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Jobs set to go at RSHP ahead of Cheesegrater move

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) is understood to be consulting on a round of redundancies ahead of its relocation from Hammersmith to the Leadenhall Building next month

According to sources up to 20 of the practice’s 193-strong workforce could be affected by the move which comes just days after the company announced that founding partner Mike Davies was to step down.

The job losses mark the largest reshuffle at Richard Rogers’ practice since it let 35 jobs go in 2009 when a series of projects were cancelled due to the economic downturn.

The latest shake-up is believed to part of a wider restructuring at the company which recently saw five new partners created, including RSHP’s first woman partner Tracy Meller.

Meller was promoted along with Stephen Barrett, Andrew Tyley, Stephen Light and John McElgunn as the practice sought to implement a long-term succession plan to ‘ensure the continuing success of the practice’.

Last year the practice reported a turnover of £32million and an operating profit of £8million. Earlier this month RSHP won the massive £1billion project to design a new terminal at Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan (see AJ 03.11.15).

RSHP refused to comment.

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The Leadenhall Building

Previous story (AJ 17.11.15)

Davies to step down as RSHP announces new partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has created five new partners and announced that founding partner Mike Davies is to step down

The practice, which is set to move to its new home in the Leadenhall Building next month, has created the partners as part of a long-term succession plan, which it has said will ‘ensure the continuing success of the practice’.

The new partners include Stephen Barrett who worked on the practice’s Stirling Prize-winning Barajas airport; Andrew Tyley, lead architect on the competition-winning Taiwan Taoyuan international airport scheme; and ‘technical expert’ Stephen Light.

John McElgunn and Tracy Meller, who both worked on the Stirling Prize-shortlisted NEO Bankside, have also been made partners. Meller becomes the practice’s first woman partner.

The appointments come as founding partner Mike Davies steps down from the practice’s board. Davies, who will remain in a part-time role at the firm, had announced three years ago that he would be stepping down when RSHP’s Thames Wharf lease ended.

Davies worked on the Pompidou Centre, Lloyd’s of London, the Millennium Dome, and Heathrow Airport. In 2000 he was awarded a CBE for services to architecture, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the president of France.

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