Since the inception of this engineering consultancy in 1946, Arup has worked on iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Cornwall’s Eden Project and the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. Arup has offices in 37 countries, and says it is involved in up to 10,000 projects at a time. However, it cut its UK headcount by 670 this year due to a falling workload. The firm is led by chairman Philip Dilley and is wholly owned in trust for the benefit of its employees. Sales were £889m in 2010.

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Company details
ActivityDesign and engineering consultancy
LocationCentral London
Sales £m889
Profit £m132
Year endMar 10
Principal shareholdersEmployees, through three trusts

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