Around 40 senior managers from Atkins will use their engineering know-how to improve a Hammersmith education facility for Resurgo and TLG: The Education Charity (TLG) this week.

Focused on helping young people at risk of exclusion back into education, Resurgo and TLG work in partnership to run a school at St Paul’s Place for up to 54 students each year, giving them the in-depth attention they need.

To make better use of the space at St Paul’s, Atkins will give the property a mini makeover to provide the students with a private room for one-to-one catch-ups with their teachers, a kitchen for learning cooking skills and a garden to enjoy.

Douglas McCormick, managing director of Atkins’ UK rail division, said: "Education provides a path to more opportunities and we are delighted to be working with Resurgo and TLG as they transform the lives of disadvantaged young people through education and employment.

"As part of our team building programme, people from all over our rail business will roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. Everyone from our rail communications experts to those with civil engineering expertise will use their skills to complete tasks such as setting up a CCTV security system to building a wall in the kitchen area so that the students will have more functional learning spaces to use during their time at St Paul’s Place."

Jo Rice, chief operating officer of Resurgo and trustee of TLG, commented: "Atkins creating a usable outside space, a new literacy classroom and a host of other building improvements is going to make a huge difference to disadvantaged young people in West London. We are as grateful as we are excited."

Hannah Rowland, centre manager of TLG West London, added: "The work Atkins is going to do will truly impact the day-to-day educational opportunities of the young people we work with. Many of our students have disengaged from education for a variety of reasons including family break-down, grief, bullying and special educational needs. For them to see that their surroundings are cared for will really help the work that we do to re-engage and encourage these young people."