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The ability of architects to innovate and produce creative designs is in decline, according to a set of government figures issued this week. A survey of 220 clients revealed that their level of satisfaction with architects in these areas has fallen since last year. The Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions, which issued the figures, says that tougher targets on construction time and on meeting budgets, encouraged by the Egan Report, may have triggered the poorer design work. But the survey recorded a big improvement in architects' ability to coordinate with other members of project teams - another Egan recommendation.

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