Atlas responds to RIBA research

Jul 11, 2019 | Insight | 0 comments

Recently released Future Trends research from the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects confirms that the market for architectural services continues to be subdued and expectation for increases in future workloads remains relatively low. London practices are currently less optimistic about future workloads, which contrasts with expectations in other UK geographies, particularly the North of England where practices are most optimistic.

RIBA Head of Economic Research and Analysis, Adrian Malleson, said:

“The lack of clarity around Brexit continues to dominate the narrative participating practices give about their workload. The tone remains one of frustration as the ongoing and indeterminate Brexit debate maintains high levels of uncertainty within the architectural community, as well as the wider construction industry. Not all architects are downbeat however. Some tell us of the strength in the regions and of the relative resilience of the housing market.”

Rob Kirk, our UK Director gave his response to the RIBA’s findings:

“It’s not a surprise to Atlas. Whist many of our clients are currently very busy most tell us that they have far less visibility of their workload in the months ahead than they are used to. We have however, experienced a significant increase in architecture practices working with us in the last two years as practices consider more innovative ways to address uncertainty in the market. We now work with over 10% of the AJ100 and many small practices.

Many of these firms have been attracted by the flexibility we offer them. This gives them greater responsiveness which enables them to maintain competitive in the market and maximise value offered to their clients. We’ve built strong relationships and our long-standing clients and they know they can depend on us. They can win work knowing that our team will integrate as an extension of their own. This means they can increase capacity on a short-term basis without incurring additional overheads – reducing their exposure to risk.”

Contact Rob Kirk to hear more about Atlas’ work in the UK.