Kingdom.

CNEA won an international competition in 2015 for CNL, which represents the entire Government of Canada nuclear estate, with the 10-year contract worth around C$7 billion.

Atkins is honored to be part of the team assisting Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a federal Crown corporation responsible for the long-term, contractual arrangement with CNEA for the management and operation of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

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The main Canadian Nuclear Laboratories site is located at Chalk River, Ontario, about 180km north of Ottawa. The Chalk River site is the home of the remaining operating nuclear reactor, nuclear operations to support medical isotope production, a diverse science and technology group, and an organization focused on environmental remediation and decommissioning.

Governance for the contract is executed through the CNEA Board of Directors, while operational oversight is provided by the CNL Board of Directors which is chaired by Mark Morant, president of Atkins’ Energy Americas business.

Atkins and its partners has seconded employees in key executive and management positions at CNL. The Atkins team deployed on contract include six employees working at Chalk River and at a reactor decommissioning site north west of Chalk River called Nuclear Production Demonstrator (NPD). Patrick Daly, senior VP decommissioning projects in Atkins' Energy Americas business, is the project manager for the NPD site which is one of two sites that CNEA is contracted to decommission and close.

The NPD site, located about 20 miles up the Ottawa River from Chalk River, is the location of Canada’s first nuclear electrical production reactor which operated from 1962 to 1987. For 25 years the 20MW site served as an important training facility for future reactor engineers and operators. Now in the process of decommissioning, Atkins’ team is also leading this closure project. The site is scheduled to be closed and fully decommissioned by 2020 and it will be the first nuclear facility to be fully decommissioned in Canada. There are four Atkins employees working on this team including Patrick Daly, Todd Butz, Brain Wood, and Joel Zarret.

As part of the CNEA team, Atkins employees Jim Buckley and Andy Drom are senior managers within the Decommissioning and Waste Management Organization focused on legacy nuclear waste management including the design, build, and licensing of Canada’s first low level nuclear disposal facility. The facility project called Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) will allow for the accelerated decommissioning of many older structures and waste storage facilities located at Chalk River once it is completed, and was a critical part of the winning strategy that Atkins staff developed for CNEA. Once implemented, the NSDF will significantly and safely reduce Canada’s legacy nuclear waste liabilities whilst also protecting the environment. A formal Environmental Assessment has started and is part of the licensing process needed to obtain approval for construction and operation.

Other Atkins personnel include Ken Powers who is supporting the CNL Engineering Manager part time as a mentor and advisor. Ken brings many years of nuclear operational and decommissioning experience both in the UK and USA to Chalk River.

Whiteshell Laboratories, Manitoba

Supporting CNL in Manitoba at the Whiteshell Laboratory closure project is Atkins employee Miles Smith, who is senior nuclear waste operations manager for the entire site, with the objective of closing the site and disposing all waste streams by 2025. The Whiteshell Laboratories, a former research centre for the Canadian nuclear industry, has been closed since 2010, and the decommissioning of the WR-1 reactor is soon to get underway.

After 28 years, CNL team gets a look inside the NPD vault

Reprinted with permission of CNL Corporate Communications

In 1988, Wayne Gretzky was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles; the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary; and, Prime Minister Mulroney got re-elected with a majority largely on a free trade mandate. In the Ottawa Valley, just down the road from Rolphton, the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) site was being closed after almost 30 years of safe and successful operation. In this same year a reading was taken with a radiation monitor located through a plug hole in the NPD reactor vault. This was the last recorded reading taken in that location, and 1988 would be the last year anyone would look down into the vault.

For almost 30 years, areas of the NPD reactor vault have been sealed off behind walls of nine foot thick heavy concrete and re-bar, with a vault liner made of carbon steel. Based off of those last recordings in 1988 and a selection of historical photos, experts have only surmised what the conditions might be like behind those walls. Until now…



Today the NPD site is on an accelerated decommissioning schedule that includes the in-situ decommissioning of the reactor. To accomplish decommissioning through this approach, extensive characterization of the site -including the reactor vault itself -will be completed.

As an early step in characterization of the vault, the NPD Closure Project team engaged CNL’s Mechanical Equipment Development (MED) group to help brainstorm solutions and develop remote tooling to get the information the project requires.

The team needed to figure out a way to core through nine feet of heavy concrete, avoid the many obstructions, and continue through the vault liner and the dousing tank. When the coring area was chosen, precision drilling was necessary to avoid an active drain line (0.7 inches away), vertical rebar, and the vertical section of the dousing tank nine feet below. For characterisation purposes, the project was tasked with retrieving coupons of the vault liner and the dousing tank along with seven separate concrete core samples. The team also had to develop inspection instruments that could be inserted down the cored hole and complete the preliminary characterization tasks required inside the vault.

