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Top 20 MEP Consultants 2017

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Jun 1, 2017

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3. Atkins

Atkins has been in the news quite lately. Canada’s SNC-Lavalin will reportedly acquire UK-headquartered consultancy, Atkins, for $2.6bn, it has been confirmed. The acquisition will give a much stronger foothold to Atkins in the Middle East region.

Atkins currently has around 2,459 full-time people working in the region, with around 153 qualified MEP/building services engineers working for the the company.

Last year Atkins completed work at: Dubai Opera, a multi-format entertainment venue; Al Habtoor Residences, a mixed-use development with residential apartments and retail podium; Al Forsan Sports Hotel, a five-star hotel; Doha Festival City; and Qetaifan Island Concept Master Plan, Lusail, a leisure, commercial and residential development.

Some of its projects for this year include Dubai Waterfront Development, a mixed-use waterfront development; Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah, hotel and serviced apartments; Al Habtoor Polo Ranch, a mixed use development with hotel, polo fields, and equestrian facilities; Hotel Tower, hotel and serviced apartments, etc., all these in Dubai.

Atkin’s current tenders include a mixed used development, KSA, retail mall, Dubai, UAE, retail mall, KSA, a number of high-rise residential buildings, Dubai UAE, mixed use waterfront development, Abu Dhabi, UAE, among others.

When it comes to sustainable business practices, Mark Cummins, regional design director – MEP, says: “Atkins has a responsibility to help enable a sustainable future through our leadership role, our operations and the services we provide. We are embedding the key sustainability principles of how we can support society, reduce our impact on the environment, and be a responsible business through our leadership role, our operations and the services we provide.”

According to Cummins, this includes: “A society for our future – inspiring the next generation; investing in communities; developing sustainability knowledge and skills; striving to be an employer of choice; and creating a healthy, safe and secure workplace.

An environment with a future – supporting a low carbon economy; demonstrating respect for the environment through resource efficiency and preventing pollution; and protecting and improving ecosystems.

And a responsible business of the future – supporting sustainable economic growth with strong governance and accountability; being an international business whilst recognising the importance of providing local services; and collaborating with key organisations to develop innovative solutions.”

Cummins remarks that in the coming months the company is captalising on the market opportunities and managing a significant business through the region’s economic challenges.

Atkin’s focus is on property, transport, and infrastructure in the Middle East and Africa.

Mark Cummins, Regional Design Director – MEP

Number of years in role: 1

Number of years in company: 1

Number of years working in Middle East: 4

Middle East workforce: 2,459

MEP/Building Services Engineers: 153

GCC nationals: 87

Female staff: 453