Our architects, designers and urbanists work across a global network of studios, creating outstanding places and spaces that respond to the needs and resources of a contemporary world.

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.


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 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.


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.  


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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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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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.

Dominican Republic, North America,

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.

Dominican Republic, USA,

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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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.


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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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.

United Arab Emirates,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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'.


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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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.


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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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.


Atkins was commissioned to undertake the masterplanning and design of The Wave, Muscat, a development stretching along 6km of natural beach coastline between Al-Athaiba and Al-Mawelah, scheduled for completion in 2017.

Atkins is responsible for schematic and detail design documentation and supervision of the apartment complexes, town houses, villas, marine works and retail shopping precinct.

The project covers an area of 230 hectares, with an additional 30 hectares through land reclamation to accommodate a 300-berth marina and yacht club – which will boast internal waterways. The project also features an 18-hole championship golf course by Greg Norman. The tourism sector of the project has luxury 5- star hotels and a wide range of retail and restaurant outlets.

This is the first mixed-use project in Oman where freehold ownership by expatriates is permitted.


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

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


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.


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.


Atkins has been commissioned by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) to design/ redesign the Cardiology Centre in Awali, Bahrain. The project will make use of our multidisciplinary consultancy and design services to complete a tender package for construction.

The project will make use of our multidisciplinary consultancy and design services to complete a tender package for construction. The proposed cardiac centre will comprise a total of 148 beds covering in and out patients, diagnostic and therapeutic services, with a total built-up area estimated to be 32,000 sqm.

Atkins multidisciplinary team will cover architecture, MEP, structures, ICT, landscape, infrastructure, and medical gases & equipment. Atkins is undertaking due diligence of all existing engineering services and completion of the architectural design to conclude detailed design as well as tender and site supervision stages over a 33-month programme.


The architect of the Bahrain National Theatre, AS.Architecture-Studio, appointed Atkins to provide the “Architect of Record” services, including detailed architectural design, full engineering services and site-wide supervision to its initial concept design of Bahrain’s new National Theatre. Atkins also provided the landscape architecture and public realm setting for what is now a central entertainment venue for Bahrain.

AS retained the interior design of the main 1,000+ seat theatre and the smaller 150 seat flexible auditorium. The facility has the capacity to stage dramas, small symphony concerts, conferences and varied cultural events.

Features demanded within the design included a clear glazed reception foyer, a jewelled skin for the central theatre and sweeping curved stairs rising to the upper galleries.

Transparency has been possible partly thanks to the 17,000m over sailing and woven brise soleil that also provides external exhibition space adjacent to the enhanced lagoons. This is supported on slender steel columns, protected by concrete filling. The all glass wall assembly, is the first in the Middle East to feature glass fins devoid of all visible fixings, offering a completely concealed assembly that enhances this crystal element.


The initial concept, architectural and landscape design for the resort was produced by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) and Derek Lovejoy Partnership (DLP) and has been subsequently developed by Atkins.

Barr Al Jissah Resort is idyllically situated in its own cove on the Omani coastline, framed by a spectacular mountainous backdrop. The initial concept, architectural and landscape design for the resort was produced by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) and Derek Lovejoy Partnership (DLP) and has been subsequently developed by Atkins.

The overall design philosophy is in keeping with Omani architectural cultural traditions but makes use of modern materials designed to achieve a very high level of energy efficiency through the use of thermal insulation, high specification glazing and natural shading techniques.


The design provides a contemporary station which responds to both site and a sustainable agenda. The asymmetrical nature of the station can also be oriented to work with the solar path and therefore minimise solar gain.

The form of the station has been specifically designed to allow passive smoke exhaust from the trains. This reduces both capital and operational costs but, most importantly, the stations impact on the environment.


Designed and engineered by Atkins, Bank Muscat’s new 33,000sq m headquarters will serve as the bank’s central hub. The iconic building will become home to 2,000 employees, and was designed to provide a functional and attractive building firmly rooted in the Oman context.

The building incorporates a number of sustainable initiatives to allow optimum natural light to enter the building while at the same time keeping the building cool. These include the external mushrabiya screens, which are both decorative and functional, high-performance glass and the reduction of glazing.


Atkins provided architecture, structural and civil engineering, interior design and building services for this four million sq ft mixed-use development, including a tower that will be Pakistan’s tallest building.

The Atkins' design reflects the landscape with references to the Himalaya mountain range that dominates the horizon beyond the city of Islamabad. The development includes a new pedestrianised zone, creating much-needed public space in the busy urban environment. Sited in an earthquake zone, the development provides an innovative approach to the demanding structural requirements of tall buildings in seismically active regions.


Atkins created a new landmark for Northumbria University with this award winning design for a new School of Law, Business and Design.

Located to the east of Newcastle city centre within a contained site, the building plans and layouts were designed to provide clearer access and a wayfinding system.

Integral to the design was the addition of a solar veil created by a stainless steel mesh frame. Its gentle curved shape makes for a confident contribution to the urban fabric of the city, while shading the building from 50% of the sun’s radiation without affecting interior lighting. The unique form also allowed cladding panels and windows to be used on the buildings behind instead of expensive curtain walling.

