Construction company’s decision to shut Wisbech office could lead to redundancies

Graham Howe managing director Kier Eastern.

Graham Howe managing director Kier Eastern. - Credit: Archant

KIER Construction is to close its Wisbech office – where it has been based for 84 years- and move to Cambridge. Up to 40 office based jobs are at risk.

Kier Construction, Wisbech.

Kier Construction, Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

Graham Howe, Kier Eastern managing director, said a recent review of the group’s network of offices had led to a decision to centralise at Cambridge.

Smaller offices in Norwich and Witcham will remain open but the South Brink, Wisbech, office will close by September.

Mr Howe said: “We are going to try and relocate as many people as possible but undoubtedly some people may not want to go and some people will not fit into a new structure.

“All office based workers are under consultation but I can’t predict how many people will be made redundant.


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“It is a really difficult decision to make. I’m very proud of our heritage in Wisbech and we would look forward to these relationships continuing.”

Staff have been sent letters explaining the proposed re-structuring and a 30 day consultation period is under way.

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Mr Howe praised his staff for the professionalism they have shown since the announcement.

He added: “I’m excited about the potential of this business but the negative side is having to make the really hard decision to relocate.

“But I have a responsibility to my shareholders and to this business and this move will improve our efficiency in the challenging current economic conditions.”

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