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Workload falls for Australian architects

Australian architects have been dealt a blow with official figures showing that buildings work fell in the third quarter of the year

A seasonally-adjusted AU$19.26 billion of work was carried out in the three months to the end of September 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This was down 1.6 per cent from the previous three months – and down 4.9 per cent from the same period the previous year.

Total construction was dragged into positive growth territory by a rampant engineering sector, but this will be of little comfort to traditional architects.

There was a flicker of hope in the housing sector.

Although residential output fell 0.9 per cent in real terms between the second and third quarters of 2012, this represented a minor rise when seasonal fluctuations were accounted for.

However, non-residential work such as schools, hospitals and offices saw a similar real terms fall converted into a 4.5 per cent seasonally adjusted drop.

The built environment sector has suffered Down Under during the global economic downturn. But there have been opportunities for UK firms.

Solihull practice Flannery & de la Pole was last month named alongside four Australian companies for the final stage of the Sydney Library contest.

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