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Friday18 August 2017

Rogers defends practice from Goldschmied's attack

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Job losses were ‘part of a considered strategy for growth’

Richard Rogers has moved to rebut accusations by former partner Marco Goldschmied that a round of redundancies before Christmas was handled in a “cowardly” manner by email.

The practice issued a statement saying none of the partners would comment on the former RIBA president’s personal views but that it did want to “correct a factual error”.

It said the departure of nine staff was carried out in a proper manner and “was part of a considered strategy to secure the practice’s future growth through the promotion of new talent”.

Goldschmied sent an open letter to Rogers last week accusing the practice of abandoning its founding principles as a “socially aware, humane and collaborative group” and giving way to a corporate culture.

He also suggested its move from Thames Wharf into the RSHP-designed Cheesegrater “reflected a fundamental change in ethos in the practice” since it coincided with the redundancies. RSHP denied this.

Goldschmied owns Thames Wharf in Hammersmith and wanted to redevelop it into housing until this proved unviable. He told BD the practice could have chosen to stay because its 2005 lease entitled it to a new 10-year lease on market terms.

 

The RSHP statement

“Richard Rogers and the rest of the partners do not intend to comment on Marco’s personal opinions.

“But they do wish to correct a factual error and make clear that the recent departure of nine senior staff, by agreement following a full and proper one-to-one consultation process, was part of a considered strategy to secure the practice’s future growth through the promotion of new talent.”

 

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  • Beavis

    what's the moral of this story kids? Loyalty not worth anything these days. Got a better opportunity, move instantly, nobody will hesitate to move you.

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  • “was part of a considered strategy to secure the practice’s future growth through the promotion of new talent”.


    Translation

    "We fired the c***s

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    If there's one thing I can't abide it's an architectural practice that prides itself on its socially aware ethos, and doesn't hesitate to lend itself to gentrification/regeneration projects that destroy communities and leave people without a home.

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  • "Yes, we hope that as near your mid-fifties, you're aware that you're a key part of our considered strategy to secure the practice’s future growth - the door's over there."

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