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WS Atkins

WS Atkins is to sell its UK Highways Services business to Skanska for up to £18m, with the transfer of 1,200 staff.

WS Atkins is to sell its UK Asset Management business to Sodexo for £5m.

WS Atkins has acquired the oil and gas support services business of Poyry for £15m, with the transfer of 130 staff in Aberdeen, Norway and Australia.

WS Atkins has acquired Technical Services Scotland, the Bellshill-based electrical and process engineering consultancy with 29 staff, from RWE Npower for £0.8m.

WS Atkins has acquired Gimsing & Madsen, the Danish bridge building consultancy, for £2.8m.

WS Atkins is to acquire PBSJ Corporation, the US planning, architecture, construction and programme management services firm, for £178m.

WS Atkins has acquired MG Bennett & Associates, the Rotherham-based engineering design company with 30 staff, for £2.5m.

WS Atkins has acquired Nedtech Engineering, the Dutch aerospace consultancy with annual turnover of £3.5m.

WS Atkins has acquired Intelligent Space Partnership, the London-based transport and urban development consultancy with 18 staff.

WS Atkins has acquired Advantage Business Group, the defence consultancy with 180 staff in Farnham, Bristol, Gainsborough and Aberdeen, for £19m.

WS Atkins has acquired Boreas Consultants, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas services consultancy with 35 staff, for £3.8m.

WS Atkins is looking to recruit an extra 5,000 staff to handle rising demand from China and to benefit from UK-based opportunities offered by the Olympics and higher transport spending.

WS Atkins is to create 30 jobs at its engineering consultancy business on Teesside, taking the local workforce to 300.

WS Atkins has sold its US architecture and engineering consultancy business to management for £11m.

WS Atkins has sold its Lambert Smith Hampton commercial property operation in Northern Ireland to management for undisclosed terms, creating a new company called BTWShiells with 50 staff.

WS Atkins is expected to receive proposals for a management buy-out at its Lambert Smith Hampton surveying advisory business, which has 33 offices and 1,200 staff.

WS Atkins is to acquire Hanscomb, the US project management consultancy with 375 staff, for about £20m.

WS Atkins, the support services consultancy, is to set up a new regional headquarters at the Thorpe business park in Leeds, and 350 staff will relocate from two existing sites in the city.

WS Atkins is to create 50 new jobs at the Westlakes Science Park near Whitehaven, in order to help British Nuclear Fuels deal with nuclear waste.

WS Atkins has revealed proposals for a £300m Light Rail Transport system in Leicestershire, which, if approved, could be ready by 2011.

WS Atkins is to create dozens of jobs at its Faithful & Gould project management office at Thornaby on Teesside, having won a contract to help decommission the Dounreay nuclear plant.

WS Atkins is to set up a central services facility at King's Court near Worcester, where up to 350 staff will provide group accounting services, IT, human resources, payroll and marketing.

WS Atkins is to acquire ScanRail, the transport consultancy, from the Danish National Railway Agency for £6m.

WS Atkins is forming an alliance with the Royal Bank of Scotland to set up Total Solutions for Industry, a one-stop shop offering design, construction, maintenance and finance packages to industry.

WS Atkins has acquired Benham, the Oklahoma-based architectural company, for £32m, which will increase its US headcount from 60 to 800.

WS Atkins has acquired Yeoman & Edwards, the quantity surveying practice, for £1.3m.

WS Atkins has acquired Ventron Technology, the Stockport-based process engineer, for £2.3m.

WS Atkins has acquired Richard Long Associates, the water industry consultancy.

WS Atkins is to acquire Lambert Smith Hampton, the property consultant, for £50m, as part of a strategy to offer an integrated property service covering everything from land acquisition to demolition.

WS Atkins has acquired Silk & Frazier, the quantity surveying practice, for £5.1m.

WS Atkins is acquiring Faithful & Gould, the Cleveland quantity surveyors, for £21m.