A six-inch diameter hole was produced in the concrete slab separating the NPD Fuelling Machine Room and the Reactor Vault Room using an off-the-shelf drill that cut through to the vault, creating seven individual cores for inspection. Using a CNL-modified bit, the MED team retrieved the two metal coupons necessary for characterization. Throughout the coring, water was used to cool the bit, prevent sparking, and keep down dust. Reducing the amount of contaminated water was paramount, so the team developed a system that conserved the amount of water used by reusing it and allowing contaminants to settle.

After the core was successfully drilled, the inspection process began; this required more unique tooling. The characterisation and inspection equipment included a camera, a 3D probe (mapping system), a dose rate meter, and a spectrometer. Everything but the spectrometer was affixed to an aluminium tube that was lowered in the hole and took readings at several points (the spectrometer was delivered separately).

The radiation and contamination levels encountered throughout the work were much lower than expected.

The measured fixed radiation and loose contamination on the first six cores was practically zero. The background radiation level in the fuelling machine room was approximately 0.25 mrem/hr. Only the bottom end of the last core section (seventh core) had a radiation level that was slightly higher than the background. The measured dose rate within the reactor vault, just less than 13 ft away from the front of the reactor face, was 80 to 90 mrem/hr, and didn’t seem to change much with vertical positioning. After all the work was completed, a shielding plug was placed over the hole.

The overall project was led by Robby Baidwan with support from the NPD Closure Team. Mitch King was the Technical Lead for Coring Operations, Paul Rochefort the Technical Lead for Inspection and Andrew McVeigh the Health Physicist. Like Gretzky said after winning the Stanley Cup, it was an entire team effort. The NPD Closure team and technical leads want to recognize and thank the many team members involved in this effort.

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The primary tools for controlling and treating stormwater are referred to as stormwater best management practices (BMPs). BMPs include features such as detention ponds, rain gardens, and swales, which slow and treat stormwater as it moves through the system, helping to reduce flood risk during storms and also improve water quality.

To help the city decide where BMPs should be placed for the best results, Atkins worked with Bonita Springs to develop the BMP Assessment Tool (BAT). The tool allows the city to simulate various scenarios for placing BMPs throughout the stormwater drainage system. Using a rainfall/runoff algorithm, the tool estimates pollutant loads across the network for each scenario, supporting informed decision-making on which BMPs to implement and where to place them.

A challenge in evaluating pollutant levels is estimating the amount of directly connected impervious areas (DCIA) in a community. These areas include buildings, driveways, parking lots, and roads that contribute to high concentrations of pollution. Traditionally, the way to accurately estimate DCIA is to use aerial imagery—an expensive and labor-intensive process many communities cannot afford. The BAT uses a new process of “virtualizing” DCIA by interpreting available road and parcel databases to simulate its likely location, producing a more accurate (and less costly) estimate of DCIA than traditional land use-based methods.

By creating what-if scenarios, based on existing conditions and proposed BMP plans, the city was able to reach consensus on their citywide BMP plan. The plan includes a new multi-million dollar park project, which will improve recreation while helping the city reach, their total nitrogen TMDL goals.

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Rather than repair and maintain the refuge in its existing form (an artificial freshwater habitat), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determined the best solution was to return the habitat back to its original state as a salt/brackish marsh. Before active management, the refuge was diked and managed into four freshwater impoundments that cover more than 10,000 acres.

Atkins identified sustainable solutions by addressing the necessary repairs and developed the steps necessary to allow the refuge to revert to a salt and brackish marsh. We generated a hydrodynamic and numerical model of the refuge and the adjacent bay region using Delft3D modeling software to account for the effects of tides, wind, waves, and the mixing of fresh and salt water. Our staff of technical, scientific, and industry experts conceived a design that incorporated existing features with new ones in a way that balanced theory and constructability.

This project led to the creation of an established Atkins model for habitat restoration and flood-proofing for coastal developments facing sea level rise. By incorporating sustainable design into natural and manmade features, such as conveyance channels, this model is a “next-step” approach to basic marsh-fill designs and may provide resource benefits to recent re-nourishment projects along the gulf coast. The refuge’s design serves as a model for effective management of coastal erosion from sea level rise—applicable to many other areas along the U.S. coastline.

