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July 26, 2017: Atkins secures place on government supplier framework


Atkins has secured a place on the Crown Commercial Services Project Management & Full Design Team framework.

Under the agreement, Atkins will provide architectural services; civil and structural engineering services; and building services engineering.

The framework can be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

The agreement, which runs for 2 years with an option to extend for a further 1+1 years, supports the Government's policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated commercial function at the heart of government.

Atkins business development director Mark Dunne said: "This procurement route will save our public sector customers time and money, while giving access to Atkins' world-class design and engineering expertise, innovative solutions and deep understanding of public sector work."

The framework is the first point of "cradle to grave" services provision in CCS supported by other frameworks such as Estates Professional Services, Facilities Management Services, Building Materials, Modular Buildings, Furniture and Energy Services.






The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an employee-owned professional services organization that provides a range of program management, planning, design, and construction management services to various public and private sector clients. It operates through two business segments, Consulting Services and Construction Management. The Consulting Services segment provides various design and related consulting services, including program management, construction management, planning, surveying, geographic information systems, environmental assessments, engineering design, architectural and interior design, site assessment, and regulatory compliance. The Construction Management segment includes the operations of Peter Brown, which provides construction management services focusing primarily on building schools, jails, higher education facilities, and institutional buildings. The company offers its services to state and local government clients, including various state departments of transportation, water utilities, local power generators, waste water treatment agencies, environmental protection agencies, schools and colleges, law enforcement agencies, judiciary, hospitals, and other healthcare providers, as well as to private sector clients, such as retail, commercial, entertainment, railroad, petro-chemical, food, telecommunications, oil and gas, power, semi-conductor, transportation, technology, public utility, mining, and forest products entities. The company was formerly known as The PBSJ Corporation and changed its name to The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation in May 2011. The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation was founded in 1960 and is based in Tampa, Florida. As of October 1, 2010, The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation operates as a subsidiary of WS Atkins plc.


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July 16: Atkins' sustainable design for marine stations wins RTA competition

Atkins has won a design competition for new marine transport stations along the recently created Dubai Canal for the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). The marine stations will provide transport links for commuters and tourists from Business Bay to Jumeirah. An estimated 13 million passengers use marine transit each year.

Atkins' winning concept was derived from Dubai's heritage and the historic fishing and pearling culture of the region. A large translucent canopy over each station symbolises a fishing net being cast into the water, and provides shading to the pontoon and station building beneath. Photovoltaic panels are incorporated into the canopy to generate solar power to supply light at night time to the stations which glow like beacons along the canal. The station itself is designed to maximize the views over the canal and the city beyond.

Adrian Lindon, Atkins Fellow and director of architecture said: "The sustainable design aims to generate its own power and hence reduce operational cost and reflect RTA's commitment to the environment. We are now looking at the possibility of 3D printing some of the station structure modules. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is particularly relevant to the construction sector with a target to 3D print 25 per cent of buildings in Dubai by 2030."

Adrian continued: "The Dubai Creek is of deep historic and cultural significance to Dubai and has been since the early 20th Century. Opening the Dubai Water Canal in 2016 and developing more public transport choices throughout the city demonstrates the innovative vision of the RTA and the Government of Dubai. Public transportation is the cornerstone of smart healthy cities, as such the RTA is playing a vital role in meeting Dubai's Smart City aspirations."

Atkins has a longstanding relationship with the RTA following contracts on the Dubai Creek Abra (water taxis) and ferry stations in 2010/11, and four-year relationship with the Marine Transport Agency.

July 10: Atkins secures place on Balfour Beatty's Strategic Design Consultant Partnership - 10 July 2017

Atkins, one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, has become part of a collaborative UK Strategic Design Consultant Partnership formed by international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty.

This mutually beneficial partnership includes Mott MacDonald and WSP and will foster a new level of openness, collaboration and innovation never before seen within the construction industry. The Partnership will focus Balfour Beatty's procurement of design consultants for its projects towards Atkins, Mott MacDonald and WSP with standard terms and conditions.

