Rogers Stirk Harbour offsets slump with overseas work

Andrea Klettner

The Da-An project in Taiwan will be run from the new Shanghai office.

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has made up for a major drop in British work by expanding overseas, its latest accounts reveal

Results for the practice for the year ended June 30, 2010, show a 31% drop in turnover to £17 million, with pre-tax profit also decreasing by 42% to £607,000.

But RSHP senior commercial director Andrew Morris said the firm had “anticipated the drop”, making 35 staff redundant in March 2009.

“We anticipated this period would be the worst for us given the economic circumstances,” he said. “But given the action we took, although our turnover decreased our profit margins remained the same.”

Over the 12 months to June 2010, RSHP saw turnover from work in the UK halve to £8 million, while turnover in Australia - boosted by the Barangaroo project in Sydney = increased five-fold to £3 million.

The firm also revealed it had recently opened an office in Shanghai, which will take on RSHP’s work in the Far East.

“Our director from Japan has moved to the new office and we have a number of leads there and clients flocking to us,” said Morris, who added that two projects in Taiwan and Chengfeng, China, had been won on the back of its One Hyde Park luxury residential development in central London.

Meanwhile, the resurrection of major projects in the UK including the Cheesegrater at Leadenhall has helped boost staff figures past 2009 levels, with some 180 people expected to be employed in 2011/12, compared to 126 in 2010.

“Leadenhall is the big one,” said Morris. “The tenders went in on Friday with a view to starting on site later this year.”

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