Atkins is a professional services firm providing engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services, based in Epsom, United Kingdom. Also known as WS Atkins, it was founded in 1938 by Sir William Atkins. Atkins employs approximately 18,500 staff based in 180 offices in 28 countries. Projects have been undertaken in more than 150 countries. For the year ended 31 March 2010, Atkins generated annual turnover in excess of £1.3 billion.
Atkins is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK, the largest multi-disciplinary consultancy in Europe, the largest UK engineering consultancy in the Middle East and the world's eleventh largest global design firm. Atkins[b/] is also the highest fee earner in the league of UK engineering consultancies for the past nine years.
The company's motto is Plan Design Enable.
The original company, [b]WS Atkins & Partners, was established by the late Sir William Atkins in 1938 with offices in Westminster in London. In its early years the practice specialised in civil and structural engineering design work but expanded rapidly after World War II into specialist services in town planning, engineering sciences, architecture and project management.