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t the time of writing, we remain on the brink of one of the most important Parliamentary votes to have happened in my lifetime. The vote on whether to accept Theresa May’s compromise deal on the Withdrawal Agreement is being widely written off however as doomed to fail, and though the Government has given assurances it will go ahead as planned, we have heard this before, only to see it moved at the last minute.


This farcical situation belies the incredibly serious nature of what is afoot, particularly if you live in Northern Ireland. The spectre of No Deal including an automatic hard border (although how this will be introduced is somewhat baffling), alongside all of the other issues (from queues at customs borders to food and medical supply shortages) is something few want, but incredibly that now looks a realistic proposition.

However May’s desperate ploy of ‘my way or the highway,’ having received no further concessions from the EU, is just that – desperate. The entire situation could have been avoided by MPs if they had had the courage to vote against holding what has turned out to be a highly divisive and even damaging Referendum, but as the cliché goes, ‘we are where we are.’

The one thing that you can be certain of if a No Deal occurs (as with everything Brexit related, there is so little certainty) is that costs will rise. There has been little comment in terms of how it might affect construction materials, but it’s fantasy land to imagine that tariffs will not be applied to products coming in from the EU under World Trade Organisation rules, to offset tariffs applied to our exports. According to the Timber Trade Federation, 90 per cent of timber used in the industry comes from Europe. Sudden cost rises could scupper what had been a renaissance in the material’s use, following the ban on ‘combustible cladding’ over 18 metres.

What might be a bigger concern is the possible ‘non-tariff barriers’ under WTO rules, particularly enforcing compliance with standards. The CBI has estimated that delays at the border to ensure that products coming in comply with the appropriate standards for use in the UK could add 6.5 per cent to costs. In addition, the resulting non-availability of products due to delays, especially given the existing challenges in meeting demand in areas like housing, and tight profit margins, could be highly problematic. Our now well-embedded model of ‘just in time’ supplies is not going to cope well in the short term.

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As so often, the bottom line is going to be where the pain is felt, and will have contractors reaching for the phone to lawyers to see how far their contracts can stretch to protect them. Sudden cost hikes are something which architects have recently voted with their feet on, the ARB having raised its annual registration fee by 3.7 per cent to £111, the first rise in four years.

As a result, 1,100 architects have been dropped from the ARB register, bringing it down to just over 40,000. It shows that even small increases in business costs can have a big effect.

James Parker Editor


ON THE COVER... Karolinska University Hospital reflects the client’s aim to create a new attitude to hospital design, a more urban and inviting kind of building that reworks hospital plans around the patient.

KAROLINSKA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, STOCKHOLM Tengbom and White Arkiteker collaborate on Sweden’s largest PPP project – a colossal new hospital which still manages to put the focus on the patient

TIVOLI CINEMA, BATH Getting the close up on a boutique cinema’s design details

For the full report on this project, go to page 38 Cover image © Fredrik Sweger



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