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More trouble for RMJM as Stallan quits

Paul Stallan, a driving force behind RMJM in Scotland, has resigned just days after fellow Glasgow-based principal Alastair Brand was sacked

A RMJM spokesman confirmed that Stallan, who had been with the AJ100 practice since 1995 and had effectively built the Glasgow office, had ‘tendered his resignation’ and that it ‘had been accepted’.

The move follows reports that staff in both the UK and US had repeatedly not been paid on time.

It is understood Paul Rodgers has taken over as Scottish managing principal.

Only six months ago Stallan, who was described last year as ‘fiercely loyal’ to to RMJM owner Fraser Morrison, had been handed the reins of a new ‘design powerhouse’ under the Paul Stallan Studio banner, combining RMJM’s Edinburgh and Glasgow’s offices (AJ 15.07.11).

Among the project on the studio’s books are the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow and schemes in Kula Lumpur, Shanghai, Riyhad and Rio de Janeiro.

The practice also won the refurbishment of Gillespie Kidd and Coia’s Brutalist St Bride’s Church in East Kilbride having beaten off Page/ Park and James Stephens Architects.

Stallan’s departure follows in the wake of Brand’s dismissal and allegations in a Scottish newspaper about the company, which have since been removed from the Herald Scotland website.

Brand, who worked for RMJM for 17 years, was escorted from his Glasgow office by security guards on Monday morning and had his mobile phone confiscated.

Factfile of new Scottish managing prinicpal Paul Rodgers, 43

· Experience in Asia, Middle East, US and Europe.
· Worked in Education, Transportation and Cultural Buildings
·        Notable projects include the Singapore Marina Line railway stations, Napier University’s Faculty of Life Sciences Building in Edinburgh and the Eco Space Building in Dunfermline which won the Best Sustainable Design Award in 2008.

· Led both of RMJM’s collaborations with Frank Gehry.

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