A community of practice will bring designers and engineers from the four companies together to find solutions in key areas such as health and safety through design, value engineering and the use of more cost-effective design resources. Customers will benefit from earlier engagement with a co-ordinated collaborative team and improved, consistent working practices which will ultimately reduce construction and programme costs. The Partnership will be led by Balfour Beatty's newly-appointed strategic design consultant partnership director, Robin Bashford.

Robin will be responsible for implementing the Partnership working with the three design consultants to deliver increased value to customers. Prior to his appointment, Robin held a senior work winning role within Balfour Beatty's Major Projects business and has been with the company since 2013.

Stephen Tarr, managing director for Balfour Beatty's Major Projects business and executive committee sponsor for the Partnership, said "This newly formed Strategic Design Consultant Partnership represents collaboration in its purest form. Providing a new and refreshed way of working between contractor and designer, I am delighted to announce that we are joining together with Atkins, Mott MacDonald and WSP to deliver the very best of the industry's ability and capability to provide a complete, refined and Expert offering to our customers"This Partnership will draw on decades of industry experience and combine it with the modern-day technological expertise of our engineers and designers to deliver a truly Lean, Expert, Trusted and Safe way of working together as an industry".

Mike McNicholas, managing director of Atkins' Infrastructure division, said: "Infrastructure investment continues to be a high priority for the UK, but clients couldn't be clearer in their message to industry that we need to deliver it differently to provide better value and outcomes for them, their end users and those funding the projects.

A greater use of technology is widely acknowledged as one way of doing this, but equally as important will be industry leading companies coming together to innovate and collaborate more effectively.

July 07: Atkins' Richard Cross wins CDO of the year at the Technology Leader awards

Richard Cross, Atkins' Chief Digital Officer (CDO) has won CDO of the year at the Digital Technology Leader awards in London.

The awards recognise the achievements of individuals and companies, from website design and coding to UX and project management, from scrum masters and product managers, to CDO's.

Since joining Atkins in 2014, Richard has been driving an overarching vision of what digital means for Atkins along with its clients and partners. This has been focused on finding new ways to positively challenge existing ways of working, along with introducing new technologies to drive change and innovative business models into the way Atkins delivers projects. Crucially, alongside driving a transformative and disruptive agenda, Richard has also focused on ensuring digital is now an adopted and evolving part of the business' global corporate strategy, supporting differentiated growth in the industry.

Richard Cross, Chief Digital Officer, Atkins, commented on the award: "The digital landscape is full of opportunities that are ripe for an organisation like Atkins. We are already taking advantage and "riding the wave" of digital disruption that is having a significant impact on the industry. It's an honour to have received this award, but of course a large part of it is made up of the hard work by many of my colleagues globally across the business who are dedicated to bringing these new ways of working to life and embedding digital into the way we deliver for our clients and partners.

"For example, we've seen great success recently for the Wellbriefing team, receiving the Best Use of Technology award at AJ100, along with engagement from our clients who've got actively involved with recent Digital Incubator activity including; M25 Hackathon where global teams from Atkins explored intelligent interventions to improve travel experiences, our Heathrow RapidStart focused on how we can improve the arrival experience from an hour before landing to onward transport and Atkins Digital Survey which is helping customers use drones and VR technology."

July 04: The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation: Game-changing new railway wins leading industry award

On Friday June 23, the Bicester to Oxford Collaboration was named winner of the prestigious Cross Industry Partnership Award for the delivery of the Chiltern Railways' Oxford to London service and the first phase of the East West Rail programme at the Rail Industry Innovation Awards 2017.

Rob Mole, East West Rail project manager at Network Rail, speaking on behalf of the collaboration, said: "The Oxford to London project and East West Rail Phase One were achieved by combining technical design excellence and digital engineering with collaboration between client, designer and contractor.

"This openness of spirit created a strong sense of trust and integrity, encouraged open channels of communication and a 'one team' mentality. It provided a positive environment in which new approaches could be nurtured and drew on the expertise of each organisation."

The Bicester to Oxford collaboration consists of Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, Carillion Buckingham Joint Venture, Atkins, Siemens and RSK.

This large scale and complex multidisciplinary project involved a significant number of major stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of the project. The scope of the project evolved, from its inception as a Train Operating Company (TOC) with a vision to create a new route connecting Oxford to London Marylebone station, to the realisation of its status as one of the defining rail infrastructure programmes of our times.

