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The study, which included extensive public outreach, documented the transportation and environmental impacts associated with transit improvements in the area. There are a total of 18 cross passages along the bored tunnels length constructed in a variety of linings, including; insitu concrete, pre cast SGI and sprayed concrete. I was not obese but took off the weight for vanity. We serve as the representative to the board of county commissioners and field public inquiries related to construction projects. Malaysia , Group ,. Yes, I too was losing hair like crazy.

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This two-berth cruise terminal on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is capable of accommodating up to two post-Panamax cruise vessels, which translates to roughly 10, visitors a day. Carnival Corporation estimates eight of its brands will make calls on the port, with 23 ships throughout its first year of operation. Echoing the culture and existing architecture in the area, we incorporated modern interpretations of historical periods of significance for the Puerto Plata province.

Visitors perusing the acre waterfront development will enjoy an architectural nod to the fortified 16th century, classical-colonial 18th century, and Victorian late 19th century in 25 buildings and multiple landscapes. Atkins also incorporated features that promote self-sufficiency and sustainability including rooftop rainwater harvesting, seawater desalination, a wastewater treatment plant to minimize environmental impacts, and backup generators to ensure uninterrupted utility service.

Dominican Republic , North America ,. Wessex Water, is developing its water supply grid to meet demand for the next 25 years with support from Atkins. The grid allows water to be moved from areas with surplus water to other areas which are deficient.

This is to improve flows in some rivers and protect their ecology, as well as to improve resilience for example against occasional deteriorating raw water quality. It secures a reliable, constant supply of water which can be maintained days of the year.

Atkins developed the conceptual design and prepared the initial business case for the Optimiser, a sophisticated closed loop control system. We then assessed potential suppliers and helped Wessex to procure and the Optimiser from Servelec Technologies, and to implement it.

This included identifying enabling works, and the resources needed to ensure a smooth adoption of the Optimiser solution. The Optimiser, a subset of the grid, has already enabled Wessex Water to respond more effectively to incidents to ensure that supplies to customers are maintained if water treatment plant failures occur, as well as minimising operating costs. The Grid will greatly improve the flexibility of the water network, enabling alternative sources to supply demand each customer will have two sources.

Control of the existing system has traditionally been simple, however, the Optimiser has provided a more flexible control system, which will be address a range of hydraulic and water quality issues to provide cost-effective integrated control of the whole Grid.

At the heart of our approach is an offsite manufactured housing product which can be constructed on-site in as little as 10 weeks. This is not only more efficient and cost-effective than traditional new builds, but its flexibility allows construction in areas deemed too difficult or expensive to develop. Planning application for four affordable homes, including an Atkins show home, was approved in July These spacious and modern family homes, which are close to good transport links, will be completed in summer To find out more, please contact: Keith Sands , client director.

The Atkins team set out to equip Southern African Development Community SADC member states to manage and respond more effectively to the recurring floods that have destroyed communities. We helped them understand how to reduce the impact on vulnerable populations by mitigating the destruction of property, loss of livelihoods and minimising mortality. We worked closely with the member states to improve their knowledge of flood risk through improved hydrometric data and flood mapping, improve the systems and processes in place and provided case studies to demonstrate how to produce a flood risk management strategy for a given area.

This will positively affect 9 million inhabitants living by flood plains and reduce the risk of flooding through the provision of flood risk management tools. The key achievements of the project included an increased awareness of the benefits of sharing data and information, and peer-to-peer learning about successes and challenges through shared experiences.

We assessed all of the relevant SADC Hydrological Cycle Observing System HYCOS stations and works to ensure that the prioritised stations are functioning and sustainable to provide a better understanding of disaster risk reduction and flood risk management sector issues and approaches throughout the region.

We provided guidance in areas of key importance to the SADC Member States, including guidance on flood modelling, flood risk management option appraisal and strategy development, flood forecasting, and the procedure response manual. We increased the clients and their stakeholders understanding of the level of risk in the region through the flood atlas, and in more detail in two specific hot spot areas.

The tools we developed can help to encourage more sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction DRR and flood risk management solutions. The pilot hot spot flood risk management strategies and implementation plan provide good practice examples for all SADC Member States in assessing and selecting long term DRR measures.

The flood risk maps allows Member States to identify flood risk areas and are a valuable resource for all those interested in effecting change and improving flood risk management.

UK , Rest of World ,. A key part of the grid is the Elan Valley Aqueduct, which is kilometers long and provides water to Severn Trent's customers in Birmingham. Completed in and now in continual operation for over years, increasing water demands of the city mean the infrastructure is beginning to show its age.

Using expertise from our multidisciplinary teams, we established options for the proactive maintenance and replacement of several sections of the Elan Valley Aqueduct EVA. Using our extensive water and tunnelling experience, we developed the outline design for the selected schemes, provided planning support and environmental guidance and assisted the client in compiling tender documentation for a design and build contract.

The package of 3 schemes covers 4. This was undertaken as part of a 10 year Engineering Consultancy Framework under which we assist Severn Trent Water in prioritising assets for investment and promoting the best TOTEX solution in achieving the best outcomes for STW and their customers.

Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance following construction completion. The new tunnel will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. Crag End landslip stabilisation. Decades of instability were ended when a m section of a road near Rothbury was reconstructed by partners of the VBA joint venture VolkerStevin, Boskalis and Atkins.

The B road in Rothbury has been subject to regular landslips over a prolonged period of time, and was frequently closed to traffic. The section was future-proofed by VBA who carried out complex earthworks and site dewatering in order to prevent further destruction.

The project addressed the underlying causes of ground instability and dealt with the landslip that had left damage. This means the residents of Rothbury will no longer have to take lengthy detours to get to the village. Our team of engineers designed and constructed an anchored bored piled retaining wall in order to support the road.

Their design included an innovative passive dewatering system which will reduce groundwater pressure. Our team made sure environmental enhancements to the SSSI wood pasture and provision for wildlife were incorporated.

