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Atkins has been co-located within London City’s operational project team since 2000, providing engineering and project management expertise vital to the airport’s expansion. In recent years, we have undertaken a range of major projects including apron reconfiguration, stand reconfiguration for E190 and A318 aircrafts and masterplan validation and implementation.

Our role also included the design of new and modified facilities, including new taxiways, and the design and delivery of three new stands. This work involved multidisciplinary engineering and architectural input into the relocation of an airport access road and new stands for the current aircraft fleet including pavement design, services relocation, drainage design, stand floodlighting and airfield markings.





  • 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.

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ,

  • 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.

    Architecture hub

    Malaysia ,

  • 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.

    Qatar ,

  • easyJet, the largest airline at Gatwick Airport, commissioned Atkins to help optimise its operations. We worked closely with easyJet to review their current activity which spans Gatwick’s North and South Terminals, as well as all six piers, with a view to optimising operations into a single terminal.

    In addition to developing a number of strategic options that would increase airside capacity and maximise pier-served stands, we also undertook option assessments which encompassed airside planning, taxiway and stand design, and enabling works including relocation of existing operational facilities and access routes.

    This was followed by a commission to develop the preliminary design for the preferred option, including an indepth ground services survey for the airside reconfiguration followed by detailed stand designs.

    UK ,