Chiltern Railways, an Arriva UK Trains company, had already committed Pound130 million to construct the stations and infrastructure. The establishment of the much broader Pound320-million East West Rail programme necessitated the opening of communications channels with multiple stakeholders, from initial feasibility stage through to the commissioning of the scheme.

Rob continued: "Establishing the right mechanisms to maximise the collective performance of each organisation was paramount to the success of the project."

Our collaborative working method has been key to the success of opening three new stations and achieving the first new dual track railway in 100 years between London and Oxford with 100mph line speed.

June 21: The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation: Atkins-Waterman partnership appointed on Shared Professional Services Framework Contract for the West Midlands - 21 June 2017

The Atkins-Waterman partnership has successfully been re-appointed on another four-year professional services contract with Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council. This is the largest local authority professional services contract win for both Atkins as tier one consultant, and Waterman as a delivery partner.

Commencing in June 2017, the extended contract will see the partnership continue its delivery of multidisciplinary services such as principal bridge inspections for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, as well as structural and aesthetics upgrades work on the Swanswell Viaduct refurbishment for Coventry City Council.

The extended contract follows on from the successful delivery of the Ring Road Junction 6 Bridge Deck, Friargate, that improved pedestrian experience from Coventry Railway Station to the city centre, which also is part of Coventry City Council's largest capital investment in more than forty years.

Jason Pavey, market director for Local Transport, Atkins, stated: "We are looking forward to continuing our close working relationships with all three local authorities to deliver projects that will benefit the region by improving access to and the quality of transport services. Supporting the transportation agenda in the Midlands will be key to delivering the objectives of the devolution deal and unlocking regional growth.

Nick Taylor, chief executive of Waterman Group, commented; "We are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen our strategic partnership with Atkins on the Shared Professional Services Contract for the West Midlands. Waterman plays a big part in helping deliver multi-authority public sector frameworks throughout the UK, and our appointment for another 4 years here in the West Midlands allows us to build on the success we have achieved to date."

June 19: The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation: Asset Management Improvement Programme wins Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation Asset Management Award ' 19 June 2017

The Transport Scotland Asset Management Improvement Programme won the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Asset Management Award at the prestigious annual CIHT Awards ceremony, in London, on 15 June 2017. The award-winning programme was delivered by Transport Scotland with support from Atkins, one of the world's most respected design, engineering, and project management firms. It provides a robust platform upon which digital asset management practices are continually reviewed, challenged and improved. This involves continuously exploring new ways of using digital solutions to shape transport requirements for the future. The outcomes of the programme have enabled Transport Scotland to develop a clear, long term strategy to manage the Scottish trunk road network. This has resulted in additional government funding of Pound50 million investment in the trunk road asset in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Transport Scotland's use of effective asset management demonstrated their ability to provide a well evidenced business case. This combined with a positive record of delivering value for money through capital maintenance works, was critical to securing this increased funding. Lila Tachtsi, Atkins Fellow for asset management said: "I am delighted to win this award with Transport Scotland. We have put in place a clear strategy that is supported by the leadership team and we are using technology and digital enablers to ensure the delivery of this strategy. "The award recognises that our approach has embedded good asset management in Transport Scotland and we can now demonstrate the benefits in terms of secured funding, network condition and customer communication. "This is what good digital asset management is all about."The Atkins approach to asset management combines advisory and digital services to enable organisations to manage their assets and systems in a sustainable way, to optimise their performance and minimise risk and expenditure over the lifecycle of assets.

June 19: The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation: Atkins appoints UK director for architecture and masterplanning practice ' 19 June 2017

Atkins, one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, has appointed Declan O'Carroll as its UK director for architecture, masterplanning and urban design. In his new role, Declan will lead a team of 400 staff, developing Atkins' national architectural masterplanning and urban design business and enhancing design and delivery capability for clients in the company's core markets. James Rose, Atkins' building design director, said: "Declan will develop our business in the commercial and residential, and education markets, leading our efforts in transformative placemaking, regeneration and building design." Declan joins Atkins from Arup, where he held several leadership positions, including global architecture leader and UKMEA regional business leader. With over 25 years' professional experience and a portfolio spread across the UK, Europe, Middle East, China and East Asia, Declan has led a number high profile and award winning projects, delivering excellence across a diverse range of sectors. Declan lectures at a number of international architecture schools including the Manchester School of Architecture, University of Bath, The University of Virginia and at the V&A's Sustaining Identity Symposium. He has also held a number of institutional positions and was a committee member for the British Council for Offices' Green Issues Strategic Review. He joins Atkins on the 19th June and will be based at their London head office.

