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Monday 06 February, 2006

Atkins (WS)

Holding(s) in Company

Atkins (WS) PLC
06 February 2006


                           SCHEDULE 10
 
             NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES


1)   NAME OF COMPANY     

      W S ATKINS PLC

2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

      BARCLAYS PLC

3)   Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of 
     holding of the Shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a 
     non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder if it is a
     holding of that person's spouse or children under the age of 18

      SEE 2 ABOVE

4)   Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the 
     number of shares held by each of them.

      SEE BELOW

5)   Number of shares/amount of stock acquired.

      N/A

6)   Percentage of issued Class
     (any treasury shares held by the listed company
     should not be taken into account when calculating 
     percentage)
    
      N/A  


7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

     NOT DISCLOSED

8)   Percentage of issued Class
     (any treasury shares held by the listed company
     should not be taken into account when calculating 
     percentage)
    
     NOT DISCLOSED

9)   Class of security

     ORDINARY SHARES OF 0.5 PENCE EACH


10)  Date of transaction

      NOT DISCLOSED

11)  Date company informed

     6 FEBRUARY 2006

12)  Total holding following this notification

      5,196,005
               
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification
     (any treasury shares held by the listed company should not be taken into 
     account when calculating percentage)
    
      4.97%

14)  Any additional information

      SEE BELOW

15)  Name of contact and telephone number for queries

      RICHARD WEBSTER
      01372 752349


16)  Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for 
     making this notification

     Date of Notification .......6 FEBRUARY 2006....



TO:     WS ATKINS PLC
DATED:  2 February 2006


Companies Act 1985("The Act") - Part VI


I hereby inform you that as at 31 January 2006 Barclays PLC, through the legal 
entities listed on the below schedule, has a notifiable interest in the capital 
of your Company of  4.97%

Details of this interest, together with a breakdown between registered holders 
(as required by Section 202(3) of the Act), are enclosed.

The issued capital of 104,450,990 is the latest figure available to us. 


                                  LEGAL ENTITY REPORT
ATKINS WS                                                          SEDOL 0060800


As at 31 January 2006 Barclays PLC, through the legal entities listed below,
had a notifiable interest in 5,196,005 ORD GBP0.005 representing 4.97% of the
issued share capital of 104,450,990 units.
 
Legal Entity                                          Holding   Percentage Held
------------                                          -------   ---------------

Barclays Global Investors Ltd                        4,440,372           4.2512
Barclays Life Assurance Co Ltd                         382,637            .3663
Barclays Global Investors, N.A.                          5,221            .0050
Barclays Capital Securities Ltd                        252,160            .2414
Gerrard Ltd                                             31,208            .0299
Barclays Global Investors Japan Ltd                     84,407            .0808

                                                    ----------          -------
                                  Group Holding      5,196,005           4.9746
                                                    ----------          -------



                           REGISTERED HOLDERS REPORT
ATKINS WS                                                          SEDOL 0060800
     
As at 31 January 2006 Barclays PLC, through the registered holders listed 
below, had a notifiable interest in 5,196,005 ORD GBP0.005 representing 4.97% 
of the issued share capital of 104,450,990 units.

Registered Holder             Account Designation                 Holding
-----------------             -------------------                 -------

BARCLAYS CAPITAL NOMINEES LIMITED                                252,160
BOISS NOMINEES LTD                   4224361                      60,275
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                   16376                        57,774
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                   20947                     2,994,250
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                   21359                        83,204
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                   28270                        47,158
CHASE NOMINEES LTD                   28270                        34,264
INVESTORS BANK AND TRUST CO.                                       1,738
INVESTORS BANK AND TRUST CO.                                       3,483
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              16331                        30,799
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              16341                       112,943
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              16341                        60,979
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              16344                        41,475
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              16345                        55,019
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              16400                     1,162,528
JP MORGAN (BGI CUSTODY)              18409                        82,341        
JPMorgan Chase Bank                                               41,848
JPMorgan Chase Bank                                               20,014
JPMorgan Chase Bank                                               22,545
R C Greig Nominees Limited                                        24,538
R C Greig Nominees Limited a/c AK1                                 3,428
R C Greig Nominees Limited a/c CM1                                   954
R C Greig Nominees Limited GP1                                     2,000
R C Greig Nominees Limited SA1                                       288
                                                              ----------
                                        Group Holding          5,196,005
                                                              ----------









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