The RIBA ran a survey of its membership to give an insight into the major concerns and opportunities from architects across the industry, in response to Brexit.
Over 65% of architects are concerned about the impact of Brexit on their business and any uncertainty is unsettling. However, as agile and business-savvy professionals, architects have been quick to see the potential industry benefits from the UK exiting the European Union. From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK’s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.
Global by Design, published in January 2017, recommends that in order to maintain and strengthen the UK as a global hub for architecture, the Government must ensure the UK:
- Has access to the best talent and skills
- Signs trade agreements that open access to foreign markets
- Provides support for education, research and innovation
- Takes action to address the UK’s competitiveness crisis including infrastructure investment
- Maintains common standards and low compliance costs.