At the same time it raised the profile of the whole engineering design sector by announcing it was becoming an official London 2012 provider, catapulting itself and the industry into the publicity mainstream along with the likes of BT, BA and Deloitte.
NCE talks to the people at Atkins responsible for making the Games work and finds out why the company opted to become a 2012 sponsor.
Atkins’ services on the temporary facilities contract will include building design, civil and structural engineering plus acoustic, fire and accessibility engineering.
The temporary facilities are located across the UK, including: around 20 at the Olympic Park site comprising either back of house facilities to permanent venues or complete temporary venues. There will also be up to 15 competition venues along the Thames and around London; up to 13 outside London – including Weymouth, Manchester (Old Traff ord), Glasgow (Hampden Park), Birmingham, Newcastle (St James’s Park) and Cardiff (Millennium Stadium); and around 50 non-competition/ training venues.
As an official provider, Atkins becomes the official engineering design services provider to London 2012.