ICE led Brexit group makes headlines

Following the June EU Referendum result, national and industry media have been debating the challenges Brexit poses to the delivery of UK infrastructure.

Sir John’s ICE led Brexit Infrastructure Group was picked up widely across media outlets.
Sir John’s ICE led Brexit Infrastructure Group was picked up widely across media outlets.

Primary concerns have been around access to skills, foreign investment, funding for engineering research and future use of codes, standards and procurement practices.

The need for industry to unite and ensure negotiators are informed with expert knowledge has also been clear in industry press. In July, ICE President Sir John Armitt, announced it would bring the built environment sector together and channel its collective expertise through a single voice.

News of the Brexit Infrastructure Group - which includes representatives from organisations including Atkins, Pinsent Masons, RICS, Skanska, Aecom, CIOB, KPMG, BSI and the Construction Leadership Council – was covered on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme with Sir John Armitt interviewed as chair of the Group.

Speaking to BBC presenter Sarah Montague on the challenges facing the industry, he said: "The sector relies heavily on private investment and investors need certainty. Those involved in engineering research rely on EU funding to a large extent, the industry uses pan-European codes and standards and there are also concerns around provision of the skills that are vital to the industry – many of which come from across Europe. Clearly there are some big gaps and there is a need for certainty around these issues as soon as possible."

A blog by Sir John about the Group and its plans was published on ICE's Infrastructure Blog and was soon either covered or republished on a range of industry trade media sites including NCE, Building, The Engineer, Water Briefing, Construction News, Infrastructure Intelligence and Recycling Waste World.

City AM also ran a story referencing Sir John's comments on the need for the new Government to reassert its commitment to infrastructure, and give reassurance to the industry and investment community.

The Brexit Infrastructure Group representatives will be updating industry on its progress in the coming months via viewpoints in industry trade publications and ICE's Infrastructure Blog.