Second Year Visit to Atkins Global, Bristol

As part of the Professional Practice 2 module, the second year Landscape Architecture students visited Atkins Global offices in Aztec West, Bristol. We were given a talk by Nick Rowson (Regional Head of Landscape for South West England) outlining the history and structure of the company as well as a range of typical projects that the company would undertake. He also described a series of recent Landscape Architecture projects that the office had worked on while explaining some of the intricacies of contracts, tendering and working with clients.

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We then had a tour of The Hub, the building designed by Atkins where all the different disciplines work together, as well as the surrounding landscape.

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Nick gave us a tour of the Design & Engineering division of Atkins, of which the Landscape Architects are a part of, explaining the layout and facilities of an international multidisciplinary company. This was a great opportunity because for some of the students this was the first time in a landscape practice.

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3 of the team at Atkins are previous graduates from the course at the University of Gloucestershire – Anna, Ellie and Jamie (Jamie and Ellie graduated last year from the Postgrad Diploma). It was great to see them again – for another blog about Ellie click here.

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Jamie explaining the range of projects he is working on to the second years.

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Anna and Ellie discussing their work.

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The students were also intorduced to the concept of Building Information Modelling/Management (BIM) by one of the architectural team through their 3D modelling package that allows coordination between all the different disciplines, both on and off site.

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Model showing a development proposal for Cardiff Bay.

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Nick Rowson giving the summary session at the end – many thanks to Nick for a fantastic introduction to the work of Atkins and a window into life as a professional Landscape Architect in a multidisciplinary office.

 

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