Discussing Brexit’s impact on construction in the UK and beyond

A recent panel debate at the AluK Design Studio in London discussed Brexit and the construction industry in Britain and further afield.

Chaired by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, the debate heard from three expert panellists, Nick Whitten at Jones Lang LaSalle, Mark Cleverly at Arcadis, and architect Nigel Coates.

From residential and commercial prospects to the importance of European ties in architectural education, the debate was extremely insightful, revealing some interesting questions and thoughts around the future of the industry.

Matthew opened the debate by asking if the audience believed Brexit had been better or worse than we had anticipated so far. After Nick explored the residential side of the argument, Mark continued the debate from a commercial point of view, reminding the audience that it’s important to maintain a positive outlook while we wait for the local and international political situation to calm down.

The final speaker, Nigel, provided an architectural perspective. Nigel emphasised the value of European relationships in the UK’s architecture industry, highlighting the sharing of ideas and the quality of education involved in these close cross-continental ties.

During the question and answer session, a few key themes emerged, including how British businesses should start building on their own relationships in Europe while everyone waits for Article 50 and the Brexit negotiations.

Read more about the debate here.

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