How housebuilding can help save the world

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Curtin&Co’s managing director on construction’s potential to combat climate change and create sustainable communities

Our head office is on Oxford Street: prime real estate, unless you actually need to get any work done.  Over the course of each year our team has to battle their way through Christmas shoppers, sales shoppers, teenage school parties and regular Tube strikes. We are used to noise and disruption – but we still weren’t prepared for Extinction Rebellion.

Among the daily debate in the office as to whether we should support the protesters in a pink boat or help the police move the Good Ship Eco Warrior on, it became clear that we may disagree with their methods but nobody really can disagree with their clear message: the need to think about the future.  Instead, it seems to be promoted increasingly forcefully throughout every aspect of our consumer lives, including development.

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