RIBA responds to Industrial Strategy

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has welcomed the Government’s new Industrial Strategy, but CEO Alan Vallance has made it clear the Institute sees this as the start, not the end of engagement between business and the Government.

RIBA CEO Alan Vallance said:

“An effective UK wide Industrial Strategy is vital as we navigate towards Brexit and beyond – delivered alongside substantial investments in our lagging infrastructure, it has the potential to greatly improve productivity.

“We welcome the renewed focus on developing workers’ skills but we need to recognise that the UK is at its strongest when we compete globally for talent. Alongside supporting our world class university system and developing new routes like apprenticeships, we need an immigration system that allows UK business to thrive around the world. A good start would be clarity for EU citizens living in the UK.

“I congratulate the Construction Leadership Council on developing the Construction Sector Deal, particularly the exciting progress they are making on offsite manufacturing. However, the new procurement standard for the construction industry needs to be owned by the whole sector, not just the larger builders.

“With our partners on the Creative Industries Council, the RIBA will continue to work on the sector deal for the creative industries. The focus on regional hubs, like RIBA North in Liverpool, and the recognition of the value our sector plays at home and abroad is incredibly welcome.”