Architects call on politicians to ‘Build a Better Britain’

On Wednesday The Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) launched its 2015 General Election campaign, #BuildaBetterBritain.

All parliamentary candidates will be called upon to focus on the built environment issues that are important in most constituencies - building more good quality homes; ensuring we have well-planned places; developing flood-proof communities; delivering energy efficient buildings and retrofitting those that are not; providing a good quality built environment to accommodate our ageing population and encourage a healthier population; and addressing the dilapidation of our school buildings.

RIBA’s network of more than 35,000 UK-based members are being encouraged to get involved with the campaign, engage with other constituents and lobby their candidates to sign-up at to the pledge:
“I promise to champion a better built environment for every community in my constituency to #BuildaBetterBritain”

The campaign calls for:

    • the building of more homes that people want to live in
    • well-planned places
    • happy, healthy places
    • creative, inspiring schools
    • smarter, greener buildings
    • flood proof communities

RIBA has created a campaign website at enabling architects and constituents to find and make contact with their candidates.

The #BuildaBetterBritain campaign is based on RIBA’s report and recommendations, Building a Better Britain: A vision for the next Government.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said: “The built environment is vital to the financial and social success of our communities and country and the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants. RIBA’s clear priorities for the next Government, set out in the Building a Better Britain report, is the basis for this campaign. Now is the time to talk about what that means locally and how every prospective MP can champion the built environment in their area.”

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