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RIBA reacts to new Prime Minister

23 July 2019

RIBA CEO, Alan Vallance, said:

“Boris Johnson has a mammoth task on his hands as soon as he enters No.10.

Brexit, climate change and ensuring the UK has a safer, high-quality built environment must be priorities.

The global climate emergency is the greatest challenge the world has ever faced. With 40% of carbon emissions generated from the built environment, the PM must recognise how vital our profession is to ensure the UK meets the net zero target.

The unacceptable delay to reforming building and fire safety regulations since the Grenfell Tower tragedy must be urgently addressed. The PM must strengthen and expand requirements to ensure all our buildings are safe.

Whether the UK should leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement has dominated this leadership contest. No deal would have disastrous consequences for UK architecture, risking access to talent and our ability to trade.

We will engage with the new Prime Minister and his government immediately, ensuring the voice of architects is heard loud and clear.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. For further press information contact Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org +44 (0) 20 7580 3811

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. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates. 

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