Engineer says closure of offices in the south and Manchester unrelated to CH2M Hill deal

Engineer Halcrow has made 55 redundancies and closed four offices, the firm revealed this week.

The move will see the engineer’s offices in Chichester, Crawley, Waltham Cross and Handforth (Manchester) closed down, with staff relocating to other offices, including Hammersmith in London and Warrington near Manchester.

Halcrow, which was taken over by US giant CH2M Hill in a £230m deal last month, started the consultation with staff in August, before the takeover. It said the move was unrelated to the buy-out.

In a statement the firm said the move was part of an operational review which had concluded it needed to consolidate its accommodation portfolio. It said: “This decision was not taken lightly and throughout the consultation period we will make every possible effort to reduce the number of redundancies and assist where we can with people’s personal arrangements.

Before the review Halcrow had 23 offices and 3,300 staff in the UK. It has 6,000 staff worldwide across nearly 100 office. The takeover by CH2M Hill creates a 27,000-strong global engineering business.

Halcrow’s statement added: “As a business, we remain focused on delivering an excellent service to our clients.”