The buildings include flexible office and teaching spaces, raked and flat floor lecture theatres and hospitality suites. The design school is articulated as a separate structure whilst the law and business schools are combined on the other side of the shared external courtyard or social space which they define.

The design incorporates the use of recycled materials and a host of other sustainable initiatives which have earned it numerous accolades, including: the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Award for Low Carbon New Build Project of the Year; the RICS Sustainability, Design and Innovation Award; and the overall Building of the Year Award 2008 for Northern Region.

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In order to consolidate dating sixth form facilities spreading across three high schools in the Lowestoft area, Suffolk County Council commissioned a brand new state-of-the-art sixth form college to accommodate 950 pupils.

The resulting four storey building – Lowestoft Sixth Form College – is an example of what can be achieved through intelligent, informed design and collaborative working.

Our design allows the college to meet the evolving needs of teachers and students alike. Fully configurable teaching facilities, learning pods suspended from a central atrium and a network of informal areas offer the flexibility needed in modern education – at Lowestoft Sixth Form College, any space can be a learning space.

The college also sets new standards in sustainability, thanks to a ‘whole building’ design approach which minimises energy usage by taking into account orientation, shape, fabric, external shading and thermal mass.

We also designed a £1.5m sports facility which is used by Lowestoft Sixth Form College and a local football club. The Barnards Centre Point provides modern teaching and changing facilities alongside ‘3G’ all weather pitches and grass pitches.

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Northwood Primary School in Darlington was born out of a vision to create an affordable school which was low carbon; something different and inspiring – a hub for the community, offering extended services and space which would help redefine and regenerate the local area.

The design strategy takes advantage of the building’s context with classrooms oriented to the southern aspect to maximise natural light and ventilation, with garden terraces on the first floor ensuring every classroom has access to outside space.

As well as a timber frame, biomass boiler and balancing pond, the building features a patchwork sedum roof and green wall with living plants and herbs, to help reduce CO2 emissions and rainwater run-off, reducing the risk of flooding whilst providing a natural ecological habitat and learning resource.

Looking to make as little impact on the environment as possible, the design concept evolved to an idea of a building that was part of the landscape itself.

The form of the building reflects this with a curved form that appears as if it has literally grown out of the ground.

Northwood has been recognised by Cabe as an exemplar of community engagement and in 2011 was named Sustainable School of the Year by the British Council for School Environments.

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Springwell Special Education Needs School provides a safe and supportive learning environment for 110 youngsters aged 7-16 with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

We created a very calm and well organised building that has discreet areas dedicated to each Key Stage. Each of these areas has its own ‘Homebase’ containing dining and socialising spaces that are integral to the central strand of nurture and eating in family groups - crucial to personal growth and development.

The design is based on a simple rectangular plan, a combination of four quadrants: three Key stages and one admin area each with their own courtyard garden. The quadrants are formed around a central heart space which unites the school into a communal whole. Thanks to its flexible design, Springwell has been able to create an entirely new curriculum which has been very well received by teachers, parents and students alike.

Environmental sustainability was also paramount through design and construction, with the use of offsite fabrication reducing construction waste by 30% and carbon emissions by 25%.

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The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee celebrates the school’s specialist status in performing arts. The school’s ambition is to use this success to inspire pupils to succeed in all areas of school life; we wanted to capture this enthusiasm and energy through our design.

The new performing arts facilities are placed at the front of the school to create a dramatic first impression, inspiring all who enter the campus. Curved and clad in metallic shingles, the performance hall appears like a floating glittering gem that proudly boasts the school’s specialist performing arts status.

Taking inspiration from the unique geological and topographical features of Peterlee, we layered and staggered the buildings and selected materials in a way that reflects the area’s mining heritage and responds to the staggered layers of geology found on the site. A palette of textured projecting dark brick brands forms a plinth above contrasting white render echoing the strata found in the local chalk cliffs which have exposed black coal seams.

The scheme has been extremely well received by users and the local community, who have embraced its uplifting and inspirational design. A great example of how highly the new building is regarded is its use as the venue for an annual cultural heritage community festival bringing together hundreds of people from across Durham.

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The redevelopment of Selby College has strengthened its position among England’s top-performing colleges.

A combination of outdated single storey school buildings and 40 years of steady growth and expansion had resulted in a site lacking focus and identity, as well as unused spaces around its parameter. Atkins’ design strategy completely transformed the use of these spaces, making the forgotten parts of the site the location for new buildings.

This not only created a ‘heart’ to the campus, but also resolved another great challenge in the brief which was to construct the new campus – including replacement of approximately 65% of the colleges facilities – without disrupting the curriculum.

A focal point of the redevelopment is the three-storey, glass-fronted Jubilee Building which houses modern science labs, contemporary hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, a spa and new sports hall alongside three storey classrooms, office space, a shop, coffee shop and refectory. Contemporary and vibrant, the building’s clean, sharp aesthetic creates an inspirational environment in which to teach and learn.

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The innovative design for Richmond School campus blends the heritage of a previous century with the needs of modern education.

Overall, the development opens up possibilities for the school to deliver a more flexible curriculum, offer more facilities to the wider community, provide high quality working environments for staff and create state of the art learning spaces for pupils.

The Sixth Form Centre – housed in a creatively conserved Grade II listed building - sits independently within the school campus, helping to create a separate identity for the sixth form whilst enhancing Richmond’s specialism in creative arts.

