It was great to be at the House of Lords on 10 October for another great annual Forum for the Built Environment (FBE) lunch. It was a beautiful day for such a sumptuous lunch in magnificent surroundings and the sun shone brilliantly! The speeches were all very high quality. Our host Lord Deben (John Gummer) talked powerfully about climate change and the reality of legal targets to address it. Sustainability is key and the construction industry has a great opportunity to play a big part in achieving it and to do so commercially. It won’t be achieved without those involved making a fair profit. Peter Murray from New London Architecture read a humorous but immensely poignant draft letter to the Queen on the importance of cycling! Howard Gadd FFB spoke of the growing role of the FBE in the industry.

Apart from a great location and excellent speakers, it is a great way to meet like-minded dynamic construction professionals. My guest, Luke Broadley from Longfield Risk Solutions Ltd in Essex, and I enjoyed it hugely – a big thank you to Chris Hunter-Taylor and his team for organising it so well, as usual!

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