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On 18th May 2015 the Edge published the report Collaboration for Change, resulting from its year long Commission of Inquiry on the Future of Professionalism in the UK's design and construction industries. For more details see here

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Edge Debate 82: Spirit of Stevenage

Monday, March 19th, 2018

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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Edge Ecobuild Debate: Who do we build for? Ethics, public interest and a shared code of conduct

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

ecobuild-logo-2018In the report, ’Collaboration for Change’ (2015) which was the outcome of the Edge inquiry into the future of the professions led by Paul Morrell, former Government Chief Construction Adviser, one of the key recommendations was on Ethics and the Public Interest and a Shared Code of Conduct’. While the professional institutions all require members to adhere to a code of ethics and have an obligation to serve the public interest, what this means in practice is not entirely clear. › Continue reading

Edge Ecobuild Debate: Construction leadership and a vision for the future

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

ecobuild-leadership-debate-cropThe aim of the debate is to engage young professionals with the future of the industry, as they will have to deal with the challenges before us during their working lives. We will also invite the establishment’ to listen to their suggestions if the next 30 years are to lead to a sustainable future, more than we have achieved in the last few decades. The idea has grown from a range of discussions and concerns in the past year including skills gaps, retention of professionals in London and other cities (housing costs vs typical salaries in the construction industry), attitudes to housing quality and building performance etc. › Continue reading

Edge Ecobuild Debate - Construction quality in a post-Grenfell world

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

ecobuild-logo-2018Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower various investigative processes were set up and are still to report Without pre-empting the outcomes it would be fair to say that there appear to be some systemic problems in the construction industry and that it is vital that the industry responds with a serious look at how it can improve standards and quality of design, delivery, compliance and enforcement, accountability while overcoming the performance gap in use. › Continue reading

Edge Ecobuild debate - How can the economics of housing serve the needs of the people?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

ecobuild-housing-economics-debate-1The imbalances and inequalities of the housing market have been well documented. It is our collective responsibility to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 11 by 2030 to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing. Are we ignoring the economics of housing? Are there more effective ways of providing for all, retaining quality and delivering quantity? Is the British dream’ of homeownership a chimera? Do we have responsible leadership to overcome the problems? › Continue reading

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