Architects’ confidence still on a high

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published the November results of the Future Trends Survey.

The monthly survey illustrates the profession’s confidence and workload, a bellwether for the health of the wider UK construction industry.  


BD reports that the RIBA survey says all regions return positive marks.


Architects’ confidence about upcoming work remains at near record highs with the RIBA Future Trends index remaining above 30.


November’s index stood at +31, compared to the record +35 it recorded in October, with all regions in the positive about expected work.


London, the south of England and Scotland were the most optimistic with the latter recording a reading of +50.


Private housing and commercial are the sectors driving confidence while expectations from public sector contracts remained flat.


RIBA director of practice Adrian Dobson said: “All regions remain positive about future workloads, again reflecting a widespread increase in confidence levels.” But he said there was not much evidence that fee levels were on the rise.


The survey also revealed that the number of architects reporting that they had been under-employed in the last four weeks remained flat at 19%.



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