Materials shortages affecting more than 60 per cent of UK architecture practices - architecture and design

Materials shortages affecting more than 60 per cent of UK architecture practices



The majority of British architecture practices are experiencing on-site delays caused by difficulties in sourcing construction products according to RIBA's Future Trends survey.
The latest survey produced by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), reported that 63 per cent of practices had experienced on-site delays due to building materials shortages.
A quarter of practices have seen site work put on hold due to a lack of materials.
The materials shortage is reportedly due to the impact of Brexit, as well as an increased demand for materials, as construction starts to ramp up again with the easing of coronavirus lockdowns.
"It has been mentioned by practices over the last couple of months, but it's picked up as one of the main issues over the last few weeks," head of economic research and analysis at RIBA Adrian Malleson told Dezeen. The industry is also still feeling the impact of the Suez blockage, RIBA said.
Construction and design stages affected by material shortages
Nearly a fifth of practices, 18 per cent, also reported that the materials shortage was creating delay in the design process.
"Talking to practices, the delays are occurring in the detailed design stages as practices have to spend additional time selecting products that will be delivered within project timescales, where that's possible," Malleson said.

RIBA said reports of other significant challenges for architects include labour shortages and the potential effects of the "...
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