Aukett Associates, the UK’s only listed architecture practice, raised pre-tax profit 65% to £1.02m in the year to 30 September 1999. This was on a turnover of £15.1m, which includes joint-venture work.

The practice recently reshuffled its board as part of a plan to combine its 11 offices across Europe into one, more focused company.

Managing director Andrew Lett, soon to become chairman, said he hoped the company could change the City’s poor view of architects.

“We are seeking to demonstrate that a company in our sector can provide the consistency of performance that investors are after,” he said.

Aukett has increased its workload in growth sectors such as information technology and telecoms, doing repeat work for clients such as BT, One-2-One and Sun Microsystems.

It has also just designed a £2.3m computerised library for Surrey Institute of Art & Design in Epsom (above). Aukett carried out the design, structural and services engineering and landscape design, with Everiss Partnership as quantity surveyor. The 2000 m2 brick-clad building complements the 1960s buildings on the campus and is naturally ventilated.