Architects remain buoyant despite a slight decline in their workloads on the previous month, according to the latest Future Trends index published by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
In July the overall figure remained positive, returning a balance figure of +27, four points down on the previous month but 12 per cent up on a year ago. More than a third of practices expect workloads to grow in the coming three months, while just over half expect them to remain the same. Fewer than 10 per cent expect a decrease.
RIBA members have been reporting concerns about the impact on projects caused by delays in the planning process, while obtaining affordable and comprehensive professional indemnity insurance along with product availability and costs have presented significant ongoing challenges.