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Atkins appoints Philip Hoare as new rail MD

Atkins has made its UK highways and transportation leader Philip Hoare the new managing director of its UK rail business.

Current UK rail managing director Douglas McCormick has been tasked with drawing plans for the firm to increase international rail work by better identifying and resourcing major bids.

Atkins’ UK highways & transportation business will be led by David Jenkins, its operations and commercial director, in the interim.

Atkins chief executive for UK and Europe David Tonkin said: “The UK and international infrastructure markets, in particular rail, continue to be seen as vital to economic growth as well as improving people’s lives.

“We have many talented people with great experience and skills working on projects across the world and we want all our clients to benefit from this broader capability. I am confident that Douglas and Philip will help us achieve this.

The design and engineering consultancy posted a UK operating profit of £56.6m (2012: £51.6m) on £900.3m of revenue (£859.9m), returning a 6.3 per cent margin for the year ending 31 March 2013.

Last year, Skanska acquired Atkins’ highways operation and maintenance business for £18m.

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