Consultant Atkins is opening a design centre in Delhi, India to support its international projects.
The centre has capacity for 375 people and will take staff numbers in the country to almost 1,400.
UK teams will exploit the time difference by handing work over to Indian teams, whose normal working day takes place while it is night time in the UK. The consultant already has around 1,000 engineers working in its Bangalore centre, which was set up in 1998.
“The Indian market gives us access to a wealth of experienced engineers which is vital for a company such as ours as we often need to assemble high calibre design teams to support international work very quickly. This can be demanding but having over 1000 people in India gives us a deep pool of additional talent upon which we can always rely,” said Atkins chief executive Uwe Kruger.
Engineers at the centre will work across sectors such as water, transportation, utilities and information support. The centre will open fully by April 2013.