The ceremony was well attended by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Simon Collis; Philip Hoare, President of Atkins, in addition to the senior leadership team of Atkins, Faithful+Gould, Atkins Acuity, key clients and dignitaries.
Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Simon Collis, commented: “I congratulate Atkins on their first 10 years in Saudi Arabia. I know Atkins to be a world class company from working with them across the region over many years. Their values, capabilities and commitment put them in excellent position to partner with a wide range of clients in Saudi Arabia to design and deliver projects aligned with Vision 2030. I am excited to see what Atkins will achieve over the next 10 years.”
“With over 50 offices across six continents, Atkins has established a stellar reputation as one of the most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies in the world,” said Philip Hoare, President of Atkins. “For more than half a century, we have played a pivotal role in the transformation journey of the Middle East region, and the 10-year anniversary in the Kingdom is a testament to our continuous commitment to supporting its sustainable growth through our world-class expertise, market knowledge and innovative solutions that bring our clients’ vision to life.”
With over 50 years’ presence and a number of iconic projects in the Middle East region, Faithful+Gould and Atkins officially opened its first Saudi office in Riyadh in 2010. Earlier this year, it relaunched its Riyadh office with an expanded 1500sqm facility. The company also has offices in Jeddah and Al Khobar that provide end-to-end advisory, design and engineering and project management services under the Faithful+Gould, Atkins and Atkins Acuity brands.
Johan Hesselsøe, Faithful+Gould Managing Director, Middle East said, “Faithful+Gould has established a track record of delivering tier one integrated project and programme management services to the Kingdom. We are committed to supporting the economic development of the communities we work in—and, here in Saudi Arabia, that means helping the Kingdom fulfil its Vision 2030 goals by ensuring projects are delivered on time, to budget and to the highest quality standards.”
Its project portfolio includes Riyadh Metro, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Abdullah Financial District, The Avenues, Mall of Saudi and supporting the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on some of its significant programme.
Supporting Saudization, the consultancy has built a diverse workforce in the Kingdom to empower local capabilities and promote knowledge exchange across a wide range of expertise and geographies. Today, more than 85 Saudi nationals are part of its local team, and 15 Saudi graduates are enrolled in its 2-year graduate development program that helps early career professionals master essential technical skills through on-the-job training and planned rotations within business various operations.