Architect MacCormac Jamieson Prichard is set to lose two senior architects who worked on the BBC Broadcasting House project in the clearest signal yet it will not return to the scheme, writes Vikki Miller.
It is understood that the two architects will be leaving in the latest round of cuts at the practice, which come during the continuing fallout over the scheme.
A source said that MJP might have to make some redundancies following the practice's departure from the project. The source said: "MJP is still suffering from the loss of the BBC job and it is likely they will leave."
The news puts to rest rumours that MJP is set to return to the £800m BBC refurbishment. Another source close to the scheme confirmed that Sir Richard MacCormac had been in talks with the BBC but said that it was unlikely the practice would make a comeback for phase two.
Jeremy Estop, managing director of MJP said: "The loss of the BBC project as anyone would expect has had an impact on our practice but we are confident we are in a strong position to move the business forward and continue to provide architecture of the highest quality."
MJP is still suffering from the loss of the Broadcasting House job
Michael Handley, Bovis project director, confirmed that MJP had not gone back. He said: "No member of MJP is working on the project. Sheppard Robson is the only architect and is not working with any other architects."
It is thought relations between Sir Richard and the BBC are also still tense, despite his appearance at the opening of first phase last week by the Queen. The architect is understood not to have attended the reception afterwards.