We’re calling on firms and individuals to lend their weight to the campaign, as evidence grows that construction professionals want the UK to remain

Sign up to Building's open letter

Building has launched a campaign backing the UK to remain in the European Union. Signatories so far include Shard contractor Mace, the UK’s largest independent engineer Mott MacDonald and property giant JLL. We’re calling on firms and individuals to lend their weight to the campaign, as evidence grows that construction professionals want the UK to remain, and the risks of a Brexit for the sector’s recovery are great.

Open letter: construction firms and professionals backing the UK to Remain in the EU

We back remaining in the European Union as we believe the construction sector’s recovery would be put at risk by a vote to leave.

As major employers within the UK construction sector – which is worth £100bn-plus per year to the UK economy – we judge that leaving the European Union would jeopardise foreign direct investment in the UK and would likely result in higher materials and labour costs.

These threats come at a critical time for the construction sector as it gears up to help the UK address its housing crisis and to deliver the next generation of major infrastructure programmes.

A vote to leave would damage the construction sector at a time when the UK needs it to be strong. We would like to highlight Building magazine’s survey of over 1,300 construction professionals, 63% of whom believe remaining in the EU would be the best outcome, demonstrating widespread support in this important sector for EU membership.

Signatories to the letter so far:


  • Carillion
  • Cullinan Studio
  • Mace
  • ISG
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Willmott Dixon
  • JLL
  • Osborne
  • Rider Levett Bucknall
  • BW
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Perkins + Will EMEA
  • Cundall
  • Alinea
  • Exigere
  • Tower Eight
  • Larkfleet Group
  • Paul Owen Associates
  • Pozzoni Architecture


  • David Atkin, chief executive, Hammerson
  • James Pellatt, head of projects, Great Portland Estates
  • Richard Steer, chairman, Gleeds Worldwide
  • Hanif Kara, founder, AKT II
  • Duncan Green, managing partner, Pick Everard
  • John Frankiewicz, non-exec director, Collinson
  • Jonathan Gadd, overseas regional manager, Marshalls Group
  • Gaby Tayoun, president, Europtima
  • Nick Edwards, managing director, Axiom
  • John Dunk, regional building surveyor, DCH Group
  • Gustavo Milstein, senior architect, Mace Group
  • Alan Tierney, consultant, Picketts Conservation
  • Andrew Leckenby, Leckenby Architecture
  • Manolo Guerci, Kent School of Architecture
  • Graham Cossons, partner, Hoare Lea
  • Adrian Cox, new business development manager, Waystone Limited
  • Alisdair Matheson, partner, Brodies Solicitors
  • Sylvia Wang, director, Eden International
  • Ian Memmott, manging director, Implementar
  • Alasdair Maclean, operations director, Implementar
  • Sarah Boyd, self-employed architect
  • Neville Smith, interior design principal, SSH
  • Brian Warwicker, chairman, Brian Warwicker Partnership
  • Derek Monnery, self-employed QS
  • Tomás Neeson, managing partner, Cundall
  • Tony Giddings, construction director, Argent
  • Paul Greenwood, managing director, Greenwood Consultants
  • Allan Cowie, regional director - London & South East, Pick Everard
  • Andy Hill, chief executive, Hill
  • Steven Barker, chairman, Robinson Low Francis
  • Richard Saxon, founder, Consultancy for the Built Environment
  • Damien Kenny, managing director, Haig
  • Alan Lamb, Alan Lamb Associates
  • Antony Brown, sales and marketing director, BW
  • Steve Elliott, chief executive, BW
  • Peter Rogers, co-founder, Lipton Rogers
  • Kevin Griffiths, director, Gleeds
  • Shane Govern, commercial manager, Mace
  • Patrick Watson, founding partner, 3PM
  • Ralf Thiede, director, Daniels Thiede Architects
  • Rab Bennetts, founding director, Bennetts Associates
  • Alisdair Matheson, solicitor and accredited construction specialist
  • Pendrick Brown, head of business development Europe, Woods Bagot
  • Phil Hudson, partner, Price & Myers
  • Rab Bennetts, director, Bennetts Associates
  • Chris Lacey, chief executive, William Lacey Group
  • Paul Flatt, group chairman and CEO, Hurley Palmer Flatt

To sign up email building@ubm.com with the subject line ‘EU referendum’

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