Arup to lose up to 600 UK staff

Middle East staff will not be affected, firm says

Aldar HQ is one of Arup's best known projects in the UAE.
Aldar HQ is one of Arup's best known projects in the UAE.

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Engineering giant Arup will lay off up to 600 people in its offices across the UK.

The firm, which also has offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar, has blamed a weak market and UK government spending cuts for the redundancies. A 90 day consultation with affected staff began on September 6th.

A spokesman told Construction Week that although the Middle East is part of the company's UK-MEA region, Middle East staff would not be affected.

In a statement, Arup said: "We continue to operate in a period of uncertainty in the economy. Arup - like any responsible business - needs to ensure its long-term business health, which means that it is essential that we match our resources to our current and anticipated workload.

"Like many other businesses, we have been affected by the weak market, as well as expected and current cuts in government expenditure. While we will endeavour to redeploy staff within the firm where possible, we anticipate that these staff reductions may affect up to 600 employees."

The news comes in the same month as Arup's flagship Saudi project, the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, was cut back by oil giant Saudi Aramco. Four out of five of the venues at the 9 million m2 development, which was master planned by Arup, were abandoned last week, and the project's future remains unclear.

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