Downhole CCTV footage was used from inside the boreholes to help create 3D models which provided the basis of the design and to gain an understanding of what was happening underground.

Most of the complex engineering is invisible to people driving along the new road. Slopes are held in place by retaining walls and 30m long rock anchors bored into the hillside whilst deep wells take the excess water away. This will have a positive social and economic impact on the town which relies on its income through tourism. Atkins was appointed by Surrey County Council to help reduce flood risk in the county.

As part of our services, we developed and implemented an innovative solution to prioritise areas at risk of flooding for further investigation across the whole of Surrey. The Surrey Flood Risk Partnership Board, a local stakeholder group, meet on a regular basis to discuss the priorities for investing in flood risk.

The prioritisation tool provides the group with most relevant, readily available data to quickly identify which areas in Surrey had the greatest need for managing flood risk on a strategic level. The flood risk prioritisation tool is a GIS based multi-criteria tool that incorporates the flood risk information from multiple theoretical and historic data sources including Environment Agency flood map and records of property flooding collated by Surrey County Council.

The tool provides a strategic overview of flood risk across the whole of Surrey in a simple and easy to use format.

This project was completed in and is updated annually. This enhancement allows Surrey County Council to consider the potential for a viable economic business case as part of the prioritisation. Atkins also developed an excel based tool, which works alongside the GIS, enabling the client to adjust the weightings applied. This allows the client to quickly assess the impact of changing priorities, such as focussing on reducing surface water flooding or considering the priorities of local stakeholders, without needing expert skills in GIS.

The main projects eight2o are working on are the large water treatment works in London, Hampton, Ashford, Kempton and Walton under the wastewater non-infrastructure quadrant. Atkins have designed the major upgrade of the Beddington Wastewater Treatment Works, with supplier integration using BIM at the heart of the upgrade approach.

Atkins has also worked on the Lane End and Southfleet nitrates project and eel screens project to align river systems with EU regulations. The biggest project includes working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel Interface project. These plans have been broken down into quadrants; wastewater and water, and within these groups; infrastructure underground and non-infrastructure above ground. Thames Water is taking this opportunity to achieve greater efficiency in implementing its business plan for AMP6, focusing on team work, sustainability and an integrated supply community in order to deliver strategy and cement long term value to Thames Water and its customers.

The overall eight2o work is set to be completed in with a potential to extend contracts until Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm. This will be a pilot-scale demonstrator offshore wind farm utilising a semi-spar floating foundation technology, which will demonstrate the technological and commercial feasibility of floating offshore wind. Floating foundations open the possibility for future offshore wind farms to be located further from shore in deeper waters, minimising visual impacts whilst accessing hitherto untapped wind resources.

The wind farm will have the capacity to provide GWhr of electricity which is the equivalent to powering over 55, homes in Scotland, and will see a reduction of over 94, tonnes of CO2 compared to fossil fuelled power sources.

We have taken the Project from initial concept design to pre-consent determination. The journey has been significant and challenging, and was made possible by our in-house expertise in marine environmental assessment and consenting. Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme.

As lead designers we were appointed by the Environment Agency to deliver a beach management scheme at Dawlish Warren, which is at the mouth of the Exe Estuary. Dawlish Warren is an important wildlife site, designated as a Site of Special Scientifc Interest, special protection area, special area of conservation, a Ramsar wetland of international importance and local nature reserve.

We were involved in all stages of the scheme including: Our key marine and coastal environment services included:. The scheme will involve the removal of gabions from the beach to re-mobilise the dunes, beach nourishment using sediment from subtidal sandbanks, repair of groynes to help control the nourishment and development of monitoring and management plans.

Used with permission of copyright owner, Environment Agency. Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works. Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Works WwTW had problems with the existing, second stage treatment Baff plant blocking up, which led to premature discharges from the works to the River Mersey. A more robust treatment process was required and it was decided that a sequencing batch reactor SBR would be built on two levels within Wellington Dock adjacent to the existing works.

The team was a special partnership of client, contractor and supply chain, working together to ensure the successful design and build of the new works. A successful tool for the team was using BIM, which was relatively new in the water industry at the start of the project , but was recognised by the team to be invaluable in ensuring the success of this and future projects in AMP6.

They therefore pioneered its use, ensuring the Liverpool project was at the forefront of BIM technology, setting the standards for AMP6. The project was delivered by a consortium of Al Muhaidib and Vinci UK with Atkins as sole consultancy service provider. Atkins was the multi-discipline detailed designer for the scheme, completing the civil, structural, architectural, geotechnical, hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and process design of the scheme.

During an initial optioneering and innovation phase with the National Water Company, KSA, we developed a range of options including steel, reinforced concrete and precast construction techniques. As a result of combining technical innovation with collaborative working, our consortium proposed a solution utilising internal post tensioned circular reservoirs to reduce the land take needed and maximise efficient use of the overall site.

The reservoirs are strategically important to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia given the rapid development of Jeddah in recent years and a rise in the demand for water. The project was part of the first phase of a programme of work commissioned by the National Water Company and are the first reservoirs of this type to be constructed in Saudi Arabia.

The reservoirs are currently the largest operational internally post-tensioned circular concrete potable water reservoirs in the world - metres in diameter and 18 metres in height. The eleven circular tanks are hydraulically linked providing a storage volume of over 2 million cubic metres of water — the equivalent of Olympic-sized swimming pools. Resilience of UK water supplies. As lead consultant, we carried out a major project on the resilience of UK water supplies for Water UK with partners Mott McDonald and Nera Economic, which was completed in the summer of We produced a report that set out the basis of a long term planning framework that considered the impact of climate change, population growth and environmental factors in order to strengthen the resilience of water suppliers for users across the UK, whilst protecting the environment.

The report looked at the next 50 years of water provision across the country. The key findings of the report included:. We are working on other initiatives that hope to further influence policy and strategy in this field, with the next round of Water Resource Management Plans WRMP. Our other projects include: Working with Orsted to transform offshore wind.

