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W. S. Atkins and Partners

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W.S. Atkins plc (commonly known as Atkins) is a British multinational engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services company headquartered in Epsom, United Kingdom.

1938 founded by William S. Atkins as W. S. Atkins & Partners, with offices in Westminster, London.

In its early years the practice specialised in civil and structural engineering design work but expanded rapidly after World War II into specialist services in town planning, engineering sciences, architecture and project management.

1996 W.S. Atkins was admitted to the London Stock Exchange and began trading as WS Atkins plc.

1996 Also acquired Faithful+Gould, a cost and project management consultancy firm

As of 2013, Atkins is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK and the world’s fifteenth largest design firm by revenue. It employs approximately 17,500 staff based in 300 offices across 29 countries and has undertaken projects in over 150 countries

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