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BDP set to axe 15% of staff

The UK’s largest design practice BDP stands to lose up to 15 per cent of its workforce

The company, which has topped the AJ100 rankings since 2009 and has 295 architects on its books, blamed the proposed cull on the suspension of a major healthcare project and ‘large scale cuts in the public sector’.

Failure to land huge schemes at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Papworth Hospital are understood to have led to BDP’s ‘process of streamlining’, which will mainly affect staff in its London, Winchester and Sheffield offices.

BDP’s chief executive Peter Drummond said: ‘It continues to be a challenging time for the industry and we are working hard to continue to win work.

‘We have, to some extent, been buffered by our range of sectors and success in overseas markets, especially China and India.’

Last month, the company’s Delhi office won the project to design a 230ha college campus in the Himalayas. The firm has also scooped a number of major developments in China, including Suzhou and a central business district in Hongqiao.’

Meanwhile, staff at the Glasgow office of fellow AJ100 practice Sheppard Robson are believed to have been put ‘on notice’ of redundancy. The practice declined to comment.

Hypostyle in Glasgow, which once had a 50-strong workforce, has also let staff go.

Daniel Wedge, who was recently made redundant from the firm, said: ‘It’s not that the situation is getting worse, but it’s been staggered over the recession depending on workload.

‘Those offices that chose, or were forced, to react at the onset of recession are now in a more competitive position.

‘Larger practices, now suffering, still have to go through that process.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Having lost my 8 year place there in June I feel I can comment. It's been going on for years already. This public cull is but a fraction of the genuinely good people they've had to lay off over the last three years. As recessions go this one's a real stinker like '92. Bizarrely my new job abroad is with.... BDP. Only a short term thing though, after that it's highly unlikely I'll work within the architectural field for some years. There's just not enough happening out there.

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