The school’s design and construction also encompasses every element of sustainability, including transport, food miles, healthy lifestyles and energy use.

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Atkins and Faithful+Gould provided full multidisciplinary construction consultancy services for the project from concept design stage in 2002 through to handover 2013. The initial feasibility study involved budgets costs for a masterplan for a sporting centre of excellence located between the twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranolar in the Finn Valley in Co. Donegal.

The construction project recently handed over involved the doubling in size of the existing Finn Valley Athletic Club to create Finn Valley Leisure Centre by adding a 2,500m2 extension which incorporates a new five-lane 25m main pool together with a children’s and toddler pool and a spa facility, 300m2 changing village, gym and fitness area, new entrance and enhanced reception area. A sustainable approach was adopted by the designers for the building energy systems which included a new biomass boiler and future provision for solar power. The external works included the realignment of the adjacent Railway Road, a new car park and bus parking area and external landscaping. The works were phased to maintain the existing numerous sporting and social facilities of the existing athletic club during construction.

Atkins provided a whole range of multidisciplinary technical skills to this project, including architectural and interior design, structural and civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, quantity surveying, masterplanning, landscape architecture, fire engineering, health and safety, and project management.

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Built on a brownfield site, Northumbria Sport Central was used as a pre-Olympic training venue and is also home to the Newcastle Eagles Basketball Team.

The award winning building features:

  • 3,000 seat arena
  • Secondary sports hall,
  • 25m swimming pool
  • 12m high real form climbing wall
  • Indoor running track
  • Three glass backed squash courts
  • 150 station Fitness Suite
  • Fitness suite sports and research laboratories
  • Flexible teaching and learning facilities  

The design of Sport Central’s main arena provides a flexible column free space which can be divided into three separate sports halls. For specialist events and conferences, the space can be converted into a single arena capable of seating up to 3,000 spectators with movable seating allowing a wide range of configurations.

From the very outset of the project, a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating was targeted and achieved, through rainwater recycling, high thermal insulation and energy efficient fittings.

Our design demonstrates how a large volume space can be sensitively handled to create a valuable piece of new townscape.

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The City Centre Site

Our overarching design driver for the City Site is that it should feel like it is meant to be there. The lower levels of the site are predominantly concerned with finding the building’s place in the local community, while the upper levels are designed to assert the college’s place in the city at large.

The site features a family of individual buildings grouped around a central space.

These ‘clusters’ vary in size and are designed to be flexible so that they can support any of the college’s departments over the course of their life.

The River Side Site

The river frontage is the principal focus of this site. The buildings are designed to fully embrace the riverside context, both in terms of educational necessity, and for the aesthetic and cultural benefits that the proximity to the Clyde brings.

An important function of the proposed redevelopment is to enhance and redefine the presence of the college in its immediate vicinity. The Riverside Site, like its big sister at the City Site, must marry the ambitions of the city centre, the local community and City of Glasgow College.

As the multidisciplinary designers of the proposed campuses we were responsible for the briefing and engagement exercises from the initial appraisal stage through to concept design.

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

This two-phased project involved the refurbishment of the college’s construction faculty building and engineering facilities and the recladding of a 1970s tower block.

The refurbishment of the 2,550 m2 construction building saw workshops remodeled and relocated to provide greatly improved practical areas, while the £4.5million refurbishment of the engineering centre provides a state-of-the-art facility which meets the exacting BREEAM environmental standards for sustainable building design.

Atkins improved the visual appearance of City College Plymouth by re-cladding a 1970s eight storey tower block. These works have also improved thermal efficiency, reduced wind noise and future maintenance costs and eliminated previous health and safety risks.

Using BIM, our specialists provided 3D images and walkthroughs which the college used as part of their consultation process with various stakeholders, including students.

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The Incuba is an exciting new learning and business innovation centre in Dunstable, developed by Central Bedfordshire College in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Atkins worked with all stakeholders to design a striking facility that allows for zoned and scalable occupancy catering for the needs of the college and business users.

The building, which is BREEAM ‘Excellent’, provides a combination of classrooms, rental incubator office spaces, flexible meeting/conference rooms, a large double height multifunctional ‘demonstrator’ area, cafe, break out collaboration areas and a range of administration and business/education support spaces.

Our experienced project team also helped the client realise significant cost benefits through the use of repetitive structure and simplified specifications.

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Petroc is undergoing a ten year programme of improvements which will see approximately 5,000 m² of classrooms and internal space remodelled and re-equipped with new Information Technology (IT) and teaching equipment.

Atkins is the lead consultant for the project, which is being funded by the Government’s Enhanced Renewal Grant, and has, to date, overseen the redevelopment of four buildings.

Our work includes a radical transformation of the college’s iconic but dilapidated 59 year old C-block, which is visible from Barnstaple town centre. 1,500m2 of internal space was remodelled into state-of-the-art facilities designed to increase utilization and improve the learning environment.

Externally the fabric of this three storey building was rejuvenated with new cladding and replacement windows.

Atkins also oversaw major improvements to college’s central hub area which acts a crossover space and main access point to various buildings. High quality interior design created a visually striking and functionally enhanced area which has been highly acclaimed by staff and students alike.

