Ramboll’s new managing director Steve Canadine has said that redundancies were made because of “government spending cuts filtering through – particularly in education and health”.
Mr Canadine was more optimistic about infrastructure business, which he said was “pretty good for us”.
The firm is closing its office in Oxford, which the MD described as “a big regret”, and is downsizing operations in Edinburgh and Cardiff.
There will be “pockets” of reductions elsewhere, and although Mr Canadine had no plans for further cuts, he said: “I can’t rule it out – I’ve been in the job for three days.”
The redundancies will be a mixture of compulsory and voluntary, and will leave 850 staff remaining at the company.
Mr Canadine, who was CEO of Gifford before Ramboll UK acquired the firm, denied that the staff cuts had anything to do with the change.
“I think lots of good has come out of that coming together – we’ve won projects I don’t think we would have done otherwise,” he said.
“Now we’ve got people all over the world – working in the Nordics, in the Middle East.
“We’ve got some really good people and some really good teams, and my agenda is to make the most of what we already have and provide them with the right platform.”
He added that there would be no further restructuring to the company.