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ACE survey says architects 'let down by public sector'

An Architects' Council of Europe quarterly survey conducted in December on the impact of the economic crisis on Europe’s architectural profession, has shown that despite commitments made at European and national level to invest in the construction sector, expenditure by the public sector in buildings is expected to fall significantly. According to the ACE’s Survey, architects are now more pessimistic about an upturn in work from the Public Sector than at any other time during 2009. "This indicates that public authorities do not seem to be abiding by their commitments to increase spending in the renovation and/or construction of buildings in order to help the European economy out of the current economic crisis," read the survey announcement.

The statistics showed that only 16% of architects who answered the survey expect to see an increase in work from the public sector down from 26% in September 2009, not reflecting the expectations of the European Economic Recovery Plan adopted at the end of 2008.

The survey also revealed that 41% of architects’ offices in Europe have shed staff since September 2008, and that 17% expect to make further redundancies in the coming three months. Furthermore only 22% of architects’ offices are optimistic about taking on more work in 2010 – down from 24% in September 2009. The level of expectation that workload will decrease over the same period is stable at 33%.

The results of the ACE's most recent survey from December 2009 have been compiled for publication, and ‘weighted’ to ensure statistical reliability, although the survey takes the form of an opinion poll.

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