Revenue from UK work slips by a third in two years

Ken shuttleworth c nicola evans wsp 06

Brexit is continuing to hit revenue at Make with the architect reporting that income from its UK business tumbled nearly one fifth last year.

The firm said its 2016 figures had been hit by Brexit with income from the UK dropping 18%.

But the firm of Ken Shuttleworth (pictured) recorded a bigger drop in 2017 with turnover from the UK slipping 19% to £12.8m meaning that income at its UK business has dropped by a third in the two years after it posted a UK turnover of £19.2m in 2015.

Overall group revenue fell 12% to £17.8m and in a note accompanying its latest report and accounts, the firm said: “Make’s performance in 2017 reflected industry wide uncertainty…Revenue decreased from 2016 due to the fallout from the EU referendum.”

The UK is the firm’s largest market accounting for 72% of business – down from 2016’s 78% – but the company said revenue from Europe, the Middle East, India and Australia were all up. Income from Asia fell to £948,000 from £1.3m last time. Pre-tax profit at the group rose 47% to £52,754.

Make also said it had been hit by a bad debt in London which it said “reflected the changing economic environment”.

But it kept staff numbers broadly the same with 169 employees on its books at the year-end compared to 171 the year before.

Last year the firm pulled out of a high-profile scheme to design a pair of towers in Manchester for former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs after the proposal was panned by heritage groups. The firm was replaced by Hodder & Partners.

Earlier this year Keltbray finally began work to carry out a year-long demolition of the site at Make’s 40 Leadenhall nearly two years after the scheme was put on hold. The firm is also behind 1 Leadenhall, a 36-storey tower being developed by Brookfield Properties.