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This state-of-the-art aircraft rescue and firefighting facility (ARFF) houses ten firefighting vehicles in a drive-through design that directly accesses the airport’s aircraft apron system. The building accommodates 12 to 15 fulltime firefighters with offices, training and conference rooms, a kitchen and dining area, individual sleeping rooms, and locker rooms. To meet the firefighter’s fitness needs, a gym, sauna, whirlpool, and racquetball court were incorporated into the design. The long sloping roof form is directly related to the line-of-sight required between the control tower for taxiway “J.”

Completed in 2006, Atkins provided architecture and design services for this state of the art rescue facility for the Hillborough County Aviation Authority.


Atkins provided complete architectural and engineering design services, as well as cost estimating, civil engineering, and surveying, from programming through construction support, for the Miami Culinary Institute. A model of sustainability and urban stewardship, the eight-story building is designed to achieve LEED certification and incorporates six cooking/teaching labs, a television studio/demonstration lab, and a full-service restaurant on the top floor.

Other spaces include a café, classrooms, and administrative offices. As a modestly scaled yet iconic infill building, this project embodies a new paradigm of urban development and architecture.

At its completion, the MDC was certified as a LEED silver facility by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Atkins provided a full range of A-E design services for Phase I development of the newly planned South Bay Regional Intermodal Transit Center. The three-phase, $14.2 million construction project replaces the existing regional transit center in an effort to improve overall public bus transit service and mobility within southwestern Los Angeles County. Phase I services included architectural and landscape design; structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; LEED® administration; infrastructure design; and construction administration.

Phase I plans for the 5.6-acre site include a pedestrian-friendly concourse, a “kiss-and-ride” lot for commuter drop-off/pickup, 13 bus bays, and a park-and-ride lot with 328 parking spaces, as well as a newly constructed, 2,875-square-foot bus transit building being designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. This facility also incorporates a sheriff’s office strategically sited with an overview of the grounds and bus bays for greater security, as well as public restrooms, ticket sales office, information window, and bus operators’ lounge.

A significant component of this project is the facility’s elongated concourse that incorporates 13 bus bays and 36,810 square feet of landscaping. Inviting elements specified by the Atkins design team include conveniently located coffee kiosks within the plaza, geometric landscape planters, playful and colorful paving patterns, sculptural trellises within waiting areas, and covered bike racks and lockers. Permanent public artwork, provided by the Regional Arts Commission, is also being incorporated into the plaza design.

The Atkins team integrated numerous sustainable and green elements, for example, recycled and regional materials, low-flow fixtures, bio-swales for filtering water runoff, and drought-resistant landscaping. The project also included off-site improvements to support the new transit facility.


Atkins provided full architectural services for a new $24 million complex, the first building on the south campus, located adjacent to the Lozano Resaca and linked to the main campus by a pedestrian bridge.

Additionally, Atkins master planned the 26-acre site and designed this facility, which features laboratories and support services for the Schools of Education and Business. The building also includes general classrooms; faculty and administrative offices for both schools, including the dean of education and two department chairs; and technology, general storage, and student study areas. This project, which also included a new central thermal energy chiller plant, was completed using the construction manager at-risk delivery method.


Atkins provided architecture, structural engineering services and applied Carbon Critical Design to this refurbishment project for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) London Headquarters.

Our work on Nobel House enabled it to achieve the highest ever BREEAM rating for a refurbishment of its time. A gas-fired combined heating and power plant provides 25% of the electrical load, plus water and additional cooling. 70% of all construction waste was reused or recycled, and natural sheep's wool was used as wall cavity insulation. Nobel House was named Sustainable Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2006.

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Atkins’ 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 provided architectural services for an addition and renovation of the existing Swimming and Fitness Center at The University of Texas El Paso. Initial services included preparing and coordinating a comprehensive facility program. Atkins met with various departments, performed a complete building evaluation, and prepared space analyses, space adjacency diagrams, conceptual cost estimates, code analyses, Texas Accessibility Standards evaluation, and room data sheets.

Atkins also provided architectural design services for the facility, which is tucked in between two hills and has no street or entry presence. Through site modification and building placement, the new addition established a street presence and an entry sequence. The entryway maintains the campus’ Bhutanese architectural style while allowing approaching visitors to view the lobby, juice bar, and fitness center activities.

Atkins’ close coordination of construction phasing enabled the existing facility to remain operational during construction.


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


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


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


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Atkins completed the design and construction administration of the new Mahogany Bay cruise terminal development—a themed destination retail village comprising 17 discrete buildings and incorporating a multimodal center to support vehicle transfers.

This innovative project included 20 acres of waterfront property developed to serve as an attraction for tourists and the community. It honors the local history and building design.

The Mahogany Bay Destination Cruise Center serves as a gateway for more than 500,000 passengers annually—quadruple the number of passengers that arrived prior to the completion of this development.

The project was recognized as the Best New Cruise Destination Port by Porthole Cruise Magazine in 2010.


Atkins provided full architectural services for a new student success center at the Laredo campus of Texas A&M International University. The center houses a variety of critical departments, including admissions, financial aid, registrar, student IDs, the international program, and various administrative and faculty offices.

