Atkins is the UK’s largest engineering and design consultancy. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects, none more urgent than creating a low carbon future. In fact, we’re the first engineering consultancy to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in the construction and building management sector. In addition our Carbon Critical initiative gives businesses the world over the tools they need to cut their carbon effectively.
Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design and enable solutions.
Our skills lie in the expansive area of infrastructure – the wiring of society – encompassing buildings, transport and utilities (including energy and water) as well as work for national and local governments and other industrial clients. The social and environmental framework is crucial and we view all our projects in the context of the communities and in which they will be undertaken.
One of our own offices, The Hub in Bristol, has impressive sustainability credentials, rated ‘Excellent’ by the industry leading measure BREEAM.
Like The Hub, everything we work on has a real impact on people’s everyday lives. Take our pivotal role on Europe’s largest engineering project, Crossrail, where we’re designing everything from the 23km twin-bore tunnels beneath London to the look of Tottenham Court Road station.
We’re also proud to be the engineering design expert behind London 2012. As the first official engineering design services provider to an Olympic Games, Atkins is leading the sector and will showcase the London 2012 Games as a feat of engineering excellence. It’s exciting work – we’ll be making sure the athlete shooting for the hoop to win gold in the basketball competition will be doing so in a structure that will do justice to the occasion. We’ll be in charge of delivering the beach volleyball court that will transform Horseguards Parade. As the cyclists hurtle around the velodrome they’ll be doing so above a bed of once heavily contaminated soil that our engineers helped clean.
Then there’s the big one: the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). It’s one of the most ambitious science projects of our time and, as the architect engineer, Atkins will help create a device capable of generating ten times the power it consumes. And as we develop new technology, we’ll continue to pioneer ways of harnessing the power of nature – like Anaconda, a 200-metre snake-like tube that creates energy by pulsing 50 metres under the sea.