Scottish architecture firm RMJM is to scrap its Edinburgh headquarters to focus on its international business, primarily in Europe and in the Middle East.
The practice will move its Edinburgh design team to Glasgow and abandon its head office at Bell’s Brae, Scotland, as part of a plan to create a new global business called “RMJM International”.
RMJM has seen its headcount shrink from more than 1,200 in its heyday at the end of the last decade to just 300 today amid redundancies and walkouts following claims of unpaid wages throughout its global business.
“We are going to consolidate our operations in Europe and the Middle East under one leadership,” said managing director, Declan Thompson. “The Middle East is doing well at the moment – not quite up to the levels it was before [the recession] – but it is buoyant. The UK doesn’t seem to be what we want to be doing at this time.”
In a memo issued to staff last week, Peter Morrison, chief executive of the firm admitted that RMJM could no longer maintain as large a UK business.
“I believe this change will create much opportunity and enhance our offering to our clients in the Middle East and Europe,” Morrison said.