The President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Jane Duncan has responded to the news that the Prime Minister Theresa May is to seek Parliament’s approval for a British General Election on the 8 June.
“Architects across the UK will be closely following how political parties approach a range of pertinent issues including Brexit during this general election. Whatever the outcome of the election, we will be looking for a UK Government that supports the work that our architects and the built environment sector can undertake to develop the integrated and vibrant communities that we want and need. It will be important to hear that the next government will seek to obtain the best deal from the Brexit negotiations, providing business certainty in the short, medium and long-term, opening new opportunities worldwide and ensuring that we can still access top talent through the continuation of a mutual recognition of professional qualifications and agreements with the EU.
“Amidst the challenges of Brexit, we need to also ensure that big domestic issues are not neglected. We need innovative designs and smarter procurement approaches to solving the desperate housing crisis, renewing and expanding our schools and ensuring that we have a sustainable environment that works across the UK. Investment in vital national infrastructure and successful devolution to regional and local communities is needed to support the creation of new jobs and the local improvements that they will create.”