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Thursday31 July 2014

Archial closes two offices

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Rescued architectural firm Archial has shut two of its 16 offices – but insisted the move would not result in job losses.

The firm, which collapsed into administration last month before being picked up by Canadian business Ingenium, has merged its Ipswich and Bedford offices into a larger operation based at Cambridge.

It said it would move into new offices in the city by the end of the year, with staff working out of a temporary base in nearby Histon till then.

An Archial spokeswoman said the practice was still going through a consultation process with staff which it would complete in the coming weeks. “However, any new potential redundancies are not envisaged,” she added.

Last week Ingenium chief executive Victor Smith said there were no plans to make any more redundancies at the business.

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  • Mike Duriez

    A smaller Archial will help improve architectural quality in the UK.

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  • well again the staff havent been informed... other than the standard we just dont know the new company plans... and that there will be redundances... lets hope the journey from bedford to cambridge dont take to long...

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  • its not as sensational, but staff were told of this months ago, and were given the option of taking the job in Cambridge or redundancy; it was put on hold during recent weeks whilst more pressing issues, like whether anyone in the company would have a job, were sorted out. that doesn't however make it any more right or palatable or any less stressful for staff facing upwards of an extra hour in the car at each end of the day. thoughts are with you guys...

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