Architects’ confidence continues in North of England

  • North of England practices are most confident about increasing workloads
  • Private housing continues to dominate overall growth
  • Public sector workloads yet to see improvement

The RIBA Future Trends survey for May 2016, reveal a marginal increase in the workload index (balance figure rising to +30 from +29 in April). Practices in the North of England continued to be the most confident about future workloads in the same period (balance figure +48).

Large practices were by far the most optimistic (+83), though small and medium-sized practices remained positive overall (+29 and +27).

Private housing continues as the dominant driver of workloads despite the sector index falling slightly (+29, down from +33). The commercial sector saw a modest increase (rising to +15 from +11 in April). The public sector and community sector saw little change, remaining the two lowest performing sectors.

The Future Trends staffing index changed little (rising to +11 from +10 in April). Large practices were the least positive about increasing staff levels (zero balance figure). However, small and medium-sized practices remained more upbeat (balance figures +11 and +14 respectively).