The economic output of the architecture sector grew by 16.4 per cent to £4.3 billion between 2013 and 2014, according to government figures
A survey of the creative industries sector found that architecture’s growth in gross value added (GVA) over 2013-14 was second only to product, graphic and fashion design, which grew by 16.6 per cent.
The sector’s output – estimated at £4.3 billion in 2014 – is now at its highest-ever level.
However, when measured from 2008, the growth in architecture – which also covers architectural technologists and town planning professionals – was only 3.3 per cent. This put it sixth out of seven sectors monitored over the longer period.
Architecture’s contribution to the economy only makes up 5.5 per cent of the total GVA of the creative industries sector, dwarfed by the largest industry – IT, software and computing services – which reaped £36.6 billion.
Overall, the GVA of the creative industries increased by 8.9 per cent between 2013 and 2014, compared to just 4.6 per cent for the whole of the UK.
The GVA of the creative iIndustries was 3.9 per cent of total UK GVA in 1997, but has increased to 5.2 per cent in 2014.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport is also launching a consultation on changing the way the statistics are measured, in response to criticisms that the contribution of microbusinesses is currently under represented.
In addition to increasing the annual GVA, the reform could see the introduction of a new measure of productivity based either on the number of jobs in the sector or the total number of hours worked.
Creative Industries - ONS data