Atkins works with our clients around the world to develop sustainable solutions for their work. We have grown steadily since the late 1960s to become one of the largest and most successful international environmental consultancies. We focus on improved environmental management performance, risk and liability management, pursuing opportunities, and improved competitiveness. We deliver innovative solutions for leading business and government clients, assisting them in managing their environmental and related issues.We have been voted the Best Environmental Consultancy for the last six years running in the annual edie awards.

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Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road , Epsom , Surrey KT18 5BW United Kingdom
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Business Type:
Consulting firm
Industry Type:
Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000
more than $1,000,000,000 US

What we do
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

From cost and risk planning, feasibility studies and logistics to impact assessments and stakeholder engagement activity, we plan every aspect of our clients’ projects.

Atkins designs intellectual capital such as management systems and business processes. We also design physical structures such as office towers, schools, bridges and highways.

Our clients entrust us with the management of projects, people and issues – ensuring that deadlines are met, costs are controlled and success is delivered.

Our skills lie in the expansive area of infrastructure – the wiring of society – encompassing buildings, transport and utilities (including energy and water) as well as work for national and local governments and other industrial clients. The social and environmental framework is crucial and we view all our projects in the context of the communities and in which they will be undertaken.


From post-war regeneration and the advent of nuclear engineering to high speed rail and the integrated sustainable cities of the future, our people’s drive to ask why has delivered design, engineering and project management excellence on some of the world’s most complex projects.

The story of our founder, Sir William Atkins, and his visionary approach to engineering – the results of which are still visible in our work today – can be read in our feature article.

The original company, WS Atkins and Partners, was established in 1938 by Sir William Atkins in London. In its early years the company specialised in civil and structural engineering design.

After the Second World War, the services WS Atkins and Partners offered to clients grew to include specialist services in planning, engineering sciences, architecture and project management.

Sir William Atkins was awarded the CBE in 1966 and he received a knighthood 10 years later. He died in the autumn of 1989.

In the 1990s Atkins made several significant acquisitions, including the project and cost management consultancy, Faithful+Gould.

After almost 60 years operating as a private company, Atkins was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange as WS Atkins plc and we trade as Atkins.

In 2009 Atkins was appointed as the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Games

In 2010 The PBSJ Corporation joined Atkins.

In 2013 Atkins celebrated 75 years in business.