Atkins launches new city planning method for GCC


The consultancy, which has previously worked with the UAE’s Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, will apply its Future Proofing Cities (FPC) approach to make recommendations to its operations in the region.

Atkins’ FPC methodology was first developed in 2012, through a partnership with the UK Department for International Development and University College London.

Designed to identify opportunities and tackle risks faced by developing countries across Africa and Asia, FPC has since been adapted to suit developed and emerging economies.


Atkins’ announcement was made while at the Future Cities Forum, part of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, on 20 January, 2016.

Johan Hesselsoe, managing director of advisory services for Atkins in the Middle East, remarked: “The core drivers impacting the future of cities are very much the same across the world, but the dynamics for each city are quite unique.

“It is essential to have a tailored approach which responds to the people who live in a city, while anticipating their changing needs and behaviours in the decades ahead.”

Hesselsoe said typical issues for GCC cities include the delivery of consistent city planning, when much of the region’s governance structure is still relatively immature; upskilling future generations of talented leaders; and, the need to build in flexibility and adaptability to the region’s infrastructure investments.

He added: “You can never completely remove risk and nor can you fully anticipate the future, but we think the opportunities for GCC cities to realise their visions, and to be among the world’s leading pack of liveable, competitive and sustainable centres, are very much achievable with the right focus and prioritisation today.”

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One Response to Atkins launches new city planning method for GCC

  1. Dapo Daramola says:

    Good Call.

    Of course from a progressive thinking company. A bulk of other so-called Consultants don’t even to think in this direction.

    I recall when I first arrived in the region as a QS/Contracts Administrator, early 2012, I came with such lofty thoughts and was directly rebuffed by the Superiors I worked with as having ‘fanciful but unworkable’ ideas. I was practically told-off my concepts were ideas that couldn’t generate money.

    Well done Atkins.

    I hope the someone high up there in Government is reading and making effort to sit with your thinkers on the best way round this. Especially in places like Qatar and Bahrain where there’s limited land for commercially viable spaces.

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