Engineering consultancy Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP increased operating profits to £5.29m, thanks to marked improvements across the whole group.
The Newcastle-headquartered firm, which operates international offices in Sydney, Dubai and Shanghai among other locations, raised operating profit from £4.5m in the year to the end of June 2014.
Cundall are consultant engineers who have worked on the planning of The Malings development in Newcastle’s Ouseburn and the Chengdu Creative Centre in China. The company saw turnover rise to £28m during the period.
The group’s UK subsidiary, Cundall Limited, which is wholly owned by the group, saw turnover grow to £13.2m across the period. Staffing levels at the Regent Centre-based firm increased to 281.
Partner Gordon Reid said: “2013/14 saw conditions in almost all markets in which the business operates improve but the focus on delivering the best possible service to clients has ensured that Cundall take advantage of this.
“This is the same strategy which allowed Cundall to stay profitable through the recession.
“During the year we’ve continued to work with clients such as National Grid, Facebook, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Google, Land Securities, British Land, Birmingham, Durham and Nottingham Universities, Rolls Royce, Changi Airport, and the Rugby Football Union.
“Looking ahead the business continues to look for the highest quality staff, the best projects and the best clients to work with and to invest back in the business to ensure it thrives during good times and bad.
“We have had an encouraging year and it is good to see the construction market economy maintaining signs of improvement. We are looking forward to 2015 and will continue to seek new ways to improve our business.”
During the year the business celebrated 10 years in Birmingham, where the office has now grown to over 60 people.
A number of senior staff appointments were also made during the period. Belinda Morgan joined as partner in the Birmingham office while Neil Dely joined as partner in the Edinburgh office and Neil McAlpine joined as the head of the Transportation team.
Cundall recently hired its largest ever intake of 16 graduates across its five UK offices.