We are helping to enable a production line approach to fabrication, rather than a bespoke solution each time, driving down the whole life costs to Orsted whilst maintaining the highest safety. Atkins has contracts for detailed engineering design of offshore substation platforms OSPs at Orsted construction projects around the UK;. With over 30 years looking after oil and gas offshore structures, we can directly apply lessons learned in terms of construction and operation in deeper waters, foundation and jacket technology, the use of heavy-lift vessels and asset maintenance offshore.

Our UK based team will be working together with Orsted to apply the lessons on these large, complex projects enabling us to set new benchmarks in stripping out any fat for an industry that needs to become more and more competitive with other energy sources.

By replacing a 5,foot general aviation runway with a new 8,foot commercial service runway, the airport has been able to increase its capacity and flexibility in handling larger commercial jets. Atkins served as lead designer responsible for the replacement and expansion of Runway 10RL and associated taxiways, leading a team of 16 specialized and local subconsultants. The expanded south runway and parallel taxiway extend over the existing airport perimeter road, Florida East Coast Railway, and US Highway 1.

Atkins also performed construction administration and oversight for the project, which is among the largest construction projects of its kind to be undertaken in the U. Our role on the DTP design team included corridor management and design for the trackway, roadway, and structural elements for portions of the University of Colorado A Line and design for trackway, roadway, drainage, and structural elements of the B Line to Westminster.

These corridors involved grade crossings, overhead structures, and underpasses in several jurisdictions. With a significant number of stakeholders and multiple projects in progress, effective coordination and communication was critical to manage interfaces with outside projects, internal project components, and operational requirements. The University of Colorado A Line is particularly important to Denver residents and visitors as it extended rail service to Denver International Airport—located 25 miles outside of downtown Denver—providing cost-effective and reliable transit to the airport.

The study, which included extensive public outreach, documented the transportation and environmental impacts associated with transit improvements in the area. A wide range of possible alignments, technologies, and station locations were examined to support the development the FasTracks program. Humber Gateway offshore wind farm. Atkins produced the detailed design for E. ON with a full design and build package with Atkins subcontracted for the module support structure design.

This project was awarded to Atkins because of our geotechnical expertise and capability to develop feasible foundation designs for the chalk ground conditions.

The offshore substation platform substructure consists of two components; a piled jacket and a module support frame MSF that was lifted onto the jacket substructure on site. This enabled the developer to make optimal use of long term charter arrangements and mitigate installation risks. The MSF provides support and allows access to two topside modules.

The modules are connected to the foundation through eight support points, four per module. The modules connect to the wind farm by eight array cables each and are connected to land by one export cable each. The work took place during , and was completed in Humber Gateway is located in the northern part of the Greater Wash area.

The wind farm provides , homes with green power. The National Signalling Framework has been established to modernise and improve signalling infrastructure across the UK network. Atkins was awarded contracts for the Anglia and Kent area and the Sussex and Wessex frameworks in January for seven years. Services provided by Atkins include specialist signalling systems design, installation, testing and commissioning, and the associated power, telecommunications, ancillary civil engineering and OLE designs.

The framework was set up to deliver design and build contracts GRIP but at the time that Atkins was appointed, the initial development stage GRIP also needed to be done. Our team has developed a range of innovations designed to save time on the scheme including the introduction of a new software package to assess assets along the project route.

Working with Gioconda Limited, virtual reality software was created which allows the signal designer at the outline design stage to do everything they could if they were on-site but in a fraction of the time. Signal sighting can usually take up to nine months for a project of this size, but the software solution saw the work completed in just four weeks by one person at their computer without the need to go on-site.

Not only has this pioneering solution cut six months from the outline design phase but has also made savings in terms of site protection staff while significantly reducing occupational health issues associated with travelling to and from site and working in an operational railway environment. The HD video that was produced has been distributed to the design, construction and testing teams so that their site visits have been dramatically reduced too.

The collaborative nature of the framework contracts means that knowledge and best practice gained on one scheme will be applied to the others to provide value for our client. One of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Northern Ireland, the scheme had to contend with high volume stormwater flow and challenging geology.

The scale of the project was immense, including the construction of 9. We provided project management, planning, preliminary design, contract supervision and administration to improve water quality in the River Lagan. The new infrastructure means that the Belfast sewers are now able to deal with a one in 30 year storm event, an event magnitude that has since become an industry standard.

What makes Dubai Opera so important is the new offering it will bring to residents and visitors of the city. It will become a hub for cultural activity, entertainment and artistic expression, while playing its part in creating a vibrant local community. Go here to read more about the design and the opening. Total GFA is , sq. The programme is divided into a number of sections and phases which are being led by Network Rail. Atkins is involved in a number of these, charting the journey of the scheme from its inception to its entry into passenger service.

The programme will boost regional connectivity between Oxford and Felixstowe, driving social cohesion and galvanising local economies by connecting people and businesses to jobs and services. Atkins provided the technical design for the Chiltern Railways Bicester to Oxford main line railway. This involved the design of a brand new, kilometre long, twin-track section of mph railway between Bicester and Oxford, the building of a new station at Oxford Parkway and the upgrading of stations at Bicester Town and Islip.

The design expertise provided by Atkins includes project and engineering management, track, civils, mechanical and electrical systems, telecommunications, signalling, electrification, surveying, highways, geotechnical, drainage, utilities, architecture and environment, plus engineering safety management.

This award-winning project is complete and Chiltern Railways trains have been operating services from Oxford through to London Marylebone since December It is the first new line connecting a major city to London for over years.

The scheme had a phased opening and was officially opened to passengers in a ceremony led by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, on 12 December Atkins has partnered with Network Rail, Laing O'Rourke and Volker Rail to form the EWR Alliance, which is contracted to deliver a full range of services from early feasibility studies through to the design, engineering, testing, construction and commissioning of the scheme.

