Atkins secures £26bn London Old Oak urban development scheme
Posted on: 21/06/2016

Leading engineering consultancy Atkins has secured the contract to deliver one of the UK’s most sustainable urban developments for Old Oak and Park Royal, London. Upon completion it is expected to deliver 25,500 houses, and create a capacity for up to 65,000 jobs. The completed scheme will be five times the size of the King’s Cross London development.

Working with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and cost consultant Faithful + Gold, Atkins will work to a number of environmental sustainability targets, and will focus on integrating green infrastructure with urban planning and design. The Grand Union Canal has the potential to play a unique role in the development, providing a cost effective way of harvesting water for use in toilets, irrigation and cleaning. It will also be become a feature around which green spaces, trees, art and other community leisure activities can be built around, and could even be used as a form of giant refrigerator to help cool buildings in the summer.

Sean Lockie, sustainability director, Faithful+Gould, said: “Old Oak and Park Royal is a massive opportunity for London to do things that haven’t been done before.

“It means creating a vision which sets out clear goals, such as being healthy to live in, flexible over time, affordable, comfortable, and being energy and resource efficient, and then taking a systematic approach to delivery.

“We’ll need to come up with some new business models to achieve this but in doing so we have a great opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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