Atkins leads way in school design award nominations - 02 May 2012
The shortlist for the British Council for School Environments (BCSE) Awards has been announced, with Atkins gaining the most nominations for a single practice.
Lowestoft Sixth Form College in Suffolk, The Academy at Shotton Hall in County Durham and Springwell Community School in Barnsley have all been shortlisted in categories which recognise excellence in design for teaching and learning.
Atkins is also in the running for Consultant of the Year and the 'Jonathan Ibikunle' School Architect of the Year, completing five nominations in total – the most for a single organisation.
Philip Watson, design director at Atkins, said: “People don’t always associate Atkins with architecture in the UK but our education studio has really flourished in recent years. The BCSE Awards are highly coveted and keenly contested; these nominations show that our hard work and talent is bearing fruit – it really is an exciting time for us.”
The winners will be announced at the BCSE Best of British Schools Awards party in London on Thursday 21 June. If successful on the night, it will closely follow Atkins’ most recent education award win just last Friday (27 April) at the RICS North East awards, where Northwood Primary School scooped the Design and Innovation Award.
Now in their fifth year, the BCSE Best of British Schools Awards celebrate best practice in the design and construction of schools across the country. The British Council for School Environments is the UK's leading charity in education, design and construction with membership comprising schools, local authorities and companies. Atkins enjoyed success at last year’s event winning Sustainable School of the Year for Northwood Primary School in Darlington, which features a distinctive "green wall" with living plants and herbs that help reduce CO2 emissions and rainwater run-off.
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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.
*It is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK (New Civil Engineer Consultants File 2012) and the 13th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2011).
Recent projects 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 North Sea;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Multidisciplinary building design – Northwood Primary School in Darlington, UK, is an exemplar project which raises standards for environmental design and community engagement.
Atkins was named among The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2011, won Consultancy of the Year in the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards 2010, received the first ever certification of the Carbon Trust Standard awarded to an engineering consultancy in the construction sector, and was included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2011 and The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2010. Atkins was also construction and civil engineering sector winner for the fifth consecutive year in the Target National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2010 and was awarded a RoSPA Gold Award 2011 for excellence in control of health and safety in the workplace.
Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.