The project received the 2016 Environmental Excellence Silver Award from the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) in its environmental dredging category. Read more.

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The Rocky Mountain Greenway connects three Denver metro area National Wildlife Refuges with a continuous trail system between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds, and Rocky Flats in the northwest Denver metro area. The project is part of a larger vision, the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, which seeks to reconnect Americans with the country’s natural resources.

The Rocky Mountain Greenway was first announced in 2011 by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and then‐Interior Secretary Salazar to close gaps in existing trail networks and develop new trails. To support this project, Atkins coordinated across numerous jurisdictions and agencies. We completed feasibility studies to identify the best options to connect the wildlife refuges and extend Denver’s existing greenway trail network and prepared preliminary cost estimates to aid in prioritizing projects and developing improvement packages. Atkins also provided final design and completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the seven-mile portion of trail spanning Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge in Arvada and the Great Western Open Space in Broomfield. 

The trail system is expected to extend to Rocky Mountain National Park in the future, creating an 80-mile long continuous route. The completed trail network would link thousands of acres of public lands together, connecting metropolitan residents to the vast natural areas surrounding them—passing through more than 10 municipalities, six counties, and four federal land areas.

A grand opening ceremony for the completion of the continuous 25‐mile stretch between the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the southeastern portion of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge took place in June 2016. Additional feasibility studies will be completed in 2016 to extend the trail further north into Boulder County.

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In 2008, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers authorized the construction of ten new modular barrack facilities at two separate sites for U.S. military personnel at the base. As the designer of record, we provided architectural-engineering services for the design-build of the barracks, as well as associated site/civil engineering and design for a masonry pump house and water storage tank at each site, sanitary system, site utilities, and drainage systems.

An exercise in reuse, the relocatable barracks were constructed using steel shipping containers, the type most often found at ports around the world. Each two-story barrack provides 10,301 square-feet (sf) of space, for a project total of 103,010 sf. The barracks include 18 occupancy units per floor, two latrines with two showers, two mechanical rooms, one electrical/storage room and one janitor’s closet.

Brought into the project at roughly the 35 percent design phase and after start of construction at one of the two sites, the project presented a number of design challenges, all of which were successfully met in less than three months. The project had a highly aggressive construction schedule, was sited in an active war zone, and every design detail and material specified had to consider the products available and skill level of the local labor force. To effectively deliver the project, Atkins self-performed architecture, interiors, structural, civil, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), HVAC, and telecommunications, as well as life/fire safety and suppression.

After usage by U.S. military personnel, the barracks will eventually be turned over to the Afghanis to house police and security operations.

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The 450-foot long pier sits within a highly visible, narrow manmade navigational channel between Miami Beach and Fisher Island. The channel is the main entrance to PortMiami, the world’s leading cruise port and Florida’s largest container port. Approximately 20 million vacationing passengers travel through the channel to vacation destinations such as, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico.

Because of the high visibility of the pier, it was important to honor local aesthetics. Atkins carefully considered every facet of the pier’s redesign. 338-feet of designated fishing areas were incorporated. Durable concrete benches and two canopy structures were installed. Aluminum bar grading covers the pier’s subfloor and is topped with Ipe wood in South Pointe’s signature honeycomb pattern.

Protecting the local sea life was also a priority. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)-approved, turtle friendly lighting was used throughout the pier to minimize impacts on hatching sea turtles. To protect corals and water quality, Atkins prepared an Avoidance and Minimization Plan (AMP), which served as a guide for the construction contractor to address construction impacts. Corals were relocated to an artificial reef recipient site west of the pier. 29 coral-encrusted rock boulders within the project footprint were also relocated to the same site. Potential water quality impacts were addressed in a turbidity monitoring plan.

Complex environmental conditions required permitting approvals from multiple agencies. Land and water rights, held by the City, state, and federal government, had to be updated prior to construction. Atkins used its longstanding relationships and experience with regulatory agencies to ensure all requirements were met.

In August of 2014, the City of Miami Beach officially reopened the pier to the public and it was commemorated with a series of free events that included art displays, giveaways, and refreshments. Today, the Pier remains a vibrant attraction for artists, joggers, and fishing enthusiasts.

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As the only above ground station in Crossrail’s central section, Custom House provides an important connection for London commuters.

A joint team from Atkins, Arup, Allies & Morrison, Crossrail and Laing O’Rourke collaborated to develop the striking design for the station, creating a beacon for both Crossrail and the community. This had to work around a number of constraints at the development, including a very narrow site; existing utilities; existing DLR remaining fully operational throughout construction; a busy footpath and congested Victoria Dock Road; and a public right of way.

