Bracing for Brexit: How prepared are architects?

Brexit clock

With potentially just 25 days to go before a no-deal exit from the European Union, Jim Dunton talks to two specialists with their ears to the ground

As the clock ticks down towards the UK’s March 29 departure date from the European Union, a huge degree of uncertainty still surrounds both the terms of Brexit and whether the current timetable will be adhered to.

Architects have known change was coming since the result of 2016’s EU referendum result emerged. But with many practices – particularly the largest London-based firms – reliant on a flow of non-UK European Union staff and keen to secure work in EU states on an ongoing basis, what is the sector doing to brace for Brexit?

Some practices have announced the opening of new offices in EU27 states; others had them already. While some firms have made extensive preparations for Brexit, others assumed a transitional deal would allow for business-as-usual approach – or took the view that no action was necessary for their operations.

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