Crisis has different effects on architects in different parts of Europe

(PresseBox) ( Rotterdam, )
Even though the end of the crisis has already been announced by the more optimistic experts, the situation on the European construction markets is still being shaped by its aftermath. But depending on national frame conditions, the crisis affects the construction sector to quite different degrees from country to country. This is shown by results of the latest issue of the European Architectural Barometer. This international market research by Arch-Vision investigates the architects' situation in six countries including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Whereas more than four out of five Spanish architects report a decline in assignments due to the crisis, the situation has led to a postponement of assignments most often in the Netherlands and the UK.

It turns out that the decline in assignments is a consequence of the economic crisis for the vast majority of the Spanish architects (85 per cent). This is much higher than in any of the other countries, as Spanish architects have fallen on the hardest times of all. In the last quarterly Architectural Barometer results of Arch-Vision, the architect's expectations for the amount of orders and backlog have repeatedly been least positive in Spain. Spain's economy and especially the construction and property markets are still severely damaged by the crisis. Governmental programmes have been promised several times, but they have been actually put into effect to a limited extent only.

It is obvious that the construction markets and hence the architects are impeded less by the crisis in countries like Germany where government stabilization programmes have already had some positive effects on the economy. As results of the last two Architectural Barometers demonstrate, German architects have the most comfortable order situation in the six countries at present. It seems no coincidence that in Germany, only 23 per cent of the architects say that declining assignments are a consequence of the economic crisis for their company. As in the previous quarter, almost half of the German architects have not experienced any negative effects of the crisis at all.

In most countries, the crisis has not caused postponed assignments among the architects. But there are exceptions: Almost half of the Dutch architects report a postponement of assignments as consequences of the economic crisis. With an average of 7 projects, the highest number of postponed projects can be found among the UK architects who indicate postponed assignments.
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