Adrian begins by discussing the changes in attitude within the industry concerning protecting “the environment, culture, landscape, history, or local communities.” He says little thought was given to this during the 1950s and 1960s when the UK’s first UK motorways were built. The good news is that today “sustainability has become intrinsic to the planning of new major infrastructure projects”.
Adrian moves on to talk about current and topical schemes, including HS2, London 2012 and “Boris Island”, and how these modern projects must balance environmental concerns and infrastructure.
The RSK director concludes that “in the UK, our sustainability practices are second to none, but our confidence sometimes falters.
“In order to meet the economic challenges that face our country, and leave solid infrastructure for future generations, we urgently need to find a way to pursue bold, exciting and sustainable construction programmes that will leave the kind of legacy for which Britain used to be known.”
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