According to a new RIBA survey, the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has led to many projects being cancelled and many developments are expected to stall. Over 60% of architects who took part in the poll have seen projects stalling and 40% reported that schemes have been cancelled.
Over 1 100 architects were polled for the survey and according to the findings, 4 out of 10 non-UK EU-national architects working in the UK have considered leaving since the Brexit referendum results were announced. Just over 10% said they were looking to increase the number of overseas projects that they take on following the result. Close to 70% of survey participants indicated they expected the effect to be “negative” or “somewhat negative”.
A mere 12% said new work had arisen because of the “new context”, 61% had seen projects delayed or put on hold as a result of the referendum, while 37% said projects had been cancelled. Close to 40% indicated that there had been an increase in the cost of vital materials since 23 June 2016 and 35% had experienced rising construction costs from contractors.
Jane Duncan, President at RIBA, said that it is crucial for government to take steps to ensure that architects are well-supported in the post-Brexit world, with access to the best talent, open doors to foreign markets, infrastructure investment and properly-resourced education, research and innovation opportunities.
“Architects are already responding to the UK’s need to shape a new role for itself but a wide-ranging package of support is necessary for the profession to maintain and strengthen its role as a global centre for architecture. To do that we need the government to secure the agreements that ensure that our qualifications continue to be recognised in the EU and increase access to new markets outside of the EU,” concludes Jane.
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