Cundall Johnston and Partners tackles tough market with flexibility

Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP which focuses on designing environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings, saw operating profit grow from £3.3m to £4.6m during the period, while turnover decreased only slightly from £25.7m to £25.5m

Global engineering consultancy Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP has reported solid results for the year ended June 30, 2013, despite continued challenges in the market.

The Newcastle-headquartered group, which focuses on designing environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings, saw operating profit grow from £3.3m to £4.6m during the period, while turnover decreased only slightly from £25.7m to £25.5m.

As well as its Gosforth head office, Cundall has UK offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester, along with a significant number of international offices in the likes of Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

Last year, it grew its Newcastle workforce by 24%, taking the headcount to more than 100, while embarking on a wide range of high profile projects, including the redevelopment of South Shields town centre and a £63m scheme to build six new North East schools with Kier.

Cundall partner Gordon Reid said: “The year from July 2012 to June 2013 remained a very difficult one across the industry and the wider economy, and we are pleased to, once again, have posted strong accounts and made a profit.

“We have continued to focus on providing an excellent service to our clients across all of our offices and to deliver this as sustainably and efficiently as possible.

“The main challenge over the year was around uncertainty.

“Across the countries in which we operate there were huge ups and downs and this is difficult to manage for workload and income.

“We have done this by staying very flexible across the business.”

He added that Cundall’s great advantage was how “connected” it was across the globe, giving it the ability to provide support to colleagues from Shanghai to Sydney, all led from the Newcastle office.

“We continue to experience improvements in the economy and more confidence in the industry,” Reid added.

“We have taken on a lot of staff recently to keep up with the workload and are continuing to try to fill some roles.

“We are always looking for good people to come and work with us on exciting and interesting projects.

“In terms of new business in the North East, we are pleased to be undertaking work on the second North East Priority Schools programme, incorporating new schools in the Sunderland, Hartlepool and Teesside areas, as well as North East Rail Academy for Newcastle College.

“We are also continuing our involvement in the redevelopment of Eldon Square and Metrocentre shopping centres.”

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