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Olympics 'should change face of construction industry'

The 2012 Olympics should be used to change the face of the construction industry, attracting a new generation of workers, according to a senior figure at Atkins.

Project director Mike McNicholas said that working on the Games as engineering design services provider had helped Atkins modernise its approach.

Atkins has attempted to break down internal barriers in its Olympics work, as well as promoting responsible and sustainable construction.

Mr McNicholas said the firm would be taking lessons learnt on the Olympics project into future work it did – and that the wider industry should do the same.

He said: “Our set-up for the Olympics is like a league of nations where all the different departments sit together.

“It has influenced how we have bid for other major projects, such as Crossrail, and how we set up a bid team. We need to inspire a new generation of engineers and construction workers.

“We need a new image of construction as an exciting, energetic and socially responsible place to work.”

Atkins has recovered 96 per cent of demolition materials, and sent just 10 per cent of waste to landfill.