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Axe hangs over 35 Archial staff

Archial has announced that 15 per cent of its UK workforce could be made redundant as part of plans to further integrate the company with its Canadian owners

The AJ100 practice has launched a 30-day consultation over the job losses which are linked to attempts to streamline the business in line with its counterparts across the pond.

Archial said it was seeking to replicate sister-company NORR’s working model and create ‘a small number of large “delivery studios” servicing major projects, complemented by a multitude of regional studios’.

Archial chief executive Chris Littlemore (pictured) said: ‘This is a tried and tested model employed by NORR and, as we find ourselves collaborating increasingly closely with them on range of overseas projects, and in a variety of sectors, it makes eminent sense that we should consider adapting our working methods to reflect this relationship – one which we see going from strength to strength over the months and years to come.

‘The profession continues to confront unprecedented trading conditions: it is vital for successful practices to be “light on their feet” in anticipating what the market needs and wants, over what will undoubtedly be another challenging year in 2012, and to react accordingly.’

Canadian-based multi-disciplinary outfit Ingenium – which also owns NORR – purchased Archial after the practice failed to thrash out a deal with HM Revenue & Customs over unpaid taxes in September 2010.

Archial employs more than 200 UK staff across 13 separate offices and has collaborated with NORR on a transport project in Canada and a Middle East retail complex.

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