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Reacting to past catastrophic utility failures, the State of Utah needed to identify, inventory, assess, and determine replacement costs for the underground utility systems within the state’s higher education campus and other state facilities. We were hired to create a GIS database populated with maps, element assessment, and associated information about the utility systems to address this need.

We began with pre-planning at each of the 20 campuses involved—collecting data in the form of paper plan sheets, PDF, CAD and GIS files to create a centralized GIS database. Systems included in the project were potable water, irrigation water (to vacuum breakers), sanitary sewer, storm water, electrical, gas, and utility tunnels. We then populated the database with a full utility assessment including remaining service life—allowing us to estimate the cost of asset replacement.

A summary report and maps to assist in capital planning were the final components of the project, but our goal was to support future potential. The GIS model is a living database—allowing for each institution to upgrade the quality and depth of information contained in the database over time.

The final product data is also being submitted to Faithful & Gould (F+G,) our sister Atkins company; they will compile and input the data into the State’s capital-planning software solution—enabling the state and its agencies to see a holistic view of the capital needs of both building and utility infrastructure assets and develop a strategic replacement plan based on criticality.

Ultimately, the State of Utah could use the tool for much more than capital planning. Potential applications include predictive system modeling, design support, maintenance operations, master planning, utility optimizations, and integration into the curriculum.

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USA,

LSU’s Office of Facility Services worked with us to review and verify all available data sources, consolidating them into a new GIS model—a living database that will allow LSU to upgrade the quality and depth of information over time and as the budget allows.

As a first step, we reviewed all available as-built drawings (paper, CAD and PDF), and existing GIS layers to extract necessary information. Key utility data sets developed included: domestic and fire water, chilled water, hot water, storm water, wastewater/sanitary sewer, natural gas, steam, communications, compressed air, electric, and various utility providers with assets passing through campus.

As predetermined campus geographic work areas were finished, we provided the new GIS model to aid our survey teams with field investigations, supplementing the data with record drawing reviews to verify subsurface utility engineering (SUE) locations and capture related utility information. Upon completion of the field investigations, we integrated the survey data with the GIS database to produce a campus-wide utility GIS.

Finally, we provided LSU with three days of instructor-led training, focusing on the elements of the model, workflows to maintain the database, and administration of the GIS system. A system that will forecast when renovations/replacements are needed, aids survey teams with field investigations, is used in day-to-day operations and maintenance, and also serves as a decision-making tool on infrastructure improvements for future growth consistent with the campus master plan.

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USA,

In the fall of 2016, the WSSC finished construction on the latest expansion, marking the completion of the $30 million project, and the completion of their goal. For us, it’s a decisive moment in Atkin’s long and fruitful partnership with the WSSC.

Since 1996 the WSSC has called on our expertise to make significant changes and improvements to the plant. The original biological nutrient removal (BNR) project incorporated new and expanded facilities, from preliminary treatment through tertiary filtration. During that project, as part of the client’s team, we evaluated various technologies and construction approaches which reduced the expected $80 million construction cost by $30 million.

The 2011 enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) upgrade and expansion project pushed the limits of current standards in wastewater engineering—allowing us to create a cutting-edge design that could be retrofitted into the existing plant while keeping it fully operational. We added a fifth aeration tank, increasing the plant capacity to 26-mgd to allow for planned growth in the region, and converted activated sludge facilities to a flexible MLE or 4-four stage Bardenpho™ process; this will allow the plant to reduce supplemental carbon usage during warmer temperatures, or lower flow to achieve ENR.

Additional work included: two new 400 HP turbo blowers, one new 150-foot-diameter secondary clarifier and extension of RAS facilities, seven new deep bed denitrification filters (for a total of 20), a new methanol storage and feed facility, and an expanded solids-handling facility with new centrifuge dewatering unit.

The design innovations vital to this project will ensure wastewater is treated responsibly, efficiently and safely—protecting the environment, conforming to State legislation, preserving the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and providing for the growing community of Montgomery County.

The ENR project began construction in September 2011 and was completed in the fall of 2016.


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USA,

In an ongoing problem, Yucca Valley’s 10,000 septic systems have been leaking contaminants—including nitrates, pharmaceuticals, and salts—endangering the town’s scarce groundwater. These systems discharge 180 tons of nitrogen into the ground year-after-year. That’s enough nitrogen to fertilize 3,760 football fields. The community is under a state order to remove septic tanks by 2025 to protect groundwater.

To address this problem, the Hi-Desert Water District utilized our engineering services to design a brand-new wastewater collection and treatment system. This project is the first of three phases to convert the existing septic systems to a public sewer system—protecting groundwater and allowing the Yucca Valley community to grow. The first step will convert approximately 5,000 properties necessitating 77 miles of sewer mains and three sewer pump stations.

At the beginning of the design process, we reviewed all planning assumptions and flow projections, and developed a comprehensive model of the future collection system to meet the needs of Yucca Valley. The proposed collection system is a new system in the community (there were no previous flow projections to use) requiring our design team to rely on our work in other desert communities. The design team focused on reviewing design criteria, evaluating existing water use, and determining when buildout of the community would occur.

Our detailed analysis of existing infrastructure and project specifications resulted in significant cost savings to the district and residents.

The Phase I system is currently under construction, and we look forward to working with the Hi-Desert Water District as they roll out subsequent phases in the coming years.


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USA,

Responding to a recent population boom, Colorado Department of Transportation has taken a bold step to effect change and transform its aging transportation system by embracing technology. CDOT is investing $20 million to combat congestion and improve safety through the use of intelligent mobility technology in the next year.

As one of three consulting firms selected as advisers on the program, Atkins is serving as an extension of CDOT’s staff—helping to move projects from conception through procurement and construction—facilitating a reimagination of transportation infrastructure through intelligent mobility solutions.

RoadX’s goals include: reducing the cost of transporting goods by 25%; turning a rural state highway into a zero death road; and reducing congestion and vehicle emissions on Colorado’s critical corridors. We’re using improved analytics, innovative strategies in autonomous/connected vehicles, and big data to exceed these goals—creating a safer more efficient future.

Toward this same end, we’re currently administrating the RoadX: Bicycle & Pedestrian Challenge—soliciting innovative solutions to protect pedestrians and cyclists in Colorado. Prizes go to both the most creative ideas, and the most effective implementation strategies. Winners will be selected at the end of April.

In launching the RoadX Program, CDOT made a commitment to the aggressive implementation of new transportation technology within the next ten years. Atkins’ partnership brings our considerable experience in intelligent mobility towards facilitating that commitment—making a big difference in the lives of Colorado commuters.

For more information on CDOT’s RoadX, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Challenge, and the future of infrastructure see:
https://www.codot.gov/programs/roadx
http://www.imagineco.us/en/challenge/roadx-bicycle-pedestrian-challenge
http://www.atkinsglobal.com/en-GB/group/sectors-and-services/services/intelligent-mobility

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USA,

One of the most efficient ways to capture existing site conditions is with aerial drones. So when the City of Atlanta recently commissioned Atkins to help demolish and expand the North and South parking garage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), we reached out to software engineering company Autdodesk and drone technology experts 3DR Robotics to orchestrate a drone flight over Atkins’ construction site.

Because the site was in the controlled airspace of an international airport, the team needed to obtain authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct the drone flight. As part of the authorization process, 3DR, Autodesk, and Atkins were able to demonstrate that the drone operation (which would be conducted in a critical location between runways) could be performed safely and without disruption to airport users. Part of the requirement for the authorization was that the flight team would be in radio contact with the ATL control tower at all times and performed all operations under the control tower’s authority.

On January 10th, 2017, the team legally and safely flew the 3DR Site Scan drone over the parking garage area. The team performed a total of 7 flights, capturing over 700 nadir and oblique images, covering an area of 40 acres. This is the first FAA-approved commercial drone operation in Class B restricted airspace. The pictures were uploaded to a cloud-based program operated by 3DR, where they were automatically processed into accurate 3D point clouds.

The models will be used by Atkins to plan the demolition process and organize construction so to minimize effects on the airport’s daily activities.

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USA,

A major east-west transportation corridor that carries recreational, commercial and commuter traffic through the Rocky Mountains also creates a lot of headaches for those maneuvering through regular back-ups and gridlock. 

When the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expressed an interest in using intelligent transportation systems and innovative technologies to decrease gridlock, increase safety and reduce traffic time, we were brought on board to help drive the effort for the I-70 Mountain Express Lane (MEXL).

CDOT’s overall vision for improving congestion with immediate, interim improvements led us to evaluate the effectiveness of a tolled peak hour shoulder lane between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs. We expanded existing models to assess traffic improvements, which indicated that travel times could be cut nearly in half in the project area.

Taking an innovative approach to relieve congestion without overbuilding the mountain corridor, a 13-mile stretch of the existing eastbound shoulder was repurposed as a dynamically tolled express lane during peak travel periods. Today, it operates only on weekends and holidays and users pay between four and eight dollars, based on congestion levels (tolls can reach 30 dollars based on congestion levels). With added capacity, the corridor has seen consistent, faster speeds and reduced travel times for all lanes. In its first summer season, throughput increased by 14 percent, travel times in general purpose lanes improved by 38 percent, and the time involved in clearing back-ups substantially improved.

Less gridlock. Less stress. Less time on the road means more time for the good stuff.

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CDOT received Gov. John Hickenlooper's inaugural Governor's Elevation Award in the Superior Customer Service category. CDOT's successful delivery of this project led to stakeholder support and the lane opening on schedule.

The project was also honored with the 2016 Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year award by the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS). The project was bestowed this honor because it helped solve a longstanding transportation problem in Colorado with an innovative solution.

 

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USA,

In order to complete major elements of its most recent airport master plan, the City of Atlanta selected the Ascend joint venture (JV) to provide on-call technical, professional architectural, and engineering design services for various projects at H-JAIA. As the lead firm of the Ascend JV, Atkins has been involved in some of the most notable projects at Hartsfield-Jackson.

We served as the project management and design lead for the terminal roadways portion of the $1.2 billion Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Terminal. The project included structural design of the three-level, landside elevated roadway structures and mechanical stabilized earth walls, as well as an extensive drainage network. The project also included a maze of utility infrastructure that required coordination with multiple utility companies and consultants, as well as several LEED design elements. In addition, we designed new access roadways for surrounding tenants including Delta and the Federal Aviation Authority, along with coordinating traffic signals on Loop Road for shuttle connections to the main terminal.

Other services provided by the Ascend JV include development of one of the first electronic airport layout plan (eALP) projects in the country at H-JAIA. We worked with a team of consultants to develop geographic information system (GIS) data including all airside features, runway and taxiway features, lighting, navaids, obstructions, virtual surfaces, and environmental layers in the airport GIS database. The tool lets airport officials, regional planning agencies and other stakeholders access airport layout plans electronically, saving costs as compared to traditional paper ALPs and helping standardize the process of performing airport and aeronautical surveys.