Other spaces include classrooms and lecture halls; departmental offices for the mentoring and tutoring program, graduate study programs, and special programs; and an academic advising center. A tree-lined corridor, which provides a shaded patio area intended to be a gathering space for students, draws students toward the building.

The design element of water running through the building’s center symbolizes the students’ journey through the education process, and the use of shad-ing and the incorporation of a water feature are especially nice in Laredo’s arid climate. Exterior and interior finishes, such as brick and tile, were selected to complement and enhance existing campus structures. This project was constructed using the construction manager at-risk delivery method.


The existing terminal at Winter Haven Municipal Airport was retrofitted within a commercial hangar that was originally constructed in the 1940s. During this project, terminal improvements were designed to allow the airport to satisfy the potential demand over the 20-year planning period. Atkins performed architecture and engineering services for a terminal building, an access road, and automobile parking. The terminal building’s design includes a fixed base operator, flight planning/weather room, pilot’s lounge, pilot’s sleeping lounge, flight school, administration, large and small conference rooms, restaurant, entry lobby, retail, recreation, vending area, and public restrooms.

The City of Winter Haven has adopted the slogan, The “Chain of Lakes City,” and with that in mind, the architecture of this facility was designed to reinforce that theme and provides a sense of arrival while promoting local attractions and outdoor recreation through displays and artwork. To enhance the theme, water was incorporated into both the interior and exterior design.


The concept for this mixed-use development draws on the philosophy that opposing forces are interconnected in the natural world and takes inspiration from natural Indonesia. Elements of architecture are reduced to minimal shapes and geometry creating harmony between buildings and landscape in a natural environment. The organic layout blends forms into each other producing a fluid combination of internal and external spaces promoting a healthy living and working environment.

A solar orientation specific, shading calculator was developed for the project and applied to every glazed element to establish the correct number of shading louvers with respect to the variable overhang and solar exposure. This ensured the solar gains were kept within limits to enable the building to use low energy environmental control systems. Passive building elements are included in the environmental control system, with thermal mass from the concrete frame providing temperature stability and a high performance thermal envelope to reduce infiltration and thermal conduction gains. This innovative organic facade design contributed to an overall reduction in energy demand by 35% in comparison to typical buildings of this type in Jakarta.


Atkins was the design and engineering consultancy behind Colchester Garrison - one of the UK’s largest ever PFI defence projects.

The MoD wanted to relocate the garrison to release land close to Colchester town centre for redevelopment as an urban village. Under a PFI initiative, RMPA Services (a consortium including Atkins, Sir Robert McAlpine, Sodexho and HSBC Infrastructure) was appointed to design, construct and maintain all buildings and infrastructure within the new garrison, providing modern facilities for 3,500 military personnel and 700 civilian staff.

Our masterplan set out a campus style development to meet the army’s future needs and aspirations while satisfying affordability criteria and local Town Planning requirements. Our design – which unified 137 new facilities spread across a 185 hectare site – also embraced Colchester’s military heritage.

At its peak, this complex project saw a 180-strong Atkins team working with all stakeholders to deliver the garrison to a challenging timescale. Cost savings and reduced construction time were realised through the use of standardised design which allowed high-quality accommodation units to be assembled off-site. We also worked closely with our project partners throughout to develop design solutions that were fully compliant with MoD requirements.

Atkins designed 137 buildings, as well as roads, utilities, landscaping and a road bridge.

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Conceptual masterplanning, including architecture and engineering, of three city sites to incorporate a new zoo and botanical gardens along with a retail/leisure development themed on flora and fauna.

Atkins' inspiration for the masterplan is a dragonfly, or in Russian, a 'strikazo'. The huge shining, translucent wings form the retail mall, containing shops, restaurants and a nine screen cinema, whilst the body, formed by an arched glazed steel structure, creates a pedestrian bridge link across the lake and a dramatic entrance to the zoo.


The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center serves as a gateway to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands but it is also a destination unto itself. The Center, developed and operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, includes a two-berth cruise terminal which can accommodate up to 8,000 passengers daily.

The Cruise Center features a welcome center along with retail outlets, themed bars, and restaurants, and several boutique shops. A ground transportation hub accommodates taxis, rental cars, jitneys, vans, and tour buses. Unique to Mahogany Bay is a chair lift system that takes cruise ship guests from the welcome center to neighboring Mahogany Beach.

Mahogany Beach is a private island eco-oasis featuring palm-lined beaches, themed retail and restaurant venues, a floating spa and bar, private cabanas, sports courts and a salt water lagoon pool with a zip line water-based attraction.

Awarded Best new Cruise Destination Port in Porthole Magazine’s 2010 Editor-in-Chief Awards and ranked by guests as the #2 port in all of the Caribbean.


Atkins recently provided design services for interior refurbishment of the Airside F facility at Tampa International Airport. This phased project for 25 active gates involves replacement of all gate counters and ticket podiums during active airside operations. The project also includes updating the architectural concrete block wall system with a new modern panelized overlay solution. The finish system will create a new visual image to update the facility and eliminate dated color palettes.

