Company says cuts are part of planned reorganisation

Engineering and design consultancy Atkins has cut 51 jobs from its design division as part of a reorganisation of the business.

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Thirteen people have relocated within the firm, while 38 chose to leave after their roles were axed from the design solutions division.

A spokesperson said: “We offered around half of those 51 alternative roles and 38 people opted to go. The others have been kept on within the company.”

The cuts were made at four design offices in Winchester, Aberdeen, Cambridge and Nottingham.

It is understood the move is part of plans to move away from smaller projects and focus on larger schemes around the world.

A spokesperson said the reorganisation was not a response to the market slump and had been instigated “before the credit crunch was even heard of”.