 

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USA,

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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USA, North America,

The Doha Metro Red Line South project is part of the overall Doha Metro project being developed by Qatar Rail.  The Red Line, also known as the Coast Line, runs for about 40 kilometres from Al Wakra in the south to Lusail in the north and has 17 stations. The line connects Hamad International Airport at Terminal 1 to the centre of the city. 

The Red Line South contract comprises c. 14 km of twin-bore tunnels along with five underground stations. Atkins was appointed as Lead Designer in June 2013 by RLS JV, a joint venture led by QDVC, a JV between Qatari Diar and France's Vinci Construction Grands Projects, and including South Korea's GS Engineering and Construction and Qatar's Al-Darwish Engineering. 

The vision is to provide integrated railway services that are reliable, attractive and be the favoured mode of transport for all. Atkins has been responsible for the multi-disciplinary design of five underground stations, five switchbox structures, four emergency egress shafts as well as functional planning of tunnels/shafts and track alignment design. 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 tunnels, and assisting the client with obtaining Qatar Civil Defence Department approvals.

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Qatar,

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.

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Egypt,

Atkins has worked with Swedish company Hexicon since 2015 to design the world’s first multi-turbine offshore wind floating platform. It is planned that the platform will be deployed at the Dounreay Tri Project off the Scottish north coast.

As engineering partner, Atkins’ offshore wind team is responsible for analysing a two turbine structure ready for detailed design and physical model testing of the new design in mid-2016.

Atkins is pushing the boundaries of design to support Hexicon in maximising energy yield. Experience in innovative, transformational work both in the renewables and oil and gas sectors has enabled the project team to go one step further in making the exciting concept a reality.

New developments in the design of the floating structure's mooring system have increased the efficiency of the rotating system reducing CAPEX and maximising energy yield.

Atkins’ extensive experience in floating wind has played a key role in developing the concept and originally winning the work. The integrated design capability that enables the head to toe design that we are undertaking for Hexicon demonstrates how our experience across a range of both floating and fixed offshore wind projects can add real value to clients.

Atkins has been involved in more than half a dozen floating wind projects around the world including:

  • Detailed design and analysis for Principle Power’s WindFloat prototype in Portugal
  • Design for Pilot Offshore Renewable’s Kincardine floating wind project
  • Winning Statoil’s Hywind floating wind demonstrator Installation Challenge competition.

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UK & Europe,

In conjunction with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Charleston District, Atkins will prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) in order to evaluate the project’s potential socioeconomic and natural environmental impacts. Conducted over a period of 5 to 6 years, the EIS will address numerous issues such as sea level rise, scenery impacts, protected species and habitat, socioeconomic issues, transportation impacts, noise and vibration, and air quality.

The wharf will encompass more than 2 miles, with the ability to manage eight design vessels at full buildout. The expansive size of this project could impact approximately 54 acres of tidal salt marsh and bottomland hardwood wetlands, where threatened and endangered species exist. Among these and several other issues, Atkins will evaluate the project’s impact and develop ways to mitigate the environmental effects.

Developed jointly by the port authorities of Georgia and South Carolina, this bi-state owned and operated marine container terminal will aid projected growth for containerized cargo for a minimum of 25 years and is expected to support economic development in the region, including adding billions in tax revenue and upwards of 1 million jobs.

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USA,

With traffic through this freeway corridor expected to double in the next 20 years, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) prioritized investment in this critical section of infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing resident and tourist populations.

Travelers make 25,000 lane changes per hour in this freeway corridor and as many as 1,400 crashes take place annually. To boost safety, mobility, and accessibility, roadway improvement plans include separation of freeway traffic from arterial traffic, reduced numbers of merging sections, and connection of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to create a continuous 22-mile stretch from US 95 through I-15. Considered the most important and ambitious project in NDOT’s history, it also accommodates regional economic redevelopment through improved access to downtown Las Vegas and the Resort Corridor.

We serve as lead designer, for design builder, Kiewit Infrastructure West, managing all design and engineering services on this multiphased, multiyear project with responsibilities that include design services for roadway, drainage, bridges and structures, traffic control, signing, pavement marking, landscape, and ITS as well as providing quality control, utility coordination, public involvement, design surveying, and design support during construction.

 

Video courtesy of NDOT

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USA, North America,

The initial phase of the program was the design and construction of the South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex. As a subconsultant to the prime architect, Atkins is responsible for civil and transportation engineering for the South APM Complex. This initial phase included the design and construction of a new APM station, new 2,400 car parking garage, renovation of the APM station in the North Terminal, completion of the APM guideway structure to the South APM Complex, roadways, bridges, overpasses, site grading, utilities, and all associated infrastructure.

The ultimate STC program will include the South APM Complex as well as an Intermodal Transportation Facility, which will serve as a hub for three passenger rail projects, including a planned $2.2 billion intercity passenger rail line from Miami. Atkins was responsible for planning the entire roadway system for the STC ultimate buildout.

Atkins was also responsible for the design of the loop access roadway surrounding the South APM Complex, including planning and development of alternative roadway concepts for the ultimate transportation master plan addressing the future STC. This effort included roadway plans, stormwater conveyance systems, signing and pavement marking plans, demolition plans, utility coordination, retaining walls, and maintenance of traffic plans. The approximate length of the 2-to-4 lane loop roadway was 3 miles.

 

Go Intermodal

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USA, North America,

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.

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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.  

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France,

Since 1989, Atkins has performed a wide range of projects at PortMiami. As program management consultant, we provided on-site marine structural engineering and project management expertise in support of the evaluation, design, engineering, and value engineering of over 5,200 linear feet of deep water combi-wall retrofit and strengthening work, designed to accommodate super post-panamax container vessels of up to 216,000 deadweight tonnage. The combi-wall system is comprised of steel pipe piles measuring up to 48 inches in diameter in combination with intermediate AZ sheet piles. The project included design of new 100- and 150-ton capacity mooring bollards as well as high-energy absorption foam-filled floating fenders.

Recently, Atkins completed an in-depth surface and underwater inspection, condition assessment, and structural evaluation of the cruise ship berthing zone seawall located waterside of Cruise Terminal J. The seawall was constructed in 1989 and is made up of 1,487 feet of steel sheet pile combi-wall. Atkins prepared a comprehensive inspection and condition assessment report that addressed the structural integrity aspects of the combi-wall and contained alternatives for long- and short-term repairs, an assessment of feasible restoration methods, and replacement alternative design.

Atkins also provided construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for 6,000 linear feet of active cargo wharves including 800 linear feet of pile-supported mooring dolphins. Atkins self-performed underwater inspection services for a new sheet pile wall in 45 feet of water and oversaw relocation of more than 150 healthy corals from the existing seawall to an on-port recipient area.

 

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USA, North America,

Atkins has completed the flood control master plan updates for the Las Vegas Valley since 1997 (consultant-led updates). Individual flood control plans must be reviewed every five years, and the master plan must be continuously updated to assess progress, identify obstacles, and to recommend changes needed due to growth and development of the area. Over time, the master plan has evolved into a technical tool for guiding local governmental agencies and private consultants in the development of both public and private property.

The master plan update process includes data collection, updating land use data, determining hydrologic modeling parameters using GIS capabilities, updating hydrologic models, updating the flood control facilities inventory in a GIS geodatabase, making master plan facility recommendations, and estimating facility construction costs.

To support this process, Atkins developed a hydrologic model of over 1,500 square miles, which defines accurate 100-year peak flows and volumes for the entire valley. Atkins also developed a relational geodatabase to represent valley watersheds and associated regional flood control facilities, serving as the foundation for associated modeling efforts. A custom suite of GIS tools was also developed to facilitate the continuous update/maintenance of the master plan.

In addition, an automated cost estimation tool was created to predict the future cost of flood control facilities for more accurate forecasting and planning. The tool summarizes the costs of all facilities in the region, keeping track of the value of flood control infrastructure—helping our client best plan for and provide effective flood controls.

© Jeffreyjcoleman | Dreamstime.com - Flooding On Las Vegas Boulevard In Las Vegas, NV On July 19, 2013 Photo

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USA,

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.

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Dominican Republic, North America,

Wessex Water, is developing its water supply grid to meet demand for the next 25 years with support from Atkins. This will be the largest and most complex project for Wessex Water and is valued at £225m. The 8 year project includes a 74km transfer main that will run between Sturminster Marshall in East Dorset and Camp Hill in Wiltshire. The grid allows water to be moved from areas with surplus water to other areas which are deficient. This is to improve flows in some rivers and protect their ecology, as well as to improve resilience for example against occasional deteriorating raw water quality. It secures a reliable, constant supply of water which can be maintained 365 days of the year.

Atkins developed the conceptual design and prepared the initial business case for the Optimiser, a sophisticated closed loop control system. We then assessed potential suppliers and helped Wessex to procure and the Optimiser from Servelec Technologies, and to implement it. This included identifying enabling works, and the resources needed to ensure a smooth adoption of the Optimiser solution. 

The Optimiser, a subset of the grid, has already enabled Wessex Water to respond more effectively to incidents to ensure that supplies to customers are maintained if water treatment plant failures occur, as well as minimising operating costs.

The Grid will greatly improve the flexibility of the water network, enabling alternative sources to supply demand (each customer will have two sources). Control of the existing system has traditionally been simple, however, the Optimiser has provided a more flexible control system, which will be address a range of hydraulic and water quality issues to provide cost-effective integrated control of the whole Grid. 

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UK,

Decades of instability were ended when a 300m section of a road near Rothbury was reconstructed by partners of the VBA joint venture (VolkerStevin, Boskalis and Atkins). The B6334 road in Rothbury has been subject to regular landslips over a prolonged period of time, and was frequently closed to traffic. The section was future-proofed by VBA who carried out complex earthworks and site dewatering in order to prevent further destruction. The project addressed the underlying causes of ground instability and dealt with the 2012 landslip that had left damage. This means the residents of Rothbury will no longer have to take lengthy detours to get to the village. 

Our team of engineers designed and constructed an anchored bored piled retaining wall in order to support the road. Their design included an innovative passive dewatering system which will reduce groundwater pressure. Our team made sure environmental enhancements to the SSSI (wood pasture) and provision for wildlife were incorporated. Downhole CCTV footage was used from inside the boreholes to help create 3D models which provided the basis of the design and to gain an understanding of what was happening underground. 

