Pre-tax profit at Mace rose 38% to £14.9m in 2008.

The increase was on the back of turnover of £608m, 14% higher than the previous year. The firm, which was confirmed as the builder of the Shard in March, also said its 2009 order book was 79% secured. Stephen Pycroft, Mace’s chairman and chief executive, said: “We have achieved outstanding financial results.”