Renowned for its work on iconic buildings and structures around the world – such as the Sydney Opera House and Cornwall’s Eden Project – this London-based design and engineering consultancy is working on the HS2 rail link in Britain and two venues for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It also recently unveiled the world’s first building powered entirely by algae, in Hamburg, Germany. The company is led by chairman Philip Dilley, 58, and owned by an employee trust. Growth in Australia, New Zealand and Asia helped to push up Arup’s sales 3% to £992m in 2012.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank55
CompanyArup
ActivityDesign and engineering consultancy
LocationCentral London
Sales £m992
Profit £m71
Year endMar 12
Principal shareholdersEmployees, through three trusts
Staff10,135
Founded1946
Websitewww.arup.com

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