In addition, a new complementing concourse lighting solution is being installed to correct dim lighting conditions. Millwork updates and other various refurbishments are also being accomplished. The project includes the design of new American with Disabilities Act-compliant restrooms at the customs and border protection federal inspection service (FIS) area, as well as updating the public address system speakers. The landside shuttle lobbies for Airsides A and F will receive new ceiling treatments and HVAC updates, and the project also includes the removal of the ramp at Gate 76 and new construction in the existing ramp area.

All improvements will be implemented within an operational terminal. The project scope includes upgrading the flight information display systems at every gate; upgrading and providing new public announcement system; installing a new air handler system at shuttle lobbies and reworking chilled water loop; reworking of electrical distribution to new lighting system; and reworking sanitary systems for new and renovated restroom facilities at the FIS area.


Atkins was appointed in February 2009 to provide full architectural and lead consultant services for the redevelopment and significant expansion of an existing Level 3 Neonatal Unit based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. It was a tight site set between buildings, and the brief was to incorporate an element of the existing to be seamlessly part of the new. The new unit accommodates 50 cots, with usage that varies between Intensive Care, High Dependency and Special Care levels with an associated Outpatients / Day Clinic area and Seminar Suite.

The Trust had concerns about efficiency and staffing levels for these critical care cots, as well as good patient management. Cutting edge technologies in respect of patient management systems are an essential component that have been incorporated & coordinated into the detail design.

The scheme design was developed to ensure compliance with the latest NHS Health Building Note guidance and to achieve a BREEAM Health rating of Excellent, early consideration was therefore given to optimising orientation, views, natural ventilation and the use of sustainable elements such as a sedum roof.

The project was procured through the NHS ProCure21 framework at a value of circa £5.4m and was successfully handed over to the client Aug 2010.

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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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The East Busan Entertainment Media Park is envisioned as rich in media-based content that celebrates the creativity and independent thinking of the Korean Wave Movement and its influence on international audiences. Park attractions will be experiential with a high level of technology and a focus on personalized experiences. Surrounding non-gated “free zones” include a village resort, world market, and central park.

The design approach focuses on preservation of the site’s natural topography and use of water as an organizing element. The park will incorporate sustainable design principles to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption. Green roofs, solar roof panels and curtain walls, rainwater collection, biofiltration, and greywater reuse will be used to achieve carbon neutrality. A commuter rail stop will be located near the west corner of the site, which will help reduce the parking demand.


Two new state-of-the-art health facilities have been created for the communities of Perthshire and Angus in Scotland. At Murray Royal Hospital, two wards have been built for psychiatric patients, including a secure care centre with low and medium security facilities. Patients at Stracathro Hospital will also benefit from the addition of two new wards.

Atkins’ design supported NHS Tayside’s aim of providing patients with an integrated mental health service. The new wards are connected by a social hub and patient support accommodation including day hospital and outpatient facilities. The secure care centre is a separate building because of the security needed in that area. However, we created a masterplan to ensure it was linked with the other facilities through cohesive architecture.

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Atkins provided professional design services for the Grand Turk Cruise Center—a new, one-story welcome center facility—located on a 30,000-square-foot site. While capturing the spirit and history of the island, the design sought to reinvigorate its historic center.

In addition, Atkins provided professional services for design and construction documents for shell-only buildings, except for a full build-out of the public restrooms, including HVAC. The team designed a fully operational water storage cistern, coordinated the rerouting of an existing overhead power service line to underground, provided complete electrical design for the common areas, calculated electrical and HVAC loads including transformer sizing and metering, and provided adequate space for initial and future mechanical equipment.

A local architect and local civil engineer served as subcontractors, performing quality control, signing/sealing permit documents, and providing site/civil design services. The project was developed in four phases: conceptual design with renderings; design development documents for local government planning review; construction documents and bidding support services; and construction administration. During the project, Atkins provided ongoing value engineering services.

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Originally inspired by the cathedral arches of Sofia, Atkins created the concept design for Fort Noks, a mixed used development in Bulgaria.

A high-rise tower and ‘L’ shaped low-rise office building sit over a podium comprising a wide range of retail and conference facilities accessed through a grand atrium lobby. With some of the most spectacular views of Vitosha Mountain, the high-rise office building reaches 135 metres high and is set to create a distinctive landmark in Sofia’s skyline. It will be visible to visitors driving in and out of the city centre and from the air as aircrafts approach Sofia International Airport. When completed it will be the tallest building in Bulgaria and the Balkans.


Atkins has been appointed to provide multidisciplinary design services for ITC Tower in Bangalore – ITC’s new headquarters. The proposed one million square feet commercial tower will function as information technology offices with ancillary support services, and will house a working population of 6,500.

Having a strong social and sustainable agenda, the brief required Atkins to support a “triple bottom line” approach where the needs of people, planet and profit are equally served by the design. The project aims to achieve the highest possible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Green Building rating, enabling us to push the envelope of best practice in sustainable design.

This project aims to set a new benchmark for quality office design and will keep Atkins at the leading edge of intelligent and sustainable building design.


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.


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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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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This project is an addition to the City of Georgetown’s existing recreation center, which was built in 1994. Initial work included the development of an expansion concept for relocation of the main entrance and expanded locker rooms. Also included are an indoor lap pool and exercise pool (a recreational pool is currently located in an exterior courtyard).

