Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has appointed Richard Hartshorn as professional head of airport master planning, responsible for growing Atkins’ master planning service for the international aviation market. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017.


A strategic airport planning professional, Richard has worked at Heathrow Airport for 17 years and has extensive experience in infrastructure strategy development, facility management, project management and stakeholder engagement.  In his new role, he will be responsible for driving further growth in the international aviation sector and delivering clients master plans for the airports of the future.

Steve Tasker, aviation market director for SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business, said: "With air passenger numbers set to double over the next 20 years, we are looking to share our airport master planning expertise with clients across the globe.  Richard's extensive experience in the aviation market, including a lead role in Heathrow's third runway programme, adds to our airport planning capability as we continue to build a world class team which embraces technology and new solutions to create airports that are environmentally sustainable; that provide a vital contribution to the economy; and which improve the passenger experience".

Working with airport owners, airlines, governments, lenders and construction companies, Atkins provides multidisciplinary expertise at every stage of aviation projects, from strategic planning through to concept and detailed design.

From Heathrow to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Gatwick to London City Airport, Atkins has a global portfolio of projects of all scales.



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About Atkins 
Atkins ( is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects here. 

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and EDPM (engineering design and project management). On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, which has been integrated into our sectors.