Most of the complex engineering is invisible to people driving along the new road. Slopes are held in place by retaining walls and 30m long rock anchors bored into the hillside whilst deep wells take the excess water away. This will have a positive social and economic impact on the town which relies on its income through tourism.  

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UK,

Atkins is a key partner of the eight-strong alliance, eight2o, which has been formed to deliver billions of pounds (£1.738bn) worth of essential work for Thames Water, updating Britain’s biggest water and sewage company. 

Comprising of five groupings including two design and build joint ventures, which are Costain and Atkins (CA) and Skanska, MWH Treatment and Balfour Beatty (SMB). MWH is the programme manager and IBM is the technology innovator partner, plus Thames Water as both client and partner.

The main projects eight2o are working on are the large water treatment works in London, Hampton, Ashford, Kempton and Walton under the wastewater non-infrastructure quadrant. Atkins have designed the major upgrade of the Beddington Wastewater Treatment Works, with supplier integration using BIM at the heart of the upgrade approach. Atkins has also worked on the Lane End and Southfleet nitrates project and eel screens project to align river systems with EU regulations. The biggest project includes working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel Interface project.

Atkins has been involved with the Mogden air main and combined heat and power (CHP) projects, to Ogbourne and Angelinos water pipeline schemes amongst several hundred other projects that are set to be undertaken within Thames Water’s 5 year plan. These plans have been broken down into quadrants; wastewater and water, and within these groups; infrastructure (underground) and non-infrastructure (above ground). 

Thames Water is taking this opportunity to achieve greater efficiency in implementing its business plan for AMP6, focusing on team work, sustainability and an integrated supply community in order to deliver strategy and cement long term value to Thames Water and its customers.

The overall eight2o work is set to be completed in 2020 with a potential to extend contracts until 2025.

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UK,

Atkins has designed the world’s largest drinking water storage facility, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The project was delivered by a consortium of Al Muhaidib and Vinci UK with Atkins as sole consultancy service provider. Atkins was the multi-discipline detailed designer for the scheme, completing the civil, structural, architectural, geotechnical, hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and process design of the scheme. During an initial optioneering and innovation phase with the National Water Company, KSA, we developed a range of options including steel, reinforced concrete and precast construction techniques. As a result of combining technical innovation with collaborative working, our consortium proposed a solution utilising internal post tensioned circular reservoirs to reduce the land take needed and maximise efficient use of the overall site.

The reservoirs are strategically important to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia given the rapid development of Jeddah in recent years and a rise in the demand for water. The project was part of the first phase of a programme of work commissioned by the National Water Company and are the first reservoirs of this type to be constructed in Saudi Arabia.

The reservoirs are currently the largest operational internally post-tensioned circular concrete potable water reservoirs in the world - 120 metres in diameter and 18 metres in height. The eleven circular tanks are hydraulically linked providing a storage volume of over 2 million cubic metres of water – the equivalent of 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The Briman Strategic Reservoir project not only holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest drinking facility but more importantly will provide secure water for use during emergencies and during unpredicted situations for the population on Jeddah for years to come.

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UK,

As lead consultant, we carried out a major project on the resilience of UK water supplies for Water UK with partners Mott McDonald and Nera Economic, which was completed in the summer of 2016. We produced a report that set out the basis of a long term planning framework that considered the impact of climate change, population growth and environmental factors in order to strengthen the resilience of water suppliers for users across the UK, whilst protecting the environment.

Our experience working for individual water companies, UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), the government and regulators alike, gave us the specific expertise to lead on this project. The report looked at the next 50 years of water provision across the country. The key findings of the report included:

  There is a strong case for the UK and Welsh Governments to consider adopting consistent national minimum levels of resilience, recognising that there are significant issues to address, including inter-regional and inter-generational fairness  
  The investment needed to increase resilience is relatively modest compared with the cost of drought 
  A ‘twin track’ approach that includes supply enhancement, with associated transfers, as well as demand management is the most appropriate strategic mix for the future 
  There is a case for a national level ‘adaptive plan’ that supports on-going Water Resource Management Plans and balances risk against opportunities to defer costs
  Industry, government and regulators need to work together with customers on how best to respond to the risk of severe drought

We are working on other initiatives that hope to further influence policy and strategy in this field, with the next round of Water Resource Management Plans (WRMP). Our other projects include: UKWIR (methodologies for WRMP 2019 programme), Joint Research Council MaRIUS project (member of the external stakeholder advisory panel for the Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of Drought and Water Scarcity Project), Regional and individual water company initiatives, including Water Resources in the South East (WRSE) and Water Resources East (WRE).

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Atkins, working with Arup, has been appointed to work with Severn Trent Water Ltd. as part of their clean water strategic grid team. A key part of the grid is the Elan Valley Aqueduct, which is 120 kilometers long and provides water to Severn Trent's customers in Birmingham. Completed in 1906 and now in continual operation for over 100 years, increasing water demands of the city mean the infrastructure is beginning to show its age. 

Using expertise from our multidisciplinary teams, we established options for the proactive maintenance and replacement of several sections of the Elan Valley Aqueduct (EVA). The objective of the work is to achieve Severn Trent Water’s aspiration for an asset fit for the 22nd Century.  

Using our extensive water and tunnelling experience, we developed the outline design for the selected schemes, provided planning support and environmental guidance and assisted the client in compiling tender documentation for a design and build contract. The package of 3 schemes covers 4.2 kilometres of 3 metre diameter tunnel, with a capital cost of around £70million.

This was undertaken as part of a 10 year Engineering Consultancy Framework under which we assist Severn Trent Water in prioritising assets for investment and promoting the best TOTEX solution in achieving the best outcomes for STW and their customers.

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UK,

We have been working with Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) since 2013 as an active member of the development team. We are developing one of the world’s first arrays of floating wind turbines by 2020 which will establish a leading position for Scotland in the development and deployment of this novel technology.

This will be a pilot-scale demonstrator offshore wind farm utilising a semi-spar floating foundation technology, which will demonstrate the technological and commercial feasibility of floating offshore wind. Floating foundations open the possibility for future offshore wind farms to be located further from shore in deeper waters, minimising visual impacts whilst accessing hitherto untapped wind resources.

The wind farm will have the capacity to provide 218GWhr of electricity which is the equivalent to powering over 55,000 homes in Scotland, and will see a reduction of over 94,000 tonnes of CO2 compared to fossil fuelled power sources.

We have taken the Project from initial concept design to pre-consent determination. The journey has been significant and challenging, and was made possible by our in-house expertise in marine environmental assessment and consenting. The marine and coastal team provided a ‘one stop shop’ for the licensing and assessment of the Project including:

  • Environmental Scoping Assessment
  • Environmental Baseline Studies and Reports
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Statement
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment 
  • Bird Collision Risk Modelling
  • Marine Licence and Section 36 Applications
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Ongoing project support – containing installation and operation and maintenance include:

  • Further requirements for marine licences e.g. geotechnical/geophysical survey requirements
  • Further requirements for small works consent applications to The Crown Estate e.g.  scientific equipment deployment 
  • Ongoing support and advice related to defined marine licence and S36 Rochdale envelope to project engineers
  • Authoring Project Environmental Management Plan
  • Authoring environmental monitoring programme
  • Ongoing stakeholder engagement 

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UK,

We helped the Environment Agency to deliver a beach management scheme at Dawlish Warren at the mouth of the Exe Estuary, with an estimated total project cost of over £14 million.  

Dawlish Warren is an important wildlife site, designated as a Site of Special Scientifc Interest, Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation, a Ramsar wetland of international importance and local nature reserve. A key challenge was to enhance the role the sand spit plays as a flood defence to the Exe Estuary but not impact on the conservation features for which it was designated. We were involved in all stages of the scheme including: strategy, project appraisal, outline design, Preliminary Environmental Information Report, detailed design and Environmental Impact Assessment. Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme Our key marine and coastal environment services included:

  • Specifcation and management and analysis of required marine surveys, including ecology, UXO and bathymetry
  • Wave, plume and tidal modelling and reporting
  • Water Framework Directive assessment
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Coastal impact study
  • Stakeholder engagement (including 3D printed model of the scheme).

The scheme will involve the removal of gabions from the beach to re-mobilise the dunes, beach nourishment using sediment from subtidal sandbanks, repair of groynes to help control the nourishment and development of monitoring and management plans.

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UK,

A joint venture between Atkins and Arup has been appointed for a consultancy contract to deliver a range of design and engineering services for BMB; the joint venture between BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, who have been appointed by Tideway to deliver the West section of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel. 

Valued at £416 million the six kilometre ‘West’ section of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London incorporating seven separate work sites along the route. Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance following construction completion. 

The new tunnel will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. 

The completion is scheduled for 2022. 

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UK,

Atkins was appointed by Surrey County Council to help reduce flood risk in the county. As part of our services, we developed and implemented an innovative solution to prioritise areas at risk of flooding for further investigation across the whole of Surrey.

As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Surrey County Council is responsible for managing local flood risk from groundwater, surface water and ordinary watercourses. The Surrey Flood Risk Partnership Board, a local stakeholder group, meet on a regular basis to discuss the priorities for investing in flood risk. The prioritisation tool provides the group with most relevant, readily available data to quickly identify which areas in Surrey had the greatest need for managing flood risk on a strategic level.

The flood risk prioritisation tool is a GIS based multi-criteria tool that incorporates the flood risk information from multiple theoretical and historic data sources including Environment Agency flood map and records of property flooding collated by Surrey County Council. The tool provides a strategic overview of flood risk across the whole of Surrey in a simple and easy to use format.

This project was completed in 2013 and is updated annually. The latest version incorporates flood economic data using Atkins flood economic tool, Flood DamaGIS. This enhancement allows Surrey County Council to consider the potential for a viable economic business case as part of the prioritisation.

Atkins also developed an excel based tool, which works alongside the GIS, enabling the client to adjust the weightings applied. This allows the client to quickly assess the impact of changing priorities, such as focussing on reducing surface water flooding or considering the priorities of local stakeholders, without needing expert skills in GIS.

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UK,

Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) had problems with the existing, second stage treatment Baff plant blocking up, which led to premature discharges from the works to the River Mersey. A more robust treatment process was required and it was decided that a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) would be built on two levels within Wellington Dock adjacent to the existing works.

GCA JV, a joint venture between Galliford Try, Costain and Atkins, was chosen by United Utilities (UU) to carry out the upgrade of Liverpool WwTW.

UU recognised that to successfully deliver this complex project, a different approach to 'design and build' was required and a ‘One Team One Aim’ initiative was developed. The team was a special partnership of client, contractor and supply chain, working together to ensure the successful design and build of the new works.

