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AIA construction forecast predicts 5% growth
The non-residential construction sector in the US is expected to see an increase in activity throughout 2013.
The American Institute of Architects’ semi-annual consensus construction forecast found that high demand for hotels and retail projects have boosted the sector to grow by 5%, up from a projected increase of 4.4% in mid-2012.
Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist, said: “After seeing construction activity seesaw for much of last year, there is a much stronger sense that we have entered a recovery phase and the industry is positioned to see continued economic improvement as we move through year and into 2014.
“The resurgent housing market has led to a ripple effect where there is a need for more retail establishments and office buildings across the country.”
The survey also forecasts a 7.2% in construction spending in 2014.
But Baker warns that the design industry can’t expect a certain future until the US’ federal budget and debt issues are resolved.
“This has caused enough anxiety in the real estate marketplace that has resulted in numerous delays and even cancelations of active construction projects,” he added. “More than one quarter of architecture firms are reporting that this tenuous situation is a tremendous concern to clients and may lead to more delays or project terminations.”
The purpose of the consensus construction forecast panel is to project business conditions in the construction industry over the coming 12 to 18 months.
Construction output fell by 3.9% between the first and second quarters of 2012, new figures show today.
The fall is 9.5% when compared with the same period a year ago.
The volume of all new work fell by 4.6% compared with the first quarter of 2012 - and by 12.8% compared with 2011.
A spokesman for the Office of National Statistics, which released the figures, said the poor weather and the extra bank holiday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were likely to have been contributing factors, as well as moving the late May bank holiday to June.
Steve McGuckin, managing director of Turner & Townsend, said: “All the sunshine and Olympic feelgood factor in the world can’t hide the fact that these are black days for the construction sector.
“Stagnation has moved from the stuff of nightmares to the new norm.
“Despite Sir Mervyn King’s assertion this week that the economy is ‘slowly healing’, construction is still walking wounded. Output in the last quarter tumbled to levels not seen since the depths of the 2009 recession. The big drop in infrastructure output is of particular concern for the economy as a whole.”
Optimists who hoped 2013 would see an upturn in work were being forced into a drastic rethink, he added, and small and medium-sized firms were the worst hit.
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European construction output in May was 6.7% down on previous year and only slightly better than April’s low figures.
Compared with May 2011, production in May 2012 dropped by 8.4% in the Eurozone and by 6.9% across all 27 countries of the EU.
Production in construction rose by 0.1% in Eurozone in May compared with April and by 1.6% across the whole of the EU. But the rise is on figures that had decreased by 3.7% and 6.9% respectively in April. Performance in the UK was up 6.3% on April.
The estimates were released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Among the member states with available for May 2012, production in construction rose in eight, fell in six and remained stable in the Czech Republic. The highest increases were registered in the United Kingdom (+6.3%), Romania (+5.0%) and Portugal (+3.6%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-17.5%), Hungary (-4.1%) and Spain (-3.3%).
Building construction dropped by 0.2% in the Euro area, but increased by 1.8% in the EU27, after -3.6% and -7.7% respectively in April 2012. Civil engineering rose by 0.6% in the Eurozone area and by 0.7% across the EU, after -3.9% and -4.8% respectively in the previous month.
In terms of the annual comparison, production in construction fell in 12 and rose in three. The largest decreases were registered in Spain (-24.8%), Slovenia (-23.7%) and Portugal (-16.4%), and the increases in Romania (+21.1%), Poland (+6.5%) and Germany (+2.2%). Building construction declined by 8.6% in the Euro area and by 6.3% across all 27 countries, after -5.9% and -5.1% respectively in April 2012. Civil engineering decreased by 9.3% in the Eurozone and by 10.9% across the EU, after -9.3% and -10.9% respectively in the previous month.
Source: The Construction Index
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A new report has warned that architects’ fees are unlikely to return to pre-recession levels over the next four years.
Business market research specialist MCI said that fees will slowly recover between now and 2016 but said it was unlikely they would get back to levels last seen in 2007.
It said that fees slipped 8% in 2008 before crashing 23% a year later when the recession began to bite.
It added: “Prior to the initial recession of 2008 the value of fees increased and growth was driven by a buoyant construction market with the need to increase housing supply resulting in strong output growth in the private and public housing sector.”
The report predicted only a modest recovery for private housing and said any upturn in private building would be slow and gradual with fears about the Eurozone hampering an upsurge in the commercial sector.
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Yechte Consulting finalises a BIM, fully parametric proposal for a community centre in the United States.
BIM overlay added to architects’ management document.
The RIBA Plan of Work is set to be overhauled for the first time in 50 years to include bim processes. The RIBA’s new Plan of Work, which organises the process of managing and designing buildings, is due to be issued in early 2013 and will also include a green overlay, as well as changes in procurement. “It’s a different way of doing things,” said Richard Brindley, executive director for membership and professional support at the RIBA. “The actual processes are still there, but how they fit together is very different.” Though still in its infancy, it is known that the new Plan of Work will identify stages by numbers rather than letters. “The bim overlay is just highlighting key aspects through the different stages that we should be looking for,” said John Orrell, member of the core review group, which is led by Dale Sinclair. So far the group has produced a draft bim-overlay document and will meet this week to finalise the changes, which will eventually feed into the new Plan of Work.
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