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Atkins wins national contract for Olympic venues

Engineering giant Atkins has won a contract, covering design and engineering services, for more than 100 temporary structures

Atkins will advise on building services design, civil and structural engineering, acoustics, fire and accessibility for the competition venues including St James’ Park in Newcastle, Hampden Park in Glasgow, Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and those on the Olympic Park itself.

Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke said that Atkins won the job on ‘straight technical ability’ and that the project was one ‘that cannot go wrong’.

Mike McNicholas, the director of design and engineering solutions for Atkins and project director for Olympic work said ‘the temporary structures present a special challenge because we will be looking at creating amazing spaces that have the look and feel of the Olympics using a kit of products such as staging and seating’.

Atkins has been involved as part of the design team for the Olympic Park infrastructure since December 2005, working on utilities, environmental and ecology support, transport services and utilities. Architects for the project will be appointed for a similar role on the temporary Olympic structures at the end of this month.

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