Our strategy for the construction of Custom House included pre-fabricated and standardised components, with a ‘kit of parts’ forming the platforms, columns, concourse slab and roof. This unusual and innovative approach had a number of advantages. It minimised work on site that, in turn, drove down the programme time, preliminary costs and the impact on the local community.

Off-site manufacture required fewer deliveries and vehicle movements around the site, reducing traffic, noise and effects on air quality. By shifting construction activity from site to factory working conditions were improved and health and safety risks reduced. The more controlled conditions of the factory also ensure more consistent and higher-quality production.

The development of a pre-cast concrete solution brought other benefits to the construction phase, allowing swifter installation by gantry crane of repetitious units, a benefit made more acute by the proximity of live overhead power cables and the restriction this imposed on the construction sequence.

Once opened the station will welcome regional and international visitors to London’s largest conference centre, ExCel London, and create an important transport interchange for the Elizabeth line, DLR and local buses.. It will also provide a focus for the regeneration of the local area, the London Borough of Newham.


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Cambridge North Station will create a new gateway to Cambridge and its northern fringes. The development is expected to serve over 3,000 passengers per day, and forms a key piece of Cambridgeshire’s transport infrastructure. The new station will alleviate congestion in the city centre and open up access to Cambridge Science Park and several major new developments to the north of Cambridge.

Through consultation and collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council the Atkins design team created a piece of functional rail infrastructure, benchmarked for cost against other similar developments, which was also a piece of architecture specific to Cambridge and the high tech industries it would be helping to serve.

The passenger route through Cambridge North is clear and direct with constant views of the passenger destination. This allows the building to declutter itself of signage. Natural light is also used as part of the wayfinding strategy, with both top light and large format windows lighting key areas of the station and providing visual reminders to passengers of their route.

The station is wrapped in three equal bands of aluminium panels which have been perforated with a design derived from John Horton Conway’s “Game of Life” theories which he established while at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1970. These beautiful, delicate panels ensure passive security to ground floor glazed areas, assist with wayfinding while crossing the footbridge and allow the building to transform its appearance between day and night through sensitive backlighting.

By bringing out elements of its local history and surrounding businesses, the station is unique to Cambridge – a truly bespoke, tailored design for both client and community.

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The new School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton is part of the University’s multi-million plans to transform the site of a former brewery into a centre of excellence for the built environment.

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment will be a smart specialisation hub in digital and environmental technologies, and will offer a full range of accredited undergraduate, postgraduate, research and professional development courses. It will provide space initially for nearly 800 students and 50 staff, with the number of students projected to rise to more than 1,200.

The ambitious project, designed by Atkins, will provide 8,100 square metres of space to create an atrium, open plan design studios, lab and workshop space, research space, lecture theatres, classrooms, social learning space, student services, catering and café facilities and administrative support.

Working closely with the University and the local planning department, Atkins have created a design that will retain, protect and celebrate the existing buildings, whilst clearly expressing the new, modern interventions. The external spaces of the former brewery will be brought to life, transforming into a vibrant, central shared courtyard space for all of the partner hubs.

Commissioned under the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) framework, Atkins will provide the University with a multidisciplinary team including architects and civil and structural engineers, with Faithful + Gould providing project management and quantity surveying.

The ‘Springfield Campus’ will transform higher education delivery in the region, responding to employer demand, and providing lifelong learning, research and innovation in one of the Black Country’s key growth sectors.

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The first speculative office to be built in Bristol since the recession, this flexible BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Grade-A office development within Bristol’s Enterprise zone forms part of a wider masterplan project that links to Temple Meads, Avon Street and the rest of the waterfront.

Our design includes a highly efficient core and limited internal columns, allowing each of the six floors regular, flexible floorplates. This gives businesses the freedom to customise their space. The design was conceived as a series of interlocking geometric forms, which creatively reflects the flexible internal office space.

The striking curtain wall façade, designed to reflect the interior’s flexibility, offers panoramic views across Bristol whilst capitalising on natural light.

Besides the office space, the development has retail and restaurant accommodation on the ground floor. Innovative use of sheet piling as part of the load bearing structure also allows basement parking beneath the level of the floating harbour.

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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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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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In order to understand what happens to nuclear reactor graphite outside of the original design life of the AGR, EDF Energy established Project Blackstone, in partnership with Atkins, NRG and Frazer-Nash Consultancy, which aimed to simulate accelerated ageing of reactor graphite.

