Get your project shovel ready!

While Australia appears to have had some initial successes against the Covid-19 pandemic, other considerations now loom on the horizon. While monitoring the health response, we need to consider the economic recovery. ACA and AIA surveys and anecdotal evidence indicate many architects have capacity while waiting for clients to restart projects. Traditionally architects have been the ‘canaries in the coal mine’ and an architectural slowdown in activity will have a substantial impact on the construction industry in 6 to 12 months time. This is of concern as the construction industry has been described by our state government, as the fourth pillar in the economy.

Depending on the size and complexity of the project, architects and their team of consultants need 6 -12 months to design and document projects, before they can tender the works and start construction. The architectural profession needs to increase activity as quickly as possible in order to continue the flow of projects to the construction sector. The government supported the sector after the 1992 recession with the design and construction of social housing and applied a similar strategy with the BER program in 2009.

Time is of the essence, let’s work together to kickstart our economic recovery!