Engineering consultancy to axe up to 350 jobs

Artist's impression of the SEE Building

Engineering consultancy Arup, which has offices in Liverpool and Manchester, is to make up to 350 staff redundant.

The firm, which employs a 6,000-strong workforce, says the coronavirus crisis has led to the “difficult” decision to downsize the firm.

Among the North West schemes the company is currently working on is the University of Salford’s £65m Science, Engineering and Environmental Building (SEE Building), the £1bn A66 upgrade which links the M6 at Penrith in Cumbria with the A1(M) at Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire, a 31-storey residential development, called Patagonia Place, on Liverpool’s Princes Dock, and the £35m expansion of Manchester’s leading health innovation campus, Citylabs.

It is also a festival partner for the upcoming Liverpool Good Business Festival, taking place in the city in October and next March.

A spokesperson for Arup told “Like many of our clients and partners, COVID-19 has crystallised the need for a reshaping of our business to reflect anticipated forward workload, business size, shape and skillsets to meet the post-pandemic market.

“As a result, Arup has taken the difficult decision to reshape the business, starting a consultation process that will affect up to 350 staff members in the UK.

“This decision has not been taken lightly.

“However, by taking action now, the firm will be far better prepared to navigate the challenges ahead, while maintaining Arup’s high standards in delivering quality projects.”

Arup opened its Liverpool office in Old Hall Street in 2000, while its Manchester office in Piccadilly Place is linked with a 60-year affiliation with the city.