In an experiment that has never been attempted before, ageing of the graphite has been accelerated (at a rate approximately 5-10 times faster than normal) in order to extend the existing graphite properties database for future AGR operation and better understand the safe operating envelope. This knowledge is strategically important for the future provision of energy in the UK.

The reactor’s graphite core plays an essential role in the safe operation of an AGR, ensuring unimpeded movement of fuel and control rods under all operating and fault conditions. The graphite core is critical to the operating lifetime of the AGR as it cannot be repaired or replaced. In order to ensure safe operation the structural integrity and dimensional stability of the graphite blocks comprising the reactor core must be assessed, understood and maintained.

Graphite bricks suffer from weight loss due to oxidation in the atmosphere of the reactor which is heavy with carbon dioxide. Graphite must still be able to perform its role despite any degradation. Prior to this experiment there had been a gap in data which limited the accurate prediction of future behaviour of the core and, therefore, life extension.


The process carried out in the experiment involved neutron irradiation at the correct temperature combined with simultaneous radiolytic oxidation (which results in weight loss from the graphite leading to internal porosity and reduction in strength). The samples of graphite were examined and analysed before and after the irradiation process, providing the extension of the database.

The experiment is ongoing, having started in 2006, and so far the results of this technically challenging programme mean:

  • No evidence for material breakdown at higher weight losses
  • Extension of weight loss and dose limits is possible
  • First steps to realising the full lifetime ambition of all the AGRs
  • Delivered significant financial benefit against the current known risks

Atkins provides:

  • Management of an international and integrated team
  • Oversight of the delivery of an approved bespoke design for simultaneous irradiation and oxidation in a materials test reactor, which required specialised capsule and drum design
  • Independent technical peer review for the design of the experiment
  • Supported the development of a tailor made gas handling system to:
  • Simulate the gaseous environment of the AGR
  • Control the oxidation rate of the graphite, and
  • Control the temperature of the graphite within the experiment
  • Aided the development of handling and measurement techniques of small, friable, high activity, unique graphite samples both inside glove boxes and hot cells
  • Management of the risks associated with this pioneering experiment
  • Established Quality Assurance arrangements
  • Direct stakeholder engagement and stakeholder engagement plans

EDF Energy operates 14 AGRs at seven sites in the UK. Project Blackstone has already successfully looked at graphite in four of the UK's AGR pairs at Hinkley Point B, Hunterston B, Hartlepool and Heysham 2. The next phase of the experiment will consider covering material from the remaining AGR pairs in operation at Dungeness B, Heysham 1, and Torness.

For more information about Project Blackstone, contact Matthew Brooking  

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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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In April 2016, Atkins, as part of a joint venture with CH2M and SENER, was appointed as the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) for Phase One of HS2. This role is valued at £250-350 million and will run through to the commissioning of Phase One in 2026. The EDP is currently supporting the evaluation of the tenders for the main works' civils contracts, with construction commencing in 2017 following Royal Assent.

The EDP is required to provide engineering and environmental services to support HS2 Ltd in the coordination, integration and control of engineering and environmental design, development, design assurance, construction, testing and commissioning, and other ancillary services across Civil Engineering, Rail System Engineering, Stations, Depots, Control Systems and Architecture. This includes the provision of project engineering and environmental resources to supplement the HS2 team, including subject matter experts to support technical assurance and design.

Atkins has worked for HS2 Ltd for the past four years. Having won a place on the Professional Services Consultants (PSC) framework for Phase One (London to Birmingham and Staffordshire), in April 2012 we secured the lead engineering role for the 90-kilometres long Country South section of HS2 (from the M25 to the Warwickshire border) and the lead environmental role for the 70-kilometres long Country North section (from the Warwickshire border to Handsacre in Staffordshire).

Atkins has been responsible for preparing Hybrid Bill submissions and for supporting the Hybrid Bill process through the Houses of Commons and Lords Parliamentary Select Committees. Atkins developed and is now implementing the BIM strategy for HS2.

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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.

Energy management programme

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.

Following the removal of a 30-ton stainless steel vessel from the Full-Scale Vessel Test Facility (watch on YouTube), in August 2016 the new Vitrification Plant Vessel arrived and was lifted into position at the site. Watch the video on YouTube following the vessel's journey from the fabrication facility in Vancouver, Washington to Richland.

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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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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 nation's 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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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.

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 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.

To find out more about our rapid transport services read our brochure.

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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


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.



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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.