This includes the preparation and submission of a Transport and Works Act Order. The works consist of a major route upgrade and the re-opening of unused lines, featuring kilometres of new track, new stations, a new signalling system and over 20 new bridges. Port Sultan Qaboos Redevelopment. The redevelopment will enable increased international cruise liner arrivals and has the potential to operate as a dedicated home port. Atkins was appointed by Five Holdings as lead designer for the storey tower, which is to be located in the heart of Jumeirah Village, off Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The tower comprises a mix of serviced apartments and a five-star hotel — the first five star property in a five-kilometre radius. The sky lobby located at the top of the podium accommodates a spa, all-day-dining restaurant, health club, meeting rooms and a landscaped podium roof. The hotel part of the tower comprises hotel rooms and suites, whereas the residential accommodation includes one and two bedroom apartments and 33 four-bedroom apartments with private pools.

The concept is based on a 30 degree rotation of each floor thus creating a series of lush-green balcony sky gardens and sky-high swimming pools.

But to a small group of specialists it is most visible as a stream of data. From thousands of cameras and other sensors, they see progress, air quality, climate, accidents and repairs. In June , Atkins teams in London, India and the US joined forces with innovation partners Fluxx and Connect Plus Services, the organisation that manages the M25, to develop innovative ways to use this data to improve the lives of commuters.

This event, organised by the Atkins Digital Incubator, represented a new way of working. Atkins on the Go: Building an app from the customer up.

Atkins On The Go was the first app that Atkins had ever built, and it was a very successful trial of several new ways of working. With innovation partners Fluxx, we wanted to build a tool that was as useful as possible for our 18, staff around the world. We did this by involving staff at every stage in the process. We started with an open invitation from CIO Richard Cross, who wrote to every member of staff inviting suggestions for what the app might do.

This crowdsourcing project was spectacularly successful, with over responses in just the first two hours. It became apparent that timesheets and expenses were the key things, but staff also suggested bigger, even more innovative ideas; using phones to grant access to buildings, or building an Atkins car sharing system around the app.

So the team ran a detailed persona study, to understand the needs of specific groups within Atkins. Their research focused on people working on site. They were the group we were most keen to reach with the new app, but also the group least likely to rapidly respond to an email appeal. Interestingly, we had about 50 requests suggesting that email and an address book would be useful on mobile.

That made it clear that education and training was as important as developing new features. Staff were involved all through the process of developing the app.

A pop-up user testing lab was built, where prototypes and mockups were shown to users, and thier feedback incorporated.

Customer Service Innovation at Speed. In February Atkins, Heathrow and innovation partners Fluxx joined forces to help answer this question at a two day Rapid Start event. The brief was simple: The teams were multi-skilled, bringing together diverse skills from Atkins and Heathrow including coders, designers, customer-facing service staff, back office technologists, baggage handling experts and members of the Heathrow Express team.

The event started with insight and inspiration from innovation partners Fluxx, sharing customer experiences from Hong Kong, Singapore and Heathrow, interviews with passengers and operations staff.

More than 25 ideas were pitched and voted on, with winning ideas including a personalised navigation app, an iPad-based bag tracking system, a personal virtual assistant for arriving passengers and intelligent signage systems.

Teams were formed around winning ideas, which were prototyped and deployed over the next two days. This lets us get started with a very small budget, to test things and make progress. The opportunities we have are just fantastic. To learn more about digital engineering or book a visit to the Atkins Digital Incubator , contact Gary Wilson: Atkins Digital Survey - helping customers use drones and VR technology. The work of the Digital Incubator—and our innovation partners Fluxx—helps us to understanding the hype cycle, enabling us to help clients make the most of new technology.

For example, we worked to help clients use unmanned aerial vehicles, 3D scanning, data analysis and virtual reality to dramatically improve asset management in large and complex sites. This video shows geomatics consultants Charlton Bland and Kevin Ballard scanning and analysing complex visual and radar scan data. Multiple data sets can be combined to provide intelligence for decision support; predicting collapses before they happen.

The film shows how this rich 3D mapping can be used in a virtual reality environment for purposes as diverse as staff training or public consultation.

Birmingham New Street Station. In the early s, Birmingham New Street Station was originally rebuilt to accommodate 60, passengers a day and the concrete station came to represent the city of Birmingham for many travellers. The project involved the assessment of existing structures and the design of new ones including the stainless steel façade, new atrium roof and the steel framed John Lewis structure, which is built partly over the reinforced concrete station.

This entailed the building of a Global Stability Analysis Model GSAM , to understand how the old station and the new constructions would behave under different loadings, both in its final state and during key stages of the construction programme. Working closely with Network Rail and Mace, Atkins drew upon their range of multidisciplinary specialists, from civils, highways and architecture, to modelling, telecoms, landscaping and project management to deliver the design for this extraordinary project.

Working towards biodiversity gain. Atkins was appointed by house developer, Redrow Homes, to undertake a biodiversity study that analysed the biodiversity gains of three housing sites in England. The team also undertook a literature review to help with the wider biodiversity strategy. The completed study has meant that Redrow has been given an in-depth insight into how it can encourage a positive biodiversity gain in future developments.

The company is now progressing their biodiversity based on the learnings of the study and they are now developing measurable targets to enhance biodiversity on all their developments. Figbury Lodge Care Home.

The care home specialises in dementia care and includes a unit especially adapted for resident rehabilitation following hospital treatment. Our designers created a welcoming sense of familiarity for residents by recreating the enduring childhood image of a home being a two-storey house with a pitched roof, smoking chimney, windows and a door. The form of the care home is split into two wings, each accommodating 20 bedroom clusters on both ground and first floors, with a central body accommodating the entrance, staff facilities and multi-use spaces.

A central garden connects to another, more informal garden to the south. The simple form and layout of bedrooms is interspersed with communal facilities to mitigate long corridors, enabling residents to easily access the garden areas from several locations, with unrestricted wandering within a secure environment. To meet BREEAM targets the project includes sustainability measures such as photovoltaic systems on the roof to generate renewable electricity. Energy and water efficiency will be monitored through the building management system with the intention of reducing the overall running costs for a care home.

Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to develop the Asia Aerospace City AAC in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. The development will be designed as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic facilities, a convention centre and a hotel.

Spread over a acre site the campus is located near Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia , Group ,. A quarry is a rather unlikely destination for a swank hotel. Indeed, design and engineering consultancy Atkins won an international design competition for the five-star hotel back in August and their vision is in the process of being transformed into reality by Chinese developer Shimao. The satellite town of Songjiang is approximately 35 km from Shanghai city centre and well connected to existing transport infrastructure.

Sprawling landscapes and natural beauty have made it a popular tourist destination and the district has been designated as an important local and national leisure resource. The design of the Songjiang Quarry Hotel is meant to reflect the natural landscape of the quarry. The winning concept was inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the rocky cliffs, waterfalls and surrounding hills. The project will see the construction of a five-star, bedroom hotel built into the side of a disused, 90 m deep, water filled quarry.

The hotel will be operated by Intercontinental as a sport and leisure-oriented spa resort. The concept design has attracted tremendous interest across the world.

Apart from the green roof, it is intended that many features, ranging from geothermal energy to solar energy utilization, are included in this project. The reasons for the green roof are two-fold: Apart from an awe-inspiring location, a cascading waterfall from the top of the quarry into the pool below it, and striking waveform architecture, the Songjiang Quarry Hotel will have plenty to offer. The futuristic hotel features underwater public areas, guest rooms and conference facilities for up to 1, people, and also includes sport and leisure centres.

Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a 10 m deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel. By building the hotel where it is, designers and developers hope to prevent further damage to the ecological environment around it.

The Songjiang Quarry Hotel may become just about the greenest hotel ever made. The design of the headquarters for China Merchants Bank in Fuzhou has been carefully considered to be energy efficient through simple passive measures such as good orientation. The main glazed facades face south and north, with the southern facade further protected by horizontal sunshades. This also fully capitalizes on views over the adjacent river to the South. Unlike many office towers a central core is not employed.

Instead the cores are located to the east and west to protect against low sun in the mornings and evenings. Opening windows permit cross ventilation during the spring and autumn. The office space is a simple, flexible column-free space. Unlike a centre core tower, the bank staff have open views from one side of the floorplate to the other.

At ground level this arrangement also permits a generous drop-off to be located under the tower. This feeds into a grand atrium and banking hall. This and the columns of the tower create a formal entrance sequence very appropriate for a bank. Ocean Empire, Xiamen, China. This is the design for a mixed use group of buildings next to the harbor of Xiamen.

Behind this is a large landscaped area of parkland and golf courses containing a cluster of Soho style residential towers. Vincom Landmark 81 Project. With a height of over m, this will be the tallest building in Vietnam.

Its frontage faces the beautiful Saigon River, and is conveniently connected via major road and water transportation. Featuring a modern and unusual architecture design that symbolises the diversity and fast-emergence of Ho Chi Minh City, this mixed-use development involves space for hotel, serviced residential apartment and retail.

At the base of this skyscraper is a sumptuous shopping centre featuring the finest retailers under one roof for a top-class shopping experience. The ,m2 development will also feature contemporary landscape design that merges natural beauty into this building. Heathrow Terminals 1 and 5 host both international and domestic flights. The Airport wished to find a solution that would meet the UK Border Force requirement to ensure that passengers cannot swap their boarding cards once they have cleared security and then leave on a domestic departure when they were cleared originally for an international flight.

Importantly, any implementation also had to balance the conflicting factors of security, cost and speed of use. Atkins worked with Aurora to implement its Passenger Authentication Scanning System which uses biometric facial recognition to link a passenger to their boarding pass. In order to accommodate the varying lighting conditions that are found in the Terminal, PASS employs infrared technology to secure facial recognition of a passenger.

Thanks to comprehensive trialling, bench testing and close working with the client, PASS carefully balances the three competing factors identified by the Airport. PASS has been in operation at Heathrow since and since its inception has successfully processed millions of passengers. With enplanements rebounding to pre-Katrina levels, focus has turned from recovery and short-term development to its long-term infrastructure needs. Critical sections of the terminal and support facilities—currently more than 60 years old—have exceeded their useful life spans and must be replaced.

Travelers to New Orleans will be welcomed with the natural hues and tones of the native landscape and the elegant architecture of the City.

Layers of stone tile, metallic wall coverings and porcelain will tile throughout the new North Terminal, reflecting the design inspiration of brass trumpets, oyster shells, and misty cypress groves. Doha Metro Gold Line. Our work on the Doha Metro is helping Qatar improve transportation and infrastructure across the city.

Once complete, the Doha Metro will reduce congestion and pollution while offering sustainable, attractive and fast public transportation choices for the first time. We are helping Riyadh by dramatically improving transportation across the city through the design of the metro.

We were appointed as lead designer in a joint venture with Typsa by FAST consortium to deliver three of the six lines that will comprise Riyadh Metro. Once complete, the Riyadh Metro, currently the largest public transportation project in the world, will reduce congestion and pollution while offering people sustainable, attractive and fast public transport choices for the first time.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ,. Bourges Boulevard is part of a major ring road around Peterborough, forming a key gateway into the city. The design proposals looked to encourage development within this area, enhance the visual appearance of a major city gateway and improve the provision of pedestrian and cycle facilities along and across the Boulevard.

The main outcome was to enhance the aesthetic quality of the street. This has been achieved by the introduction of large-scale street trees, a distinctive new paving arrangement and a suite of new street furniture including lighting and cor-ten planters. Other measures included narrowing of the carriageway and the introduction of two 10m-wide toucan crossings to provide easy ground-level connections to the city centre.

