Construction consultancy Atkins has opened a new Saudi Arabia office at Hamad Tower, located on Riyadh’s King Fahd Road, to expand its design, engineering, and project management portfolio in the kingdom and support of the Vision 2030 economic diversification programme.
Atkins, which features Saudi Arabian projects such as Riyadh Metro, Diriyah Gate, and Mall of Saudi in its portfolio, announced the office’s inauguration on 6 March, 2019.
The launch ceremony was attended by Grant Porter, chief executive officer of Atkins in the Middle East and Africa. This role was previously held by Simon Moon, with Porter working as Atkins’ chief operating officer at the time that the Construction Week Power 100 list was published in June 2018.
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Commenting on the new Saudi office’s launch, Porter said: “We have helped our clients in Saudi Arabia deliver a multitude of iconic projects and are proud to have been part of the kingdom’s transformation.
“The opening of our new office in Riyadh is a testament to our steadfast commitment to supporting the kingdom’s Vision 2030,” he added, according to a company statement.
The consultancy also hosted British Embassy in Saudi Arabia’s department head for international trade, Steve Graham, and deputy co-chair of Saudi British Joint Business Council, Hashim Alawadi, at the launch event.
Also in attendance were Atkins’ managing director of design and engineering, Adrian Lindon; Faithful + Gould’s managing director – Middle East, Campbell Gray; and Faithful + Gould’s country director for Saudi Arabia, Spencer Wylie.