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Arup - Overview and financial analysis

The company’s work has included Coventry Cathederal, the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, and developing the route for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Other significant projects include the world’s first eco-city near Shanghai, and the Oresund link, joining Denmark and Sweden.

Founded in 1946 by the Danish engineer and philosopher Ove Arup, with an emphasis on bringing together professionals from diverse disciplines to produce high quality work, the firm grew during the era of high UK public sector spending in the 1950s and 1960s.

Today, under chairman Terry Hill, Arup has over 10,000 staff working in more than 90 offices in 37 countries and has over 10,000 projects currently running. Arup Group Ltd had a turnover of £725.6 million in the year to end-March 2008, up from £572 million in the previous year.

According to the most recent NCE Consultants File Arup earned annual fees of £747.1m and employed 8,336 technical staff.

£ thousand2005200620072008
Gross Profit5,70818,32322,59734,925
Profit before tax5,33121,06830,81750,368
Profit after tax2,28714,51821,91129,300
Net assets-17,7499,83039,30473,007
Net cash from operating activities16,52628,14433,05060,198