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Peterborough Environment City to host sustainable construction event

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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 Regional Assembly

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."

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