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Thursday29 June 2017

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Find out the construction companies and professionals already signed up as backers of our Brexit manifesto recommendations, and sign up yourself

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The feedback from our Building a Better Brexit campaign has been that industry and government need to work together to create the conditions under Brexit in which construction can continue to operate and even hope to thrive.

To this end, we have launched the next phase of our campaign: a manifesto of recommendations for government, based on the outcomes of our reader survey, and some key pledges that we are asking readers to commit to in return. 

Taken together, the measures are designed to help the industry – and the country – be successful during the transition period and well beyond our exit from the EU.

Below is our list of supporters so far - the list is being added to and updated daily, and we would encourage all our readers to sign up over the next days and weeks. Remember, the more supporters we have, the greater influence we can wield with the government:

Please add your name to our list of manifesto supporters by clicking here

 

Company/professionalMessage of supportOn behalf of
Capita Company
Richard Steer, chairman, Gleeds WorldwideThe government has said that they want to prioritise construction through their apparent investment in infrastructure but do not appear to support constructors in terms of recognising their influence as a key touchstone sector during Brexit negotiations. The Building Brexit manifesto is a shopping list which has all the key elements to safeguard our future as an effective and vital part of the economy. They ignore it at their peril.Themself & company
Richard Threlfall, partner, UK head, infrastructure, building and construction, KPMGI very much welcome the initiative taken by Building to identify a path to the success of our industry in a post-Brexit world. The clamour of voices around government will grow ever louder. Only by being clear and consistent about what we need from government, and sincere in what we offer in return, can we hope for our industry to have the influence it deserves.Themself & company
Jack Pringle, managing director EMEA, Perkins+WillBrexit is our defining economic event of this decade and beyond. The government has to grasp the importance of the construction industry to the UK’s future and prioritise protecting its interests.Themself
Simon Rawlinson, head of strategic research and insight, Arcadis UKBrexit will undoubtedly bring some major challenges to construction that can only be dealt with by working together as an industry and with government. If we together grasp the opportunity to change the industry as a result of Brexit, then there could be some very positive outcomes for construction. However, if we do nothing, then there are real risks to the future capability of the industry.Themself & company
Mark Farmer, founding director and chief executive, CastThe Building a Better Brexit campaign is an important part of making sure that the construction industry’s voice is heard loud and clear in the upcoming negotiations. Brexit could have a profound and disruptive effect on the capacity and performance of the industry throughout the UK, but especially in London. “An intelligent deal needs to protect against the immediate risk of Brexit-related resource erosion while allowing the industry to concentrate on addressing its ultimate challenges of structural modernisation and productivity improvement which should progressively reduce reliance on migrant labour. This compromise should also form the backbone of construction’s industrial strategy ‘sector response’ to government.Themself
Mark Reynolds, chief executive, MaceConstruction is absolutely critical to the future of the UK economy. It should be at the forefront of the government’s mind during the upcoming Brexit negotiations and while further developing its industrial strategy. Construction is one of the country’s largest employers and can play an important role in boosting productivity.Themself & company
Mathew Riley, managing director, Ramboll UKDrawing on our shared knowledge will be more vital than ever, however the government’s role is to listen to our industry and create the environment for success. This different level of co-operation, coupled with modernisation of industry, could save billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money. The size of the prize must make this a high priority for governmentThemself & company
Andrew Robertson, managing consultant, Robertson Commercial and Contracts ServicesI fully support the initiative and trust that the Government will heed our concerns and note our commitment to doing all that we can as an industry to make the United Kingdom a nation and an economy an example of what can be achieved when people work together towards a common goal.Themself & company
Mark Cooney, architect, Make Architects Ltd.This is essential for the industry.Themself
Gabriel Tofalos, project managerI fully support the Building Magazine Better Brexit Manifesto as its articles are sensible and potentially ensure a smooth and gradual transition into the post-Brexit era of the construction industry and sector.Themself & company
Evelin Kallas, director business development, Atom ConsultantsWe support the manifesto 100%Company
Andrew Lock, principal designer, Adamson Associates International (UK) Ltd Themself & company
Sarah Peake, sustainability manager, Sika LimitedSustainable workforce in the construction industry is a must for the future of the UK, especially after Brexit. Fantastic iniative that will hopefully unite the voice of the construction industry & galvanise the government into action…Themself
Peter Dark, managing director, Impart linksTaking an eye off the construction industry when negotiating Brexit is folly the government need to take heed of the implications of relegation of a construction industry which is fundamental to post Brexit success and prosperity.Themself & company
Declan Palmer, architecture technician, Black Architecture Themself
Robin Thorpe, associate - structural engineer, Willcox Cooper AssociatesBuilding a better Brexit is a vital task to keep Britain buildingThemself & company
John Smith, retiredGiven the stupidity of not accepting the referendum was only advisory and as EU supporting MPs will not stand up to the Brexit supporting MPs it is essential that a pragmatic and workable exit from the EU which minimises economic costs to all industry but especially construction is obtained. I therefore support the Building manifesto.Themself
Damien Carr, editor, BRE / Building4Change.com Themself & company
Roosje Barr, professional studies advisor, Nottingham University Themself
Jas Channe, principal architect, Ealing Council Themself & company
Mark Kilcran MCIOB, planner, Wates Group Themself
Jordi Oller, senior PM, CapitaI consider this manifesto a proper approach to the interests of the Construction Industry, which is key in every developed economy.Themself
Rennie Dalrymple, managing partner, Bruceshaw LLPThe Building Manifesto contains several key initiatives that will assist in ensuring a robust construction sector in a post Brexit economy. The construction industry is a hugely important contributor to the UK economy in terms of GDP output and employment. Bruceshaw support the Manifesto and working together we can strive to promote the sector to high priority status, while working to ensure we have the future talent the industry needs so that we can all support in delivering the government’s aspirations on housing and infrastructure to the benefit of the whole economy.Themself & company
Bill Chalmers, partner, DSSR Themself & company
Rebecca Lovelace, director, Circle Three Consulting Themself & company
Robert Marr, director infrastructure and project finance, Artelia UKEssential and sensible proposals from an industry with a lot to offer the exciting future.Themself
Patrick Flaherty, chief executive – UK and Ireland, AECOMIn the short-term the construction industry will suffer due to the Brexit impact on labour availability and construction material costs. The government’s commitment to infrastructure delivery, increased housing and energy self-sufficiency can be the catalyst for job creation and economic growth post Brexit. The construction industry will be critical to that delivery and should be at the forefront of government thinking during Brexit negotiations. We support the Building manifesto and call on the industry to support it through commitment to training, embracing of the digital revolution, employing locally, upskilling domestic labour and driving improved productivity.Themself & company
Francis Ho, partner, Penningtons Manches LLPThis manifesto recognises our need to preserve access to top construction talent for ambitious projects while promoting measures like training regimes and R&D to bring about lasting change. There’s a danger of the negotiations centring on other areas and missing the endgame or the success we’ve achieved as an open and fair society. Careful planning in construction and infrastructure is vital to this country’s future success. We must make sure the government remembers this.Themself
Paul Smyth, managing director, Loughton Contracts plcGreat to see the industry joining forces with a measured approach to Brexit that should hopefully demonstrate to the government the importance of our industry and everyone that works within it, to the UK economy.Themself & company
Helen Barfield, internal comms executive, Ramboll Themself & company
Paul Aubrey, divisional director - UK, SAS International Themself & company
Adam Sloan, graduate structural engineer, Ramboll Themself & company
Paul Greenwood, managing director, Greenwood Consultants Limited Themself & company
David Roden, director, David Roden Architects Themself & company
Michael Daniels, regional commercial manager, Wates Construction Themself
Julien Grange, QS, Multiplex Themself
Andy Marginson, director, Ramboll UKBrexit brings with a lot of challenges but also a lot of opportunity. It is important that access is retained to as many markets and resources as possible post Brexit so that the industry can deliver its current workload and has time to adapt to the change in our relationship with the EUThemself
Andrew Keen, principal technician, Ramboll Themself
Nigel Huish, partner & managing director, Idom Merebrook Ltd Themself & company
John Bloomfield, director, Medway QS Consultancy LtdThis is a good driving force because the Building Industry and Industry in general need to take the lead. The government approach gives the appearance of being led by people who are predominantly pro hard brexiteers and have a lacklustre interest in getting the best business deal for Britain.We need to harness the support of the younger generation who were more likely to vote remain and so would be in favour of retaining the single market. As well we should try to encourage former government ministers such as Lord Heseltine to support our cause.Themself & company
Peter Gough, senior quantity surveyor, H T. Forrest Themself
Kerstin Sonnemann, architect, Red Pebble Design Themself
Gavin Henderson, architect, Stanton Williams Themself
Steve Wooler, chief executive, BWB GroupBuilding’s Brexit Manifesto is a well thought out, balanced and incisive set of proposals that Government needs to heed and quickly act on. Its legitimacy, in terms of representing the wide spectrum of interests that make up such a complex and diverse industry, is proven by the broad-based support it is generatingThemself & company
Martin Burden, consulting director, RambollAny change brings with it the opportunities and conduits to do things better. Brexit is the biggest of changes and with it we must now embrace it and see it as a conduit for success toour industry gets bigger and better. This will require detailed engagement support and encouragement of the government to ensure we are no worse but better off as a result. A challenge government alone cannot do by itself. Not an easy challenge but a challenge we must face together.Themself & company
Helen Gough, lead director, building consultancy, project management & cost management, JLL UKIt is in all our interests that we make a success of Brexit. The UK Construction Industry is one of the largest sectors of the UK PLC, and the best way for it to maintain and grow its status, develop its talent, innovate and successfully deliver the housing, real estate and infrastructure demands of the country is to ensure that it has a detailed manifesto, such as ‘Building a Better Brexit’. We must engage and collaborate with the government and across the construction industry to ensure we safeguard our industry and related professions.Themself & company
Malcolm Clarke, managing director, Baxall Construction Themself & company
Anthony Brown, sales and marketing director, BW: Workplace ExpertsFit out will not be immune to a potential post-Brexit skills drought. There are specific measures we are reviewing to ameliorate that possibility. Given that the construction industry accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the UK’s working population, it would be encouraging to know that the government is considering assistance to soften any impact.Themself & company
Shyam Samani, project quantity surveyor, Gardiner & TheobaldThe Government needs our industry continues to flourish in the UK, EU and the world and that they support the industries requirements for migration to support the skilled labour required. In addition to the above the Government needs to invest in schools, collages and universities to help young people select a career in Construction. And finally, the UK needs to spearhead a new technical revolution in construction within education, manufacturing, infrastructure and services to make our nation a destination for tourism, development, investment, growth and most importantly for other areas of the UK to grow not just London.Themself
Tom Sheldrake, sustainability consultant, AECOM Themself
Hannah Berry, marketing manager, Horne Engineering Ltd Themself
Liz Jenkins, Projects & Construction Partner, Clyde & CoMuch has been said about Brexit and its potential impact on the construction industry but remarkably the Government doesn’t seem to have paid much attention as it remains a ‘low priority sector’ in negotiations. The Government has a clear focus on developing the country’s infrastructure but doesn’t seem to have taken into account just how close the ties between the UK construction industry and the EU really are. Whether you voted remain or Brexit it is in all of our interests to make a success of this situation. The industry must now pull together to ensure the Government truly understands, and takes into account, our concerns as it enters Brexit negotiations. The Building a better Brexit manifesto sets out some of the key areas that must be addressed and should serve as an important reminder to the Government.Themself & company
Sergey Skorokhodov, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Gleeds Themself & company
Paul, QS Manager, Daewoo E&CI support better Brexit manifesto to sustain building, construction out to ensure UK remains competitive post brexit.Themself
Gareth Parker, Quantity Surveyor, Skanska Themself
Faizan Chaudry, Bid Writer, Hill Themself
Shahbaz Mukhtar, Quantity Surveyor, George Corderoy & Co Themself
Pete Carvell, Associate, Battle McCarthy (Consulting Engineers & Landscape Architects)Whilst many of us would have much preferred to stay; we recognise that the EU has a record of regulatory conservatism, attempting to legislate and control many aspects of design, science and engineering. We must ensure that high standards of sustainability, green engineering and recognition of the benefit of exemplary health and well-being within the built environment continue to be bettered, even from our position outside of the EU. We should push to recognise Brexit as a fresh opportunity for innovation. One that will further cement Britain’s position as industry leaders, not simply in Europe, but also throughout the rest of the world.Themself & company
David Mills, commercial manager, Lyons & Annoot Themself
Richard Osbond, director, Curtins Themself & company
Robert Lawrence, SPM, T&T Themself
Elaine Anderson, registered architect, IndependentI do hope that industry in Britain continues to thrive as suggested above. I am concerned that the Equality and Diversity at Work, does continue and that all citizens of this country who are qualified professionals, as well as those who are currently in training continue to be considered on an equal footing. I am dismayed to be getting overtones of ageism and sexism because certain individuals who ought to know better, think it appropriate to speak to people as they see fit. I was brought up in a civilised society, and I would like to see that remain so.Themself
James Dickson, commercial, LMD Themself
David Hunter, chairman, Stride Treglown LtdA thriving construction industry is central to the UK’s prosperity post-Brexit. Not only does it employ a significant proportion of the labour force and further Britain’s global reputation for construction expertise and professionalism; it catalyses and enables all kinds of other economic activity in the UK. It is crucial that government receives a clear unified message on the importance of the construction industry to the UK economy and helps support the delivery of Britain’s infrastructure and buildings. With the right help there are real growth opportunities: without it, a secure economic future will be more difficult to achieve.Themself & company
Jordan Cornish, trainee building surveyor, AECOM Themself
Nick Shepherd, CEO, Federation of Archaeological managers and EmployersArchaeology is now an important part of the construction process and the great majority of archaeological research now gets done as part of development projects. Many of the manifesto issues apply as much to archaeologists as building professionals, particularly training, EU workers rights and building the investment pipeline. We may be a very niche, specialist service, but we can play a part in improving the wider sector.Themself & company
Catherine, director, Guarda LandscapeWe need to get construction onto the agenda, otherwise the industry will be left behind. The manifesto is a great start to highlight the issues and provide a list for the government to consider (and hopefully action).Themself & company
Richard Sawko, design manager, Laing O’RourkeIt is imperative that European labour is retained to ensure there are no gaps in the skills marketThemself
Richard Jay, building surveyor, AECOM Themself
Trevor Kirby, managing director, Anglian Architectural Glazing & Rainscreens Company
Nick Buckingham, managing director, Colt International Limited Themself & company
Sean Maguire, principal designer, RPP Architects Ltd Themself
Donna Sullivan, director, C&V Consulting Ltd Themself
Clare Coyne, PR consultant, CAM PRVital to ensure construction is a high priority in the Brexit negotiations as its success or failure will impact on every other area of the economy.Themself
Richard Harries, Richard Harries Associates Ltd Themself & company
Chris Myers, senior commercial manager, Kier Themself
Paul Richards, managing director, Aquarian Cladding SystemsBrexit provides the construction industry with a once in a lifetime opportunity to unite with government and achieve a common goal of building a better Britain. No excuses.Themself & company
Mark Elton, environment director, WYG Themself
David Keddie, chartered quantity surveyor, Gardiner & Theobald Themself
Jill Sutcliffe, lecturer, GCU Themself
Michael Downes, student - town planner, University of GlasgowThe triggering of article 50 will create a period of significant uncertainty in the built and natural environment industry. Key planning policies and infrastructure investment should be prioritised and maintained in order to ensure a positive future.Themself
Gurpal Virdee, managing partner, John Rowan and PartnersIt is vital that the construction industry has a strong and united voice to effectively communicate our needs during Brexit negotiations. Our industry is ‘high priority’ and should be treated as such. We fully support Building’s Better Brexit manifesto and the pledge. Both are positive, logically and achievable and would be excellent for the industry and Britain.Company
Michael Thirkettle, CEO, McBains CooperBrexit will be a watershed moment for the construction industry. We’ve made no secret of our concern that skills shortages in particular will be a key issue, but we also need to ensure a continued commitment to public spending and an improved procurement system as the UK extracts itself from the EU so that the sector remains competitive. With the starting gun now having been fired on the UK leaving the EU, this is the time for the industry to come together with a unified voice to make its case for support from government.Themself & company
Benedicta, director, AKN Resources Ltd Company
Helen Millington, HR business partner, Ramboll Themself
Patrick, building surveyor, Faithful + GouldThe construction industry needs support now more than ever. This period of uncertainty, and the volatile nature of the industry in general is contributing to the scale of the skills shortage, which in turn is contributing to a poorer quality of our homes, public and commercial buildings, and our infrastructure while costs for these poorer quality services are ever rising.. For a strong economy, and to safeguard the future of our houses and buildings, the nation needs a strong construction sector.Themself
Yanchee Lau, design & communications associate, Eckersley O’CallaghanThe future prosperity of the UK economy will rely heavily on the health of the construction industry. We call for the government to negotiate the right conditions for us to collectively contribute to overcoming the challenges ahead.Themself & company
Sharon Mault, associate director, Knight Frank Themself
James Davies, completions manager, Complan LtdWorking together we will make Britain strong againThemself
Marguerite Cameron, principal property manager, London Fire Brigade Themself
Stephen Gee, NED/consultant, GeeConsultancyA hard Brexit would be disastrous for the country and our industry. We do need to improve get more efficient and train more UK staff but that all takes time and if the 2 year timetable is kept to will not replace those from the EU and retiring from the industry. The manifesto is a great piece of work and shows what we as an industry will deliver as well what we need the government to deliver as part of the Brexit deal - lets hope they listen.Themself & company
Patrick Ryan, director, Patrick Ryan Associates Limited Themself & company
Nick Taylor, chief executive, Waterman Group Plc Themself & company
Neil Humphrey, chief operating officer (infrastructure & environment), WatermanIt is critical that the Government starts to listen to the realistic concerns of the industry (and UK business) and adopts a softer stance on BREXIT. The reality is that the eventual terms of BREXIT from the EU’s perspective will have to deter further countries considering leaving and consequently the continued hardening of the UK’s position presents a significant tangible risk to the sector, and the country as a whole. We need a far more conciliatory tone, and there is action the Government can take now to minimise the risks moving forward. I support the Building manifesto and call on the industry to maintain the pressure on the Government, to recognise the priority of the construction and infrastructure sectors, and to provide as much stability as possible as the negotiations progress, and the transitional arrangements are established.Themself & company
Ali Mahdavi, director, Sustain Summit Ltd.Brexit will cause a massive impact on construction industry and we must stop it. Thanks for taking this action.Themself & company
Fay Ferguson, part II architectural assistant, Duggan Morris Architects Themself
Philip, director, Interserve Themself
Richard Saxon, chairman, JCTI fear that a hard Brexit is the most likely outcome: other EU countries want us to suffer to discourage secession elsewhere. The disruption wont be just to construction but it will be bad for us. We have to push offsite construction anyway and this will help with the loss of workers and the import costs.Themself
Daryl, senior estimator, Midgard LtdThe industry requires forward thinking and considered planning. It is important for all in the industry and those that support it that Brexit works for all of us, both in the short term and long term.Themself & company
Ciara Walsh, architect, Pozzoni Architecture Ltd. Themself
Mark Lambert, sales director, Sunsquare Limited Themself & company
