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Euston Station masterplan

focus is on creating tools that help us design for well-being; Helen Groves whose key projects include Bournemouth University; James Harrison whose key projects include the Met Office at Exeter Science Park and Plymouth History Centre; and Scott Dickson whose key projects include Dalmarnock Station and Harraby Community Campus. To date, they have been involved in many significant projects at home and abroad. These include:

• New headquarters building to replace its existing offices in Woodcote Grove

‘We need to ensure we design our infrastructure so that cities remain great places for people to live in, to work and to play’

Jason Speechly-Dick

1996. In 2009, Atkins was appointed as the official engineering design services provider for the 2012 London Olympics and in 2010 it linked up with the PBSJ Corporation. It’s this breadth and scope that originally attracted Jason

Speechly-Dick who, from his London office, is responsible for directing and managing design. “At Atkins we have a depth of expertise in so many areas and it’s refreshing to feel part of a truly international organisation,” he tells me. “I feel empowered by the scale and depth of the organisation and this is what inspired me to join.” What does Jason see as the Atkins ethos? “We place the

client’s needs and vision as the central focus of our approach to design,” he explains. “Our goal is to innovate, to be creative and design buildings that really work within our strikingly-diverse sectors that range from urban infrastructure, airports, civic and residential projects, to arts and cultural buildings. With this in mind, we have developed an ethos in our studio where designers from many cultures can freely engage with conversations on creative design.” Jason has over 23 years’ experience in design and construc-

tion on diverse projects around the world and joined Atkins in May 2010. His creative approach to design has seen him work for leading architects such as Foster & Partners and Will Alsop on international projects such as the new Hong Kong Airport. Jason regularly teaches at both the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association London. Based along with 54 other fully-qualified architects in the

landmark Euston Tower in London, his senior colleagues are: Kaare Nielsen, whose key projects include Woodcote Grove and Immo Tower; Tinh Lam whose key projects include a res- idential development in Southall; Darius Umrigar whose key projects include Cambridge Archives; Caroline Paradise whose

• An 80-storey residential tower in United Arab Emirates • Redevelopment masterplan for Euston Station • Pier 6 Expansion at Gatwick Airport • Detailed design of Birmingham New Street Station • Design for the Met Office in Exeter’s Science Park • Care home design including West Hall, Surrey and Mayflower Court, Southampton

• Design of the UK’s first proton beam therapy centre, Celtic Springs, Newport (to be featured in the Healthcare Special Report in the May issue of Architects Datafile)

• Dalmarnock Station and refurbishment of Glasgow Central Station

Such a portfolio obviously points to an extremely busy

practice having to deal with all the day-to-day issues that come with the scale of these projects. What, though, are the current challenges generally facing the industry? “This is an unprecedented time for investment in infrastructure in the UK,” says Jason. “The challenge for us as architects is making sure we get the most from this investment and design buildings that, as our legacy, we must be proud of.” Looking ahead, Jason believes the growth of our cities is

the key to future prospects. “We need to ensure we design our infrastructure so that cities remain great places for people to live in, to work and to play, no matter what their size or population. We have wonderful opportunities to add and to integrate contemporary architecture within the extraordinary fabric of our cities.” So, these are both exciting and challenging times for the

architects at Atkins wherever in the world they find their vision and innovative designs being sought. Sir William would be proud of the modern company that bears his name.

At a glance...

• Global workforce of 352 fully qualified architects • Ten architectural practice offices throughout the UK • In the UK, 116 fully qualified architects employed • Key sectors: defence, aviation, education, healthcare, mass transit and mixed use

• Key architectural projects include Euston and Birmingham New Street stations and Woodcote Grove

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