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Senior Consultant

Name:  Alex Pye
Business area:  Transport Planning (Cities Spaces and Development Planning)
Job title:  Senior Consultant
Years at Atkins:  3.5


How does your work benefit the end user?

Since joining SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, I’ve been fortunate to work on diverse, high-profile projects, including Transport Works Act Orders (TWAO) and Development Consent Orders (DCO) for major transport infrastructure schemes, including: a new tram route, a new bridge, a major rail electrification scheme, and one of the UK’s biggest new road construction projects.

I’ve provided transport input to the Masterplanning of a new village, undertaken feasibility studies for 3 sites for local plan allocation as part of a London Borough’s new Local Plan, undertaken a transport impact assessment for a large-scale urban regeneration scheme, and worked on a range of multi-million-pound mixed-use developments and public realm improvement schemes in central London.

These projects deliver for Atkins’ clients as well as change people's lives – providing the homes, communities, services, facilities, public spaces and infrastructure that people enjoy, and rely on, day-to-day.


Why do you choose to stay at Atkins?

I joined SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business in 2014 as an experienced hire, but not from a direct competitor, and not from a Transport Planning role. I made a career change having spent 7 years post-graduation working in the recruitment sector.  Stepping from working as an Associate Director at an SME to a Transport Planner for a global corporate was a bit of a culture shock! 

Since joining I’ve been fortunate to work on a huge number of different projects, and have been involved in, and trusted with, technical delivery as well as coordination and project management of high-profile schemes. 

I’ve found SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business to be an environment that values, and rewards, hard work and delivery – where these result in increased responsibility, autonomy, and the opportunity for career development and progression.

Transportation is one of the company's biggest divisions – working with people from different disciplines, with diverse backgrounds, from all over the world presents a unique and rewarding working environment.  The work culture is a marked change to my previous career – everyone is happy to share and disseminate knowledge and experience.  All large organisations possess an interesting client and project portfolio, however not all have a great working environment to go alongside them!


What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The variety of the projects our Transportation division works on, and the people we work with to deliver them.

Internally and externally I work with engineers, transport modellers, animators, architects, planners, urban designers, lawyers, landscape architects, environmental consultants, and politicians amongst others.

It’s an ongoing eye-opening experience working with such a mixture of people, across such a breadth of projects (covering anything from HS2 to expanding schools) – and it’s rare that any two weeks will be the same!

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