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Hard times ahead for Mediterranean architects

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Hard times lay ahead for architects in the Mediterranean region, according to a large-scale Europan-wide survey

The latest European Architectural Barometer predicts a decline in the size of the construction markets in France, Spain and Italy next year.

Compiled by market research firm Arch-Vision from a survey of 1,600 architects, the barometer also anticipates falling workloads in the Netherlands. The German and British construction markets are forecast to grow slightly in 2014.

French practices reported a further slide in workloads last quarter, with 44 per cent seeing a fall in orders in Q3 2013, and only 24 per cent experiencing a rise.

The report predicted a 4 per cent fall in the country’s building industry in 2013, followed by a further 1 per cent drop next year.

In hard-hit Spain the rate of decline slowed, with a balance of just 10 per cent seeing a fall in workloads last quarter.

More than a third of architects feared an empty order book over the next 12 months, however, and the report forecast a 5 per cent fall in the Spanish construction industry this year and a 3 per cent drop in 2014.

Italy’s architecture industry is almost as low as Spain’s now – but without the signs of turning it around, according to the survey.

A scary 75 per cent of Italian architects saw order books plummet in Q3 2013. The construction market was predicted to fall 14 per cent this year and another 5 per cent in 2014.

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