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Foster + Partners considers leaving UK over Brexit

15 June 2018 | By Joe Quirke | 10 Comments

UK architect Foster + Partners has suggested that it may leave its London home due to Brexit.

Less than a quarter of the staff at the firm’s London headquarters are UK nationals, and Foster + Partners are concerned about the reduced draw London will have on the best architectural talent when the UK leaves the EU.

Matthew Streets, Foster + Partners’ managing partner, said in an interview with the Architect’s Journal: “We don’t want to leave London, but we – like any business – would have to consider that.

“If Brexit means we can’t attract world talent then we would have to go to somewhere where we can.

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“Bluntly, the government needs to give us some more clarity on residency, immigration and on the framework for professional services.”

Some of Foster’s clients are experiencing similar doubts. Speaking about their Foster + Partners designed headquarters in London last year, media agency Bloomberg said it may not have commissioned the £1bn project had they known about Brexit.

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