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Mayor of Sheffield opens new Atkins office to support regional growth

12 July 2018

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has officially opened its new office in Sheffield today with the Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis. Over 70 staff have moved into the office already, supporting ambitious regional plans to attract new investment and sustain a strong pool of local talent. The new office will also help to create a global hub for engineering excellence at Sheffield’s Digital Campus. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017.

Philip Hoare, Chief Executive of SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business in the UK & Europe, commented:

“By moving into the heart of the city, Atkins will be even better placed to deliver to clients across the region – bringing the right skills to projects in the North, and the skills of Yorkshire to projects around the world. As the office grows, it will draw on the region’s vast talent pool, and help attract more highly skilled workers to Sheffield.”

The Sheffield office represents Atkins’ long-term commitment to Sheffield and the region. Moving from its offices in Rotherham to the Sheffield Digital Campus is a continuing part of the company’s investment in the local area. With 8,000 employees across over 100 offices, Atkins is a major provider of engineering, design and project management services in the UK; our offices in the North of England employ over 1,800 people working on a diverse range of exciting projects.

With its location in the Digital Campus, the office will also be well placed to develop more innovative digital engineering solutions that benefit multiple industries. Atkins is already working with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), connecting its clients across the UK with experts at the AMRC to discuss new ways of using innovative off-site construction techniques to improve safety and operating efficiency. To support the next generation of engineers, Atkins will also be sending 10 apprentices for supplementary training at the centre in 2019, making it the AMRC’s biggest employer partner.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:

“I was pleased to meet with representatives from Atkins at the opening of their new office in Sheffield, and hear their ambitious plans for contributing to the economic growth of our region with fresh perspectives, skills and talent.

“As a major provider of engineering, design and project management, Atkins will play a key part in creating a global hub for engineering excellence at Sheffield’s Digital Campus, which will contribute to our wider vision for a Global Innovation Corridor. This corridor will link sites across the Sheffield City Region that excel in research and advanced manufacturing – such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“Atkins’ choice of location also demonstrates that investor confidence in the Sheffield City Region continues to increase, following significant investments from companies such as Boeing and McLaren. Our region is a great place to live, work and invest in, and I look forward to seeing Atkins play an important role in our future success.”

The Sheffield office is one of 10 Atkins offices in the North of England. Atkins’ current projects in the North include the masterplan for Leeds Station, a number of significant nuclear decommissioning projects at Sellafield, designing offshore wind farm foundations at Burbo Bank Extension in Liverpool Bay and Hornsea Project One in the Humber Estuary for Ørsted, and researching and developing a business model for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) with Greater Manchester.


About Atkins

Atkins ( is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects here.

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin’s employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and EDPM (engineering design and project management). On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, which has been integrated into our sectors.

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Ria Patel, PR Manager, UK & Europe, 020 7121 2219,