A defining decade – Radically transforming the built environment by 2025
The Government’s industrial strategy, Construction 2025, sets a bold vision of the direction of travel for our built environment over the next decade or so. Challenging goals include dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the sector, encouraging greater innovation and creating a world leading industry in low carbon and green construction exports... A collection of essays from UK-GBC's Leaders' Network.
Whilst achieving these aims will be no easy task, they are not out of reach given the strategy’s vision for new ways of working together and of an inspiring and exciting sector that will attract the brightest young talent and create an increasingly diverse workforce. These new forms of collaboration are also key if we are to tackle future challenges that lie beyond 2025.
By the middle of this century we are targeting a minimum of an 80 per cent reduction in UK carbon emissions, bringing them down to a level last achieved in the mid-19th Century. But in 2050 there will be seven times as many people living in the UK as there were in 1850, and over 80 per cent of the homes and buildings they’ll be occupying will be ones we are already living and working in today. While our future built environment may look disarmingly familiar, it will undoubtedly be built by a fundamentally different industry.
Engineering by Patrick Bellew, Founding Director, Atelier Ten
Infrastructure by David Biggs, Director, Network Rail Property
Finance by James Cameron, Chairman, Climate Change Capital
Retail by Sir Ian Cheshire, Chief Executive, Kingfisher
Architecture by Paul Hinkin, Managing Director, Black Architecture
Commercial property by Bill Hughes, Managing Director, Legal & General Property
Construction by Nicholas Pollard, Chief Executive Officer, Balfour Beatty
Products by John Sinfield, Managing Director, Knauf Insulation
Housing by Peter Walls, Chief Executive, Gentoo Group