Shell is to close a host of offices across the UK, as part of cost savings since its $70 billion with BG Group.
The move comes after the completion of a review by the company, of its UK operating bases following the merger.
Shell will now look to close offices in Reading, Aberdeen and Manchester, with redundancies measures also being outlined.
Shell To Close Offices Across UK
The announcement was made by Huibert Vigeveno, BG Group’s ‘Transition CEO’, who was put in place following the merger, with the task of overseeing the integration of BG Group into Shell.
Speaking a town hall meeting in BG Group’s Thames Valley Park HQ, Reading, Mr Vigeveno told staff that Shell would start the office closures very soon, with the aim to complete the South of England and Aberdeen moves by the end of the year.
“We now have the outcomes of the UK Office Footprint Review. One of the review’s recommendations was to consolidate all Shell’s London and South East based operations into Central London. Our intention is therefore to close the Thames Valley Park campus by the end of this year.
“The review also recommended that all Aberdeen-based onshore operations move to the Shell Aberdeen Tullos office, with BG’s offices at Albyn Place closing by the end of this year, and the closure of Shell’s Brabazon House office in Manchester by the end of 2017.
As well as redundancies, Mr Vigeveno stated that from today, all BG staff would be able to apply, equally, for Shell positions.
“We are also planning to open a voluntary redundancy arrangement at Thames Valley Park. At the same time, from today, we will also open up access to all Shell current internal vacancies for all BG employees to have equal access to all the available opportunities in Shell.”