Fears have been expressed as a services firm announces 500 jobs will be relocated from its Lancashire base to a site in Liverpool.
Services group Amey is to close its North West base in Farington, Leyland, near Preston, early next year when the building’s lease runs out and move the operation to The Matchworks, the former site of the Bryant & May match making factory, in Garston.
Staff at the Leyland offices, the former headquarters of Enterprise, which Amey bought in April this year, were told the news late last week.
Today a spokesman said they hoped there would be no job losses, insisting the firm wanted to keep all its Lancashire staff from the Centurion Way site and hoped to expand the workforce by a third.
The company completed a £283m takeover of Enterprise in April this year.
The Evening Post previously reported the firm indicated it would move out of the site once its lease was up in 2014.
A spokesman for Amey said staff already knew a move was likely, and that activity was likely to start in October next year.
She added: “Back in April we announced that we would not be extending the lease on our Lancaster House building in Leyland when it is up for renewal at the end of 2014, and that it would close.
“The building is no longer fit for purpose so it makes sense to move to the Liverpool site.
“We made a promise at the start that we would keep staff informed and the meeting last week was part of that process.”
Amey works with public and regulated sector clients, providing a huge array of services such as consulting expertise, highways projects, utilities, property and facilities management, aviation services, asset management, contact centres and waste management.
It operates more than 320 contracts in these fields.
Amey is the UK arm of Spanish giant Ferrovial Services, which owns Heathrow airport.
A spokesman added: “Amey is fully committed to sustaining a base in the region, and creating hubs that will form the backbone of the business across the UK.
“We value our employees, and remain committed to the North West.”