In addition, this project includes a new gym and a 18,000-square-foot facility dedicated to community teens. The material is concrete split-face block and exterior plaster to match the existing facility with daylighting to enhance the new vaulted pool area through the use of clere-story panels.


Atkins is behind the long-term masterplan for the new Medina Airport and has also developed designs for the terminal to facilitate the growth of domestic, international and Hajj traffic.

The scope of work, on a full multidisciplinary basis, included masterplanning, terminal design, surface access planning, sustainability strategy, and layouts for the runway, taxiway and aprons.

The terminal was designed for 18 million passengers per annum with expansion up to 30 million. The masterplan also made provision for the later development of a second terminal. Our designs fit with Saudi Arabia’s desire to vastly improve the traveller experience as they make their pilgrimage.

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Atkins were asked by GLP to redesign the facades for a new technology park in Xi’An and follow it through to ensure a quality built product.  The design focused using the facades to help create a human-scale campus. A simple but warm and human palette of materials were carefully selected which met the clients requirements in terms of elegance and budget.


This landmark mixed-use project in Western shenzhen consisting of 3 interconnected blocks of residential, shopping, leisure, entertainment, and office uses aims to become the first eco-friendly development in Guangming district. With a total GFa of 423,000sq. m, three curvilinear towers at 85m, 135m, and 250m respectively dominate the skyline along the lightrail. the 61,000sq.m commercial program weaves shops, restaurants, KtV and cinemas into a 5-story shopping mall and 3-story shopping street complex. energy conservation devices such as shading mechanisms and public roof gardens highlight the “urban living room concept” for the new CBD.  


This  440-room 5-star business and resort hotel with a 2800 sqm banquet area exploits fully its sea view potential.

There are two lots on the site: Lot A is for hotel and support facilities while Lot B for offices with entertainment podium. Facing a shoreline park the twin towers’ “V” site formation flanking a 50m wide green belt allows all the rooms’ 30 °angled bay windows to enjoy sea view without looking into one another and without completely blocking other inland buildings towards the sea.

The intricate stepped facade treatments allude to seashell forms while the sail-like roof membranes establish a nautical presence and dramatic skyline seen both day and night.


Cadre International TOD Centre (ITC) will be the iconic landmark development in the East Guangzhou area. The 251,531 square metre mixed-use development integrates a number of transportation and will be a major attraction to visitors, interchanging passengers and the people working or living in the towers and will be a showcase Transport Orientated Design (TOD) development. The connections between the transportation hub, the commercial functions on the site and the surrounding environments have been optimized to ensure an efficient people flow that benefits the passengers and the commercial facilities on site. The landmark architecture integrated with the TOD design will ensure Cadre International TOD Centre (ITC) will be a celebrated attraction that is renowned worldwide.

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This project is a very high-profile mixed-used development which benefits from a prime location in the core commercial area of the Guanyinqiao business district in Chongqing. The development consists of 3 towers of up to 280m height, which are arranged in a form that is reminiscent of the Chinese character for ‘mountain’. The towers contain over 150,000m2 of grade-A office space with a public viewing deck and restaurant at the top of the tallest tower. The multi-storey retail mall is positioned to accommodate international luxury and fashion brands, a gourmet supermarket, fine dining and a large cinema. The retail strategy has been developed to take advantage of a new large pedestrian plaza that is connecting to existing shopping boulevards and squares, and which will form the heart of a wider urban regeneration masterplan for this district. The project is currently under construction and completion of the first phase is expected in 2016.


Located in west of shanghai, the Qingpu Powerlong City Plaza is a mixed-use project of 240,000 sq.m above grade, plus 100,000 sq.m below grade, including a shopping mall, two shopping streets, and 8 high rise office/apartment towers. The site, sitting on top of a metro station, and with a major road passing through, is divided into 4 urban blocks; one of them holds a bus terminal. Based on TOd principles, our project creates high connectivity between public transportation and commercials, introducing the transfer crowds into the retail street. Along the main avenue, two 100m high office towers together form the east entrance gate of Qingpu district. The bus terminal roof is designed into a sky garden, surrounded by lifted apartments. The Qingpu Powerlong City Plaza, with its differentiated urban spaces, is designed to be an business and commercial area full of economic vitality and popularity.


The project is located in the Pearl of Taihu Lake Resort, west of Taihu Lake Bridge, north of the Yuyang Mountain Scenic Area, east of the Star of Taihu Lake Yacht Club and Golf Club. The total area is about 72,000 square meters, total construction area of about 37642m2, and this is a five-star resort hotel, the project, four to six layers, include rooms, spa, swimming pool, banquet hall, wedding hall and logistics space.It’s “neo-Suzhou” expression reinterprets traditional Suzhou black-tile-roof and white-wall architecture in titanium-zinc roofs inspired by the graceful swallows returning every spring.  The hotel is located beside Taihu Lake extending both east and west with full view of lake. The main function focuses on the courtyard, and the whole shape is like a swallow flying on the water, easy and light. The project is located in the resort area. Courtyard space design creates a Poetic mood by combination of hotel and surrounding environment.


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.


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.


Atkins provided full architectural services for this new 72,750-square-foot (sf) fitness center for the Air Force. Tyndall AFB and USACE Mobile District first presented Atkins with preliminary drawings for a single-story, 89,657-sf facility with construction costs that exceeded available funding.

