Architects are looking forward to the future

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Architects are the most optimistic about upcoming work since professional body RIBA began its Future Trends survey back in 2009.

The latest index revealed that those expecting more work in the next three months stood at +23 for July – up from the figure of +17 recorded the previous month.

RIBA director Adrian Dobson said it was the most positive forecast since the monthly trends surveys commenced in January 2009.

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He said: “There is a clear sense from a number of our members that the overall market for architects’ services is beginning to turn in a more positive direction.”

But Dobson warned that the actual workloads had not increased significantly.

“When asked about work in progress our practices continue to report steady workloads on a year-on-year basis,” he added.

All sector forecasts remained in positive territory with housing the most buoyant, rising last month to a balance figure of +28 from +12 in June (a figure of zero represents no growth).

The staffing index also jumped from June to July – from +1 to +5 – which Dobson said was again the highest level since it began the survey.

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