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Edge Debate 87: The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Growth Corridor, 21st November 2018

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Debates | No Comments

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Can we plan for sustainable growth and make places that work for people?

In autumn 2017, the National Infrastructure Commission published its report on the potential of the Oxford – Cambridge Growth Corridor › Continue reading

Edge Debate 85: Procuring for Whole Life Value - 16th October 2018

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Debates | No Comments

procuring-for-value-coverHow do we effect real change?

Despite numerous reports and considerable effort since 1945 and, more recently, after the excellent reports from Latham (1994), Egan (1998), Wolstenholme (2009) and Farmer (2017) effecting change in the construction industry has proved problematic as a result of a culture of (reckless) lowest first-cost procurement and serial risk-dumping, on the advice of the legal profession, among others. Yet doing it differently is seen by most public (and many private) procurement officers as the biggest risk of all.

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Edge Debate 84: Professionalism - asset or obstacle? – 9th October 2018

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 | Debates | No Comments

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The Future of the Built Environment Professions

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is 200 years old this year and the RICS 150. The RIBA will hold its bicentenary in 2034. All three institutions are rooted in the nineteenth century but have been undergoing continuous change since the day they were founded in necessary response to social, political and economic realities. All three are undoubtedly survivors, along with the professions they represent, yet there are now ever more voices questioning their future as social upheaval, automation and the impact of unbridled capitalism take their toll. › Continue reading

Edge Debate 83: Where do we stand?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 | Debates | No Comments

Responding to the consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance

environmental-principles-front-coverThe current UK government is committed to be the first generation leaving the environment in a better state than it inherited it.
Leaving the EU will create a gap in regulations and governance, and DEFRA are currently holding a consultation on the issue, which closes on 2nd August (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/eu/environmental-principles-and-governance). The consultation offers a rare and welcome opportunity to rethink the UK’s environmental framework. › Continue reading

Edge Debate 82: Spirit of Stevenage

Monday, March 19th, 2018 | Debates | No Comments

new-town2We have all been to a lot of housing debates where it all seems a bit intractable. The Edge felt the need to try something different…
The last great housing crisis was after the war. More than a market solution was needed and we got the iconoclastic 1947 Planning Act.

We have another great crisis that does not look like it is going to get solved by market forces alone. What should we do if we really believe providing enough houses at prices people can afford is not just a priority but the basis of future prosperity and stability?
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