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Building services

About the team

Our building services engineers, are an integral part of a global workforce who take great pride in delivering intelligent, sustainable solutions across multiple sectors. We’re able to ask why, as well as how, recognizing the role we can play in making the world a better place.​​

We are at the forefront of the ever-developing role of the building services engineer, whose influence is growing. Our impact is spreading beyond buildings and into neighborhoods, districts and master planning cities. We have a global position as a digital and innovation leader in the engineering sector.​​

We’re embracing new technologies and improving security at the World’s busiest airports; we’re transforming urban spaces, designing new buildings and reinvigorating existing ones; we’re developing the facilities for the country’s nuclear deterrent; we’re enhancing the mission critical aspects of our transport infrastructure; we’re improving lives through wellbeing. Building services worldwide is evolving and as building services engineers we are proud that AtkinsRéalis is part of the evolution.

Net zero carbon

It’s important to us to lead by example. We have teams of Proactive innovators, dedicated to a Net Zero future.

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Amazing projects

We get the opportunity to work on exciting and meaningful projects which make a real impact on the world around us. We're proud to shape tomorrow, today. Click here to take a look at our projects

Research and innovation

Building on a reputation for innovation through unique research insights and the application of advanced technology, we aim to open doors to new clients and support the delivery of world-class solutions from across the business. The Research & Innovation team's core activities are focused on two types of initiative; research & exploration and the development of new service offerings, turning unproven ideas into revenue generators. This includes embedding knowledge and implementing existing tools and processes, as part of our drive to total digital delivery.


Our culture of care is second to none. We value everyone's opinions and promote collaboration in every project we work on. We also ensure a positive work-life balance and fully support staff members who have important out-of-work commitments. You can expect us to have your back informally and formally, making it possible for you to achieve a happy work-life balance. Take a look at some of our benefits.

Equality, dicversity & inclusion

A team from all over the globe that brings a fresh way of thinking along with new concepts to the Atkins Architecture team. We are proud to support Atkins's commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

Our markets


We have over 50 years experience working on all aspects of airport development, from airfield infrastructure to terminal information systems. From early strategic planning to management of delivery we help airport owners, airlines, investors, regulators and delivery partners to develop new assets and to improve performance of existing ones. Our people, by collaborating across divisions and geographies, are helping these clients respond to a changing world – embracing new technologies, improving security and protecting the environment.

Cities & Development encompasses residential and commercial developments, both in the UK and abroad. With over half the world’s population now living in cities, it’s imperative that we create liveable and inclusive cities that are fit for the future. We help our clients transform urban spaces, design new buildings and reinvigorate existing ones. Our skills encompass the whole asset lifecycle from strategic place making through development appraisal and master-planning to design and asset management. ​

AtkinsRéalis specialises in providing technical and management support services to defence organisations, in the design, planning, construction, maintenance and operation of all types of defence facilities. Also, a wide range of defence infrastructure, from barracks, to roads and bridges, to hospitals​and training grounds. We have particular expertise in master-planning of defence establishments and defensive measures, based on detailed evaluation of potential threats, including design of structures resistant to attack.​

We have extensive experience in the Education sector. Our team, work hand in hand with both internal and external architectural teams to provide a complete package of services, combining technology and innovation to produce design solutions that meet wide ranging needs and maximise energy efficiency with low impact on the environment. We deliver a comprehensive environmental, electrical and mechanical engineering and public health consultancy service to the education sector from feasibility to detailed design and construction supervision services.


AtkinsRéalis’ energy business provides expert consultancy, engineering and design services to the oil and gas, nuclear and power sectors worldwide.​We merge original thinking with our 50 years’ experience in energy, helping to transform the potential of existing infrastructure as well as new resources and technology, to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.​

A key sector for AtkinsRéalis across it’s multidisciplinary project & programme delivery, is our support for public bodies. We provide an extensive range of services covering our clients’ large estates, bringing together a collaborative delivery of truly unified Building Design solutions. Addressing the challenges of maintaining a wide range of facilities, from primary schools to leisure centres to offices, and adapting them to function as modern exemplar buildings whilst ensuring that their carbon footprint is minimise/eliminated on the journey to net zero carbon.

