Multidisciplinary giant Arup is set to make redundancies due to fears over the future of its London workload following June’s vote to leave the EU
The company said it was consulting with staff currently employed as part of its Buildings London arm, a division which also includes AJ100 practice Arup Associates.
The practice employs 57 architects and its jobs include a 32-storey tower scheme at 2 and 3 Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate, the latest in a series of projects at the 1980s office campus. It is understood, however, that Arup Associates has not been appointed to refurbish No1 Broadgate, the commission being handed to another leading AJ100 firm.
Speaking about the forthcoming job losses, a spokesperson for Arup said: ‘We are operating in a period of uncertainty in the UK economy following the referendum vote in June. Arup – as with any responsible business – needs to ensure its long-term business health and it is essential that we match our shape with future market requirements.
‘Our people are our greatest asset and it is with regret that the difficult decision has been taken to implement a programme of limited redundancies during the third quarter of 2016 in our Buildings London sector.
Arup needs to ensure its long-term business health
‘We have begun a statutory 30-day consultation period with relevant staff in the UK, and we are doing everything that we can to ensure the redundancy programme is handled with transparency and sensitivity.’
Arup Associates was welcomed into the AJ100 rankings in 2015 shortly after the arrival of long-term Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios chief Jo Wright to the firm. This year the architectural arm of the engineering colossus was placed 42nd in the league table of the nation’s largest practices.
It is understood around 90 jobs across the London division are at risk.
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