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Make to close Edinburgh office

Make is to shut its Scottish outpost and confirms other redundancies

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make is to close its Edinburgh office this Christmas, according to a statement released today (1 December).

The practice blamed the ‘current economic conditions’ for the closure and said all remaining work would be consolidated into its London and Birmingham studios.

Make also said it had reduced its workforce from 130 to 100 people since the summer.

The statement said the company’s strategy for the future ‘is to build on our existing work in the UK public and private sectors while actively pursuing a range of projects and opportunities globally including in Asia and the Middle East.’

Only last month, Ewan Anderson, a director at Make’s Edinburgh office, was named on Scottish magazine Prospect’s Power 100 list – a top 100 of the most influential people in Scotland’s building industry.

Intriguingly, a confident Anderson said he would ‘strive [to] get through to the other side of the credit crunch with our clients and ourselves intact’, adding that Make would ‘continue building its studio in Edinburgh as a place that clients are drawn to with interesting projects’.

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