Our “Manufacturing and Industrial” market (M&I) covers three submarkets: High Value Manufacturing, Mission Critical Data Centres and Logistics. The M&I sector is expanding quickly in the area of High-Tech driven by the Net zero challenge. This sector is diverse, fast moving and technically focused. We are supporting global clients who repeatedly work with us based on our sustainable approach and delivering the lowest whole life cost solutions via various fundamental drivers we apply to our projects. We are future thinkers and bring together our diverse minds to disrupt the market through our innovative approach to solving exciting and challenging problems for our clients. We help our M&I clients to expand or change their business by designing and building new infrastructure systems for instance through repurposing of existing facilities or construction of new facilities

AtkinsRéalis is a significant player in the UK Transport market with a long and proven track record of delivering high profile major projects throughout the UK and worldwide. Whilst underpinned by secure government spending or regulated investment, clients face unprecedented disruption from a variety of external drivers including technology, security and climate change. We support our clients from initial ideas all the way through to project close out, ensuring that we deliver cost effective and value-added infrastructure solutions. ​


Our water business provides holistic solutions to a diverse range of sectors and clients. Our work involves the management of water sources and environments, water treatment and supply through to the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater. We also offer extensive experience for all types of infrastructure and development projects throughout the project lifecycle from land remediation, foundation design to resource efficiency and waste management. We design masterplans for international cities; preserve local heritage and regenerate communities as well as develop flood defence schemes. ​

A day in the life

Joelle Doocey - Graduate Mechanical Engineer

I am a Graduate Mechanical engineer and have been working at Atkins for 2 years now. As a graduate mechanical engineer, I am responsible for designing heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for a range of building types, for both new buildings and retrofit situations. I have worked on residential properties as well as a lot of Net Zero retrofitting projects, Heathrow expansion, HS2 and some residential projects too. Outside of project work, I mentor an Arkwright Scholar, I also use my volunteer days to help interview potential Arkwright Scholars. The Arkwright Scholarship Scheme is available to young people doing their A-Levels and it is an engineering scholarship for students who wish to pursue a career in engineering. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Atkins so far, I am never bored and have learnt a lot across many projects in just 2 years. If you’re interested in working hard in multidiscipline teams alongside other engineers – this is the job for you!

Jon Fairbairn - Senior Mechanical Engineer

I joined Atkins in September 2015 on the Graduate Development Programme. Now, I am a Senior Mechanical Engineer with the London Building Services team. During my 6 years with Atkins I have worked on a number of different projects in a variety of sectors, but predominantly within Rail and Residential. In the rail sector I have worked on Bank Station, Euston HS2 Enabling, Croydon Area Remodelling Scheme.

I am part of the Atkins Building Services People Matter's group, which focuses on four areas: Training, Next Generation Engineers, Line Management and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. Being part of this group provides the opportunity to discuss important matters and find solutions that can help improve the work-life of those in the UK Building Services team in a variety of ways. Atkins has been a great company to work for and has helped me develop into the engineer I am now. I was supported throughout the process to achieving my chartership and continue to be supported since.

Neda Rezaei - Associate Mechanical Engineer

I have been with Atkins since 2013, I joined as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and progressed to become an Associate Mechanical Engineer. In a typical day I could be working with bid teams to capture internal and external business opportunities, I could be collaborating and leading a team to deliver project design to the high level of standards. Furthermore, I am the London Office QSSE Champion for Quality making sure the delivery of the projects are in line with the Business requirements. I am also a part of an ED&I panel for the Recruitment process ensuring equal opportunities are provided for everyone to join the business.

Throughout my time at Atkins I have had the support of my line managers. I can discuss what I want to achieve as my career goals with them and they have always been guiding me through the process.

Don’t hesitate to join the building services team. The opportunities are endless. The global nature of the business means there is no stopping.