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June 16: Events Calendar: Atkins joins EPRI nuclear conference in Charlotte, North Carolina - 16 June 2017

Speakers from Atkins will discuss a range of topics of importance to the global nuclear industry at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) International Low Level Waste Conference from 19 to 22 June in Charlotte, NC. Tim Milner, chief technology officer, will discuss advances in radioactive liquid waste processing, with a particular focus on the transformational technologies that are emerging from Atkins' own research and development programme that will deliver significant process efficiencies to the industry in the field of processing radioactive liquid waste.

Edwina Winter, senior vice president in Atkins' Asia-Pacific business, will discuss the development of a successful business model to serve the rapidly expanding nuclear new build industry in China, where Atkins has been working for over a decade. This presentation shows how the driving force of innovation from western companies combined with the delivery expertise of Chinese state owned enterprises and the private sector is helping to develop a successful and sustainable business model for China that positions for future growth and export globally.

Scott Poole, engineering director, will look at the application of modular design principles and remote operation techniques and philosophies which can be used within the bounds of current, reliable technologies and without driving project and operations costs above reasonable expectations. Atkins has worked on some of the world's most challenging nuclear projects, from nuclear new build projects, to life extension and operations, and decommissioning across the UK and Europe, United Arab Emirates (UAE), China, Japan, Canada and the USA. To find out more about Atkins' Energy business, visit

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June 15: The Atkins North America Holdings Corporation: Atkins wins AJ100 Best Use of Technology award - 15 June 2017

Atkins' human-centred design tool, WellBriefing, has scooped the AJ100 Best Use of Technology award. The AJ100 ranks the largest architecture practices in the UK (based on the number of qualified architects employed) as well as highlighting specific achievements through 14 different award categories. Atkins strengthened its position to seventh on the AJ100, climbing three places in the rankings and beat five other shortlisted leading design practices to win the award at the ceremony in London, for which nominees had to show how they have used technology to transform the way they do business. The WellBriefing tool puts wellbeing at the heart of building design and aims to create environments that have a positive impact on both the physiological and psychological needs in people's lives. The service identifies nine key factors such as light, air quality, interaction, and connection which contribute to the environment in a building and impact on our health, wellbeing and productivity. Judge Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield said: "WellBriefing makes the invisible visible."Philip Watson, Atkin's UK design director, on receiving the award on behalf of Atkins, commented: "I'm delighted to see Atkins Human-Centred Design approach being recognised as an innovative new technology that measures the impact of design decisions on people's wellbeing."

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June 01: Two Atkins-designed projects scoop international property awards - 1 June 2017

Two Atkins-designed projects were under the spotlight at the International Property Awards 2017. The supertall Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City won "best residential high-rise architecture Vietnam" and the Vinhomes Metropolis won "Best Residential High-rise Development Vietnam". Both projects were also nominated to represent Asia Pacific to compete with the winning projects from other regions for the international award later this year.

Ian Milne, Atkins' design director for Landmark 81, represented Atkins at the award ceremony in Bangkok. He said:"The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.

As the architect for the Landmark 81 and Vinhome Metropolis, it is a tremendous recognition to Atkins' capability in creating architectural icons that define the identity of cities." "As Asia's urbanisation rapidly continues and the urban population emerges, both Landmark 81 and Vinhomes Metropolis are great examples to demonstrate the potential for high-rise living.

Creating high-quality and convenient vertical living space on limited footprint can be the sustainable and attractive solutions for the region." It is not the first time for the Atkins-designed multiple award winning Landmark 81 to shine at the International Property Awards. In International Property Awards 2016, the project won " best residential high-rise development Asia Pacific" and " best international residential high-rise development".

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