Cost-cutting drive means 150 design staff will leave Tyneside office

Amec is transferring about 150 design staff from its Wallsend base in Tyneside to its offices in Darlington as part of cost cutting exercise.

The staff, who design on- and offshore oil and gas facilities, will move to Darlington next year where there is a 450-strong team who focus industrial and commercial design.

Amec has been downsizing its operations in Wallsend since 2004 when its closed the manufacturing division, which built platforms for the North Sea. The latest move means that just a small team of nuclear engineers are left in Wallsend. Amec also rents the yard to smaller subcontractors.

A spokesperson for Amec said the relocation followed a consultation period with staff and that no jobs had been lost.