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Monday 14 April, 2003

Atkins (WS)

Holding(s) in Company

Atkins (WS) PLC
14 April 2003



                  DEALINGS BY SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS

1)   NAME OF COMPANY

     WS ATKINS PLC

2)   NAME OF SHAREHOLDER HAVING A MAJOR INTEREST

     FMR CORP.
     FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

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.

     880,112

6)   (0.88%) of issued Class


7)   Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

     N/A

8)   (N/A%) of issued Class

9)   Class of security

     ORDINARY SHARES OF 0.5 PENCE

10)  Date of transaction

     NOT DISCLOSED

11)  Date company informed

     14 APRIL 2003

12)  Total holding following this notification

     8,978,657
               
13)  Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

     9%

14)  Any additional information

     SEE BELOW

15)  Name of contact and telephone number for queries

     VICTORIA HAMES
     01372 752401

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

     Date of Notification  14 APRIL 2003




Letter to: W.S. Atkins Plc
Dated April 11, 2003


Amendment No. 5 

NOTIFICATIONS UNDER SECTIONS 198 TO 202 - U.K. COMPANIES ACT

1. Company in which shares are held:     Atkins (W S) Plc

2. Notifiable Interest:     Ordinary Shares

          FMR Corp.
          82 Devonshire Street
          Boston, MA 02109

          Parent holding company of Fidelity Management & Research Company
          (FMRCO), investment manager for US mutual funds, (See Schedule A for
          listing of Registered Shareholders and their holdings).


          Fidelity International Limited (FIL)
          P.O. Box HM 670 
          Hamilton HMCX, Bermuda

          Parent holding company for various direct and indirect subsidiaries, 
          including Fidelity Investment Services Ltd. (FISL), and Fidelity 
          Pension Management (FPM), investment managers for various non-US 
          investment companies and institutional clients. (See Schedule A for
          listing of Registered Shareholders and their holdings.)

3. The notifiable interests also comprise the notifiable interest of:

          Mr. Edward C. Johnson 3d
          82 Devonshire Street 
          Boston, MA 02109

          Principal shareholder of FMR Corp. Fidelity International Limited.

4. The notifiable interests include interest held on behalf of authorized unit 
   trust schemes in the U.K., notwithstanding the exemption from reporting 
   pursuant to Section 209 (1)(h) of the Companies Act 1985.

5. These notifications of disclosable interests constitute separate
   notifications of interest in the shares and are combined solely for the
   purposes of clarity. Nothing herein should be taken to indicate that FMR 
   Corp, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, Fidelity International 
   Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries or Mr. Edward C. Johnson 
   3d act as a group or in concert in respect of the disclosed interests, or 
   that they are required to submit these notifications on a joint basis.

6. The disclosable interests arise under section 208 (4)(b) of the Act, namely
   where a person, not being the registered holder, is entitled to exercise a 
   right conferred by the holding of the shares or to control the exercise of
   such rights, or under section 203 of the Act respectively.
  


Schedule A 
                                                              Amendment No. 5
Security: Atkins (WS) Plc                             

                           MANAGEMENT
               SHARES HELD  COMPANY   NOMINEE/REGISTERED NAME
(Ordinary Shares)    
                   136,578    FMRCO   Mellon Bank
                 1,862,195    FISL    Clydesdale Bank (Head Office) Nominees Ltd
                   403,162    FISL    Chase Nominees Ltd
                 5,055,762    FISL    Chase Manhattan Bank London
                    56,387    FPM     Chase Nominees Ltd
                   305,762    FPM     RBS Trust Bank
                    88,440    FPM     Nortrust Nominees Ltd
                    25,000    FPM     BT Globenet Nominees Ltd
                    43,870    FPM     Citibank
                   121,751    FPM     Bank of New York London
                    46,500    FIL     Bankers Trust
                   293,600    FIL     RBS Trust Bank
                    36,050    FIL     Citibank
                    37,200    FIL     Bank of New York London
                   116,000    FIL     Northern Trust
                    39,500    FIL     Chase Nominees Ltd
                   310,900    FIL     Chase Manhattan Bank London
                                       
           
Total Ordinary Shares                  8,978,657

Current ownership percentage:          9.00%

Shares in issue:                       99,724,022

Change in holdings since last filing:  +880,112 ordinary shares



From: Fidelity Management & Research Company



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