Half of Spanish architects fear an empty order book at some point this year, a report has revealed
The Quarter One 2012 European Architectural Barometer showed that 47 per cent of respondents in Spain expected to have no orders within 12 months.
The country’s economy has been devastated by the global economic downturn, and construction has been particularly badly hit.
Madrid-based Broadway Malyan director Jorge Ponce told AJ recently that some sectors, including residential ‘just stopped’ towards the end of the last decade.
In fact, almost a fifth of practices in Spain saw a significant rise in workloads in the first three months of this year – and the average order book is now full for more than six months.
But this remains well below the European average, and a record number of firms in Spain fear the well will run dry this year.
French practices have the healthiest order books – with an average of almost a year’s work in the bag.
German design firms are just behind the French, with Italian and British order books around the eight-month mark.
French and Dutch architects have about six months’ work secured on average.
The European Architectural Barometer is put together with research involving 1,200 architects across Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.
AJ reported recently that the outlook for UK firms working on the continent remains bleak despite fears easing of a Greek exit from the euro.