The works in the central area comprise the excavation of below ground ticket halls, running tunnels, station platform tunnels and access passages with links to existing London Underground Stations. One of the biggest challenges of the project is undertaking tunnelling works under Central London where protection of the vast network of existing 3rd party utilities, tunnels, structures, railways and historical buildings is key to the success of the project.

Atkins' engineers seconded into the Crossrail project have been responsible for the damage assessment and the design of mitigation to protect 3rd party assets from settlement induced damage. The assessments were undertaken in accordance with a robust phased approach to ensure consistency with focus placed on the most sensitive structures.

Over buildings, structures including London Underground tunnels and other rail assets and up to 14, utilities gas, sewer and water mains have been assessed to date.

The design engineers have since moved onto the various sites acting as asset protection engineers, bringing with them technical skills and in depth knowledge to ensure continuity to the project across all the Central London bored station and tunnel contracts.

As part of the project management team, our engineers continue to advise the client on all issues relating to 3rd party asset protection, accounting for the actual works being undertaken and the ground response on site.

Upon completion, phased from , the line is expected to carry 78, passengers per hour through 38 stations travelling from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The project is one of the major construction contracts of a new cross-boundary connection in Hong Kong between the boundary control point near Heung Yuen Wai and Fanling Highway to provide a strategic and direct new transport link to serve the cross-boundary goods vehicles and passengers travelling between the northeast New Territories and Shenzhen East on Mainland China.

Atkins is employed by Dragages Hongkong Limited to be the design consultant firm for the detailed design of a 4. One of the key challenges for Atkins is to carry out the detailed design of Atkins is the Independent Design Checker for this section. The project involves construction of 4. The tunnels will be constructed by 14m or The new complex was constructed on a acre site on U. Highway 90, about 6 miles north of the U.

We designed several facilities including the 50,square-foot border patrol station and provided design for site grading, drainage, and paving. This resulted in minimal issues during construction period, ensuring the facility could be built in a highly remote and austere location. Located in an extremely dry and arid environment, conservation was a top priority.

With this in mind, we designed the complex to comply with LEED Silver certification requirements and native plants were used in landscaping to reduce water consumption. USBP agents undertake some of the most dangerous responsibilities in U. To ensure the safety of agents working at the station, the facility was designed according to USBP physical security requirements and to meet Forced Entry and Ballistic Resistance of Structural System standards established by the Diplomatic Security Bureau of the U.

The Connector is instrumental in relieving traffic congestion in historic Ybor City and improving freight access to the Port of Tampa.

It also provides an additional hurricane evacuation route and enhances emergency access for first responders. Atkins' ability to mobilize staff in support of this project enabled completion of alternate bridge designs three months early in an aggressive design schedule. Aesthetics also played a key role in the project, with designers making every effort to incorporate the style and character of historic Ybor City.

I Twin Tunnels Widening Project. The Colorado Department of Transportation CDOT selected Atkins to help address the immediate need to improve safety and congestion that has plagued this corridor for many years.

The Twin Tunnels project widens the lanes of I from Idaho Springs to the base of Floyd Hill and is the first project to add capacity to the corridor in over 20 years. After the completion of the initial eastbound tunnel, CDOT sole sourced the Atkins team to complete the westbound tunnel.

The team developed creative solutions to maintain traffic flow during construction, mitigate environmental impacts, and increase highway safety and operations. The A3 bypass at Hindhead was constructed to improve road safety, reduce congestion and improve air quality. Running beneath Devil's Punch Bowl, a site of Special Scientific Interest, the new dual carriageway includes the longest non-estuary underpass in the UK — 1. With traffic congestion now absent, the existing road south has been downgraded to a local distributor road, while the northern carriageway has been closed and restored to heathland, as it was a century ago.

The Highways Agency commissioned Atkins for design, geotechnical advice, site supervision, tender and contract documentation, noise and air quality assessments, and expert witness services. The railway alignment is designed to meet peak operational frequency of 24 trains per hour.

The Central London tunnels are 6. Tapered tunnel rings, with 8 segments are designed to accommodate the minimum track alignment radius.

The majority of the tunnel segments are steel fibre reinforced and include poly-propylene fibre for fire protection. Segment joints are designed with locating dowels to facilitate high quality build ensuring good waterproofing performance and long term durability of the tunnels environment.

Curved geometry on the segment joints is included to improve performance and protect the segment. There are a total of 18 cross passages along the bored tunnels length constructed in a variety of linings, including; insitu concrete, pre cast SGI and sprayed concrete.

A 4th tunnel contract, C, connects the central and eastern tunnels via the refurbished Connaught brick lined tunnel that runs under the Royal Dock in East London. The PCC running tunnels were driven in advance of the stations being constructed. TBM station alignments were developed together with temporary segments to provide pilot tunnels from which the large diameter SCL platform tunnels were then constructed. Tunnelling was undertaken by EPB TBMs and faced some of the most challenging conditions where water bearing sand lenses were encountered.

The TBMs were driven in parallel with station constructions which required TBM arrival, transit and re-launch systems to be developed. All the central London tunnels will be connected by the first quarter of , with Crossrail scheduled to be fully operational by Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort Hotel.

Alila Jabal Akhdar is a boutique hotel consisting of 86 suites, a spa, meeting facilities, restaurants and all related support facilities. It is set to be an exceptional addition to the high-end tourist destinations in the Gulf region, and a catalyst for further developments in this stunning part of Oman. The project has demonstrated industry best practices in line with LEED principles, some of which include:.

Uplifting Works in Aberdeen. Aberdeen, the largest satellite town of Hong Kong city, is a vibrant waterfront harbour resort. It is unique in the sense that it puts forward the traditional lifestyle and modernity on a single platter. Visitors can cruise around the fishing port on a boat once boarding at the newly designed sampan piers. The uplifting works along Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau aimed to preserve the features of a fishing port.

Various landscape components along the promenade such as feature seating, performance stages or pavilions, make reference to traditional artifacts and lifestyle. Lush planting with different textures have been carefully chosen and introduced along the promenade as soft landscape and form the pedestrian green walkway.

