UK architects remain optimistic about the future

The latest Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Future Trends Survey shows that most architects in the UK are confident that they will remain busy over the next quarter.

The question architects across the UK are asked is: “How do you expect the architectural workload in the organisation you work in or own to change over the next three months?”. In September 2015, 15% expected their workload to decrease, 55% thought it would remain the same and 33% believed that they would see an increase in the amount of work they secured.

All nations in the UK returned positive balance forecasts. The most confident about growth were firms based in Scotland, with a balance figure of +50.

Firms in the North of England were the next most optimistic, suggesting that architects on the Wirral will continue to be busy. The results for Wales were also good, so architects in North Wales and other parts of the country are also expecting to start working on new projects in the coming three months.

There are some signs that growth rates are levelling off in some areas, but the vast majority of firms are confident that they will remain busy. The workload forecast for the private housing sector rose only slightly with a score of +21 for September’s report. In August 2015, it stood at +18.

Another promising sign for the sector is the fact that 78% of practices expect to have enough work for them to keep their team of permanent staff at the same size. In addition, 17% were planning to increase their permanent team.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
November 23, 2015

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