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  • Comment on: Austin-Smith:Lord files for insolvency

    EMMA JONES's comment 17-Nov-2011 10:39 pm

    Apparently Abu Dhabi owed £11.3 million to ASL! £11.3 million! That is a lot of cash! ASL must have down some really remarkable work for that ridiculous amount of money.. or maybe not.... At any rate everybody could see it coming, it is obvious that some choose to bury their heads in the sand... yes it is pretty hard right now, but some manage it just great, so its change or die. Interesting, for ASL bosses, its winning the lottery or bust....

  • Comment on: Austin-Smith:Lord files for insolvency

    EMMA JONES's comment 15-Nov-2011 10:25 am

    Reality check.... I worked in Abu Dhabi, here are the facts: Plenty of architectural practices are trading here and getting paid. The Abu Dhabi government, is still a viable place to do business with, and not the great devil, if you believe Austin Smith Lord management, solely responsible for all there troubles. The community here is a small one, so news goes around quickly, ASL has spent the last 3 or 4 years ? developing one scheme after another apparently never getting to a resolution. Meanwhile spending millions upon millions of dollars of the clients funds. It is also obvious that the comments above sub divide into mainly 2 camps, the staff laid off with no late wages and no redundancy payment either, in the worth job market in 80 years, and those remaining staff (mostly management?) and others with interests in ASL. The second will probably keep on re-arranging the chairs on the deck until the ship goes down. Worryingly some have resorted to personal attacks, probably in anger and frustration, be aware that this is the perfect excuse for others to dismiss your points of view. Finally spare a thought for the staff laid off and remaining, it must be hell. Don't fell too sorry for the management, a the end it is their responsibility, and blaming the Abu Dhabi government and the recession only, for all their troubles doesn't appear to fair.

  • Comment on: Austin-Smith:Lord files for insolvency

    EMMA JONES's comment 10-Nov-2011 6:21 pm

    People have been made redundant and are still not getting paid... very sad state of affair. The company is very top heavy, and went in the Middle-east with a great deal of naivety, probably trusting the wrong people. Desperate cut in staff at that level also means that they have lost a great deal of talent and experience, making the chances of recovery even less lightly. I also agree with the comments above management was enable or unwilling to change until it was tool late.

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