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Brexit fallout: Grimshaw set to lay off staff

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Grimshaw Architects is making about 16 redundancies due to uncertainty on projects caused by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union

The company, which employs more than 300 people around the world, confirmed there would be job losses but would not say how many nor at what level of seniority.

However the AJ understands up to 16 staff are expected to leave the AJ100 International Practice of the Year for 2016.

A spokesman for Grimshaw said: ‘Like many of our peers within the industry we have been experiencing delays on a number of planned projects due to the uncertainty caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union.

‘Regrettably, this uncertainty in the market has led us to make a small reduction in the headcount of our London office. We have always viewed our people as our greatest asset and this is not a decision that has been taken lightly.’

The spokesman said clients would not be affected by the job losses and that the company, which has about 120 qualified architects in the UK, is confident and remains positive about the future.

Grimshaw is currently contracted to work on designs for the redevelopment of Euston train station which will become a new London terminus for High Speed 2.

Last month transport minister Robert Goodwill insisted that HS2 was ‘on track’, despite a warning from the National Audit Office that the £55.7 billion railway was facing financial pressure.

Also in July, Grimshaw was selected to plan the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport as it pushes forward with its bid to build a third runway.

Heathrow vision aerial view grimshaw

Heathrow vision aerial view grimshaw

The government has yet to respond to last year’s independent Airports Commission, led by Howard Davies, which recommended building a third runway at Heathrow.

Separately, BuckleyGrayYeoman has confirmed that it made three members of staff redundant at the end of May.

Director Matt Yeoman said: ‘We took this decision at the end of 2015, when we predicted that 2016 would see a “levelling off”.

‘We anticipated limited growth this year even before the announcement of a referendum, let alone before the result. We have let three people go but this is due to completion of the projects they were working on, which is nothing unusual for a practice of our size.’

Last month the AJ reported that Make, Sheppard Robson and AL_A had all shed staff following the Brexit vote.

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