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Job losses at John Robertson blamed on London slowdown

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AJ100 practice John Robertson Architects (JRA) has confirmed it has made a number of redundancies following a drop in its London workload

It is unknown how many staff have been let go by the 24-year-old, Southwark-based company, which has historically focused on work in central London.

The news comes after a period of growth at JRA, which saw the workforce grow from 69 in 2014 to 108 in the 2016 AJ100 survey.

The latest accounts posted at Companies House, for the year ending 31 December 2015, showed an annual turnover of £6.6 million and profits after tax of £247,000, down from £487,000 the year before.

A spokesperson for the practice said: ‘JRA has made a number of redundancies in response to a slowdown in its workload in London. It is always regrettable when a firm is forced to take this course of action, which is in part a consequence of the cyclical nature of our work.’

JRA’s announcement comes just weeks after Foster + Partners announced a round of redundancies, also mainly from its London office.

Norman Foster’s practice blamed the completion of a number of key projects and uncertainty in the construction market for the job losses (see AJ 21.04.17).

Last month JRA began work on a major revamp of Albert Richardson’s 1959 Bracken House – the first post-war building to be listed. The former headquarters for the Financial Times in Friday Street, in the City of London, was previously remodelled by Hopkins Architects in 1988.



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