WORKLOAD in South Africa at consultant WSP was boosted by the country's success in winning the race to host the 2010 football World Cup.
WSP, which lifted pre-tax profits £2.2 million to £8.8 million in the first half of this year, is the third biggest consultant in South Africa.
Chief executive Chris Cole said: 'The World Cup has created a stimulus to the economy.
South Africa is a very good business for us ? the only problem is that you get a lot of rand to the pound.
'We're working on preliminary designs for a couple of stadiums, some casinos and the main interstate highway between Durban and Johnannesburg.' Property work provided half of WSP's first half turnover of £181.8 million ? up from £161.5 million a year ago ? with £53.7 million-worth of work coming from the transport sector, including jobs in Poland and Sweden.
Mr Cole added: 'The commercial sector in the UK is fairly quiet. There's a lot of room there but it is beginning to come back. We are doing more front-end work, so the situation is getting better.
'In the UK, transport has been a bit quiet but we're really busy in Sweden, where we're the biggest transport consultant.' WSP also works in the environmental sector, which produced £20.1 million-worth of turnover in the f irst half of 2005.