This time last year, I spoke of how resilient the construction sector was when faced with global challenges, such as COVID-19. Sustainability, being green, wellbeing, and the like, were all critical terms I mentioned in December’s 2020 welcome note. And, as we reflect on another year, it’s clear to see that this focus on being eco friendly and making buildings healthier isn’t going anywhere.
Of course, last month’s COP26 placed the industry directly under the spotlight to reveal common flaws that few have become somewhat complacent with. Whilst some environmental damage sadly can’t be undone, we must put our best foot forward and tackle the issue of climate change together. We’ve seen construction professionals collaborate in the most innovative ways to overcome supply chain issues, skills shortages, specification and testing problems, and so much more. I, for one, look forward to learning about the partnerships that unite in 2022 to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. If you’re an architect, builder, contractor, supplier or manufacturer with a collaborative idea on how we can take on climate change together, do get in touch. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Moving onto this issue, on page 16, Paul Hodgkinson from Wienerberger UK touches on another topic that’s close to my heart – biodiversity. In this article, he examines the opportunity of integrated wildlife boxes for building projects. While, on page 18, Shakespeare Martineau’s Neil Gosling, Partner and Head of Residential Development, and Isaac Murdy, Trainee Solicitor, take a look at the potential challenges associated with the Government’s announcement on legislating all new-build homes and offices with parking spaces to have electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints.
Finally, on behalf of FC&A’s publishing house, Red Hut Media, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year!
ON THE COVER:
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Infinitus Plaza is the new global headquarters of Infinitus China.