Atkins scoops Consultant of the Year 2012 Award - 13 December 2012
Atkins was last night recognised for its outstanding contribution to the Middle East’s built environment sector after being named Consultant of the Year by respected industry magazine Construction Week.
An independent judging panel of industry experts rewarded Atkins for its demonstrable ability to enhance projects and to contribute to the success of its clients, describing the company as 'committed to adding value'. They also acknowledged the company’s commitment to developing the application of technologies such as BIM, while investing to put high calibre expertise into key growth markets such as Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The award comes hot on the heels of Atkins’ triple success last month at the MEP Middle East Awards, when Atkins again was named Consultancy of the Year, while Lee Hall was named Project Manager of the Year and the Atkins-designed Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi won Overall Project of the Year.
Richard Barrett, CEO for Atkins in the Middle East, said: “We’re delighted again to be recognised by our industry peers with this award. It is a great way of capping off the year and is richly deserved by all our people for their continuing commitment to delivering the highest possible standards, adding value to our clients’ projects.”
In the past 12 months, Atkins has seen strong headcount growth to more than 2,000 people across the Middle East. The company has won, and is delivering, strategically important, high profile projects which are critical to the region’s long-term development. These include the Central Planning Office in Doha, where Atkins’ technical expertise is playing a key role in helping to prioritise, co-ordinate and deliver Qatar’s multiple infrastructure programmes on schedule for the FIFA 2022 World Cup and beyond, helping to realise the State’s National 2030 Vision.
“We feel incredibly privileged to be working in one of the most exciting regions in the world for our sector,” adds Richard Barrett. “The scale, diversity and complexity of projects is truly breathtaking, and we’re already looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”
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Notes to editors:
Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies, employing some 17,700 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.
Atkins has been working in the Middle East for more than 40 years and has 11 offices throughout the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region, with more than 2,000 people.
Recent projects across the world include:
- Major infrastructure works, such as the design and programme management of the civil works for the Dubai Metro red and green lines in the UAE;
- Key rail projects – providing architectural and engineering design services on Crossrail, Europe’s biggest civil engineering project in London, UK, and designing stations, tunnelling and track systems for Gautrain, South Africa’s first high speed line;
- Renewable energy schemes - transformer platform design for the Thanet offshore wind park in the UK’s North Sea;
- High profile transport planning and urban design – our innovative scheme to deliver a diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus in London, UK, has helped tackle the problem of pedestrian crowding;
- Multidisciplinary building design – Northwood Primary School in Darlington, UK, is an exemplar project which raises standards for environmental design and community engagement.
- Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the US National Park Service, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards;
- Water and environmental projects – critical programme management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana in North America, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats;