Peter Murray on the LFA.
Capital risks being overtaken as city of choice for built environment professionals
Think tank New London Architecture has said Brexit will put London’s status as the global capital for design and construction skills at risk.
The 124 page report says threats to the capital’s position include limits on movement of built environment professionals from the EU, the imposition of stricter visa restrictions for people from the rest of the world wanting to live and work in the UK and the ability of the country’s education establishments to be able to attract students and experts from around the world.
The study says the government and London mayor Sadiq Khan must promote the built environment sector as a specific sector to the export market, make London a more affordable place to live and improve the capital’s links with other cities to provide a better voice for the profession.
NLA chairman Peter Murray (pictured) said: “It is vital that the industry works together to ensure we are not overtaken by other global cities.
“The NLA are calling for the mayor of London to advocate more strongly for London’s built environment industries overseas, highlighting its size, unique mix and depth of expertise that can be applied in cities around the world and for the government to ensure that the industry retains access to talent.”
According to the latest research by the Greater London Authority, the value of the capital’s construction industry is £16.9 billion, higher than Shanghai (£16.5 billion), Hong Kong (£11.9 billion) and Dubai (£7.7 billion).