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Ramboll UK to make 50 redundancies

Consultant Ramboll UK is to make 50 of its 900 strong work force redundant following a downturn in the UK market, NCE has learnt.

Ramboll UK will close its Oxford office, and downsizes its Cardiff and Edinburgh operations in an effort to reduce costs following the downturn in the UK buildings market. The redundancies will be a mixture of compulsory and voluntary and with consultations already underway. There will be small reductions in most of Ramboll’s UK offices.

The firm has also replaced its managing director Charles McBeath with Steve Canadine. McBeath was previously with consultant WhitbyBird prior to its takeover by Ramboll in 2007.

Canadine said the redundancies were as result of government’s cuts to spending. “As the government has cut its spending, that has feed into reductions in workloads,” Canadine told NCE. He added the firm’s buildings division has been hardest hit by the downturn.

He said the redundancies were not as a result of Ramboll’s recent takeover of Gifford, and the firm had no plans to restructure its divisions.

Canadine joined Gifford in 1996 as a structural engineer and became its chief executive in 2010.

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