Atkins sees GCC development spurring India growth

Success in GCC helps company to broaden its reach outside the region

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Atkins' growth in Saudi Arabia and Qatar has helped spur its expansion into India and Russia. Photo: Getty.
Atkins' growth in Saudi Arabia and Qatar has helped spur its expansion into India and Russia. Photo: Getty.

Atkins Middle East has said that its MEP division has seen its operations spread to new sectors, regions and technologies over the last twelve months.

The company’s development in the GCC, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has seen it successfully bid for key projects in India and Russia.

“Our reputation for getting the job done and delivering a world class product is opening new opportunities throughout our core territories, including healthcare, residential and commercial developments in Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Heywood, design operations manager, for Atkins Middle East.

The Indian market has also seen considerable success for Atkins during 2011, Heywood said. Two of the biggest project wins for Atkins in India are the Lulu Shopping Mall and Hotel in Kochi and the Iconia project in Hyderabad.

“Our quality and attention to detail is winning us many friends and our key relationships are expanding our reach and influence in a country that continues to grow when the demand for world class development is greater than ever,” said Heywood.

In 2011, Atkins’ Saudi Arabian operations has seen it deliver and support a major multi-modal transport infrastructure project, while in the UAE the company has been undertaking preliminary engineering design for stages 1,2 and 3 of the 1,200km Etihad Rail project.

The UAE remains a key market for Atkins’ MEP team and it is involved in a number of aspects in the regional industries, from specialist consultancy work with airline operators to site support and design at Abu Dhabi’s Central Market development.

One the biggest UAE based projects for the company was the Yas Island Water Park in Abu Dhabi. Heywood said that the continued success of the park has helped the company create a reputation as a regional leader in water park design, leading to increasing interest from developers.

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