People who have passed most of their life on dry lands would find fishing life of Aberdeen very intriguing as conventional lifestyle still prevails in Aberdeen. The Landscape concept takes reference from the typical natural mountainous Chengdu landscape. Natural dynamics such as wind and sound are introduced throughout an artificial mist pond and plantations of Bamboo along the river bank.

Wanning Junlinhai C12 Residential, Hainan. Trying to create the southeast landscape environment through introduction of palm trees, features sculptures, the pool of free boundary and diverse Southeast Asian vegetation. Slim 4 Life is one of the many weight loss centers whose main objective is to achieve weight loss through a strict and personalized low-calorie diet. Providing not just on-site consultation for their weight loss programs, Slim 4 Life also has an at-home program to properly guide its customers in following, maintaining, and adjusting to their new healthy lifestyle diet.

This is how much it costs to start on the respective program. We always recommend trying a product before making a large investment. By attributing its success completely to its healthy diet program, it promises its customers a freer and less exhausting experience with their exercise-free guarantees.

With outlets that include as many as 30 locations throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas, Slim 4 Life is a formidable chain of weight loss centers. Slim 4 Life promises the benefit of weight loss through an emphasis on changing your lifestyle mainly your diet.

They also claim that they formulate their diet plans from easily accessible grocery store ingredients that can be easily bought and prepared by their clients. Through constant counseling from a personal counselor who will supervise your individual diet plan, the company believes that their clients will experience losing an average of about three pounds per week if they strictly follow their Slim 4 Life dieter plan.

Along with its services of diet consultations, Slim 4 Life also provides a wide variety of products to order from their main website or for purchase at their physical locations. They have a wide variety of Slim 4 Life branded products ranging from supplements to healthy food items, such as:. Customers are given a mandatory routine to meet a counselor personally to discuss their diet regimen. Though some clients prefer to undertake the program from the comfort of their home, they are still entitled to their own personal counselor to oversee their progress and improvement.

Several user testimonies have proclaimed this to be effective while others have had a flimsy relationship with the fitness center, which may be blamed on the effectiveness of their own personal counselors rather than the effectiveness of the fitness center itself.

With some testimonies attributing their newfound success in weight loss to the Slim 4 Life program, many say that their success was due to their additional expenses and personal motivation to exercise on their own. The company operates over 30 outlets accessible throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Within these weight-loss sites, its clients are cared for by an on-call staff of counselors to aid them in their adjustment to their personal diet program.

After paying for the length of your membership and enrolling in one of the two programs, you will be asked to undergo an assessment based on your age, sex, medical condition, and physical fitness to determine your individual diet plan. Customers are generally tasked to follow a low-calorie diet limiting their calorie intake to about 1, calories. Although the company markets its grocery store diet, the company encourages clients to take advantage of their food supplements and products to help aid in the weight loss process, but with a hefty price tag attached.

While following the diet, you will be recommended certain food types to avoid, usually those that have a high-calorie count or high-fat content. A counselor will be available for routine consults regarding your program and changes in diet. Exercise does provide great health benefits, but exercise alone does not greatly contribute to the goal of weight loss. Feedback on weight loss has primarily been attributed to the effect of limiting calorie intake; even going as far as simply limiting carbohydrate intake.

Calories from sugar contribute to fat storage. Choosing instead to focus on dieting over exercise, the fitness centers focus on the adjustment of their clients to a healthy diet. Anthropologist Herman Pontzer proved in his study that highly active individuals expend just as much energy as moderately active individuals, yet neither group was achieving any significant weight loss changes.

The study proves that the effectiveness of an increase in physical activity reaches a plateau in individuals, which then leads to the body conforming to the energy and exhaustion levels as time passes. More than exercise, sugar intake is the main factor when it comes to fitness, according to Slim 4 Life. Another study in pushed this conclusion further by setting three test samples of fitness groups.

The three groups were categorized into those who performed exercises only, performed diet only, and both exercised and dieted during the same time period. Results revealed that the poorest results came from the exercise-only group. The diet consists of restricting certain food types while limiting your calorie intake. This means that the diet will primarily consist of small meals that are designed to provide enough nutrients to your body while limiting the risk of gaining excess fat from unneeded calories.

These food types are suggested and planned along with their recommended array of food supplements found on their website. Slim 4 Life Forbidden Foods. Like other diet plans, it is a big no-no on high-calorie products and sucrose products. Generally, salty and sugary foods are to be avoided. While there are not many side effects when adhering to a low-calorie diet, there have been reports of the following. But these symptoms usually fade away after the body adjusts to the diet after a few weeks.

Although the company boasts its year span of company history, there is no official historical background provided on the website. Although there have been studies detailing that a healthy diet is an integral aspect of weight loss, it is also important to note that every diet must be paired with some sort of physical fitness routine recommended by the company but not marketed as its selling point. One of the main difficulties with weight loss centers is that it is a physical establishment, meaning it can only serve clients that are geographically close to their centers.

The results show that an on-site one-on-one counseling session with their staff is much more effective when talking about the transition period to the new diet compared to receiving instructions from far away. Another issue that might cause clients to be critical of the company is their relatively high counseling rates and a wide array of products. Though the results do not lie, the results vary from person to person and Slim 4 Life proves that the more you pay, the more weight you lose.

It has been proven that the most effective method for weight loss is a combination of both a healthy, calorie-reduced diet program fit to your liking and a proper exercise regimen.

This can aid in weight loss by improving your cardiovascular health and in building muscle tissue to burn more calories than other types of body tissue.

If you stick to the program, you will lose weight. I lost 75 pounds ,which was my goal. I love the way my clothes fit now. Are we racing around to find a Slim 4 Life location? While this weight loss program is an ideal choice for some; as mentioned above, there are options.

Weight loss involves many things, including diet, exercise and the right supplement that helps you reach your goals. One of the products we like the most is Burn TS. The formula contains four clinically-tested ingredients, that have been shown to promote weight-loss by accelerating metabolism and igniting fat loss.

