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Delays and late projects on rise

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The number of projects designed on time has taken a hit in the past year and is now worse than at any time since 2002, according to a government-backed report by industry monitor Glenigan

Unveiled last week, the 2011 UK Industry Performance report measures the time taken from the project’s commission to when it starts on site.

The number of projects designed to contractor deadlines fell from 69 per cent in 2010 to 51 per cent this year, its lowest level in a decade.

In 2002 the survey, based on project data and survey responses from clients, contractors and consultants, just 46 per cent of projects were designed on time.

An unsurprised Robert Adam of Adam Architecture said: ‘The amount of consultation you have to undertake at planning stage and the sheer inefficiencies will probably add three to nine months for an average project.

‘I genuinely don’t believe architects hang about. The real problem is they have to deal with people who don’t have any commitment to the project.’

The report said: ‘If the start [on site] is delayed due to weather or a lack of funding, this key performance indicator takes the hit.’ Meanwhile, the number of projects designed on or below cost rose from 67 per cent to 79 per cent on 2010.


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  • Three key issues - time, cost, quality. Maybe the longer timescales are linked to the improved cost control...hopefully without the loss of quality. Wins on arguably the most important criteria. If quality suffers because the emphasis is on time and cost then ultimately the long term performance of the building suffers.

    That's why we need Architects and skilled Architectural Technologists.

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