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RTPI adds to industry voice on Brexit concerns

14 September 2016

The RTPI has joined a coalition of professional bodies representing the construction and built environment sectors in warning Brexit Minister, David Davis, that the UK’s construction skills crisis could severely worsen, if the Government does not take steps to ensure access to a skilled workforce during its post-referendum negotiations. 

The RTPI, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have written to David Davis outlining their concerns around skills, as well as five other priorities that the UK Government should focus on in light of the UK’s Brexit vote.

The six priorities are: access to skills, common standards, research excellence, infrastructure investment, devolution commitment, and community development.

Read the full letter. The FT covered the story today. 

UK a world leader in the built environment sector

Stephen Wilkinson, Vice President of the RTPI, said:

“The UK is a world leader in environmental and building standards and in the professions which are involved in them. UK’s town planning expertise and university courses are among the most sought after in the world.

“Leaving the EU could present a great opportunity for the UK, but it should not be associated with a drive to the bottom in the environmental and building standards which future generations will live with.”

Planning profession highly international in outlook

UK exports of ‘construction services’ (including architecture, surveying and planning) were £2.73 billion in 2014. By 2030 the global marketplace for such services is estimated at over £200 billion, representing a huge potential for UK firms and professionals.

The planning profession is highly international in its outlook. Our 23,000-strong membership spanning over 80 countries reflects this, and many based in the UK work on projects abroad.

We accredit planning schools across the world, our Chartered Membership is a brand recognised and respected internationally. Planning degrees in British universities are coveted by thousands each year around the world.