Architects predict housing work wobble

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RIBA’s Future Trends survey also warns of tender price inflation

Architects’ belief that the private housing sector will provide a pipeline of work has plummeted over the summer.

The RIBA’s latest Future Trends report shows the profession’s confidence dropped from a score of +18 in June to +7 in July, a dip the institute described as “fairly dramatic”. Any score above 0 indicates survey respondents expect workloads to grow.

Over the same period the other workload forecasts for other sectors showed little change. The commercial forecast stood at +5 and the community sector at +2. For the public sector the balance figure was -2, up marginally from -4 last month.

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