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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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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: Architects fee income, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 2: Private residential and non-residential fee income, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 3: Public residential and non-residential fee income, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 4: Sources of fee income for architects, 2013
      • Market factors
        • Figure 5: New construction activity, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 6: New construction activity, by type, 2009-13 actual and 2014-18 forecast
      • Companies
        • Figure 7: Number of large architect practices, 2009-13
      • What we think
      • Introduction

        • Definitions
          • Methodology
            • Abbreviations
              • Market positioning and issues in the market
                • UK economy
                  • Inflation
                    • Interest rates
                      • Business investment
                        • Imports
                          • Exports
                            • House prices
                              • Manufacturing
                                • Market factors
                                • Market Size and Trends

                                  • Chapter summary
                                    • Market size
                                        • Figure 8: Architects’ fees in the UK, 2009-13
                                        • Figure 9: Comparison of architects’ fees with new construction output, 2009-13
                                      • Market segmentation
                                        • Figure 10: Segmentation of architects’ fees in the UK, by sector, 2009-13
                                        • Figure 11: Segmentation of architects’ fees in the UK, by sector, 2013
                                      • Market trends
                                        • Seasonality of sales
                                          • Figure 12: Seasonality of private industrial construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 13: Seasonality of private commercial construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 14: Seasonality of private housing output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 15: Seasonality of public housing output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 16: Seasonality of public non-residential construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 17: Seasonality of civil engineering, 2009-13
                                        • Regional sales
                                          • Figure 18: Regional private industrial construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 19: Regional private commercial construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 20: Regional private housing construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 21: Regional public housing construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 22: Regional public non-residential construction output, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 23: Analysis of civil engineering output, by region, 2009-13
                                      • Industry Structure

                                        • Chapter summary
                                          • Industry development
                                              • Figure 24: Analysis of changes in the structure of the architectural sector, 2009-13
                                              • Figure 25: Analysis of the financial structure of the advisory and pre-design architectural sector, 2012 and 2013
                                            • Company profiles
                                              • Aukett Fitzroy Robinson (formerly Aukett Group)
                                                  • Figure 26: Financial analysis of Aukett Fitzroy Robinson Group, 2009-13
                                                • Benoy
                                                  • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Benoy, 2008-12
                                                • Foster + Partners
                                                  • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Foster + Partners Group, 2008-12
                                                • Keppie Design
                                                  • Figure 29: Financial analysis of Keppie Design, 2008-12
                                                • WS Atkins
                                                  • Figure 30: Financial analysis of WS Atkins plc, 2009-13
                                              • Demand Structure

                                                • Chapter summary
                                                  • Building
                                                    • Figure 31: Construction output in Great Britain, by type, 200913
                                                    • Figure 32: Analysis of the composition of new construction activity in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                  • Private commercial building
                                                    • Figure 33: Analysis of the composition of the private commercial construction market in Great Britain, 2013
                                                  • Offices
                                                    • Shops
                                                      • Education
                                                        • Health
                                                          • Figure 34: Analysis of private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                          • Figure 35: Analysis of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                        • Private industrial building
                                                          • Figure 36: Analysis of private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                          • Figure 37: Analysis of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector, 2009-13
                                                          • Figure 38: Analysis of the composition of the private industrial construction market in Great Britain, 2013
                                                        • Public non-residential building
                                                          • Figure 39: Analysis of the composition of the private industrial construction market in Great Britain, 2013
                                                        • Health
                                                          • Education
                                                              • Figure 40: Contractors appointed to the PSBP batches of schools, March 2014
                                                            • “Other” sector
                                                              • Figure 41: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                              • Figure 42: Analysis of public sector non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2009-13
                                                            • House building
                                                                • Figure 43: Analysis of the composition of the housing construction market in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                • Figure 44: Analysis of private housing construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                • Figure 45: Private new housing starts and completions in England, 2009-13
                                                                • Figure 46: Analysis of new public housing construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                • Figure 47: Public housing starts and completions in England, 2009-13
                                                              • PFI building
                                                                • Infrastructure
                                                                  • Figure 48: Civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                                  • Figure 49: Analysis of the development of civil engineering activity in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                              • Forecast

                                                                • Chapter summary
                                                                  • Market size
                                                                      • Figure 50: New construction activity forecast in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 51: Forecast construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 52: Private industrial construction in Great Britain forecast 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 53: Forecast private industrial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 54: Forecast of private industrial new construction work in Great Britain, by sector 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 55: Private commercial construction in Great Britain forecast 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 56: Forecast private commercial construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 57: Forecast of private commercial construction in Great Britain, by sector, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 58: Private housing construction in Great Britain forecast 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 59: Forecast private housing output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 60: Public housing construction in Great Britain forecast 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 61: Forecast public housing output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 62: Forecast public non-residential construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 63: Public non-residential construction in Great Britain forecast 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 64: Forecast of public non-residential construction in Great Britain, by type, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 65: Civil engineering in Great Britain forecast 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 66: Forecast civil engineering construction output in Great Britain, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 67: Forecast architects’ fees in the UK, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 68: Architect fees in the UK forecast 2014-18
                                                                    • Market segmentation
                                                                      • Figure 69: Forecast segmentation of architects’ fees in the UK, by sector, 2014-18
                                                                      • Figure 70: Segmentation of architect fees in the UK forecast 2014-18
                                                                    • Industry
                                                                    • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                      • Trade associations
                                                                        • Trade magazines
                                                                          • Trade exhibitions

                                                                          Companies Covered

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                                                                          Architects (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2014

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