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Atkins reveals design for Asia Aerospace City in Malaysia

July 17, 2014

ENP Newswire - 17 July 2014

Release date- 16072014 - Atkins has completed the concept design and masterplan for the Asia Aerospace City in Subang, Malaysia, a world-class development which aims to attract global engineering services business worth US $1.1 billion to Malaysia by 2020.

The contract to act as lead consultant and masterplanner for the facility was awarded by MARA, the Malaysian government agency responsible for education and entrepreneurship. The AAC has been designed as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic campuses, a convention centre and residential areas.

Chris Birdsong, Atkins' CEO for Asia Pacific, said: 'This is an important project for Malaysia's Economic Transformation Plan and Atkins is honoured to be working with MARA to deliver an outstanding academic and industry facility for the aerospace sector. We believe that it will play an important role in achieving the national vision of a self-sufficient industrialised Malaysia by 2020.'

Rural and regional development minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, added that the development will draw interest and commitment from international aerospace industry players to enable Malaysia to become the aerospace hub in Asia.

Inspiration for the 328,000 sqm AAC design came from the wings of an aeroplane. With interaction between students and engineers identified by MARA as a key objective, the buildings are arranged to create nodes for various types of activities.

An academic cluster which includes the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology and a professional development centre for about 2,000 students

A research and training centre supporting aerospace testing and validation activities

A central cluster which caters for professional event functions and contains a convention centre and a business hotel

Restaurant, cafe and sports facilities which will extend social interaction for resident engineers and students and visitors.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis was used by Atkins to align buildings and allow natural breezes through the outdoor areas. A set of canopies covering 36,000 sqm will shade outdoor areas and contribute to on-site energy generation through in-built photovoltaic panels.

A light railway station is being built within walking distance of the AAC connecting it to the centre of Kuala Lumpur and to nearby Subang Airport, which caters for regional and domestic flights. In addition electric buses will serve the AAC and adjacent commercial and light industrial facilities. The campus itself will be a completely pedestrianised.


Christina Zhuang

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Notes to editors

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 17,500 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Our people's breadth and depth of expertise and drive to ask why has allowed us to plan, design and enable some of the world's most complex and time critical projects.

14th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2013) and the third largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2013).

Recent projects from across the Group:

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, master planning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

Doha Central Planning Office - helping to co-ordinate Qatar's National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;

The London 2012 Games infrastructure transformation - as technical advisor to London's boroughs as the Olympic Park moves into its legacy configuration as a follow-on role to our work as the Games' official engineering and design provider;

UAE's peaceful nuclear new build programme - providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates' most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;

North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;

SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK's biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;

Crossrail - designing the Central London twin tunnels and station architecture for Europe's biggest civil engineering scheme which will see tunnels passing beneath 470 listed buildings and critical infrastructure;

Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;

Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;

Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;

UK National Composites Centre - providing technical expertise to bring the latest lightweight carbon fibre materials to all engineering sectors, helping to develop innovative applications and reduce costs and carbon;

US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America;

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) superfast broadband - providing technical, commercial and procurement support to help deliver superfast broadband to one of Europe's most remote regions.

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Source: ENP Newswire

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