Atkins’ Middle East projects prop up UK operation

Site visit of Rocco Forte Hotel, Abu Dhabi

A statement released by Atkins asserted that the company’s increasing workload in the Middle East is helping to counter the slowdown in UK projects.

The statement added: “Although overall economic conditions in the UK remain difficult, our business here continues to benefit from both the resilience of its diversified portfolio in a number of well-funded markets and its support for the Group’s Middle East operations.

It continued: “In the Middle East, as anticipated, our workload has increased during the year to date as investment continues in the growing infrastructure market.”

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At the annual general meeting on September, Allan Cook,  chairman of WS Atkins plc, added: “I am pleased to report to shareholders that, as confirmed in our Interim Management Statement of 3 August 2011, the group has continued to navigate well through challenging market conditions in many of its markets. As a result, the earnings performance for the six months to 30 September 2011 is anticipated to be in line with our expectations.

Overall group staff numbers have increased during this year to around 17,700, with growth in the Middle East and Energy businesses exceeding reductions in the UK.

Atkins’ recent projects in the Middle East include the Rocco Forte Hotel in Abu Dhabi (pictured).

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