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RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto

RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto

18 May 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Conservatives manifesto, published earlier today.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

"The RIBA welcomes the Conservatives’ acknowledgment that the UK’s architects are the finest in the world. This is recognition of the vital role that good design has on improving quality of life, sustainability and social integration; and acknowledgement that architects are the design professionals that make this happen.”

“The Conservative Party’s manifesto outlines its vision to further empower communities. Whoever forms the next government should ensure that plans to build high quality housing and infrastructure are linked with industrial and devolution strategies to encourage more jobs and a better quality of life for people across the country.”

On Brexit

“The RIBA has long been calling for the rights of non-UK EU nationals to be confirmed. I’m happy to see it is included in the Conservative manifesto. Skilled architects come to the UK from across the world, giving us the edge in creativity and innovation; we need to ensure this continues into the future.

“British architects have been clear about our key asks from Brexit through RIBA’s ‘Global By Design’ report. The RIBA will continue to be a strong voice for the sector in the coming weeks and months.”

On planning and communities

We welcome the Conservatives commitment to continued devolution. Devolution deals should provide newly-elected mayors and combined authorities with the necessary powers over housing and planning to ensure they can build the sustainable homes and communities that are needed for the future.”

On housing

“We welcome that the Conservative manifesto recognises the value of UK architects and the built environment in supporting a better quality of life for people across the country, including through quality of space and design. Our evidence has proven that space standards are vital to ensuring that homes are built to the criteria that people need to live and thrive.”

On schools

The Conservative party has referenced the value of design throughout its manifesto; this value should also apply to any new investment in the school estate. The RIBA’s ‘Better Spaces for Learning’ report proves that good design in school buildings ensures that public investment is not wasted, and supports the best outcomes for pupils and teachers.”

On infrastructure

“RIBA appreciates that the Conservative’s manifesto has recognised good infrastructure development can open up opportunities for housing and local growth.

“Well-designed infrastructure and housing can also help the UK tackle urgent issues including energy costs, flooding and climate change. The RIBA wants to work with whoever forms the next Government to ensure that we can make the most of opportunities available from new infrastructure development to tackle these challenges.”

The RIBA will shortly launch its own manifesto document to highlight the vital role architecture plays in the success of the UK and our communities.


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA press office:
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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