News: RIBA Future Trends survey
The RIBA Future Trends survey March 2019 has been published. The RIBA Future Trends Workload Index remained largely consistent, rising to +5 from +4 the previous month. Geographically, the South of England dropped to a balance figure of -15, whilst London, Wales and the West recorded balance figures of zero. The North of England sustained the highest level of optimism, returning a balance figure of +31. The private housing sector workload forecast increased to +4 (from +1). “In March 2019, as at the time of writing, uncertainty about Brexit dominates public, political and professional discourse. This is reflected in the comments made by architects. The overall tone is one of frustration that the process is ongoing with no clear conclusion in sight,” says Adrian Malleson, RIBA head of economic research and analysis.