Turnover at Carey Jones Architects is expected to increase from £6.3m in 2001 to £7.5m for the year to 31 December 2002.
Chairman Gordon Carey said business at the Leeds practice had risen steadily since it was founded in 1996, when turnover was £1.4m. “We’ve consciously tried not to grow too fast, because you can get into trouble if you do,” he said.

The 120-strong firm posted a gross profit of £500,000 last year.

Carey Jones has an office in London but does not plan to open any more in the UK. Carey said regional offices were expensive and risky, and it was hard to control the quality of their work.

The practice has a policy of taking short-term accommodation in cities where it has projects, with directors and staff commuting from Leeds or London.