UK Architects Expect Drop in Workload

21 December 2010 (Last Updated December 21st, 2010 18:30)

A survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has indicated that practices across the country continue to exhibit low levels of confidence about their future work. RIBA predicted the possibility of reduced workload, with the number of surveyed practices expecting their

A survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has indicated that practices across the country continue to exhibit low levels of confidence about their future work.

RIBA predicted the possibility of reduced workload, with the number of surveyed practices expecting their workload to decrease dropping from 28% in October 2010 to 26% in November 2010.

Adrian Dobson, RIBA director of practice said that the current trends indicate an uncertainty about the impact of the public sector spending review.

Surveyed firms expecting a reduction in staff numbers rose from 16% in October to 17% in November.

The survey also revealed that 22% of practices expected private housing work to drop in November, compared with 17% in October.

Predicted work in the commercial sector increased slightly, with 18% of practices predicting an increase compared with 17% in October.

Practices forecasting an increase in public sector work remained constant at 6% in November, and the number expecting workload to drop fell from 39% in October to 37% in November.