Architects (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2014
“Architects have had a torrid time in the last few years with the decline in construction activity at the forefront of the economic downturn. Prospects are, however, now very strong as construction activity will equally be at the forefront of the recovery, and will far outpace GDP development. The challenge facing architects is to increase prices as volume growth materialises to re-establish and grow profitability.”
– Terry Leggett, Senior Analyst
This report addresses the following key questions facing architects:
- How will fee income develop over the next few years?
- Can margins be increased again after the extreme price pressure of the past few years?
- Will the market grow in excess of average UK economic activity?
- Which end-use sectors offer the best prospects?
- Will continued public spending restrictions be more than offset by the buoyancy of the private sector?
The architects market in the UK covers the value of work attributed to architects in the construction process. This is predominantly undertaken by third party practices, but there are also a number of vertically-integrated companies, notably in the design and build sector, whose capabilities include design, project management and even contracting.
The definitions used in this report for the construction sector are from the ONS.
The sectors include the following:
Public sector housing: comprising housing schemes, homes for the elderly, and the provision in housing sites of roads and services for utilities such as gas, water, electricity, sewage and drainage, financed either through local authorities or housing associations.
Private sector housing: comprising all privately owned buildings for residential use, such as houses, flats, maisonettes, bungalows, cottages and the provision of services to new developments.
Public sector non-residential: which is defined as comprising a number of activities:
- Coal mining: all new coal mine construction, such as sinking shafts, tunnelling etc.
- Schools: state schools or colleges, including technical colleges and institutes of agriculture.
- Universities: including halls of residence and research establishments.
- Health: comprising hospitals, medical schools, clinics, welfare centres and adult training facilities.
- Offices: comprising local and central government offices, including town halls, and offices for all public bodies except the armed forces and police headquarters.
- Factories: comprising all publicly-owned factories, shipyards, warehouses and skill centres.
- Garages: comprising buildings for storage, the repair and maintenance of road vehicles, transport workshops, bus depots, road goods transport depots and car parks.
- Shops: comprising municipal shopping developments for which contracts have been let by the local authority.
- Oil: comprising oil installations.
- Agriculture, entertainment, communications: comprising buildings and work on publicly financed horticultural establishments, fen and agricultural drainage, and veterinary clinics. Theatres, restaurants, public swimming baths, caravan sites at holiday resorts, works and buildings at sports grounds, stadiums and racecourses. Post Offices, BBC and IBA installations.
- Miscellaneous: comprising all work not clearly covered by other previously identified headings, such as fire stations, police stations, prisons, reformatories, remand homes, civil defence work, UK Atomic Energy Authority work, council depots, museums, and libraries.
Private Industrial: comprising factories, warehouses, wholesale depots, and all other work and buildings for the purpose of industrial production or processing, oil refineries, concrete fixed leg oil production platforms (but excluding rigs), and private steel works.
Private Commercial: comprising a number of separate sectors:
- Offices: including all office buildings and banks.
- Shops: comprising all buildings for retail distribution, such as shops, department stores, retail markets, and showrooms.
- Entertainment: comprising theatres, concert halls, cinemas, hotels, public houses, restaurants, cafés, holiday camps, youth hostels, swimming pools, works and buildings at sports grounds, stadiums and other places of sport or recreation.
- Garages: comprising repair garages, petrol filling stations, bus depots, car parks, goods transport depots and any other works or buildings for the storage, repair and maintenance of road vehicles.
- Schools and Colleges: comprising schools and colleges in the private sector, financed wholly from private funds.
- Agriculture: comprising all buildings and work on farms and horticultural establishments.
- Health: comprising all private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.
- Miscellaneous: comprising all work not clearly covered by other headings, such as exhibitions, caravan sites, churches and church halls.
Repair and maintenance is defined to include the following:
- Housing: including any conversion of, or extension to, any existing dwelling, and all other work such as improvement, renovation, refurbishment, planned maintenance and any other type of expenditure on repairs or maintenance.
- All other sectors: comprising any repair and maintenance work of any type including planned and contractual maintenance.
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