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Architects optimistic about growing workloads

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Architects are at their most positive in more than four years, according to a poll

A balance of 23 per cent of respondents to the July RIBA Future Trends Survey expected workloads to rise rather than fall over the next three months.

This was up from a balance of 17 per cent in June and the strongest reading on the RIBA Future Workloads Index since records began in January 2009.

RIBA director of practice Adrian Dobson said: ‘Activity in the private housing sector seems to be increasing, and 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.’

Medium-sized practices – those with between 11 and 50 members of staff – were the most positive about the prospect of an improvement in workloads.

The South of England and Scotland were the most optimistic regions, each with a balance of 38 per cent expecting to be busier next quarter.

The private housing sector saw the most significant increase in expected workloads, rising from a positive balance of 12 per cent to one of 28 per cent.

The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index also saw a significant increase to +5, up from +1 in June and again the highest reading since January 2009.

Practices based in the South of England were the most confident about their ability to increase future staffing levels.

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