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Atkins scoops Consultant of the Year 2012 Award - 13 December 2012

Atkins was last night recognised for its outstanding contribution to the Middle East’s built environment sector after being named Consultant of the Year by respected industry magazine Construction Week.

An independent judging panel of industry experts rewarded Atkins for its demonstrable ability to enhance projects and to contribute to the success of its clients, describing the company as 'committed to adding value'. They also acknowledged the company’s commitment to developing the application of technologies such as BIM, while investing to put high calibre expertise into key growth markets such as Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The award comes hot on the heels of Atkins’ triple success last month at the MEP Middle East Awards, when Atkins again was named Consultancy of the Year, while Lee Hall was named Project Manager of the Year and the Atkins-designed Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi won Overall Project of the Year.

Richard Barrett, CEO for Atkins in the Middle East, said: “We’re delighted again to be recognised by our industry peers with this award. It is a great way of capping off the year and is richly deserved by all our people for their continuing commitment to delivering the highest possible standards, adding value to our clients’ projects.”

In the past 12 months, Atkins has seen strong headcount growth to more than 2,000 people across the Middle East. The company has won, and is delivering, strategically important, high profile projects which are critical to the region’s long-term development. These include the Central Planning Office in Doha, where Atkins’ technical expertise is playing a key role in helping to prioritise, co-ordinate and deliver Qatar’s multiple infrastructure programmes on schedule for the FIFA 2022 World Cup and beyond, helping to realise the State’s National 2030 Vision.

“We feel incredibly privileged to be working in one of the most exciting regions in the world for our sector,” adds Richard Barrett. “The scale, diversity and complexity of projects is truly breathtaking, and we’re already looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”


For more information:

Ben Thompson
Head of communications, Middle East

+971 55 300 4047

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Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies*, employing some 17,700 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.

*14th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2012), the largest global architecture firm (BD World Architecture 100 2012) and the largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2011).

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, master planning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

  • Doha Central Planning Office - helping to co-ordinate Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;
  • The London 2012 Games infrastructure transformation - as technical advisor to London’s boroughs as the Olympic Park moves into its legacy configuration as a follow-on role to our work as the Games’ official engineering and design provider;
  • UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme - providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
  • North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;
  • SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Crossrail - designing the Central London twin tunnels and station architecture for Europe’s biggest civil engineering scheme which will see tunnels passing beneath 470 listed buildings and critical infrastructure;
  • Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;
  • Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;
  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;
  • UK National Composites Centre - providing technical expertise to bring the latest lightweight carbon fibre materials to all engineering sectors, helping to develop innovative applications and reduce costs and carbon;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America.

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


Atkins' CEO in the
Middle East, Richard
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