July 2016 issue

Last month we awoke to news that the majority had spoken with 51.9% of Britain’s population in support of leaving the EU. The result took many by surprise and widespread speculation and uncertainty immediately shook the nation.

Fears and unease over the impact this will have on the country as a whole and the construction industry specifically are undoubtedly going to continue for some time, but the consensus from leaders within the industry remains positive. Reactions such as this from RIBA’s President, Jane Duncan, call for a united approach.

Jane comments: “Clearly there is uncertainty about the timescales and impact on a range of issues important to our industry including free movement in the EU for architects as well as students, trading and material sourcing, inward investment relationships, EU procurement rules and the effect on the construction sector if restrictions are placed on EU migration. In common with other UK businesses and organisations, the RIBA is assessing the short and longer term effect of the withdrawal on our members and the institute and we will provide further guidance in due course. Most importantly, we will work with colleagues in industry and Government to ensure that architects have a strong voice in the coming weeks, months and years.”

In this month’s issue of Future Constructor & Architect, we hear from further industry representatives such as TenderSpace’s Chief Executive Officer, David Stapleton, on what he thinks is next for the construction industry now that the UK is set to leave the EU. Turn to page 18 to find out more. Meanwhile Monika Slowikowska, Founder of Golden Houses Developments, explains why she believes that Britain leaving the EU will have a catastrophic effect on the construction industry.

Elsewhere in this issue, we find out what’s been trending on Twitter – Switch House, the Tate Modern’s new extension. Meanwhile, Kebony showcases its latest sustainable offering to a protected site in Rye, East Sussex and BriggsAmasco reveals how it has taken The University of Leicester’s new ground-breaking medical school to new low-energy highs.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, you can also access all of the magazine’s features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via Future Constructor & Architect’s state-of-the-art app.

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