Founded in 1946 by Danish-born Ove Arup, this London engineering and design consultancy came to prominence in 2000 with London’s Millennium Bridge. The company did the engineering for the Sir Norman Foster-designed bridge, and fixed its famous wobble at a total cost of £5m. Arup has worked on many other famous buildings, including the Sydney Opera House, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
With 50% of turnover from projects outside Britain, continued growth in sales and prudent project management have helped Arup’s profits rise 45% a year from £4.8m in 1999 to £14.7m in 2002.
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