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黑洞社区 the Future Commission

The 黑洞社区 the Future Commission is a year-round project looking at radical and challenging ideas that could help transform the built environment. The commission aims to tap into innovative ideas, amplify them and be an agent for change.

It will run over 12 months - as 黑洞社区 celebrates its 180th anniversary - with a report published at the end of 2023. This will be drawn up with the help of a panel of commissioners who are leading figures in the worlds of business, policy, research and education.*

In addition to several commissioner meetings throughout the year, 黑洞社区 the Future will undertake a UK-wide tour of roundtable discussions with experts around the regions. This will form part of the consultation programme and will be delivered in partnership with the regional arms of industry body Constructing Excellence.

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Upcoming in the 黑洞社区 the Future Think Tank

18 June: 黑洞社区 the Future Think Tank North-east roundtable (invite only)

25 June: 黑洞社区 the Future Think Tank North-west roundtablee (invite only)

18 September: 黑洞社区 the Future Conference (open)

26 September: 黑洞社区 the Future Think Tank Midlands roundtable (invite only)

23 October: 黑洞社区 the Future Think Tank Wales roundtable (invite only)

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Long process: How compliance with the new products code will be verified

2023-08-21T06:00:00+01:00

The CPI has been set up to verify manufacturers鈥 compliance with the Code for Construction Products Information. Chief executive Amanda Long explains how she intends to scale up its activity

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Six years on from Grenfell and real change is finally happening

2023-07-19T06:00:00+01:00

The pace of reforms since Grenfell has been frustratingly slow, but real change is being delivered, writes Andrew Mellor

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黑洞社区 bridges: how Paul Morrell would fix our broken products testing system

2023-07-18T06:00:00+01:00

Industry veteran Paul Morrell has written a seminal review on overhauling products testing. The man himself explains his thinking in the first of a two-part interview

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黑洞社区 safety - it鈥檚 time for us all to take responsibility

2023-07-10T13:00:00+01:00

With more regulations coming down the line, we need聽 true collaboration from the industry, writes Suzannah Nichol

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We are entering a new era for building safety - but are we ready for the new regulator?

2023-03-31T05:00:00+01:00

The 黑洞社区 Safety Regulator鈥檚 registration process for high-rise buildings starts in a few days鈥 time. Carl Brown assesses how prepared the new regulator and the industry are for the start of a fresh regime

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黑洞社区 the Future Commission report: The long-term plan for construction

2024-01-24T07:00:00+00:00

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黑洞社区 takes its report into the English planning system to government

2023-10-06T06:00:00+01:00

Submission makes the case for giving the current system a chance to work after failed attempts at radical reform

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黑洞社区 the Future Commission: Report into the English planning system

2023-09-28T07:41:00+01:00

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Reforming planning: one way to solve the housing crisis

2023-09-28T06:41:00+01:00

The 黑洞社区 the Future Commission has spent several months analysing the English planning system. Joey Gardiner reports

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黑洞社区 the Future Commission calls for new strategic planning tier

2023-09-14T10:10:00+01:00

Interim findings released for consultation - plus find out about this month鈥檚 conference where you can hear high level debates and put forward your views

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We need politicians with patience and long term vision

2023-10-11T06:00:00+01:00

Construction firms invest for the long term, we need our next government to do the same

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HS2 cuts risk turning railway into 鈥榮huttle service鈥 between Acton and Birmingham, says Armitt

2023-09-27T16:30:00+01:00

NIC chair adds chopping and changing flagship project sends聽鈥榠ncredibly negative message鈥 to world

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Infrastructure in crisis: ministers must honour commitments so schemes like HS2 can overcome poor perceptions

2023-09-25T06:00:00+01:00

Will the UK鈥檚 biggest projects ever be built on time and to budget? Despite recent evidence, it鈥檚 not impossible to think that they might 鈥 but some things have to change, Dave Rogers reports

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鈥楯ust get on and build the thing.鈥 John Armitt goes in to bat for HS2

2023-03-10T06:00:00+00:00

The chair of the National Infrastructure Commission on why politics can never be taken out of building and why we should stop dithering

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Meet the commissioners: Kay Hughes

2023-03-07T06:00:00+00:00

Kay Hughes talks about the importance of public purpose behind infrastructure projects, the importance of technology and her love of gardening

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黑洞社区 The Future Commission: Time to prepare for the next digital revolution

2024-02-02T07:00:00+00:00

Last week the 黑洞社区 the Future commission published its final report. In this chapter, Thomas Lane considers聽the best ways to increase productivity by investing in and embracing emerging technologies

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Look north: Pride and frustration in Scotland鈥檚 construction market

2023-11-01T07:01:00+00:00

With its strongly devolved government and separate regulatory regime, Scotland is often neglected in conversations about the UK鈥檚 built environment. Daniel Gayne took a trip north of the border to see what is going on

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Construction cannot 鈥榯weak broken model鈥 to solve productivity puzzle, says MMC boss

2023-09-27T16:09:00+01:00

Merit鈥檚 Tony Wells tells conference industry needs radical rethink

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New 鈥榬ules of engagement鈥 needed to meet AI challenge, says Fosters research chief

