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Workload hits a plateau A lot of work remains around for architects, even if the current plateau appears rocky in spots and even avalanche- prone RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY.Subscription
Could the good times be coming to an end? Architects' workloads have reached a plateau, albeit at a level only just below the all-time peak of 1989. For two quarters they have remained steady. In 1989 the construction industry went into virtual freefall, with the level of new commissions halving in three months - and continuing to drop. Nobody is predicting that this time. There is a general acceptance that the economy is on a more stable footing, with construction no longer the whipping ...
Workload levels out Architects' workloads seem to have peaked, but at a reassuringly high level. Offices are the healthiest sector RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY.Subscription
Offices were the most exciting sector for the first quarter of 1999, the latest report on architects' workload from Mirza & Nacey shows. New commissions have risen by 23.4 per cent this quarter, to a total value of £6804 million. The researchers warn that 'the opportunity for cancellation or postponement of jobs at this early stage is significant' but add that the figures still represent 'a massive resurgence of the speculative developer as a generator of building work.'
CAD's model performance The use of CAD isn't universal, but it's moving in that direction - and some favourite packages are emerging. RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY.Subscription
Slightly more than two-thirds of architectural practices are using cad in some form, research by Mirza & Nacey shows. The team, which conducts the quarterly workload studies sponsored by Stannah and published in the aj, questioned its respondents earlier this year about their use of cad. It found that, while cad was universal in the larger practices, its use fell off with practice size, so that only 38 per cent of 1 to 2 person practices employ cad. The geographical distribution was ...
Vegetable extravaganza PETER SHEARD 8th International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire Until 17 October. (Tel: 0033 254 209922. Easily accessible from Paris on the A10)Subscription
In the late 1990s, Chelsea still rules supreme as the arbiter of good taste in garden design, but a French. The Festival at Chaumont, an exquisite chateau overlooking the River Loire, is now in its eighth year (aj 19.9.96, 1.10.98). This time the theme is 'nothing but vegetables': an opportunity for designers from Scotland to Morocco, from Bangladesh to Japan, to demonstrate innovation and style and, above all, to have fun.
A new report, 'Architects Fees 98' by Mirza & Nacey Research, gives you the opportunity to compare your fees to your competitors Are you getting enough? RESEARCH BY MIRZA & NACEY RESEARCH.
All the signs are that we are on the edge of a downturn - although we do not yet know how severe it will be State of the industry RESEARCH BY GLENIGAN.Subscription
At first sight, the figures for August suggest that we are galloping into recession, but in fact comparison with the figures for August 1997 suggest that the main component is a simple seasonal downturn. The jury is still out, however, on whether we are at the start of a recession. Ominously, the phrase, 'We mustn't talk ourselves into a recession,' is being heard again - last used at the start of the late 1980s downturn which proved that talking had little power one way or the other ...