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RSHP: 'We need to heal wounds with our neighbours in Europe'

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has said the profession faces a protracted period of ’great uncertainty’ following last week’s vote to leave the EU

The practice was among a number of firms calling for a Remain vote in the days running up to last week’s referendum saying that Brexit would be a ‘catastrophic error of judgement’.

The partners at the company released a statement questioning what would happen to all the ’contractual, personal and professional’ relationships that would have to be ‘forged anew’ in the wake of the vote.   

It reads: ’Where do we go from here? We now face a difficult period of great uncertainty. All those questions left hanging by those leading the drive towards leaving the EU will now have to be answered. This will take time (years) and in the interim requires great adaptability and resilience from us all.’

The statement goes on: ’This result is not only significant for our practice but especially for the important proportion of our staff for whom this is not only a signal of a new, less open Britain, but one that may lead to real and practical changes in their lives.

‘In the aftermath of a divisive campaign, we will need to heal the wounds not just within a dis-United Kingdom but with our neighbours across Europe.’

However RSHP, whose workforce consists of more than 40 per cent non-British EU citizens, said it would ’continue to be an inclusive and internationally-minded practice steeped in the values of a broad European culture.’

Meanwhile, international giant AECOM told the AJ that it was up to businesses to support the government ’as it leads the country through this period of change’.

Patrick Flaherty, UK & Ireland chief executive at AECOM said: ’Business inevitably now faces a period of disruption. Our strong team, diversification strategy and international outlook equip us with long-term resilience but we are well aware that many businesses are not so fortunate.’

He added: ’It is critical that the domestic agenda is not sidelined. Schemes such as HS2, Crossrail 2 and the Northern Powerhouse programme are vital to the country’s ability to compete on a global stage, which is more crucial than ever due to this referendum result.’

Following last week’s vote a number of architects, including Will Alsop, have signed a petition calling for a second EU referendum. The petition has already received more than 3.6 million signatures.

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