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RIBA backs government construction strategy

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The RIBA has voiced its support for the government’s new construction strategy which launched earlier today 

The institute has welcomed Construction 2025, which includes plans to ‘radically transform the industry’ over the next 12 years, praising its ‘scope and ambition’.

Responding to the publication of the strategy RIBA president, Angela Brady said: ‘We’ve repeatedly called for an inclusive, ambitious and internationally-focused construction strategy’.

She added: ‘We welcome the impetus to export more of the UK’s highly skilled and experienced construction services across the world; the RIBA with UKTI and others is already helping architects to work in burgeoning international markets and we encourage other UK construction professionals to further exploit these opportunities. Similarly the RIBA continues to champion the uptake of BIM as a way to reduce costs and increase efficiencies across the industry’.

Brady did however criticise past efforts to promote sustainability. She said that they feared ‘precious time has been wasted by a lack of political will within Government to support the delivery of a low carbon economy’.

She went on to add: ‘The Government must ensure ambitious targets are not undermined in the guise of promoting economic growth’.

The strategy sets out to find 50 per cent reductions in the time taken from planning to completion of projects. It also aims for a 33 per cent reduction in the initial costs of construction and whole life costs of assets, and a 50 per cent reduction in built environment greenhouse gases.

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