Atkins has been chosen as one of the first five members of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.
The consultant is the first firm from the construction sector to be appointed to the newly formed programme, which has been set up to bring businesses, institutions and organisations from the North of England and north Wales together to help grow the Northern economy.
Atkins joins property and infrastructure investor Peel Group, Manchester Airport, North Wales Business Council and Northern Power Women as founding members of the progrmme.
Last week Atkins’ chief executive warned of a slowdown in contract awards associated with the Northern Powerhouse as a result of the government’s austerity measures.
Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton said: “This government is determined to rebalance the economy through building a Northern Powerhouse and we have already made great progress.
“We’re clear we must work closely with businesses, universities and other organisations to pool the abundance of talent on offer across the North, which is why today I am calling on our local leaders to join us in this quest to make the Northern Powerhouse an even better place to live, work and invest in.”
Atkins chief executive officer for UK and Europe Nick Roberts said: “Atkins’ people have worked on some of the biggest and most complex infrastructure projects in the world.
“As an employer of more than 1,200 specialists in the region, we’re proud and committed to retaining this experience and expertise in our offices across the Northern Powerhouse.”