Al Watson, partner, Taylor WessingThis post-Brexit world that we are all now heading towards relies upon our industry delivering the kit that society needs; homes, infrastructure, and the capacity for economic growth. Though we need help, and part of that help has to come from Government leadership. The manifesto shows that as an industry, we are ready to commit for the country’s benefit. Government needs to do the same, and it should do so by endorsing the manifesto. It’s one for a successful industry and for a vibrant country.Themself & company
Robin Nicholson, convenor, The EdgeThe Edge strongly supports Building’s Better Brexit manifesto and is working to develop a vision for the future of our industry. Rapid change towards an integrated supply chain is long overdue as is performance-based design and contracting. The Edge (www.edgedebate.com) promotes Interdisciplinarity and Professionalism and is championing the ideas in Paul Morrell’s Edge Commission Report ‘Collaboration for Change’.Themself & company
Richard Elvidge, principle - real estate & construction, Millar CameronI’m delighted that Millar Cameron has signed up to the Building a better Brexit manifesto - this is an important statement of the support we provide to our clients. The construction sector and its suppliers must work together to ensure Brexit does not place a burden on companies who already struggle to source key individualsThemself & company
Owen Williams, commercial director, PP Construction Themself & company
Marcel Palmer, sales manager, ICF Southern Themself & company
Charles Harrison, senior partner, Tenon Partnership LLPThe Construction Industry affects all our lives in some way, so it must be given the priority it deserves. Many of our long term major projects rely on working with partners from the EU so we are dependent on free transfer of people and materials to and from Europe and are procured in accordance with EU Procurement rules. Our industry is dependent on stability of supply and demand and a “level playing field”. Any continued uncertainty will be very damaging. We appreciate there is much we need to do to modernise our industry but we need the support and leadership of central government to help us build a sustainable future.Themself & company
Ashley Sutherland, assistant project manager, Arcadis Themself
Lee Hiskett, web developer, TNL TechnologyWe need to be steadfast in creating internal UK wealth, taking control back of our borders and fixing the broken systems like health due to the overburdens placed on them with open migration, also to reduce crime by deporting foreign nationals who commit crime and revoking their UK citizanshipThemself & company
David Lindsay, general manager, Echo Barrier Themself & company
Farhan Ashiq, quantity surveyor, AA Projects Ltd Themself
Jackie Biswell, director, Apex Roofing Anglia Ltd Themself & company
Sally Peck, director, Apex Scaffolding Anglia Ltd Themself & company
Mark Cooney, architect, Make Architects Ltd.Input from leaders of the industry essential.Themself
August Nazareth, nittygritty.netAnd interested in learning how we can help with Skills in the AEC sector. We train in BIM, Navisworks, Revit, 2D to 3D transitions, etc. We also provide free apps to make it easier.Themself & company
Simon Tolson, senior partner, Fenwick Elliott LLPI share the aspirations and goals Building is advancing on a positive Brexit outcome for this nation.Themself
Gary Tucker, managing partner, Hoare LeaIf the construction industry is to thrive in the post Brexit environment it is essential that we collaborate together to increase our influence. It is vital that we continue to be able to trade with the EU and the rest of the world and to be able to employ the best possible resource, irrespective of where that resource is from. The Building a better Brexit manifesto sets out what is needed in order for us to adapt smoothly to the changes that we can expect.Themself & company
Diego Gonzalez, architect, NFDC Themself
Temitope Jacobs, senior QS, Kelly group Themself
Gareth Stapleton, CEO, RiseThe “Building Manifesto” shows that as an Industry we can come together to give a constant voice in how we interact with Government across a wide range of themes and issues and in doing so are prepared to put our own house in order for the long term good of the country.Themself & company
John Bollen, design, bollen.design Themself & company
T Gordon, building surveyor, Strawberry Park Corporation Ltd Themself & company
David Clements, managing director, FUTURE Designs Ltd.I shall look forward to reading the Building Magazine manifestoThemself & company
Lawrence Rankin, founder, NuVuw.com Themself & company
Lisa Lovell, quantity surveyor, Moore MacDonald Themself
Steve Cooper, general manager UK & Ireland, AconexWe applaud Building for taking this initiative and setting out such a strong and clear manifesto. Brexit can be a catalyst for change in enabling UK industry organisations to embrace innovation and collaboration more boldly than ever. Greater digitisation across enterprises and supply chains can empower the industry to be an engine for competitive leadership & economic growth post-Brexit.Themself & company

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