Ken Shuttleworth tells staff uncertainty over EU departure is hitting workloads

20 Ropemaker Street, designed by Make Architects

20 Ropemaker Street, designed by Make Architects

Make Architects has embarked on a round of redundancies which founder Ken Shuttleworth is blaming on Brexit.

BD understands around 10 staff are set to lose their jobs at the practice which in its last set of accounts had 169 staff on its book.

It is understood that at a recent quarterly address to staff at the practice’s self-designed London studio in Fitzrovia, Shuttleworth said the practice had been hit by clients putting schemes on hold and general uncertainty about Brexit.

In its last set of results, for the year ending December 2017, Make blamed a 12% fall in revenue on the result of the EU referendum back in June 2016.

Ken Shuttleworth in Make Architects' studio in Fitzrovia

Ken Shuttleworth in Make Architects’ studio in Fitzrovia

The practice becomes the latest high-profile architect to announce job cuts following the Brexit results, with Richard Rogers confirming Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners had axed around 10% of its staff in October.

At the time, Rogers told BD the firm had laid off 15 staff and added: “It’s tremendously sad. I think we’d only done this once before.”

Make declined to comment.