Peterborough - one of just four UK
Environment Cities - is to host a high-level workshop that aims to
produce a strategy for sustainable development in the construction
industry in the East of England.
The event takes place on 27 and 28 May
2003 in Peterborough and is expected to attract senior managers and
directors from companies involved with construction across the region.
The event is being backed by a group
of organisations which includes national regeneration agency English
Partnerships, the Government Office for the East of England,
Rethinking Construction and Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT).
Dennis Hone, executive director of
English Partnerships, said: "Sustainable development is a topic
which has huge importance for the construction industry and for
individual companies within it. It is a thread which runs through all
the government's recent announcements about publicly-funded
construction projects and it is a theme which is being increasingly
taken up by the private sector.
"How individual companies within
the construction industry respond to this challenge will have a direct
bearing on their future profitability."
The conference aims to produce a
"high level strategy on economic, social and environmental
issues" that will later be ratified by the East of England
As a longer term objective, organisers
of the event hope to continue to develop the strategy and for the
industry itself to incorporate some far-reaching social, economic and
environmental objectives. Personal invitations to the conference have
been sent to senior figures in the industry.
Richard Donoyou, chief executive of
PECT, said: "This is an opportunity to set the standard on
sustainable construction for the rest of the country.
"Those who attend this event will
help to shape the industry's response to the challenge of sustainable
development. Those who miss it may find themselves merely 'passengers'
as policies are shaped by others."