Hill International has given notice by email to project and cost management staff at its London office with immediate effect, Construction News has learned.
An email from Hill International vice president and managing director UK project management Eric Butterworth sent to supply chain contacts said: “Hill International has given redundancy notices to all staff and has decided to close the London office and UK operations for project management and cost management with effect from Thursday 30 June 2011.”
Mr Butterworth, who was among the eight staff given notice today, told CN staff numbers had been reduced from 46 since the start of the year.
Hill International vice president of marketing and corporate communications in the USA John Paolin denied the company was closing its London office.
He told CN: “There are no offices that are being closed. All of our offices are continuing to operate and we continue to employ over 200 people in the UK, it is one of our most profitable regions.”
Mr Paolin said the redundancies were related to the fact the company had been forced to “put Libyan operations on hold”.
He added: “This happens throughout Hill globally as projects come and go; it is not a unique phenomenon.”
The majority of Hill International staff across the UK, including in the London office, are employed in the claims division, which is unaffected.