McAlpine planned job cuts set to hit London office hardest

Aaron Morby 1 year ago

Sir Robert McAlpine is planning a wave of job cuts as the business switches from a regional to sector-based operating model.

London MD, Alison Cox, and Southern MD, Ian Cheung, depart
London MD, Alison Cox, and Southern MD, Ian Cheung, depart

Consultation with staff has just got underway with the firm saying the strategic restructure will lead to a 2.5% cut in total staff numbers.

Among the big-name departures already confirmed to be stepping down are MD for London, Alison Cox, and MD for Southern,  Ian Cheung.

Sources told the Enquirer that the majority of the planned 60 jobs are rumoured to coming from McAlpine’s London operation, although the firm said it was too early to comment on details.

One source told the Enquirer: “The rumour is the staff could be halved at the London office.”

McAlpine said that there was no plan at present to close any regional offices.

The contractor said it would become a leaner business and now prioritise sectors where it has been most successful.  Target markets include healthcare, commercial offices, industrial, as well as the heritage and complex schemes delivered by its Major & Special Projects team.

It is simultaneously growing the rail, transport and nuclear sectors of its infrastructure business. This will drive profitable growth and minimise its exposure to ongoing geo-political and market risks.

The Building team will be headed up by former strategy director at Sir Robert McAlpine, Grant Findlay, who will be returning to the business after leaving in April 2022.

Tony Gates remains MD of the Infrastructure team.

Paul Hamer, chief executive, said: “The challenges that the industry is currently facing are exceptional and unprecedented.

“In this turbulent market, we owe it to our people and our clients to carefully consider how we apply our focus and expertise over the coming years to seize the opportunities that will support us to thrive.

“These changes are needed to enhance our operational agility. They mean we can move rapidly while generating improved efficiency and productivity. This does unfortunately result in a small number of roles becoming redundant, which is a difficult but necessary decision.


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