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Atkins to advise on £26bn scheme

Old Oak

Atkins is to be sustainability advisor on the £26bn Old Oak Common development in West London.

The scheme at Old Oak and Park Royal is one of the biggest schemes of its type in Europe and will include 25,000 new homes. Atkins’ project management consultancy arm Faithful+Gould will carry out the work which will develop the scheme’s environmental sustainability targets. The area is to be a major transport hub, including the West London Crossrail and HS2 interchange.

Faithful+Gould sustainability director Sean Lockie said: “Old Oak and Park Royal is a massive opportunity for London to do things that haven’t been done before. It means creating a vision which sets out clear goals, such as being healthy to live in, flexible over time, affordable, comfortable, and being energy and resource efficient, and then taking a systematic approach to delivery. We’ll need to come up with some new business models to achieve this but in doing so we have a great opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The targets will cover six areas which are urban form and public space, transport, energy, waste and materials, water and aspects of infrastructure such as access to nature and food production. It will deliver a report in September.

The news comes as Atkins is announced as one of the first five members of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.

Atkins chief executive for the UK and Europe Nick Roberts said: “The government has given local decision makers powers to make the choices which address local needs, and it is providing investment to improve connectivity and grow the social and economic infrastructure that underpins its communities. This is just the start of the journey and we now need to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda from a local level.”

The other partners are Peel Group, Manchester Airport, Northern Power Women and North Wales Business Council.

 

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