The RIBA has welcomed the newly formed coalition British Government with a short list of top priorities for the architectural sector. They have been released as follows:
- Construction sector and architecture in the new economy – the construction sector forms 10% of GDP and is the second largest in the European Union. The RIBA believes that construction, and in particular architecture, should form a principal plank of a new economy. The Government needs to ensure that we maintain the skills and expertise that make us a respected world leader and capitalise on the opportunities for growth, both at home and abroad.
- More and better homes – delivery of new homes where they are needed and a concerted effort to improve the standard of new homes to address the current market failure in housing.
- Sustainability – A major retrofit programme for both domestic and non-domestic buildings in order that the UK can meet its carbon targets. We need stringent new-build performance standards and improved post-occupancy evaluation.
- Positive localism – strengthened local government backed by the resources and skills required to deliver the great places and spaces we need. Any implementation of a more local system needs to guarantee that communities have the opportunity to help create a positive vision for their area and ensure that NIMBY-ism is not the default option.
President of the RIBA, Ruth Reed, said: “This is a new era of politics with a coalition Government and 233 new MPs. We have been engaging with key members of both parties in the run-up to the election and will continue to work closely with them to ensure architecture advocacy within Parliament and influence policy change. Architecture and the built environment form an intrinsic part of our public policy that can improve people’s lives – from the provision of well designed schools, homes or hospitals to meeting the carbon challenge – and we will continue to demonstrate its importance to decision-makers within Government.”