Atkins opens new office in Gurgaon
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the opening of a new design centre on the outskirts of Delhi by Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies. The centre will support worldwide infrastructure projects on which the Group is working. The announcement was made as the UK Prime Minister met Indian Government officials and high ranking business executives alongside a delegation including Atkins’ CEO, Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, who is accompanying the UK trade mission.
The design centre, located in Gurgaon in the state of Haryana, is due to be officially inaugurated by UK Government Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint today. It has capacity for 375 people, complementing the 1,000 engineers already working in Atkins’ Bangalore centre, which opened in 1998. It is anticipated that the new centre will be fully operational by April 2013.
David Cameron, UK prime minister, said: “It’s great to see Atkins expanding its business in India with the opening of a new design centre near Delhi. This demonstrates how Britain’s world-class expertise in design and engineering can help British businesses to succeed in fast growing markets like India.”
Prof. Dr Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ CEO, added: “There is a deep pool of expert engineering talent in India and our new design centre in Gurgaon is an important step for us in adding more of these skills in to our business. This is vital for a company such as Atkins as we often need to assemble high calibre design teams to support international work very quickly. This can be demanding but having over 1,000 people in India gives us a deep pool of additional talent upon which we can always rely. The Gurgaon centre will boost our ability to confidently respond to any challenge with innovation, excellence and cost-effective solutions.”
Opening a second Indian office in the National Capital Region, on the outskirts of Delhi, assists all of Atkins’ regions by providing access to experienced English-speaking engineers working to the highest international standards. It will also create excellent new job opportunities in the local engineering market.
Engineers based in Gurgaon will initially cover sectors including water, transportation, utilities and information support. Their skills will be spread across mechanical, civil and electrical disciplines, supporting work streams such as:transportation planning, structural design, water pipeline design (potable, sewerage and storm water), bridge design, utilities asset management, station design, validation and verification of safety critical assets.
Notable projects that Atkins has delivered in India include the design of the Namaste Tower in Mumbai. The tower, which is currently under construction, is a 1,000 feet tall mixed use building with hotel, office and retail space. Other projects include a low carbon city master planning tool that has already been used to help city planners in Mysore and Madurai to evaluate how to cope with population growth demands. The company has also delivered the first phase design of Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business and design of The Iconia luxury apartment complex, also in Hyderabad.