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Atkins looks to double Riyadh office headcount by end-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Senior official Adrian Lindon says gigaprojects are driving growth for the construction consultancy in Saudi Arabia

Atkins plans to double its headcount in Riyadh.
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Atkins plans to double its headcount in Riyadh.

Buoyed by ongoing work on megaprojects such as Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and the Diriyah Gate development, UK-headquartered construction consultancy Atkins is looking to double the headcount of its recently opened office in Riyadh by the end of 2019, the company's managing director for engineering, design, and project management in the Middle East and Africa, Adrian Lindon, told Construction Week.

Lindon revealed additional details in conversation with Construction Week during a recording of a Construction Week Viewpoint episode.

“[Our] office in Riyadh has already grown just this year up to 60 staff in the design business alone,” he said, noting that figure stands at 120 after including the staff of Faithful+Gould – a project management consultancy thaht is part of the Atkins business.

“We’re looking at [...] probably doubling the headcount in the [Riyadh] office by the end of the year.”

Atkins, which is also working on Saudi Arabian construction projects such as Riyadh Metro and Mall of Saudi, announced the inauguration of its 1,500m² office at Hamad Tower, located on Riyadh’s King Fahd Road, on 6 March, 2019.

Lindon said gigaprojects were driving Atkins' growth in the kingdom, adding that the company was “also looking at Qiddiya, Neom, Amaala, and The Red Sea Project".

He added: “We have done quite a bit of work in the kingdom already, but, we are now really seeing a push for growth, driven by the key gigaprojects.”

The Atkins businesses are part of Canada-headquartered SNC-Lavalin Group, and together they feature 9,000 employees on the ground in Saudi Arabia.

Adrian’s full podcast with will be made available at midday on Monday, 10 June, 2019 through Construction Week’s SoundCloud and iTunes accounts. Be sure to subscribe to stay up to date with all podcasts from CW Viewpoint.

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