Airport Design and Planning

Atkins is involved in the planning, design and enabling of complex capital projects. We lead the way across a diverse range of disciplines, from architects designing the world’s tallest buildings to improving the efficiency of major public transport systems. As the problems facing our clients become more complex, the solutions delivered by Atkins become more and more innovative.

Atkins is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK, the largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe and the world’s eighth largest design firm. Our size brings significant value to our clients, allowing us to harness an unrivalled pool of creative, professional people to produce outstanding solutions to challenging problems.

Company Profile

  • Airports & Ports

    Atkins has a long and established history in the design and delivery of airport and port projects.

    We have been involved in some of the world’s most prestigious airport projects including the design of all runways, taxiways and aprons for Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport; Manchester Airport’s second runway; and more recently the development of a brand new airport on St Helena, a remote UK Overseas Territory. At London City Airport our airports team has been responsible for a number of key infrastructure projects including operational improvements, runway reconfiguration and apron development.

    Our terminal design commissions include Tainjin International Airport, Beijing among other provincial airports in mainland China, Trivandrum International Airport in India and the Ethihad Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

    Atkins is a world leading supplier of professional technology based consultancy and support services to the maritime sector. Atkins expertise, innovation and understanding of ports, harbours and the coastal zone helps clients respond to the technical, economic, regulatory and environmental forces sharing the industry. With over 40 years' experience in delivering business solutions to the ports and maritime sector, Atkins has successfully undertaken a wide range of projects encompassing strategic planning, port and harbour development, port operations, and oil and gas terminals.

  • Our Work in Airports

    From economic studies, operations analysis and master planning to architecture and integrated airport facilities, Atkins embraces every area of design, development, construction and operation. We provide integrated services for the planning, design and delivery of all aspects of airport development, including:

    Feasibility and Planning

    •     Feasibility studies and master planning
    •     Surface access modelling
    •     Traffic management and operational assessment
    •     Aviation regulatory advice
    •     Safeguarding assessment
    •     Movement area planning and capacity analysis
    •     Environmental Impact Studies
    •     Aviation safety assessments


    •    Airside infrastructure – pavements, AGL, NAVAIDS and ATC
    •    Airport facilities – passenger terminals, cargo terminals, hangars
    •    Airport systems – baggage handling systems, fire fighting systems, ICT systems – FIDS, CUTE etc
    •    Fuel storage and distribution
    •    Security systems – CULS, ICISS, PASS etc
    •    Landside infrastructure – motorways, access roads, car parks

    Project Delivery

    •     Project management
    •     Risk management
    •     Contract administration and site supervision
    •     Airfield pavement & PCI surveys
    •     CDM services
    •     Facilities management


Company News

  • Airport Design and Planning

    Atkins has won a further contract from the Hong Kong Airport Authority as lead consultant responsible for the scheme design of the airfield and apron extension works which form part of their overall …
  • Airport Design and Planning

    Atkins has been awarded a comprehensive design services contract for the new $31 million, 250-agent US Border Patrol (USBP) Station and Collocated Checkpoint facility in Texas. Atkins will complete the design-build project under …
  • Airport Design and Planning

    View the full Announcement as a PDF. Ashghal, the Public Works Authority of Qatar, has awarded Atkins a five-year contract worth more than £65m to help with the transformation of …
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    Atkins has launched a new aerospace engineering operation in North America. The move is part of the company’s strategy to extend the international reach of its successful aerospace engineering business and build …
  • Airport Design and Planning

    Atkins has been named one of The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2011, recognised as the definitive survey of workplace engagement and satisfaction in the UK.Atkins was ranked …
  • Airport Design and Planning

    Atkins, Europe’s largest multidisciplinary consultancy, and Stirling Dynamics, the UK’s leading independent landing gear specialist, have been selected to supply engineering services for Airbus landing gear in the UK. The Atkins/Stirling …
  • Airport Design and Planning

    Atkins wins role to shape Bahrain’s economic growth - 25 June 2010Atkins, the engineering design consultancy, is to help shape Bahrain’s plans for sustainable economic growth following its appointment by the Ministry of Municipalities and …
  • Atkins News - July 6, 2009

    "We need a new image for engineering as an exciting, energetic and socially responsible profession to be in," he told journalists during a briefing held recently at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and …
  • Atkins News - June, 12 2009

    A new traffic congestion busting system for cities co-designed by Atkins is being introduced by Peterborough City Council. The system called SCOOT monitors vehicle flows and adjusts traffic signals accordingly as congestion levels rise or …
  • Atkins News - April 2009

    Network Rail has awarded a major signalling upgrade for the London Overground to Atkins.The project, worth over £40 million, will see a new signalling system designed and installed on the line (formerly known as the …
  • Atkins News - April 2009

    The Board of WS Atkins plc (Atkins) announces the appointment of Heath Drewett as a director with effect from 15 June 2009. He will take over from Robert MacLeod as group finance director on 19 …
  • Atkins again named one of UKs best employers

    Atkins came 10th in the 2009 list of the country’s best big employers following a confidential and independent survey involving 2,600 of its UK staff.  This is the fifth consecutive year Atkins has been named …
  • LOCOG appoints Atkins as official engineering design services provider

    The contract will see Atkins working with LOCOG to support the delivery of the competition venues, operation centres and back of house support required for the Games.  This will include building services design, civil and …

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Design & Engineering
Woodcote Grove
Ashley Road Epsom
Surrey E
KT18 5BW
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