About Us


Protected, uninterrupted utility networks are the ‘lifeblood’ of our nation, essential to the functional demands of our population. We recognise that the complexity associated with utilities requires a unique set of skills and an appreciation of the technical domain.


Why Atkins

Bringing together a depth of expertise in the utility industry, we have developed a reputation for excellence as a leading provider of utility searches and consultancy. We believe that utilities need full and dedicated attention, as a recognised discipline on any project team. We have performed over 50,000 fully comprehensive utility searches, helping our clients to effectively and safely plan their on-site activities, and have assisted our clients with diversionary works, new connections, disconnections and wayleaves.

As members of Street Works UK (formerly NJUG) and the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) , along with contributors to industry specifications PAS 128:2014 and PAS 256:2017, we are passionate about utilities. Actively engaged in shaping and influencing the industry for the benefit of the wider built environment and those that it serves. With a strong focus to provide our clients with trusted, effective solutions that minimise programme costs, reduce risks and protect assets.

  • Expertise - With over 15 years in the industry, applying our knowledge and expertise to a wide range of projects.
  • Best practice - We advocate industry best practice, carrying out our utility searches in accordance with PAS 128, and helping fulfil crucial responsibilities under CDM regulations and HSG47 guidance.
  • Quality assurance - We are ISO 900, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certified through our corporate Business Management System (BMS) which underpins our governance framework.
  • Delivery focus - As a respected and established engineering consultancy we understand the importance of delivering to time and budget, whilst meeting client’s expectations. We therefore offer products that provide a range of flexible turnaround times to address the immediacy of challenges you encounter.
  • Customer service - We pride ourselves on providing transparent and clear communication, that reflects our pro-active and collaborative approach to working and provides reassurance when challenges are encountered and resolved.
“Your service is fast & efficient. If we have had any queries, they have always been solved as soon as possible. Staff are always helpful & friendly.”

Sarah, Edburton Contractors

“The web ordering service is easy to understand and quick to complete. There are a range of services available to suit costs and timescales.”

Jenny, Waterloo Housing Group

“I ordered a 10 day search on behalf of my client. I found the search team to be very helpful and thorough, with well-organised results and updates.”

Gail, Adkins Landscaping Ltd

“Excellent service provided by knowledgeable staff, who kept us informed whilst we were waiting for the plans.”

Paul, Norse Commercial Services Limited

Our Services

Best Practice

PAS 128

PAS 128 is a specification for underground utility detection, verification and location. Published by the British Standards Institute, it sets out to establish industry best practice for conducting utility surveys. Within this specification, a desktop utility search, or “Type D Survey” is a prerequisite to any subsequent onsite detection. We are proud to have sponsored this specification and contributed to its evolution as members of the steering group. All our Utility Search Reports are conducted to this specification.

For further information on PAS 128:2014 please contact us us or visit the official British Standards Institute (bsi) shop.

PAS 256

PAS 256 is a Publicly Available Specification focused on the capture, recording, maintenance and sharing of buried asset data.

This specification carries ever increasing importance as the drive for digital engineering becomes more prominent within the wider built environment, and we contributed our digital delivery expertise as members of the steering group during the formation of this specification. For further information on PAS 256 please visit the official British Standards Institute (bsi) shop.

Meet the team