Atkins Continues China Expansion With Two New Offices
Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, officially launched Atkins' new office in Shenyang, North East China. This closely followed the opening of another new Atkins office in Shanghai.
In his speech, Mr Prescott assured Mayor Chen Zheng Gao and other guests that Atkins is "a reliable partner to help them achieve the modernisation of their city, just as we are providing key support and services to cities across the UK."
Atkins now has a network of six offices in China, covering all key regions across the country, and employs around 600 staff.
Atkins' Shanghai office is the company's own design and offers panoramic views over the Pudong and inner city skyline. It will accommodate more than 200 professional staff working on a range of urban planning, architectural and engineering commissions.
Atkins has completed major work on two of the three major new towns that will dominate the development of Shanghai over the next decade, as well as several key redevelopment projects within the inner city.
Commenting on Atkins' increasing presence in China, Chief Executive, Keith Clarke, said: "The Chinese economy is growing phenomenally and, as it does, more and more of the rural population are seeking work and improved prospects in the urban areas. It is anticipated that 400 million rural people will move into urban areas, which means China will need some 3,000 new towns or cities by 2020."
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