Multidisciplinary giant WS Atkins has posted an 11% profit rise after a radical restructuring.

In its results, released yesterday, its adjusted pre-tax profit increased from £34.7m to £38.5m in the year to 31 March. Turnover was up 21% from £425.7m to £516.8m.

Chairman and chief executive Mike Jeffries welcomed the results, especially given the considerable change the group had experienced during the period.

Jeffries said: “During the year, good progress has been made towards achieving our strategic objectives.”

He reiterated that Atkins’ strategic vision was to become the world’s first-choice supplier of technical construction services and integrated solutions.

Jeffries said there were future opportunities to provide outsourced services for the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally.

He said the acquisition of US consultant Benham was a key step towards the group’s aim to develop a significant business in the USA.

Over the past 18 months, Atkins has reorganised its UK operation into three divisions: property, transport and management, and industry.

The restructuring has also seen five board members leave the firm in the past year, including deputy chief executive David James, who left last month.