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Collaborative Working Award

Atkins and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Atkins BPA 2013 Winners

As official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Atkins was at the heart of the delivery of both the physical infrastructure and the operational management of the event, which saw London play host to 14,700 athletes participating in 46 Olympic and Paralympic sports across 55 venues and with more than nine million tickets sold.

The wider team of more than 1,000 Atkins professionals worked tirelessly to plan, design and enable London 2012, demonstrating technical excellence in everyday engineering, from the remediation of a contaminated industrial area to the ‘Games Time’ operation of energy services.

London 2012 incorporated an unprecedented number of temporary facilities – or ‘overlay’ – which included entire competition venues for sports such as beach volleyball and hockey, training facilities and the full raft of operational functions needed. Atkins worked collaboratively on a shared IT platform to deliver the temporary overlay that brought London 2012 to life.


Procurement of the correct supplies with the right capacity was key, and Atkins produced tender documentation for all building services elements required, including temporary power, water and waste and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning – way above the level normally provided for procurement of commodities from the events industry. This resulted in competitive tendering and contract award based on a design scope close to the final requirement, thus reducing scope ‘creep’ and challenges to the forecast budget.

Atkins provided LOCOG with forecast consumption data for electricity, gas, water and diesel; for electricity, Atkins actively worked with the supplier to establish consumption load profiles to enable efficient purchasing of electricity at the required 80/20 low carbon/renewable mix.

Atkins has played a proactive part in passing on its experience in procurement, resource management and installation. This type of evolution in the process is seen by the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Games Knowledge Management programme as of great importance in the preparations for future Olympiads.


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