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McAslan shake-up: senior staff depart and Manchester office shuts

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A number of key staff have left AJ100 firm John McAslan + Partners after a major management restructure

The company’s Manchester office has also shut its doors in the wake of the reshuffle which has seen the departure of three of the practice’s longstanding directors.

Managing director Tony Skipper, who headed up the Manchester studio, has since been appointed as a director at Ellis Williams Architects.

Equity director Kevin Lloyd and Hiro Aso, who had been at the practice for more than 20 years and worked on the transformation of King’s Cross, have also gone.

Under its new structure, the practice will be led by a four-strong management team including John McAslan, Aidan Potter, Natasha Manzaroli, and 2012 AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Hannah Lawson.

The practice, which employs 47 architects, now has just two UK bases – in London and Edinburgh.

This year the firm saw its turnover drop by 11 per cent amid a slowdown in its UK work.

The decision by communities secretary Eric Pickles to veto the McAslan’s £160 million regeneration of Smithfield Market was a set back during the year, although a retail-led alternative for the same client is now in the pipeline.

It is understood the practice is also working with the Museum of London on future plans which, coincidentally, could see it relocate to Smithfield Market.

In a statement executive chairman John McAslan said: ‘The practice has restructured in recent months.

‘In addition, the practice has consolidated its activities within its London and Edinburgh studios.

‘Within this restructuring process, a number of directors - Kevin Lloyd, Tony Skipper and Hiro Aso - have left the practice. .. We wish them all success for the future.’

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  • As a Tottenham resident I am wondering if the N17 Studio on the Tottenham High Road is to continue. This McAslan office - refurbished by £181,458 spending by Haringey Council - was initially a 12 month pilot project and houses a few staff. Can McAslan afford to maintain it? Or, will the council have to provide more financial support?

    The McAslan organisational changes might explain the downbeat mood of Aidan Potter at a meeting last week to consider the company's design for a 22-storey tower for Grainger plc in Tottenham. And the widespread criticism of his design didn't help to cheer him up. "22 storeys of disappointment" one member of the public called it.

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