Choosing the right weight-loss system can be confusing and often times frustrating. Let us know a little more about you and your goals. Also, Slim 4 Life has third-party verification of weight-loss results. Choosing the right product is the 1 question asked by DietSpotlight readers. We recommend trying any product before buying it and know that finding a product with a sample offer is near impossible - so we created our own product, Burn TS, with scientifically backed ingredients.

There are two ways to follow Slim 4 Life. You can use the at-home program or start by scheduling a consultation at one of the locations. Slim 4 Life can be purchased using their Official Site or through Amazon. Your first Slim 4 Life consultation lasts about 30 minutes and the consultant gathers personal information to tailor a plan to fit your needs.

The company helps users gather required information for insurance companies to personally file claims. You can eat regular foods like dairy, fats, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits and proteins when following Slim 4 Life.

Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. Do Not Send Email Notifications. My blood pressure is down and have been able to decrease my medication.

I have kept the weight off for almost a year. Even during the holidays when I cheated a bit and an occasional Twix. Seems to be a very balanced diet. The only thing you lose is your sanity and money if you are truely trying to lose alot of wieght this is not for you. Please aviod the same trappings I did the advertisement was misleading. Cut out ALL fast food drink losts of water and move.

I agree with Cristy!! This program cuts your calories way too low to be healthy long not part of a medical field and have no medical training. The scrubs are deceptive as is the advertisements and representations. If you want any information, email me at alstewart2 sbcglobal.

Do you get a response to the corp office number, if so I would love for you to share. Did anyone find a number to a corporate office- I am very unhappy with them and how I was treated- I was not losing the 3 to 5 pounds quaranteed and now am just getting blown off by the center.

I certainly do not agree with how you felt you were treated by the Slim for Life representative, as she should have maintained a professional attitude and responded to your needs with understanding,and explaniations, rather than insult.

The result would be that as people were leading a healthy lifestyle, taking care of their medical issues with herbals, the Drs industry would be negatively affected. I have used herbal supplements for many medical issues that I have encountered in my life with little to no side affects, I have been able to avoid the Dr Appointments and the prescriptions, with the long and distubing list of possible side affects that I may encounter which is longer and more damaging than the symptoms to the initial health issue I was encountering.

There are alternative solutions out there. I have several friends that have been very successful with the Slim 4 life plan as well as other plans that are availble.

The internet is a great resource for research. You are absolutely right. I was saying the same thing when I was reading what the doctor said. What in the world could an herbal drug do to hinder your prescription drug except for maybe keep the prescription side affects from killing you?

You should really be looking at what that prescription is doing to your system as opposed to the herbs. I was on Weight Watchers for over a year and lost alot of weight but did not stick with it so I have gained half of it back. I just joined Slim 4 Life because you can talk to someone for support daily one on one instead of once a week in front of a large group. I have high blood pressure and high colest. Can you tell me what program they use for people with these conditions?

I started slim4life Dec. I did loose down to lbs and really maintained at about to as the year finished out — however I began to show symptoms of something. Went to doctor and turns out that my liver has been affected and that something has brought this on — I do wonder if it was all of the thermoboost powder which I drank on a daily basis for the year along with the thermo snacks required during weight loss.

If you have had a similar issue please respond back to me ASAP — I am unable to find out much since slim4life is now slimgenics and they no longer allow past participates to purchase product.

I am interested in anything that might be similar to my situation. Hi, I did slim 4 life as well and lost about 35 lbs. Before I started, I had normal liver function tests. When I had my blood tested, post S4L i had elevated liver function x2 , I recently went back and had it checked again and now I have elevated liver function x3. The only thing in my life that changed during that time was that I was on S4L.

I highly suspect that either the carb blockers or the red grays have affected my liver. I am no longer on S4L and I no longer take any of their supplements.

I never used the thermoboost powder but I took all the supplements as directed during the program. I too am being evaluated for elevated liver function. It started with a dull ache in the liver area right after I started slimgenics. I have an ultrasound tomorrow, will keep you posted. I have been off the supplements for at least a month but am still having the pain…. I started slim4life in May, at lbs…am now at and while I love the way I look, my hair is falling out and my kidney function is out of whack as well as my ferritin levels have bottomed out.

I would just like to know how the product work? Another thing is how much it cost to get started with the program? Is this something i could do without paying a large amount of money? What are the key elements to losing weight on this program? What makes this program different from the other programs out? Slim 4 Life is a good program.

They do teach you the essentials of eating healthy. However, the weight that you lose is great but, you may also be losing muscle since they do not incorporate working out into the program.

You do take supplements such as a daily vitamin, essential fatty acids fish oil and an appetite suppressant they call the metabolizer not to mention the protein bars and shakes that run more than I went from to in a short amount of time. Once, I hit I plateaued miserably. I did all that they asked me to do and could not lose any more weight. I was basically told, they could not help me.

I left Slim 4 Life and they still call me wanting me to come in. I work out now and still eat healthy but, I eat corn, carrots, and cheese. All of which is forbidden until you lose ALL the weight. I am happy and healthy and still am losing in a healthy way on my own.. Wish I had read this page before I spent almost two thousand dollars on Slim 4 Life.

I was on the program for aproximately three and a half weeks going to the store four times a week for weigh ins. I lost six pounds by drinking tons of water and taking there suplements which ending up making my heart race. I ended up in the Doctors office thinking I was having a heart attack.

Believe me there is no money back guarantee. This turned out to be one big mistake….. Hi, l feel the same way two thousand dollars on slim 4 life. The pills did not do a thing for me. I need to get some of my money back. I tried slim for life a year ago and it is so disappointing. Once you break the diet down you are allowed to eat between calories a day! I spent over 2K on slim for life to lose 30 pounds. I took all the nasty pills and drank the nasty power boost and did the whole thing.

I lost about 28 in 12 weeks. But I am healthier and happier.

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