This architectural practice is responsible for dozens of landmark buildings, including London’s Gherkin skyscraper, Beijing airport and France’s spectacular Millau viaduct, the world’s highest road bridge. Partners at the business, led by founder and chairman Lord Norman Foster, 80, bought back a 40% stake from investor 3i for £108m in 2014. Growth in its Middle Eastern business fuelled a 29% sales rise to £205.2m in the year to the end of April.
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