All the team were located at the Liverpool site to ensure close collaboration, ownership of the problems and establish a commitment that the team would ‘fix’ Liverpool together. A successful tool for the team was using BIM, which was relatively new in the water industry at the start of the project (2013), but was recognised by the team to be invaluable in ensuring the success of this and future projects in AMP6. They therefore pioneered its use, ensuring the Liverpool project was at the forefront of BIM technology, setting the standards for AMP6.

Following the successful performance of the Liverpool team, UU intend to adopt the collaborative one team ethos to spread the ‘Liverpool magic’ across their upcoming AMP6 major projects.

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UK,

We are helping to enable a production line approach to fabrication, rather than a bespoke solution each time, driving down the whole life costs to DONG Energy whilst maintaining the highest safety

Atkins has contracts for detailed engineering design of offshore substation platforms (OSPs) at DONG Energy construction projects around the UK;

  • one substation at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay
  • two substations at the Race Bank offshore wind farm off the north coast of Norfolk
  • and two substations at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the coast of Barrow-in-Furness in the Irish Sea.

In 2015, we were awarded a contract for engineering design services for three offshore substations with helidecks and refuelling systems for DONG Energy’s proposed Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, taking the total number of OSPs that Atkins is designing to eight.

With over 30 years looking after oil and gas offshore structures, we can directly apply lessons learned in terms of construction and operation in deeper waters, foundation and jacket technology, the use of heavy-lift vessels and asset maintenance offshore. Our UK based team will be working together with DONG Energy to apply the lessons on these large, complex projects enabling us to set new benchmarks in stripping out any fat for an industry that needs to become more and more competitive with other energy sources.

DONG Energy is progressing to a standardised wind farm, reducing the costs of offshore wind energy by 35 - 40 percent for projects getting the go-ahead in 2020.

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UK & Europe,

By replacing a 5,300-foot general aviation runway with a new 8,000-foot commercial service runway, the airport has been able to increase its capacity and flexibility in handling larger commercial jets. The expansion of Runway 10R-28L was critical to the airport’s long-range development capacity goals and the overall U.S. air traffic system, increasing aircraft operations from 80 operations per hour to more than 100.

Atkins served as lead designer responsible for the replacement and expansion of Runway 10R-28L and associated taxiways, leading a team of 16 specialized and local subconsultants. As project manager/engineer-of-record for the $791 million expansion, Atkins developed the design criteria package for the elevated bridge-tunnel structure, using a design-build methodology. It’s only the second time a runway in the U.S. has been elevated for active roads and rail. The expanded south runway and parallel taxiway extend over the existing airport perimeter road, Florida East Coast Railway, and US Highway 1. Atkins also performed construction administration and oversight for the project, which is among the largest construction projects of its kind to be undertaken in the U.S.

Throughout the course of the project, an estimated 11,000 temporary construction jobs were created, with a $1.4 billion impact to the regional economy. The project was awarded Commercial Airport Project of the Year by the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
































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The largest component of FasTracks, the Eagle public private partnership (P3) project, unites three corridors and will more than double the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) current transit system when the final line opens in the fall of 2016. The project’s three corridors stretch over 36 miles from Wheat Ridge and Arvada in Denver’s west suburbs to the Denver International Airport on the city’s eastern side. In June 2010, RTD selected the Denver Transit Partners (DTP) team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Eagle P3 project. This includes the University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport, B Line to Westminster, the Gold Line (G Line) to Wheat Ridge and Arvada, and a commuter rail maintenance facility.

Our role on the DTP design team included corridor management and design for the trackway, roadway, and structural elements for portions of the University of Colorado A Line and design for trackway, roadway, drainage, and structural elements of the B Line to Westminster. These corridors involved grade crossings, overhead structures, and underpasses in several jurisdictions. With a significant number of stakeholders and multiple projects in progress, effective coordination and communication was critical to manage interfaces with outside projects, internal project components, and operational requirements.

The University of Colorado A Line is particularly important to Denver residents and visitors as it extended rail service to Denver International Airport—located 25 miles outside of downtown Denver—providing cost-effective and reliable transit to the airport.

Prior to the start of the Eagle P3 project, Atkins worked closely with RTD to conduct an alternatives analysis and prepare the Environmental Impact Statement and preliminary engineering for the East Corridor (now called the University of Colorado A Line). The study, which included extensive public outreach, documented the transportation and environmental impacts associated with transit improvements in the area. A wide range of possible alignments, technologies, and station locations were examined to support the development the FasTracks program.

The University of Colorado A Line opened on April 22, 2016 and the B Line to Westminster opened July 25, 2016.

 

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Atkins produced the detailed design for E.ON’s Humber Gateway offshore wind farm’s offshore substation support structure. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited delivered E.ON with a full design and build package with Atkins subcontracted for the module support structure design. This project was awarded to Atkins because of our geotechnical expertise and capability to develop feasible foundation designs for the chalk ground conditions.

The offshore substation platform substructure consists of two components; a piled jacket and a module support frame (MSF) that was lifted onto the jacket substructure on site. All work was performed with due consideration to the difficult ground conditions and a key project requirement to enable installation using the project’s jack-up vessel – the MPI Adventure – which imposed restrictive load curve limits on geometry and weight. This enabled the developer to make optimal use of long term charter arrangements and mitigate installation risks.

The MSF provides support and allows access to two topside modules. The modules are connected to the foundation through eight support points, four per module. The modules connect to the wind farm by eight array cables each and are connected to land by one export cable each.

Atkins conducted:
• Full in-place, load-out, transportation analyses
• Lift structural analyses for both structures
• Fatigue, ship impact and on bottom stability analysis for the jacket substructure
• Detailed design drawings based on calculations for fabrication at Harland and Wolff’s shipyards in Belfast.

The work took place during 2013, and was completed in 2014.

Humber Gateway is located in the northern part of the Greater Wash area. The site is around 8km east of the Yorkshire coast near the Humber Estuary in the North-East of England. The wind farm has an installed capacity of 219MW, consisting of 73 3MW Vestas V112 turbines and a single twin circuit 33KV to 132KV substation. The wind farm provides 170,000 homes with green power.

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UK & Europe,

The National Signalling Framework has been established to modernise and improve signalling infrastructure across the UK network.

Atkins was awarded contracts for the Anglia and Kent area and the Sussex and Wessex frameworks in January 2012 for seven years. Services provided by Atkins include specialist signalling systems design, installation, testing and commissioning, and the associated power, telecommunications, ancillary civil engineering and OLE designs.

The framework was set up to deliver design and build contracts (GRIP 5-8) but at the time that Atkins was appointed, the initial development stage (GRIP 1-4) also needed to be done. Given Atkins’ signalling expertise, we were given an additional commission by Network Rail to progress several key projects to the design and build phase so that they could then be delivered under the framework. 

On East Kent Resignalling Phase 2 (EKR2) will see a 33-mile stretch of the region’s network upgraded and a brand new station has opened at Rochester, delivering a more reliable and efficient rail service with five extra trains to London during the morning peak and longer platforms.

The scheme is upgrading an area last renewed in 1959 and is part of Network Rail’s strategy to transfer control of signalling systems to Regional Operating Centres.

Our team has developed a range of innovations designed to save time on the scheme including the introduction of a new software package to assess assets along the project route. Working with Gioconda Limited, virtual reality software was created which allows the signal designer at the outline design stage to do everything they could if they were on-site but in a fraction of the time. Signal sighting can usually take up to nine months for a project of this size, but the software solution saw the work completed in just four weeks by one person at their computer without the need to go on-site.

Not only has this pioneering solution cut six months from the outline design phase but has also made savings in terms of site protection staff while significantly reducing occupational health issues associated with travelling to and from site and working in an operational railway environment. The HD video that was produced has been distributed to the design, construction and testing teams so that their site visits have been dramatically reduced too.

The collaborative nature of the framework contracts means that knowledge and best practice gained on one scheme will be applied to the others to provide value for our client. 

 

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UK,

Atkins was lead consultant on a demanding project to upgrade Belfast’s ageing Victorian sewer system. One of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Northern Ireland, the scheme had to contend with high volume stormwater flow and challenging geology. The scale of the project was immense, including the construction of 9.5km of tunnels, 21 access shafts and a pumping station housed in Belfast's deepest and largest excavation.

We provided project management, planning, preliminary design, contract supervision and administration to improve water quality in the River Lagan.

The new infrastructure means that the Belfast sewers are now able to deal with a one in 30 year storm event, an event magnitude that has since become an industry standard.

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UK,

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.

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Middle East & Africa, North America,

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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Asia Pacific,

East West Rail is a major project to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England.

Atkins provided the technical design for the Chiltern Railways Bicester to Oxford main line railway. This involved the design of a brand new, 20 kilometre long, twin track section of 100mph railway between Bicester and Oxford, the building of a new station at Oxford Parkway and the upgrading of stations at Bicester Town and Islip.

In addition, this will allow Chiltern Railways to run services from Oxford through to London Marylebone, the first new line connecting a major city to London for over 100 years.

The design expertise provided by Atkins includes project and engineering management, track, civils, mechanical and electrical, telecoms, signalling, electrification, surveying, highways, geotechnical, drainage, utilities, architecture and environment plus engineering safety management.

Phase 2 of the Western Section of East West Rail will see the remainder of the work designed and built over an 8 year period.

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UK,

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.

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Oman,

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.

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United Arab Emirates,

To most people, the M25 is 440km of motorway, a daily commute or a punchline. 

But to a small group of specialists it is most visible as a stream of data. From thousands of cameras and other sensors, they see progress, air quality, climate, accidents and repairs. 

In June 2015, Atkins teams in London, India and the US joined forces with innovation partners Fluxx and Connect Plus Services, the organisation that manages the M25, to develop innovative ways to use this data to improve the lives of commuters.  

The brief was simple; deliver intelligent interventions to improve travel experiences

“I know the pain that people suffer on the M25, and seeing the data that we collect being used in a completely different way, the benefits it unlocks, is brilliant,” said Tim Hughes, Intelligent Mobility product manager at Atkins.

This event, organised by the Atkins Digital Incubator, represented a new way of working. “How do we drive value more quickly?” asks Atkins' CDO Richard Cross, “Not spend months thinking, but develop something quickly, experiment and improve?”

“What’s crucial is having the transport planners in the room,” said product manager Ashkan Miri. “They’re working directly with developers to build the vision of the product they’re working on.”

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson: Gary.Wilson@atkinsglobal.com

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UK,

Atkins On The Go was the first app that Atkins had ever built, and it was a very successful trial of several new ways of working. 

With innovation partners Fluxx, we wanted to build a tool that was as useful as possible for our 18,000 staff around the world. We did this by involving staff at every stage in the process. 

