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Atkins offer relief in Superstorm Sandy rebuild

Atkins has been drafted in to help with the emergency response to Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the northeast of the US last month

The London-headquartered consultancy’s joint venture with URS secured work on the clean-up and rebuild mission.

Disaster Solutions Alliance was contracted by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency to help provide temporary housing in the wake of the storm.

Services provided by DSA include designing and constructing sites for temporary houses.

Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. It caused about 200 deaths and $53billion of damage as it hit coastal communities including New York.

Atkins director of emergency management Steve Glenn said: ‘Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

‘With our extensive experience supporting FEMA following other natural disasters, I’m confident that our qualified team will help bring back some normalcy to the people and businesses in the affected region.’

Meanwhile Atkins has also secured a design services contract on a £19.5million US border patrol station and checkpoint in Texas.

The contract was awarded by ITSI Gilbane on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Atkins posted revenue of £815million in the six months to the end of September 2012 – down 3.2 per cent from the same period the previous year.

Underlying operating profit was down 10.9 per cent to £46million although headcount was up marginally from 17,710 to 17,756.

Atkins chief executive Uwe Krueger said: ‘The Group has delivered encouraging results in line with our expectations, with the sector and geographic spread of our business continuing to provide resilience in challenging markets.’

He added: ‘We are pleased to be recruiting again and, in particular, are delighted to welcome over 500 graduates to the group this autumn.’

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