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Alsop Sparch to close as Archial merges London offices

Archial has revealed plans to merge its two London offices following the company’s acquisition by Canadians Ingenium four months ago

Staff from Archial’s Alsop Sparch division – based in Battersea, south London – will relocate to the company’s Great Portland Street offices under the plans.

The subsidiary – which was formerly headed up by Will Alsop prior to his departure to RMJM – will be absorbed into the Archial brand, ceasing to trade as Alsop Sparch.

The streamlining measures are part of an ‘extensive review’ of the Archial business by its new owners Ingenium. In September last year the Canadian company bought Archial from administrators following the practice’s failure to thrash out a deal over unpaid taxes with tax collectors.

Chris Littlemore, Archial chief executive, said: ‘During the events of last year, Archial maintained its position architecturally due to the quality of its design teams and the relationships developed with clients over many years delivering great buildings.

‘We are confident that the merger of our London offices will allow us to continue focusing our resources to our clients’ benefit and that simplifying our brand structure will allow our organisation to present a single cohesive identity to the UK and European market.  We are committed to growing our London office with both projects based in the metropolis but also from provincial work commissioned from London.’

While the offices merger has taken place independent of an ongoing review into the company’s staff base, an Archial spokesperson failed to rule out the possibility of redundancies.

They said: ‘[The] issue of jobs is, as always, one of economics. We review our cost base and revenue stream every month and, as with all responsible businesses, measure these two areas and then decide whether we are under or over staffed.  This has of course been especially important in recent times and we will continue to control our business in this manner.’

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