Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has confirmed it is set to lay off staff, blaming economic uncertainty caused by Brexit for a drop in its workload
Richard Rogers’ Cheesegrater-based practice said it had reluctantly entered into redundancy consultations with a ’small number’ of staff after an expected dip in turnover.
The AJ understands the figure to be between 15 and 20 people – up to 10 per cent of the company, which, according to its 2017 annual report, employs 203 members of staff.
RSHP said the current uncertain economic climate, brought about by the Brexit vote, had led to increased delays and uncertainties on a number of UK projects.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: ’This, combined with a number of large projects reaching completion, has resulted in a predicted dip in turnover for the coming year.
’We have reluctantly concluded that we must reduce our resourcing levels to match our forecast project requirements. As a consequence RSHP has therefore entered into consultation with a small number of staff who may ultimately leave the practice.’
The firm added that those in redundancy consultation were split equally between architectural and support staff.
RSHP has previously expressed serious concerns about how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect its workforce. The practice said an increasing number of its European workers were applying for British citizenship to avoid being forced to leave.
In a statement accompanying its latest accounts, the company said: ‘[The] ongoing lack of clarity regarding the Brexit process has […] added to the level of uncertainty for architecture both home and abroad.’
Although the company posted a pre-tax profit in 2017 of £7.6 million and saw its turnover increase by £600,000 to £32.8 million, it had warned that the practice’s fee income would fall in the 2018 accounting period.