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Architects call for stimulus as COVID places projects on ice

Australian architects say a significant number of construction projects have been placed on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, with stalled developments illustrating a need for immediate economic stimulus for the sector.

Architect and an engineer on a construction site
Major projects have been placed on hold en masse due to COVID-related uncertainty. Photo: Shutterstock

Australian architects say a significant number of construction projects have been placed on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, with stalled developments illustrating a need for immediate economic stimulus for the sector.

A survey by the Australian Institute of Architects showed nearly two thirds of respondents had projects stalled as a result of COVID-19, with the biggest impacts felt on projects valued between $1 million and $5 million.

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