We started with an open invitation from CIO Richard Cross, who wrote to every member of staff inviting suggestions for what the app might do. This crowdsourcing project was spectacularly successful, with over 400 responses in just the first two hours. 

It became apparent that timesheets and expenses were the key things, but staff also suggested bigger, even more innovative ideas; using phones to grant access to buildings, or building an Atkins car sharing system around the app. 

It was also crucial to involve everyone in Atkins, not just the vocal minority who responded to Richard’s email. So the team ran a detailed persona study, to understand the needs of specific groups within Atkins. 

Their research focused on people working on site. They were the group we were most keen to reach with the new app, but also the group least likely to rapidly respond to an email appeal. 

Interestingly, we had about 50 requests suggesting that email and an address book would be useful on mobile. These were both things that were already possible in the existing system, but a significant minority hadn’t realized. That made it clear that education and training was as important as developing new features. 

Staff were involved all through the process of developing the app. A pop-up user testing lab was built, where prototypes and mockups were shown to users, and thier feedback incorporated. 

The Timesheet app is now live across Atkins, with new functionality on the way.

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson: Gary.Wilson@atkinsglobal.com

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“We’ve had this problem since the airport opened,” said Richard Harding, Head of IT Strategy and Innovation at Heathrow. “What information can you provide to passengers when they arrive?” 

 

In February 2016 Atkins, Heathrow and innovation partners Fluxx joined forces to help answer this question at a two day Rapid Start event. 

The brief was simple:  “How can we improve the arrival experience from an hour before landing to onward transport?”

Multinational teams in Dubai, India, Hong Kong, Heathrow — and one in a carriage on the Heathrow Express  — worked together for 32 hours, developing ideas, building prototypes, talking to passengers and deploying experiments in the arrivals terminals. 

The teams were multi-skilled, bringing together diverse skills from Atkins and Heathrow including coders, designers, customer-facing service staff, back office technologists, baggage handling experts and members of the Heathrow Express team. 

The event started with insight and inspiration from innovation partners Fluxx, sharing customer experiences from Hong Kong, Singapore and Heathrow, interviews with passengers and operations staff. 

More than 25 ideas were pitched and voted on, with winning ideas including a personalised navigation app, an iPad-based bag tracking system, a personal virtual assistant for arriving passengers and intelligent signage systems. 

Teams were formed around winning ideas, which were prototyped and deployed over the next two days. “The energy in the room was just fantastic,” said Justin Stenner, Head of Technology for Heathrow Express. 

“You guys have looked at these problems through a passenger lens,” said Chris Annetts, Heathrow’s Director of Commercial Passenger Services, “Bringing so many creative ways to solve these problems. Many of these ideas we’ve thought about for a very long time as an airport, but haven’t quite cracked them. This lets us get started with a very small budget, to test things and make progress.” 

“I’ve been absolutely blown away,” said Heathrow Airport CIO Stuart Birrell. “The different thinking, the ideas and innovation, has been fantastic. I’ve been around airports for many years. 

“You think you know your business, you think you know the industry, but you get a team like this together and it really challenges some of your assumptions. The opportunities we have are just fantastic.”  

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson: gary.wilson@atkinsglobal.com

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UK,

At Atkins, we’re able to combine decades of deep engineering experience with the tools and techniques of innovation.

The work of the Digital Incubator—and our innovation partners Fluxx—helps us to understanding the hype cycle, enabling us to help clients make the most of new technology.  We’re then able to use our global network to empower Clients to work faster and smarter than ever before.

For example, we worked to help clients use unmanned aerial vehicles, 3D scanning, data analysis and virtual reality to dramatically improve asset management in large and complex sites.  This video shows geomatics consultants Charlton Bland and Kevin Ballard scanning and analysing complex visual and radar scan data.

Multiple data sets can be combined to provide intelligence for decision support; predicting collapses before they happen.  

The film shows how this rich 3D mapping can be used in a virtual reality environment for purposes as diverse as staff training or public consultation.  

To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator, contact Gary Wilson: Gary.Wilson@atkinsglobal.com

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Group,

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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UK,

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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China,

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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Malaysia, Group,

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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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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Vietnam,

Challenge

Heathrow Terminals 1 and 5 host both international and domestic flights. The Airport wished to find a solution that would meet the UK Border Force requirement to ensure that passengers cannot swap their boarding cards once they have cleared security and then leave on a domestic departure when they were cleared originally for an international flight.

Importantly, any implementation also had to balance the conflicting factors of security, cost and speed of use.

Solution

Atkins worked with Aurora to implement its Passenger Authentication Scanning System which uses biometric facial recognition to link a passenger to their boarding pass.

The system amalgamates online check-in, airline data, biometric facial recognition technology and departure lounge systems into one seamless ‘end-to-end’ solution. In order to accommodate the varying lighting conditions that are found in the Terminal, PASS employs infrared technology to secure facial recognition of a passenger.

Thanks to comprehensive trialling, bench testing and close working with the client, PASS carefully balances the three competing factors identified by the Airport. The system offers quick and simple identification capture and enrollment, it operates on Heathrow’s standard client and server machines and it meets the stringent standards of the UK Border Force.

Outcome

PASS has been in operation at Heathrow since 2012 and since its inception has successfully processed millions of passengers.

This solution is now being extended in Heathrow’s Terminal 5 with the introduction of Self-Boarding channels which will allow passengers to board their flight using a self-service gate.

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UK,

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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USA, North America,

Our work on the Doha Metro is helping Qatar improve transportation and infrastructure across the city. The programme is critical for the 2022 World Cup and is central in delivering Qatar’s 2030 vision.

We were appointed as lead designer by the ALYSJ JV to deliver the Gold Line Metro stations comprising 13 underground stations and 16km of twin bore tunnels.

Our role on the Gold Line includes architectural design, station planning, structural, design of twin bore tunnel, geotechnical analysis and site investigations, site monitoring of AGI Works, design of excavation support, fire and life safety strategy, alignment design, support of the client’s requirements, management and systems assurance and additional works for mechanical and electrical building services design.

Once complete, the Doha Metro will reduce congestion and pollution while offering sustainable, attractive and fast public transportation choices for the first time.

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Qatar,

We are helping Riyadh by dramatically improving transportation across the city through the design of the metro. We were appointed as lead designer (in a joint venture with Typsa) by FAST consortium to deliver three of the six lines that will comprise Riyadh Metro.

This design and build package includes 25 stations and two depots, 63km of track, with a total capital cost of approximately £7.8bn. Atkins is drawing on its multidisciplinary team of around 250 specialist staff from its offices in Riyadh, the UAE, Bangalore, Hong Kong and the UK.

Once complete, the Riyadh Metro, currently the largest public transportation project in the world, will reduce congestion and pollution while offering people sustainable, attractive and fast public transport choices for the first time.


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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

Bourges Boulevard is part of a major ring road around Peterborough, forming a key gateway into the city.

Atkins was commissioned by Peterborough City Council to redesign the pedestrian areas of Bourges Boulevard and create better connections between Peterborough train station and the city centre as part of a £4m improvement scheme.

The design proposals looked to encourage development within this area, enhance the visual appearance of a major city gateway and improve the provision of pedestrian and cycle facilities along and across the Boulevard.

The main outcome was to enhance the aesthetic quality of the street. This has been achieved by the introduction of large-scale street trees, a distinctive new paving arrangement and a suite of new street furniture including lighting and cor-ten planters.

Other measures included narrowing of the carriageway and the introduction of two 10m-wide toucan crossings to provide easy ground-level connections to the city centre.

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UK,

The works in the central area comprise the excavation of below ground ticket halls, running tunnels, station platform tunnels and access passages with links to existing London Underground Stations.

One of the biggest challenges of the project is undertaking tunnelling works under Central London where protection of the vast network of existing 3rd party utilities, tunnels, structures, railways and historical buildings is key to the success of the project. Atkins' engineers seconded into the Crossrail project have been responsible for the damage assessment and the design of mitigation to protect 3rd 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 3rd parties was key to securing “letters of no objection” to allow construction to progress. The extensive 3rd 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 3400 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. The design engineers have since moved onto the various sites acting as asset protection engineers, bringing with them technical skills and in depth knowledge to ensure continuity to the project across all the Central London bored station and tunnel contracts. As part of the project management team, our engineers continue to advise the client on all issues relating to 3rd party asset protection, accounting for the actual works being undertaken and the ground response on site.


Upon completion, phased from 2018, the line is expected to carry 78,000 passengers per hour through 38 stations travelling from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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UK,

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and Site Formation and Infrastructure Works
– Contract 2 

The project is one of the major construction contracts of a new cross-boundary connection in Hong Kong between the boundary control point near Heung Yuen Wai and Fanling Highway to provide a strategic and direct new transport link to serve the cross-boundary goods vehicles and passengers travelling between the northeast New Territories and Shenzhen East on Mainland China. Atkins is employed by Dragages (Hongkong) Limited to be the design consultant firm for the detailed design of a 4.8-km-long dual two-lane Lung Shan Tunnel excavated by tunnel boring machine (TBM) and Drill-&-Blast techniques, mid-ventilation adit, and temporary site formation at portals with other associated works.

One of the key challenges for Atkins is to carry out the detailed design of 12.5m ID TBM permanent lining for double tube tunnels in various ground conditions and form a numbers of underground cross passage openings with 6m span in soft ground underneath public area with shallow ground cover.

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China,

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) selected Atkins to help address the immediate need to improve safety and congestion that has plagued this corridor for many years. The Twin Tunnels project widens the lanes of I-70 from Idaho Springs to the base of Floyd Hill and is the first project to add capacity to the corridor in over 20 years.

After successfully assisting with the concept design in an environmental assessment, CDOT selected Atkins to complete the eastbound tunnel expansion project under a construction management/general contractor delivery system. After the completion of the initial eastbound tunnel, CDOT sole sourced the Atkins team to complete the westbound tunnel. The compressed delivery schedule and complexity of the project required tapping into Atkins’ worldwide expertise in tunnel design, managed lanes, bridge and retaining wall design, highway design, and construction phasing. The team developed creative solutions to maintain traffic flow during construction, mitigate environmental impacts, and increase highway safety and operations.

The project was named Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mountain States 2016 Best Project in the highways and bridges category (Colorado, Wyoming and plains states).

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USA,

The Connector is instrumental in relieving traffic congestion in historic Ybor City and improving freight access to the Port of Tampa. It also provides an additional hurricane evacuation route and enhances emergency access for first responders.

Atkins served as lead engineer on the $426 million project, and as the primary designer of the Connector’s southern portion (80 percent of the overall construction effort). Innovative features include a toll gantry that saves FDOT an estimated $10 million in capital and maintenance costs, and truck-only lanes that provide convenient, exclusive freight access and minimize congestion and safety issues on local roads. The project is also one of the first to use concrete segmental construction and incorporate the new AASHTO Bridge Code. 