To resolve siting and funding issues, Atkins refined the existing DD Form 1391 to accurately meet requirements; implemented innovative, sustainable, and cost-saving design approaches; and recommended the construction of a new, two-story, 72,750-sf fitness center, with a considerably smaller footprint and a construction cost not to exceed $19 million.

Evaluations conducted during design focused on optimizing energy and sustainable design features to achieve a maximum square footage with the least building energy use per square foot. A life-cycle cost analysis was conducted for all energy-saving features, such as the building envelope and cooling systems, increased wall insulation, an energy-efficient roof system, and roof mounted photovoltaic solar panels. Other sustainable design features included daylighting; solar thermal preheating of domestic water; rainwater collection for irrigation systems; low-flow plumbing fixtures; and permeable pavers in overflow parking areas. As work progressed, Atkins was able to design to Platinum standards with no impact to the project’s cost.

Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was used to generate the model for development of construction documents and to interface the model with structural programs. SpecsIntact and DrChecks were used to develop construction documents.

Atkins’ approach immediately resolved all site and funding issues while providing a more efficient building layout. Our team’s final design exceeded the client’s requirements by achieving LEED Platinum, and the entire project was awarded for $3 million less than the originally budgeted amount.


St Jean’s was the first new school to be built in central Brussels for over 25 years. This flagship school for community education offers both primary and nursery school education.

Receiving critical acclaim from both the Mayor of Brussels and the Minister for Education, this school provides facilities aimed specifically at supporting the local community.

Atkins developed the designs for the school and worked closely with Belgian-based company Burtonboy Architects to develop the detailed design.


Atkins developed a masterplan for a botanic reserve on a 400ha site in the north of Oman, to showcase the Middle East’s 1,200 species of native plant, 76 of which are found only in Oman.

The aim of the project was to create a principal habitat-based botanic garden telling the story of Oman’s diverse flora and its significance for people and wildlife. It would establish and maintain a documented living collection of Omani plants reflecting the different regions and natural habitats and provide a resource for conservation and education.

Our work encompassed detailed site analyses, economic assessment, architectural and landscape design and environmental impact assessment.

The project forms part of Oman’s national strategy to develop its tourism industry using the country’s diverse cultural and natural assets.


Atkins prepared a comprehensive seafront masterplan for the modern central and southern promenades at Hornsea in Yorkshire. The overarching design establishes a coordinated approach to the promenade as a whole. The main features include a series of wave lawns enclosed by solid granite walls which provide shelter and enclosure, contemporary sunken gardens, a splash pool for children with interactive water jets, a new cafe, refurbished facilities and a parade of distinctive beach huts.

The scheme promotes Hornsea as a 21st Century English seaside destination to help boost tourism and local business and provide a lasting economic and environmental asset.

The scheme received a number of awards including: Landscape Institute Special Award North West Region; Civic Trust Special Award – hard landscape award; Local Government News special commendation award; and CABE library of Britain’s best buildings and public spaces.

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The Lusail Light Railway Transit (LRT) System project is part of the overall Lusail project being developed by Qatari Diar to create a new city of 200,000 people on a land of 35 square kilometres north of Doha. 

The vision is to create an integrated transportation system to serve the visitors, employees and residents of Lusail plus provide opportunities to create a more dynamic urban environment.

Atkins is responsible for the preliminary designs and drafting the BOQ for the following elements of the project: depot and OCC; overground stations; underground stations; at-grade LRT.

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 depot, and assisting the client in liaising with the Qatar Civil Defence Department.


The new terminal for Xi'an airport in central China will provide an additional 270,000 square metres of space. When the airport expansion is complete the anticipated passenger volume will be 31 million per year.

Our competition winning design for the new terminal building suggests a connection to the formality of traditional Chinese architecture. The three dimensional form is inspired by the architectural style of the Han and Tang dynasties where the sculptural roof rises in symmetrical layers towards a central axis.


Atkins provided a range of services for the campus, focussing on the integration of five office buildings of the Supreme Educational Council Headquarters in Qatar.

The Atkins-designed “Wall of Knowledge” is a double-height internal street linking the five buildings around a central courtyard. Its' gallery allows drop-off access from the landscaped deck whilst the lower-ground level responds to climatic realities by enabling direct pedestrian access from the car park. The buildings and a central fountain rise through openings in the deck that also direct light and air down.


Our concept design for Kazan Accident and Emergency (A&E) was the winning design as part of a limited international competition. The hospital is a world class A&E facility for the citizens of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tartastan, Russia.

The concept is based on projecting a caring, maternal and organic image for the hospital, in contrast to the stereotypical clinical / functional appearance of the existing healthcare facilities.

The value of the external environment in contributing to the recuperation of patients is reinforced by the integration of landscape and courtyards while the soft curves and organic forms break the clinical stereotype.


Atkins was contracted to carry out the entire design and site supervision services on this 50-storey residential tower. The design of the Sama Tower strives to create the illusion of continuous movement in a static object.

The trapezoidal floor plate with a gradually inverting geometry as one goes up represents a twist that is gentle, yet powerful.

The reversing triangle also allows for a greater number of apartments to have better views: towards the sea on higher floors and towards the landscape and vibrancy of Sheikh Zayed Road on the lower floors.

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