Capita Symonds’ managing director Jonathan Goring has blamed the collapse of its Maghull Prison and St Athan MOD schemes for its decision to axe 40 jobs
It is understood most of the redundancies, which includes architects, architectural assistants and technologists, will come from the global giant’s two main London offices and that the remaining workforce will be housed together at the headquarters in Procter Street, Holborn.
Goring said that although the redundancies were a ‘bloody shame’, the losses only amounted to around 10 per cent of the practice’s architectural workforce.
In December last year the Ministry of Justice binned plans to build a 600 capacity prison on Merseyside - the decision came just two months after the government ditched the proposed £13 billion defence training academy campus at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales (AJ 19.10.10).
Goring added: ‘It was predominantly Maghull being put on ice which triggered this. But it was also an accumulation of several things. We got to a point where we just couldn’t go on so we thought it was better to take pretty affirmative action now rather than drag it out.
‘We thought schools and prisons were fairly solid.’
He concluded: ‘Fortunately we now have a flow of academies and free schools coming in.’
The first employees are expected to leave before the end of the month.