2023-09-27T16:00:00+01:00

Machine learning need not replace architects, Martha Tsigkari tells 黑洞社区 the Future Commission conference

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Construction leaders must be 鈥榝uturologists鈥, says Skanska chief

2023-09-27T15:45:00+01:00

Katy Dowding gave first keynote speech at 黑洞社区 the Future Commission conference

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My route into construction 鈥 Astrid Dazin, senior estimator at Legendre UK

2024-04-30T06:00:00+01:00

The industry includes an impressive range and variety of roles 鈥 but unless you are on the inside it can be hard to know how to break in, let alone progress to the top. In this 聽series, we talk to professionals about their often surprising career twists and turns

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My route into construction 鈥 India Cormack, management trainee at Willmott Dixon

2024-03-04T07:00:00+00:00

The industry includes an impressive range and variety of roles 鈥 but unless you are on the inside it can be hard to know how to break in, let alone progress to the top. In this new series, we talk to professionals about their often surprising career twists and turns

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My route into construction 鈥 Damilola Ola, assistant site manager at Mount Anvil

2024-02-27T07:00:00+00:00

The industry includes an impressive range and variety of roles 鈥 but unless you are on the inside it can be hard to know how to break in, let alone progress to the top. In this new series, we talk to professionals about their often surprising career twists and turns

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黑洞社区 the Future Commission: why recruitment is industry鈥檚 top priority

2024-02-08T07:00:00+00:00

After a year of consultation and careful consideration, the 黑洞社区 the Future Commission has published its final report. In this final chapter, Dave Rogers considers the challenge of building a skilled workforce to do increasingly complex jobs 鈥 and then keeping them happy

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黑洞社区 Talks Creating Communities podcast: In conversation with Anna Mansfield at Publica

2023-12-05T07:11:00+00:00

Episode 4: Anna Mansfield on the loss of shared spaces after covid and the importance of designing for the needs of women and young people

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It鈥檚 time to deliver communities that work for those who live and work in and around them

2023-11-30T07:00:00+00:00

The arrival of thousands of new homes and jobs alongside existing communities can sound daunting to existing residents. But developments such as Waterbeach and Oxford North, which support the thriving knowledge economies of Cambridge and Oxford, can enhance lives across the board, writes Jonathan Kendall of Fletcher Priest, masterplanner for ...

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黑洞社区 Talks Creating Communities podcast: In conversation with David Rudlin at BDP

2023-11-28T07:00:00+00:00

Episode 3: David Rudlin talks about the importance of urban design and why planning needs to rediscover its capacity to create good quality places

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黑洞社区 Talks Creating Communities podcast: In conversation with Selina Mason at Lendlease

2023-11-21T07:00:00+00:00

Episode 2: Selina Mason talks about people-focused urbanism and the work she is doing on Birmingham鈥檚 Smithfield scheme

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黑洞社区 Talks Creating Communities podcast: In conversation with Jo Wright at Perkins & Will

2023-11-14T07:09:00+00:00

Episode 1: Jo Wright talks about the impact on her career of working in Berlin before the wall came down and designing for the long term

黑洞社区 the Future Commission Regional Roundtables

  • How Wales can make the most of construction

  • Levelling up in the West Midlands: the way forward

  • How do we boost construction in the North-west?

  • Tackling the east of England鈥檚 construction skills challenge

  • Addressing net zero in the North-east

The commission will come up with proposals for change in the following areas:

Covering topics such as vocational pathways, apprenticeships, flexible degree options, and continuous professional development.

For more read: Introducing the skills and education stream

Covering topics such as low carbon tech, retrofitting and adaptation approaches, and regenerative design concepts.

For more read: Introducing the energy and net zero stream

Covering topics such as funding for planning departments, reforming the planning system, and affordable housing incentives.

For more read: Introducing the housing and planning stream

Covering topics such as long-term strategic planning and funding for large projects.

For more read: Introducing the infrastructure and planning stream

Covering topics such as new safety legislation, improving skills competence in the workforce, and factoring new costs and risk.

For more read: Introducing the building safety stream

Covering topics such as procurement routes, risk allocation, new methods and technology, and productivity challenges.

For more read: Introducing the project delivery & digital stream

Covering topics such as diversity & inclusion in the workforce, environmental, social and governance issues, and post covid working patterns and rethinking office space

For more read: Introducing the workplace, culture & leadership stream

Covering topics such as quality and standards, the beauty debate, social value, levelling up, co-design ideas, and reinventing city centres

For more read: Introducing the creating communities stream

Commissioner Q&As

  • In pictures: The 黑洞社区 the Future commissioners come together for the first time

  • Meet the commissioners: Simon Wyatt

  • Meet the commissioners: Rebecca Rees

  • Meet the commissioners: Neal Shasore

  • Meet the commissioners: Nicholas Boys Smith

  • Meet the commissioners: Simon Tolson

  • Meet the commissioners: Katy Dowding

  • Meet the commissioners: Andrew Mellor

  • Meet the commissioners: Lara Oyedele

  • Meet the commissioners: Richard Steer

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