The firm has started a 30-day consultation period with staff due to declining workloads.
A company statement said: вЂњWhile there is growing discussion in the media, and among economic commentators, that the wider economic situation might be improving, it is HalcrowвЂ™s belief that the engineering consultancy sector will continue to see reduced activity, or perhaps even a further deterioration, through 2010 and beyond. With this in mind, Halcrow needs to take action to properly balance its resourcing with its current and anticipated work load.вЂќ
Chief executive Peter Gammie said: вЂњIt is extremely regrettable that we have had to go down this route. Since the early days of the global economic downturn, we have worked hard to minimise the effect of recession on Halcrow. However, we can no longer sustain current staffing levels.ADVERTISEMENT
вЂњThis difficult decision was not made lightly and throughout the consultation period, we will make every possible effort to reduce the number of redundancies and assist where we can with peopleвЂ™s personal arrangements. As a business, we remain focused on our long-term well being and on our clients and on their day-to-day requirements for the delivery of their projects.вЂќ
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