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Recreative Construction:
A visionary look at the challenges facing the construction community

A set of eight articles by Brian Green brought to you by Barbour ABI, supported by the CIOB.

  • Three major forces will shape the built environment over the next 20 years: digital technologies, climate change, and demographic shifts. 
  • Construction has a major role to play, a moment to shine, turning powerful threats into forces that shape a better Britain. 
  • The answer lies not simply in technical fixes. The needs of people and communities must be central in our thinking. 
  • Ultimately, we need a long-term vision. What we build today will shape the lives of generations to come.

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Recreative Construction, 
A Foreword by Noble Francis

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a fundamental shift in societal behaviour, making us think and act in ways that would have previously appeared extraordinary. 

This set of eight articles, penned by Brian Green, looks at the challenges facing the construction community. 

The series clearly sets out how the wider industry, in conjunction with society, has incredibly difficult choices to make. 

The pieces specifically focus on the three large forces that are shaping the built environment: digital technologies, climate change, and demographic shifts.

Brian Green studied civil engineering followed by industrial-related social sciences before entering journalism, mostly working at Construction News. He left in 1998 to broaden his experience as a consultant, researcher, and commentator.

He has written or contributed to many reports for construction bodies such as CIOB, CIC, NHBC, and CPA and worked for other organisations such as Arcadis, Arup, BRE, RLB, and Turner & Townsend. He annually edits the HBF/NHBC Housing Market Intelligence report and Barbour ABI’s Home Improvers report and writes monthly for RIBA Journal.
He sits on the BEIS construction statistics committee and ONS construction statistics steering group. 

Brian Green

Noble Francis

Noble is the Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, where he oversees one of the most respected teams of economists in the industry, producing the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. 

With a Masters Degree in Economics and a PhD in Applied Econometrics, Noble has over 15 years of experience producing economic forecasts. He and his team’s work are regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio. 

In 2018 Noble was appointed Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL.

Brian Green’s series of articles is a timely contribution: drawing the threads together, outlining the issues and suggesting a set of principles that will lead to the best possible outcomes. Ultimately we need a built environment that works for people. 

We all have an interest to ensure what we build today delivers the right built environment for us, our children and our children’s children. Let’s take that opportunity.” 

Tom Hall, Chief Economist, Barbour ABI

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