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Australian construction workloads grow

Victoria was the only state in Australia to see a drop in dwelling approvals in July

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the total number of dwelling units approved for construction grew 0.9 per cent from the previous month.

The volume of residential units passed grew by 12.6 per cent in the Australian Capital Territory; 4.0 per cent in Northern Territory, and 3.1 per cent in Western Australia.

It also increased in South Australia, by 1.5 per cent, New South Wales by 0.6 per cent, and Queensland by 0.1 per cent.

But Victoria saw a 1.2 per cent dip in dwelling approvals against the trend.

Approvals for private sector houses increased for the eighth consecutive month, with Victoria again the only state to see a decline.

A drop in the value of non-residential work saw the value of total building schemes approved fall 1.1 per cent in July.

But this comes after construction approvals hit an all-time high of A$7.1 billion (£4.2bn) in May.

Hassell, which has five offices in Australia as well as two in the UK, said Australia was a very competitive environment for architects.

Robert Backhouse, managing director of HASSELL, told AJ: ‘A lot of architecture firms from Europe and North America have tried to move into the Australian market. It makes for a very competitive environment for architects and designers.

‘At Hassell, our scale and geographic spread means some markets are always up while others are down. But we do need to keep an eye on the business side of our practice while continuing to focus on design excellence.’

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