Atkins' ability to mobilize staff in support of this project enabled completion of alternate bridge designs three months early in an aggressive design schedule. Aesthetics also played a key role in the project, with designers making every effort to incorporate the style and character of historic Ybor City. One of the project’s notable features is a “gateway” that evokes the area’s unique, century-old Florida architecture.  

The project received the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)/FDOT 2014 Outstanding Project Award, FICE 2015 Engineering Excellence Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2015 National Recognition Award, and American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) 2015 Bridge Award of Excellence (urban bridges category). 

 

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USA,

The new complex was constructed on a 50-acre site on U.S. Highway 90, about 6 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. We designed several facilities including the 50,000-square-foot border patrol station and provided design for site grading, drainage, and paving. The project incorporated an integrated delivery process that leverages our experience using AutoDesk’s Revit building information modeling (BIM) software to provide closely coordinated, quality construction documents. This resulted in minimal issues during construction period, ensuring the facility could be built in a highly remote and austere location.

Located in an extremely dry and arid environment, conservation was a top priority. With this in mind, we designed the complex to comply with LEED Silver certification requirements and native plants were used in landscaping to reduce water consumption. 

USBP agents undertake some of the most dangerous responsibilities in U.S. law enforcement, including detection and apprehension of subjects responsible for illegal incursions into the United States. To ensure the safety of agents working at the station, the facility was designed according to USBP physical security requirements and to meet Forced Entry and Ballistic Resistance of Structural System standards established by the Diplomatic Security Bureau of the U.S. Department of State.  

 

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USA,

The A3 bypass at Hindhead was constructed to improve road safety, reduce congestion and improve air quality. Running beneath Devil's Punch Bowl, a site of Special Scientific Interest, the new dual carriageway includes the longest non-estuary underpass in the UK – 1.83km of twin bored tunnels.

With traffic congestion now absent, the existing road south has been downgraded to a local distributor road, while the northern carriageway has been closed and restored to heathland, as it was a century ago.

The Highways Agency commissioned Atkins for design, geotechnical advice, site supervision, tender and contract documentation, noise and air quality assessments, and expert witness services.

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UK,

The railway alignment is designed to meet peak operational frequency of 24 trains per hour.

The Central London tunnels are 6.2m internal diameter constructed by Tunnel Boring Machine and lined with Precast Concrete Segmental rings. Tapered tunnel rings, with 8 segments are 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 of the tunnels environment. 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. Openings in the running tunnels to the cross passages were provided using hybrid PCC / SGI opening sets or steel reinforced PCC rings.

There are 3 bored tunnelling contracts, C300 West, C305 Central, C310 East. A 4th tunnel contract, C315, connects the central and eastern tunnels via the refurbished Connaught brick lined tunnel that runs under the Royal Dock in East London.

The C300 western tunnels were driven through the heart of central London from Paddington to Farringdon running directly under Oxford street using Earth Pressure TBMs. The PCC running tunnels were driven in advance of the stations being constructed. TBM station alignments were developed together with temporary segments to provide pilot tunnels from which the large diameter SCL platform tunnels were then constructed.

On Contract C305 the tunnels pass beneath the two major financial districts; the City of London and Canary Wharf. Tunnelling was undertaken by EPB TBMs and faced some of the most challenging conditions where water bearing sand lenses were encountered. The TBMs were driven in parallel with station constructions which required TBM arrival, transit and re-launch systems to be developed.

Contract C310 tunnels were constructed through Chalk with slurry TBMs to control water ingress.

All the central London tunnels will be connected by the first quarter of 2015, with Crossrail scheduled to be fully operational by 2018.

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UK,

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.

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Oman,

The Hainan Wanning Jun waterfront residential area is the key seaside resort of CITIC Group; this development’s area is very big so that it have to be developed phase by phase; Atkins landscape and architectural design team participate in the design to provide professional knowledge and perspective, together with client to create a modern upscale resort district.

Trying to create the southeast landscape environment through introduction of palm trees, features sculptures, the pool of free boundary and diverse Southeast Asian vegetation. The combination of varies of elements, such as the organic arrangement, integrated layout, connection in-between architecture and landscape, the spatial variation, visual connection, all these have been set accordingly with the project.

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China,

The site is located in Chengdu along a river bank and surrounded by Hotel tower and adjacent residential development.

The Landscape concept takes reference from the typical natural mountainous Chengdu landscape., which is known to be very humid and contains dominant bamboo vegetation. The Hotel landscape is themed as  “Mystic Landscape “ which shall become a signature landscape feature  and  reinforce the strong iconic identity of the Hotel development.

Selection of native plants  are further enhancing the Chengdu reference  and Gingko trees are used throughout.  Form and color of the local Ginkgo tree” is also adopted ias a design inspiration for various hardscape features such as planters, paving and water features. Natural dynamics such as wind and sound are introduced throughout an artificial mist pond and plantations of Bamboo along the river bank.

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China,

Aberdeen, the largest satellite town of Hong Kong city, is a vibrant waterfront harbour resort. It is unique in the sense that it puts forward the traditional lifestyle and modernity on a single platter. Floating restaurants and sampan rides are highly acclaimed features of this tourist centre, which is one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most popular tour attractions. Visitors can cruise around the fishing port on a boat once boarding at the newly designed sampan piers.

The uplifting works along Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau aimed to preserve the features of a fishing port. In view of the distinct characteristics of Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau, apart from the functional requirements of operating in a safe, environmental friendly and effective manner, the proposed works such as the repaving, soft and hard landscape, sculptures, display board and directional signs, kiosk, leisure and resting area, etc will be aesthetically pleasing and will become the iconic designs to reflect the theme of “Traditional Fishing Village” to blend in with the cultural and heritage nature of Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau in harmony.

Various landscape components along the promenade such as feature seating, performance stages or pavilions, make reference to traditional artifacts and lifestyle. Lush planting with different textures have been carefully chosen and introduced along the promenade as soft landscape and form the pedestrian green walkway. People who have passed most of their life on dry lands would find fishing life of Aberdeen very intriguing as conventional lifestyle still prevails in Aberdeen.

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China,

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”.

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China,

The M25 is the busiest road in the UK and strategically important to the economy. Atkins is part of the Connect Plus consortium including Balfour BeattySkanska and Egis Road Operation UK which was appointed by the UK’s Highways Agency in 2009 to manage the M25 and its key arterial link roads.

As part of this 30-year contract to manage and enhance London’s orbital motorway network, we are delivering lifecycle maintenance and major improvement projects. These include widening 38 miles of the M25, refurbishing tunnels and bridges, delivering Smart Motorways with all lane running and installing hundreds of variable messaging signs and gantries, helping to maximise the use of the network and deliver more reliable journeys. We also manage the Dartford River crossing, and operate and maintain 440km of this economically strategic road network providing our customer and road user with a world-class highway service.

Delivering the first significant widening programme before the London 2012 Olympic Games was a huge challenge, and to meet the deadline the design and construction had to be twice as fast as previous comparable projects, expending around £1 million per day and widening the motorway at a rate of 1.6km/month.

The second phase of widening includes the transition to all-lane running. Section 5a (Junctions 23-25) and Section 2 (Junctions 5-7) went live in April 2014.

The contract transfers the investment risk in lifecycle maintenance to the Joint Venture for 30 years and requires us to meet challenging performance requirements. Atkins is involved in all aspects of maintenance scheme delivery, from data gathering and inspections, through solution evaluation and whole life costing to detailed design and management of activities on the network. Some 200 individual schemes are progressed in any 12 month period and as such works must minimise road user impacts. This has driven innovation in many areas for example; solutions for concrete pavement repairs, major bridge joint renewal and bridge deck waterproofing replacement.

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UK,

Part of the Trans-European Road Network, the M62 Smart Motorway scheme is of strategic importance on a regional, national and international scale. Atkins developed an innovative design for this project to provide 15.5 miles of extra road capacity to reduce congestion and provide safer journeys for motorists.

The design includes the use of Dynamic Hardshoulder Running and All Lane Running (ALR), where the existing hard shoulder is converted into a running lane. This is the first scheme in the UK to implement ALR and this approach delivered savings of around £3 million as less technology was required.

To deliver this scheme two months ahead of schedule and under budget, our design team worked collaboratively with main contractor BAM Nuttall/Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (bmJV) and client, the Highways Agency.

Innovation was key to successful delivery such as 3D modelling, developed by Atkins. These models informed the design process so well and achieved early buy in from stakeholders to new layouts that it led to a reduction in infrastructure requirements, saving the project £9 million. The 3D models were able to replicate views from properties allowing impacts to be determined and minimised as well as facilitating early engagement with residents to agree mitigation measures if required. The models were also able to replicate CCTV camera images ensuring full coverage of the scheme and also meant that cameras were positioned in the right place, first time.

Atkins’ design team were also behind the introduction of 19 metre span cantilever sign/signal gantries, the longest to be installed on the network. These cantilever gantries reduced costs and minimised the impact on the local environment including visual intrusion to local residents.

Officially opened in September 2013, the scheme has seen around 15 minutes taken off the average journey for all road users.

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UK,

Atkins provided full multidisciplinary design and management of the civil works on Dubai Metro. This included geotechnical and site investigations, bored tunnels, viaducts and bridges, route alignment, depots and additional specialist services such as fire and ventilation, environmental impact, concrete durability, noise and vibration reduction and landscaping.

The first line of the Dubai Metro opened to the public on 09 September 2009. It is the longest automated, driverless system in the world and it has eased traffic congestion by improving mobility throughout Dubai.

A key challenge has been to integrate the specialist skills from Atkins' international offices to work with our local presence on this tightly programmed project. Another challenge was to tackle the project in a carbon-critical way. Our approach resulted in less glass and more insulation than the original designs. Our recommendations saved just over 500m3 of aluminium and a saving of approximately 12,900t (CO2-e) and reduced estimated peak cooling load by around 35%.

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United Arab Emirates,

Northamptonshire County Council aims to be the first area in England with Superfast Next Generation Broadband by the end of 2017.

A critical component of this project was effectively communicating the progress of the broadband service roll out to people living and working in Northamptonshire.

To help Northamptonshire do this, Atkins developed the Superfast When & Where Portal which can be accessed online via http://bnpc.atkinsgeospatial.com/.

Traditionally maps like this would be in static paper or PDF format, so the interactive web map represents a new way of engaging with constituents. With the Portal accessible via desktop, mobile and tablet, people in Northamptonshire can search by postcode and see when they will receive superfast broadband at their home or business.

