Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make is to close the doors on its Birmingham office and temporarily move out of its London home
The company, ranked 26 in this year’s AJ100, said the forthcoming closure of its Midlands outpost in July would not result in any job losses and that staff will be relocated to Make’s headquarters in the capital.
Shuttleworth, Make’s founding partner said: ‘There is currently very little commercial work to be found regionally and as such all jobs based in the Midlands, both for existing and new clients, will be supported from our London headquarters. I would reiterate that we are not making any redundancies, nor do we view the change negatively – this is just indicative of the differences between the regional and London economy in the UK today.’
The studio, which delivered The Cube in Birmingham, The Montpellier Chapter Hotel and the Thomas Clarkson Academy, as well as a number of masterplans, will shut up its studio in The Mailbox with landlord Brockton Capital planning to renovate the award-winning development later this summer.
Shuttleworth added: ‘We have had a long vested interest in the Midlands, not least because I grew up there but also because the region has been so instrumental in enabling Make to get where it is today.’
Meanwhile the practice has ‘categorically denied’ rumours it was about to bought by Arup but admitted it would be temporarily moving into the multidisciplinary giant’s offices in Fitzroy Street in September while its current base at 55 Whitfield Street is revamped.
The ‘short-term’ move has been prompted by Derwent London’s major redevelopment of 80 Charlotte Street, which Make is designing and includes the practice’s existing Whitfield Street studio space.
Make has worked out of Whitfield Street since it was set up in 2004 and plans to return once the redevelopment of the building is complete in 2015.