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Martin Grant, CEO of Atkins’ energy business, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the energy sector”.

Election to the Academy is by invitation only, with no more than 60 Fellows elected each year from nominations made by existing Fellows. Martin will be distinguished by the title ‘Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering’ and the designation ‘FREng’.

Martin said: “It’s a privilege for me to receive this recognition from my peers and the Academy.  Our profession is at the heart of solving some of the most complex challenges that the world is facing, particularly in energy, and it is a real honour to be recognised in this way. There is no doubt that I owe this honour to the support that Atkins and my colleagues have given me over many years.

Martin is an expert in safety and integrity management in high-hazard industries and has made a particular contribution to the energy sector. He joined Atkins in 1984 and his career has covered work in the oil and gas, nuclear, power, renewables, chemical and defence industries as well as an assignment to the Channel Tunnel project. He received a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 1998 for his achievements in innovation and industry, particularly his development of concept risk assessment methodology to evaluate safety risks on projects.

The Fellowship is a very prestigious honour as it provides the leadership and expertise for the Academy’s activities. The Academy promotes excellence in science, art and the practice of engineering. It aims to enhance the UK’s engineering capabilities, to celebrate excellence and inspire the next generation, and to lead debate by guiding informed thinking and influencing public policy.

View the complete list of new Fellows here.


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Imogen Parker
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Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies*, employing some 17,420 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

*It is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK (New Civil Engineer Consultants File 2012) and the 13th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2011).

Recent energy projects include:

  • Provision of full multidisciplinary design services for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project in France;
  • Delivery of engineering services across the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate including the decommissioning of the first generation Magnox storage pond at Sellafield, one of the highest hazard facilities in the NDA estate;
  • Technical supervision for the design of Singapore’s first LNG terminal;
  • Programme management, design, planning, and GIS support services to the Power Company of Wyoming for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy project in the USA, which consists of two sites with a combined 1,000 turbines on approximately 98,500 acres;
  • Detailed design on the Thanet offshore wind farm transformer platform, UK.

Recent projects include:

  • Major infrastructure works, such as the design and programme management of the civil works for the Dubai Metro red and green lines in the UAE;
  • Key rail projects – providing architectural and engineering design services on Crossrail, Europe’s biggest civil engineering project in London, UK, and designing stations, tunnelling and track systems for Gautrain, South Africa’s first high speed line;
  • Renewable energy schemes – transformer platform design for the Thanet offshore wind park in the North Sea;
  • Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the US National Park Service, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards;
  • High profile transport planning and urban design – our innovative scheme to deliver a diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus in London, UK, has helped tackle the problem of pedestrian crowding;
  • Water and environmental projects – critical programme management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana in North America, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats;
  • Multidisciplinary building design – Northwood Primary School in Darlington, UK, is an exemplar project which raises standards for environmental design and community engagement.

Atkins was named among The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2011, won Consultancy of the Year in the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards 2010, received the first ever certification of the Carbon Trust Standard awarded to an engineering consultancy in the construction sector, and was included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2011 and The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2010. Atkins was also construction and civil engineering sector winner for the fifth consecutive year in the Target National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2010 and was awarded a RoSPA Gold Award 2011 for excellence in control of health and safety in the workplace.

Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Martin Grant