Pre-tax Profit at consultant Arup has increased 6% in the 12 months to 31 March 2002 compared with the same period the previous year.
The firm made £11.9m, and turnover increased £50m on 2001 to £402.7m.

In the directors' report, the company hinted that it would make few radical changes to its structure over the next 12 months.

The report said: "The group will continue its existing activities and will pursue new business activities as they arise."

More than half the group's turnover comes from UK operations. America accounts for £62.3m of turnover, and Asia £84.6m. Arup also has operations in continental Europe and Africa.

Much of the company's spending is on staff costs. Wages and salaries came to £188.6m – £22.4m more than the previous year. Arup now employs 6132 people; on 31 March 2001 it employed 5512 staff.

Company accounts for 2001 were restated after a group restructuring, which resulted in the acquisition of a subsidiary. The figures were therefore restated with the inclusion of the subsidiary's finances for comparative use.