Since going live in November 2013, the Portal has been well-received by the public. Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire mentioned the site in a speech in the House of Commons, saying: “Northamptonshire County Council has one of the most detailed “when and where” maps in the country.”

PC Pro magazine also cited the project as an example of fibre broadband coverage map best practice in their July edition feature on ‘Who’s getting fibre’.

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UK,

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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United Arab Emirates,

Our urban designers created a vision which will help grow and bring new vitality and vibrancy to the Downtown and Business Bay districts in the heart of Dubai. Our urban designers focused on the public realm – the space between buildings – to provide a solution which will deliver a true sense of place and identity, ensuring long-term environmental, social and economic resilience.

This vision has provided the platform for a new cultural centre which will be home to museums, art galleries and an Opera House, as well as the development of an 80 million sq ft precinct linking Downtown Dubai to Business Bay. Mohammad Bin Rashid City will be a major new mixed-use development comprising residences, hotels, retail outlets, commercial and community space.

Our masterplan visioning provides a cohesive design at ground level which will improve connectivity and permeability for pedestrians and cyclists. The waterfront will have a distinct character with green spaces along its frontage that integrate into public spaces, thus making it accessible to other areas of the development.

Targeted development, both in terms of public space and individual buildings, will provide for a cohesive, carefully planned sustainable urban environment.

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United Arab Emirates,

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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United Arab Emirates,

The masterplan for Baku White City aims to transform the area into a brand new, high quality urban quarter, acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city and the wider region. Atkins was asked to develop the long term strategy for the 220 hectare site, located on the eastern edge of Azerbaijan’s capital city.

Our vision looks to achieve this through the creation of a cohesive, carefully planned sustainable urban environment, offering distinct character and a high quality of life for its residents. It also presents an opportunity to attract and promote investment, generate jobs and strengthen the city’s economy.

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Azerbaijan,

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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United Arab Emirates,

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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United Arab Emirates,

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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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

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.

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Bahrain,

Atkins has been appointed to a three-year contract by the Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to support delivery of its multi-billion dollar transport and infrastructure programmes underpinning Qatar’s 2030 vision for world class infrastructure development.

Under the contract, Atkins is establishing a Central Planning Office (CPO) to co-ordinate current and planned road, rail, metro and other major transport and infrastructure projects, including elements associated with the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

Qatar’s 2030 vision includes programmes for education, health, science and sport, all of which must be connected by multimodal transport infrastructure. The CPO will be a single co-ordinating body which will be responsible for ensuring all works are planned in an integrated and efficient way to minimise disruption and maximise cost effectiveness. Atkins’ project team draws upon a wide range of skills from rail to tunnelling, traffic planning to environment, urban design to cost estimating.

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Qatar,

Atkins conducted an Environemental Impact Assessment at Barr Al Jissah to identify a coral community that could have been damaged.

A decision was taken to transplant the suitable coral onto a man-made substrate in a location which would not be impacted by construction.

A total of 41 small concrete forms were constructed with rough faces and a number of openings to allow coral and reef organisms to be transplanted. In total over 200 coral colonies were relocated with every attempt made to minimise disturbance and abrasion.

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Oman,

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.

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Bahrain,

Atkins delivered the Signalling and Power and Distribution contracts for the CASR which have modernised life-expired signalling equipment across 192 route miles of track between Newport and Port Talbot.

A technically challenging project, CASR was one of the first major signalling schemes in the UK to use latest innovations such as plug couplers and Frauscher train detection technology to help save time and money.

Over the course of the scheme, the team undertook a range of tasks, including centralising control of signalling equipment to the Cardiff Control Centre, installing an electronic crossing controller system and providing an improved power and distribution system.

Completed in 2016, this project has provided more efficient and reliable passenger and freight services to meet demand in the South Wales region.

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UK,

The A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in the world with a wingspan of 80 metres. Atkins provided independent certification of the A380 wing structure to enable its client to comply with international air safety standards. Atkins’ A380 wingbox certification covered detailed stress analysis extending over the whole aircraft lifecycle, operating loads, in-service fatigue and damage tolerance.

To deliver the project, which extended over four years, Atkins brought together a large team and managed inputs from a wider supply chain. The A380 has a ground-breaking, fuel efficient design, resulting in 12% lower fuel burn per seat than a comparable aircraft. To provide certification Atkins was required to develop new and innovative stress analysis methods.

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India, Netherlands, UK,

Completed in 2012, we successfully delivered the detailed design for the Chiltern Railways upgrade, one of the UK’s most important and technically challenging rail modernisation programmes.

Atkins helped develop the project from its infancy, right through to detailed design and final commissioning. Drawing on knowledge from across the company, over 400 engineers were involved in the project to deliver the multidisciplinary elements of the scheme. This included pway, civils, E&P, signalling and stations design, plus the associated geotechnical investigations, human factors studies, ecological and environmental assessments and surveying.

Atkins also undertook the installation, testing and commissioning works for the new signalling system.

Now finished, journey times have been reduced and there are more frequent commuter services on the line between Birmingham and London Marylebone. As a result of these improvements, passenger numbers increased by over 30 per cent in the 12 months after the works were completed.

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UK,

These programs include construction of new roadways, widening of existing roadways, construction of new bridges, replacement of existing bridges, roadway safety and operational improvements, intersection safety and operational improvements, resurfacing, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Atkins has been selected five consecutive times as Program Manager, working side-by-side with and as an extension of county engineering staff. We serve as the representative to the board of county commissioners and field public inquiries related to construction projects. As a measure of Atkins’ dedication to responsiveness, our inspectors are routinely sent to resolve transportation issues and concerns of the local citizens.

Through close coordination and partnership with the county’s department of transportation staff, we have consistently accelerated construction schedules and reduced construction costs to meet proposed budgets. We also provide input and assistance in the development of the future TIP as well as participating in associated public information programs.

Our deep-rooted and long-term collaboration with Cobb County extends past our involvement on the project and participation in the Chamber of Commerce, where we work closely with the business community. Our team members are also actively involved in local charities that serve the community and initiatives that contribute to the County’s economic health. An example is the annual Atkins Golf Tournament that benefits the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, a restored and treasured venue that anchors historic Marietta Square.
































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USA,

Oxford Circus, in the heart of London, is one of the world’s most congested intersections, with more than 80 million pedestrians crossing it each year. The innovative makeover allows shoppers to walk across Oxford Circus diagonally for the first time. Atkins' design was inspired by Tokyo's famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing people to cross with ease.

Atkins was appointed by the Crown Estate to improve pedestrian movement and the quality of the public realm. This involved the introduction of the UK’s first large scale, diagonal crossing and a radical increase in the amount of footway space. Our solution enabled all existing barriers and street clutter to be ripped out and remodelled in order to give pedestrians the freedom to move around quickly both straight ahead and diagonally – across both Regent Street and Oxford Street.

To test such an innovative approach our transport planning team and our Intelligent Space pedestrian modellers initially developed computer models including 2D real time simulations for vehicles (VISSIM) and pedestrians (LEGION). The urban design team combined this data and prepared a 3D animated, photo-realistic environment (3D Studio Max model) with specialist Design Hive, which was used for stakeholder and public consultation.

A seven month programme of site operations had to coordinate with London Underground improvements, maintain safe and convenient retail operations, street clutter clearance and utilities works, as well as implement improvements including granite paving, lighting mounted on buildings and wayfinding. The completed project had drawn significant public and professional support and Oxford Circus is again a place to visit for its change in character both by day and by night. The solution has resulted in a dramatic reduction in pedestrian congestion.

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UK,

Atkins is part of the team delivering the £250 million Stafford Area Improvements Programme - the first in the UK to be delivered as a ‘pure alliance’.

To boost capacity and reliability on the West Coast Main Line, Atkins is working collaboratively with Network Rail, Laing O’Rourke and VolkerRail to deliver a package of improvements by 2017.

Works include linespeed improvements between Crewe and Norton Bridge (now complete) and the wholesale resignalling of Stafford and the surrounding area. Six miles of new railway will also be constructed at Norton Bridge including a flyover which will help to provide a faster more reliable railway.

Once complete, the programme will deliver two extra fast trains per hour between London Euston and the North West, one additional train per hour between Manchester (Stone) and Birmingham and one additional freight path per hour through Stafford via Trent Valley, helping take lorries off congested roads such as the M6.

By working as a pure alliance, the first of its kind in the UK rail industry, all partners share equal risk and reward. This means that the project will be delivered more effectively, with all parties working in a truly collaborative manner. This approach is the way forward for rail infrastructure delivery in the UK.

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UK,

Atkins is helping to deliver the most important combined upgrade in passenger and freight train services in Europe. The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is being implemented across 4000km of track on the Norwegian rail network. The roll-out of ERTMS Level 2 and Baseline 3 is due for completion by 2023. 

The project promises a radical improvement in safety, performance and capacity, and opens up the possibility of running non-stop trains across all borders. ERTMS will see on-board computers fitted to every train which receive and relay information via trackside radio beacons that communicate with a central control. This improves timetable reliability and offers capacity improvements as services can be run closer together.

Safety is also a key feature as ERTMS includes an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system which applies a train’s brakes automatically if there is danger of a potential collision.

Atkins’ teams of specialists are steering the project through its early stages, which includes preparing tender documents for the supply of on-board train equipment and signalling infrastructure.

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Norway,

The Prince Sultan Cultural Center Company envisages a development which will engender “social wellness”, through which residents will take “an active part in improving the world by encouraging a healthy living environment and initiating better communications with those around them.”

The masterplan for the project incorporates all the components needed for a strong community: residential; culture; healthcare; education; retail; offices and commercial space; exhibition and hospitality; and an integrated public realm network.

The idea behind the project is to create a new type of community for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which encourages ownership and involvement from everyone in order to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Every element within the masterplan has to meet this wellness criteria in order to create a city within the city of Jeddah – a fully self-sustaining mixed-use development.

The site area of approximately 2.4 million square metres features 40% high quality public realm comprising gardens, urban squares and shaded walkways all interconnected by a large central linear park.

 

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

Atkins is the technical and procurement consultant for the 15.5km twin tunnel Copenhagen Metro CityRingen (City Circle Line) transportation system package which will transport passengers underground through the heart of the historic city. Together with a joint venture partner, Atkins is involved in the four critical stages of the project: concept design, tendering and procurement, evaluation and managing the delivery of this design, build, operation, and maintenance contract.

Our international expertise, combined with our local knowledge and understanding of the existing metro system allowed us to identify and mitigate problems. The creation of a bespoke management tool was also used to trace requirements.

We have also recommended a train control system which will ensure greater safety and reliability while at the same time reduce the amount of equipment and maintenance required. When complete, this vital metro system will represent one of the most advanced transport systems in the world.

