McLeans sells design outfit to Calderpeel

David McLean Group's restructuring continued with the announcement it has sold its Bluegreen Architects & Engineers subsidiary to Calderpeel.

The new owner, based in Altrincham, will retain the Deeside office where the newly acquired practice will trade as Calderpeel, as well as opening another office in Dorset where Calderpeel is already active.

John Caunce, Bluegreen's managing director, has remained with the David McLean Group as group business director for David McLean Holdings. Fellow Bluegreen directors David Hughes, Andy Poyser and Kevin Slack will transfer to Calderpeel.

McLeans is currently consulting staff ahead of making 50 redundancies from its 400-strong workforce. The job losses were announced in December due to "the tightening of the financial market and the downturn in workloads", mainly in the contracting and retail fit-out divisions.

Bluegreen was formed ten years ago and has worked on Masshouse in Birmingham, Old Port, Chester and King's Waterfront, Liverpool.

Harry Calder established Calderpeel in 1992 and, with the addition of Bluegreen staff, the firm now employs more than 65 people.

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