Atkins achieves formal recognition for collaborative working - 16 May 2012
Atkins’ UK rail division is one of the first in the industry to achieve BS11000 accreditation, which provides a framework for collaborative business relationships.
The accreditation, which will see Atkins’ rail business apply best practice principles to its current ways of working to get the very best out of its business relationships, was officially awarded today at a special ceremony at the House of Lords.
Douglas McCormick, managing director of Atkins’ UK rail division, said: “I am delighted that we have achieved BS11000 accreditation. While collaboration has always been around, it has become all the more important to the rail industry following the McNulty Rail Value for Money Study.
“We look forward to forming closer partnerships with our clients, suppliers and delivery partners which will enable us to focus on delivering value for money and innovation as we implement the McNulty recommendations.”
Atkins’ BS11000 submission was based primarily on current re-signalling projects in the north of England and the Midlands, particularly the Northampton Silver Re-signalling scheme.
Northampton, which is being delivered in partnership with Network Rail, has been greatly helped by the collaborative approach that was taken. From the outset, the combined Network Rail/Atkins project team held joint workshops to establish a ‘Collaboration Charter’ outlining project behaviours, interactions and how the project would be run.
The team is also co-located on site which has led to the quick resolution of many issues so far and has meant that the project’s June commissioning has been kept on track.
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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.