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Denmark,

The ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) has proposed a long-term vision for the future planning of Riyadh, in which four urban sub-centres are to be created on the perimeter of the existing city. Riyadh East Sub Centreis to be the new centre for the eastern sector.

As its name suggests, Riyadh East Sub Centre aspires to be a haven, providing shelter and relief to its inhabitants and developing a modern concept of urban life by providing vibrant, interesting spaces.

It is dominated by a curvilinear, organically shaped public park that ties the north and south sides of the site together with a string of spatial experiences. These public spaces insinuate themselves into every aspect of the planning and use idealised aspects of Riyadh’s history, spirituality, culture, tradition, ecology and future aspirations as themes under an overall approach of sustainability. The spaces within the park are based on themes of nature, religion, tradition, the art and the souk

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

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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UK,

Atkins was responsible for the design and implementation of the public realm improvements of this key heritage site, providing project management, landscape and urban design, transport planning, traffic engineering and civil infrastructure services.

The multi-award winning environmental improvement scheme is an example of our ability to manage complex multidisciplinary projects, and deliver a high quality public realm. The project successfully enhances the enjoyment for visitors, pedestrian access and bus travel, using a mixture of traffic management and urban design.

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UK,

Atkins provided feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment, coastal protection strategy plans and civil engineering services for this major coastal protection scheme which includes an offshore breakwater and the UK's first piece of offshore artwork.

Atkins designed a tidal breakwater built to withstand 5m waves approximately 300m offshore which had to be sympathetic to the town’s needs as a tourist destination. Atkins also introduced 500,000 tonnes of sand to replenish the town’s beach and provide additional sea defences, and designed a special platform for the artwork, The Couple. Atkins won a prestigious Civil Engineering award from the British Construction Industry for this coastal protection scheme.

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UK,

As lead consultant, Atkins is carrying out detailed design and site construction supervision to widen 23km of motorway, and upgrade seven interchanges on the existing M50 Dublin orbital ring motorway. The M50 is currently notorious for being the most traffic congested motorway in Ireland. Once the work is complete, it will ease congestion for 100,000 vehicles each day.

We suggested an alternative, more environmentally beneficial solution to the N3 interchange plan. Our approach to take the motorway over (rather than under) the railway line and canal has provided fewer impacts on the environment as well as cost and construction benefits.

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Ireland,

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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United Arab Emirates, North America,

Following our work providing much of the infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Atkins is working with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to oversee the technical transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from Games venue into an exciting new visitor destination and community park.

The project includes acting as Technical Approval Authority so the transformation of the Olympic Park is completed to required standards on behalf of local authorities, as well as providing guidance on the removal of temporary infrastructure, the conversion of permanent venues, infrastructure and landscape into legacy configurations, and the further development of local infrastructure such as highways, a 7km mountain biking track and a 1.6km competitive cycling circuit.

The contracts include the provision of technical reviews, independent structural checks, supervisory services, environmental monitoring and testing, flood and crowd modelling, transport impact studies, and also the provision of cost consultancy services.

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UK,

To take advantage of the additional oil and gas reserves in the Valhall field, BP Norway has invested in a new Production and Hotel (PH) platform. Atkins provided technical support to address the working environment aspects of the PH platform during the detailed design phase and continues to provide support during the current construction phase.

There is a strong focus on user involvement and good design of the working environment.

Atkins staff provided expertise in this area during the detailed design and construction phases of the project, in an integrated design and assurance role.

Atkins’ client Mustang Engineering (part of the Wood Group) is responsible for the platform topsides (process area). Atkins staff carried out working environment activities in accordance with NORSOK standards to ensure compliance with the rigorous working environment standards set by the customer, BP Norway.

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Norway,

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.

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Vietnam,

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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UK,

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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UK,

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.

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Indonesia,

Atkins has been appointed by the Drainage Services Department for the improvement of a 500m midstream section of Kai Tak nullah with landscape design to include an additional 200m section upstream.

The works include strengthening of the aging nullah walls, re-provision of dry weather flow interceptors, and beautification of the nullah environment with the introduction of various hard and soft landscape elements aimed at revitalizing the nullah into a local attraction.

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China,

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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UK,

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.

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China,

Central Reclamation Phase III (CRIII) is a high profile project on the north shore of Hong Kong Island in Victoria Harbour, and is the final phase of reclamation in the Central Business District on Hong Kong Island. The project will provide land for essential transport infrastructure and the area will later be developed into a world class waterfront.
The project involves a full range of essential infrastructures, including:

  • 18 hectares of reclamation
  • 1 km of wave absorbing seawalls
  • “Star” ferry and public piers
  • Cooling water pumping stations for existing private and government buildings;
  • 1,000 metres of extensions to drainage and sewerage systems
  • A 1 km dual 3 lane road tunnel forming part of the future Central-Wanchai Bypass
  • A tunnel extension for MTRC’s Airport Express and Tung Chung lines
  • A berth for the People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong (PLA) warships
  • 2.5 km of at-grade roads, together with an underpass
  • A 300 metre long footbridge from the General Post Office to the new ferry piers
  • Preservation of Queen’s pier
  • Promenade landscaping and architecture

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China,

Atkins has supported the contractor - China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited - in winning this project involving the construction of an underground box structure beneath the Victoria Harbour off Causeway Bay on the Hong Kong Island. When this HK$5.5 billion project is completed, it will form part of the underpass linking Central and North Point. The major scope of our work includes the design of the temporary sea walls and reclamation with a total area of 51,000m2, and the design of the excavation method and sequence for constructing the two sections of tunnel box structures with a total length of 710m.

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China,

Atkins undertook detailed pedestrian simulation modelling for a new footbridge which will be built during the redevelopment of South Australia’s iconic 140-year-old Adelaide Oval sports stadium. The new Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Bridge will cross the River Torrens, connecting the city side of the river with the north bank and the stadium, forming an integral part of the new Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Masterplan.

The pedestrian modelling analysis generated guidelines on the optimal alignment and width of the bridge. Two principal alignments – the east and west landing points on the south bank of the river – were compared regarding key performance metrics such as level of service and journey time to onward transport nodes.

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Australia,

The Jeddah Waterfront project was envisioned following a decree by the King of Saudi Arabia to improve public amenities and recreation in Jeddah. Only 26% of the project will be built up, with the rest set aside for public open space, with promenades, parks and boulevards.

Buildings within the area will be predominantly food and beverage and retail outlets, as well as a 450-bed hotel, an aquarium, cultural centre, a stunning dancing water display, botanical gardens and a Ferris wheel.

Set in the heart of Jeddah, our design makes the most of the site’s position by the Red Sea to utilise water borne transport such as water taxis and ferries. People will be encouraged to navigate their way around the various amenities on foot or by bike, via car-free cycle routes, while children’s play areas will ensure it is family friendly.

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

Atkins provided emergency response, maintenance works and minor improvements, construction management for major works as well as design, maintenance and work supervision for structures following torrential rain which led to the worst flooding Gloucestershire has seen for a generation.

Atkins worked with Gloucestershire County Council to secure £16 million grant funding to restore the network to its pre-flood condition. Atkins delivered a one year programme of flood repairs including 28 stabilisation schemes, 19 structural repair schemes for bridges, 334 lane kilometres of resurfacing and 733 minor works.

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UK,

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car is an extraordinary automobile. Designed for a top speed of 1,050 mph (1.3 times the speed of sound!), it is hoping to beat the world land speed record in Northern Cape, South Africa in 2015 and 2016. Atkins’ expertise in stress and finite element analysis, advanced composites methods and vehicle safety is helping Bloodhound to reach this goal.

Bloodhound’s design speed makes it faster than a jet fighter at sea level so it’s no surprise that the technologies it uses are closer to aerospace than automotive.

Atkins' aerospace engineers are supporting the design and analysis of aluminium and composite components on Bloodhound, including the airbrake panels, cockpit brackets and jet fuel tank. Atkins’ defence engineers are also supporting Bloodhound in their safety assessment of the car. 

Atkins is also involved in the Bloodhound STEM ambassador programme which uses this exciting project to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Atkins' head of engineering Tim Edwards presented on Bloodhound at the PNWAIAA Technical Symposium 'Innovation @ the Edge' on 1 November. His presentation looked at how designing and building a vehicle with the ambition of creating ‘the fastest man on earth’ has involved the application of rigorous stress testing principles learnt from large aircraft development programmes. Read his presentation here.

Tim has also co-authored an article in Atkins' technical journal about Bloodhound. Read it here.

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UK,

To prepare for the 2014 Youth Olympics, the Nanjing City called for an International Design Competition to revitalize a scenic waterfront and green belt zone along the Yangtze River. Atkins was awarded the first prize.

The challenge of the project was finding a resilient solution to integrate the individual lots, open space and landscape features which stretched along the river for 30 km and covered 11 hectares of land into one comprehensive piece. Atkins’ proposal provokes innovative waterfront planning strategies to reclaim the lost space and provide diverse recreational opportunities. In line with the requirements of the 2014 Youth Olympics and new developments along the south shore of Nanjing, an iconic area in Nanjing’s riverfront comprising and consolidating recreation, tourism, ecology, transit and culture regimens will be completed in the near future.

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China,

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.

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China,

We have captured laser scanning data from a main plant area and an inaccessible plant room at Dungeness B to support optimisation of an upcoming outage. This data is being utilised through a simple desktop application to allow walkthroughs of the plant areas and creation of animated construction sequences for visualisation of the outage plan linked to the outage schedule itself.

A further aim of the project is to utilise Augmented Reality (AR) to visualise the planning data and critical path movements.

The outputs will enable interactive visualisation of the outage plan which can be used to trial different potential scenarios using a timeline based editor, and offer a collaborative tool for discussions with the whole team. Operators will be able to see what a sequence of work and the interactions with the surrounding plant should look like, and highlight any issues before the work.

Access to one of the scanned areas is also limited to outages only, therefore providing visualisation of these areas allows operators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the area prior to arriving on site, thus improving the efficiency of the tasks and removing the requirement for in situ planning.

The overall targeted outcome is to maximise efficient delivery of the outage by enabling optimisation of planned activities, training improvements and identification of equipment and technology innovations.

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UK & Europe,

Part of the Tubular Bells development in the Gulf of Mexico, our Houston team delivered the hull and mooring engineering for the Gulfstar One Spar, as well as fabrication and installation engineering support. The hull was built in one piece, strakes included, in a graving dock, completely in the US, which has never been done before for a Spar.

The unit has the capacity to hold almost 10,000 barrels of dead oil, and has 20 stainless steel tanks for storing flow assurance chemicals and the associated transfer systems.

The Gulfstar floating production system (FPS) is owned by Williams, and operated by Hess.

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